Kodaikanal……The Gift of Forest

Kodaikanal is a beautiful and splendid scenic hill station in the Southern Indian state  Tamil Nadu,. Also known as Crown of Palani Hills.We can view Palani Town from here. Kodaikanal has abundant natural beauty of sloping hills covered with fog, waterfalls, lakes and parks. Kodai is a hillstation specially famous  for honeymooners.

How to reach Kodaikanal?

By Air:

Madurai International Airport is the nearest to Kodaikanal, approximately 120 km away. Regular flights of Air India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways are available from here for cities like Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore. From outside the airport, travellers can easily avail bus or taxi services to reach Kodaikanal. From Coimbatore International Airport it is approximately 170km. One can book a cab or book bus from local travel agents.

By Train:

Nearest railway station station is Palani which is 60km away from Kodaikanal and from there we have to take taxi .Kodaikanal Road is a station near to Madurai which is 80 Km from Kodaikanal and from there we can  have bus or we can hire taxi .There are many trains connecting from Bangalore ,Chennai ,Madurai to Kodaikanal road railway station.

By Road:             

Best way to reach Kodaikanal is by road. Hire a taxi from Coimbatore(150 km),Palani(60km),Madurai(120km) we can experience the scenic beauty of Palani hills&  enjoy the journey to Kodaikanal.

If you are on solo or budget trip then travelling by bus is best option we can take bus from Palani bus stand cost 80 bucks per person,one can take bus from Madurai Bus stand  which have frequent buses to Kodaikanal.

There are many traveller volvo  buses from Banglore ,Ooty to Kodaikanal too.

Kodaikanal by Road

Duration of Stay in Kodaikanal:

Minimum of 2-3 days with planned iternary is fine to visit Kodai, and if you want to explore as holiday 4-5 days is perfectly ok to enjoy and explore.

Places to Visit in Kodaikanal:

Kodaikanal is the place where every spot is must see, full of dense trees ,star shaped lake, green mountains ,valleys ,cloud touching the mountain top every now and then which gives complete experience of nature.There are many sightseeing packages available for couples and groups as well and are pocketfriendly.

1.Kodaikanal Lake:

Man made star shaped lake, located in heart of Kodaikanal. One can enjoy pedalboating. Around the lake there is track where we can enjoy cycling,double cycling,horse riding,angling.

2.Coaker’s Walk:

It is 1 Km walk built on mountain which defines mountain ,valley and villages

3.Bryant Park:

The botanical garden in Kodaikanal, known for its flora & fauna. The best time to visit this park is during the flower show  held in  the month of May.

4.Bear Shola Falls:

It is named as many bears would drink the water from this fall

5.Kurunji Temple:

Kurunji Temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Murugun. Pthe temple is also associated with the Kurunji Flower which blooms once in 12 years carpeting the whole area with purple flowers.

7.Silver Cascade Falls:

Just 8 km from Kodaikanal town, Silver Cascade Falls, known for its celestial and exquisite flow of silvery waters. It is a delight to see the pure crystalline water flowing down from a 180 ft tall cliff.

8.Solar Observatory:

Observatory  is operated by Indian Institute of Astrophysics to study the  Solar behaviour.

9.Pine Forest:

It is one of the best tourist spot, one can enjoy horse riding here.

Pine forest

10.Guna Caves:

The Guna Caves shot into the limelight when the Tamil movie Guna which was shot inside the caves, was released.

Guna Caves

11.Pillar Rock:

The best picnic spot for tourist which gives scenic view of pillar shaped rock

Pillar rock covered with Fog

12.Moir Point:

         It is the starting point to enter the forest. Moir point  has significant views of green valleys

Moir Point

13.Dolphin Nose:

            It is 3 km trekking from vattkanal,  edge cliff which shows a view of  rock as  Dolphin’s nose

View from Dolphin Nose

14.Echo Rock:

                         500m away from Dolphin’s nose and  best place for photography in the mist.

15.Devils Kitchen:

                           It has trekking of 400m from main road near to guna caves

16. Salette church:

                             It is one of the oldest church,about 133 yrs old.

Best Time to Visit Kodaikanal:

June to September: The monsoon season, primarily the months of July and August, can be tricky. However, the beauty of rains and fresh air is best felt during this period. September is a great month to travel because it doesn’t rain much and the weather is ideal for sightseeing.

Feb to June: These months are ideal to visit.Weather is chill and breeze with fog to give different charm to the weather.

Things to do in Kodaikanal:

1.Enjoy boating in Kodai Lake.Walking around the lake is memorable activity.

2.Horse riding near lake premises is also good experience.

3.Go cycling around the lake.

4.Take a twilight walk near the lake area.

5.Enjoy  hot peanuts,bhel sold streetside .

6.Take a trek to Echo point and Dolphin Nose and have tea relaxing in the lap of nature.

7.Pine forest walk is also fun loving,and have visual delight for photography lovers.

Things to Buy in Kodaikanal:

1.Buy spices from the local market .

2.Kodai Chocolates are famous.

3.Kodai cheese is the worth it dairy product.

4.Organic fruits palm, peaches, banana, Kodaikanal avocados, they also sell fresh tree tomatoes and oranges.

Road side shops

Food of Kodaikanal 

We find South Indian traditional platters here , with essentials like Dosas, idilis, Upma, Sweet Pongal,  Parota in breakfast and dinner

Rice ,poryial,kolumbu,Sambhar, Rasam, Paysam, Kesari in lunch

Hot Beverages especially coffee are one of the  favourite 

Nearby Places:

Madurai,Ooty ,Palani,Munnar are the nearby places that can be visited.

About Author

We are passionate about exploring new places. As travel lover ,exploring new places ,new culture, cuisines and their lifestyles in different region of India.
Also Journey of travelling from local state bus to tasting bhajjis from a roadside Thelas is very enjoyable.

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