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KODAIKANAL, THE PRINCESS OF HILL STATIONS

With its name meaning the The Gift of the Forests, Kodaikanal is a hill station located in
the eastward hills of the Western Ghats in the state of Tamil Nadu. The place is a popular
retreat from the hot and humid climate of the lower areas and is located 2,133 meters above
sea level. Kodaikanal is also home to the rare Kurunji Flower which blooms just once in 12
years. The area is comprised mainly of meadows and grasslands with a thick forest cover
containing eucalyptus, cypress and acacia and pear trees. The climate is usually cool
throughout the year with temperatures not going beyond 20 degrees in the summer months of
May and June. The economy is mainly supported by tourism and the people are quiet familiar
with visitors. Heres the list of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal.

1. Berijam Lake

Berijam Lake is surrounded by a picturesque cover of greenery and is a home to a wide verity
of flora and fauna and also serves as the source of drinking water to the nearby villages. A
special permit from the forest department is needed to enter the place and only a certain
number of vehicles are allowed. The fire tower, lake view and the medicine forest are the
main attractions here. Entry to the area is restricted between 9.30 am to 3 pm as wild animals
like panther, deer, snakes and bison are often spotted near the lake during these hours.

2. Coakers Walk

Coakers Walk is one place you must visit when in Kodaikanal. It is a 1 kilometre long
pathway constructed on the slopes of a hillock and is one of the most serene places you will
ever visit in India. The kilometre long walk provides the most picturesque views of the hills
and a rare phenomenon where your shadow is cast on the clouds that envelop the area called
Brocken Spectre can be witnessed.

3. Kodai Lake

Also known as the Kodaikanal Lake, this is a star shaped lake that is located amidst the most
calm and serene environment. This lake is a home to various birds and the 5 kilometre long
path that is near the shores of the lake is one of the favourite places where tourist come for a
casual walk and enjoy the beauty of the nature. Pedal boats and Row boats can be availed by
the tourists here along with horses and bicycles.

4. Kurinjiandavar Temple

Kurinji Andavar Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan or Kartikeya and is home to the
famous kurunji flower which blooms once in 12 years. The temple was established by the
European lady in 1936 and after adopting Hinduism is known by the name Lady
Ramanathan. The temple is a popular among the tourist due to the views of the surroundings
and the famous spot of the flower.

5. Dolphins Nose

A popular trekking spot in Kodaikanal, Dolphins Nose is rock which projects over a wide
chasm which is approximately 2,000 meters deep. Its peculiar shape is the reason behind the
name and one can witness the most breathtaking views of the Western Ghats from here. One
can also access the amazing Pambar or the Liril Falls here which is an amazing hidden
attraction.
6. Bryant Park

A famous picnic spot, The Bryant Park is 20.5 acre botanical garden and is situated at the east
end of the Kodaikanal Lake. The park is filled with a variety of flora which includes around
325 species of trees, cactus and shrubs and a massive 740 species of roses. The various
horticulture and flower shows are organised every summer and is a popular place where you
can relax and get lost in the lush green surroundings.

7. Kodaikanal Solar Observatory

Located at a point 2,343 meters above sea level the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory is at the
highest location at Kodaikanal. The observations first commenced in 1901 here and it was
founded on 1st April, 1899. The spot not only offers various scientific attractions to its
visitors but also provides the most breathtaking views from the top.

8. Green Valley View

The place was formerly known as suicide point but was later changed to Green Valley Point
for obvious reasons. The place is known for its panoramic views of the mountains and has an
approximate 5000 feet drop from the top. One can also view the amazing pillar rocks which
were scaled and hoisted by an English adventurer.

Known as the Princess of the hill stations in India, Kodaikanal is a famous honeymoon
destination and is known for its cool temperature all year round. The amazing weather and
amazing tourist places in Kodaikanal will make you want to stay there forever.