Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant
Pali hills is one of
most popular serene hill stations in India, which
mesmerises any visitor. With her wooded slopes,
mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful
lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station.
Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m
high and coers an area of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town
is renowned for its educational institutions of
international repute. The pride of Kodaikanal is the
'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years.
The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for
their freshness and taste.
Berijam Lake Berijam Lake is one of the
beautiful picnic spots in Kodai, located 21-km away
from the bus stand. This lake supplies drinking
water to Periakalam town. The scenery around here is
Boat Club In 1910, a new boathouse was constructed,
but only from May 1929, few tourists were permitted
to avail boat ride as temporary members. Later on
they were extended to the public and tourists in
1932. Boats like T.T.D.C, Kodai boats, Carlton boats
are available for hire.
Bryant Park situated on the eastern side of the
lake, is noted for flowers, hybrids and rafts.
Varieties of flowers can be seen in a glasshouse.
The annual horticultural show is held here in May.
Shenbaganur Museum is located about 5-Km from the
lake. The Sacred Heart College maintains this
museum. One of the best orchidoriums in the country
with more than 300 species of orchids and
wide-ranging collection of birds are found here.
Coaker's Walk Coaker's Walk derives the name from
Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodai and it is
about a kilometre from the lake, which runs along a
steep slope on the southern side of the Kodai. Some
of the best views of the plains can be seen from
Kodaikanal Lake Kodaikanal Lake is a magnificent
man-made lake, which spreads out in a star shape
over sixty acres is a main attraction as it is set
among the greenery. The boat club here offers
several pleasure and racing trips.
Pillar Rocks Within the city limits one can see
three boulders standing shoulder - to - shoulder
vertically measuring to a height of about 122 metres
providing a panoramic view.
Kurinji Andavar Temple The presiding deity of the
temple is Lord Murugan and is about 3.2-km from the
lake. In Tamil literature "Kurinji" means "Hilly
Region" and "Andavar" means God. From this temple,
one can get a view of the northern plains and Palani
Silver Cascade Silver Cascade waterfall is located
on the Ghat Road about 8-km from Kodaikanal. The
overflow of Kodai Lake comes down here as 180 feet
Bear Shola Falls An ideal picnic spot located 1.6-km
from the lake, which can be by a picturesque, rugged
hill path. Bears once used to drink water above the
Telescope Houses To enable the visitors to have a
panoramic view of the valley and the nearby towns,
two telescope houses have been put up at Kodai.
The climate of Kodaikanal is pleasant throughout the
year, but the best time to visit Kodaikanal is from
April to June and from September to October.