Places To Visit In Kodaikanal...

Kodaikanal meaning “gift of the forest” in local language is also known as the “princess of hill stations”. The dense forest with many varieties of trees, the huge rocks in the wilderness and the enchanting waterfalls makes it a real gift for the tourists visiting this place. Kodaikanal is one of the very few unaltered and unadulterated destinations of southern India. Kodaikanal has created a niche for itself with its intoxicating air, breathtaking scenery and serenity that you can hardly find in any hill station in the Himalayas.

Following are a few important places which you can visit in Kodaikanal:

Kodaikanal Lake
Kodaikanal Lake is an artificial lake that takes the shape of a star and is spread over 60 acres with greenery all around it. This lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge, who was the collector of Madurai. By spending his own money he converted the marshy land with several streams into a lake by constructing a strong bund. He brought boats from Tuticorin and arranged boat rides in the lake and stocked the lake with fish. He introduced several foreign trees and fruits such as Pine forms and Pears; and planned and executed several approach roads to Kodaikanal. This lake is surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 km length which takes about 45min to walk. Tourists can not find a boat club which offers pedaling and rowing boats with different seating capacities at nominal charges. Apart from boating, cycles and horses are available for rental in the lake area.

Bear Shola Falls
The Bear Shola falls is a favorite tourist point in Kodaikanal. It is named so because in earlier days bears used to come and drink water from this fall. Bear Shola Falls is located about 1.6 Kms from the lake, and 2 kms from the bus stand. Bear Shola Falls can be reached through a scenic rough hill path. Hence for your safety suitable means of transportation is necessary to reach the falls.

Berijam Lake
Berijam Lake is an artificial lake in the upper regions of palani hills. It is a fine picnic spot offering beautiful scenery. This lake is situated about 23 km from the local bus stand. It was first discovered and reclaimed in 1864 by Colonel Hamilton of the British Army. Berijam Lake is a must see place as sighting of bison, leopard and other chirping birds are very common. One cannot see this beautiful lake without the permission of District Forest Officer.

Bryant Park
Bryant Park is a famous and an important botanical park located just 0.3km away from the bus stand. This Park is named after a British forest officer named H. D. Bryant, who landscaped this park in 1980. The beautifully maintained park extends over an area of 20.5 acres and is noted for flowers, hybrids and grafts. There are around 325 species of trees and shrubs along with a glass house which shelters over fine varieties of flowers. A big section is allotted for nearly 740 varieties of roses. A Flower show is conducted every year during May, as a part of Summer Festival. A must see in this park is the 150 years old Eucalyptus tree along with the 'Bodhi' tree.

Coaker's Walk
Coaker's walk is a one and half km stretch that runs parallel to the Lake. This walk offers a magnificent view of the valley. Coaker's walk is named after Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodaikanal. The ideal time to visit this place is before 2:30 pm in the afternoon as mist will start to set in over the valleys by late afternoons. A phenomenon called `Brachem Spectre' in the Coakers walk occurs very rarely where one can see his shadow on the clouds with a rainbow halo, when sun is behind him with cloud & mist in front. To enable the visitors to have a Panoramic view of the valley and nearby towns, one telescope house is also found at Coakers walk.

Devil's Kitchen
Devil's Kitchen is a very dangerous deep hidden narrow valley that looks like small dark gutters but are actually a deep fall. Devil's Kitchen is found between Green Valley View and Pillar Rocks. We recommend you to seek help of the locals while visiting the Devil's Kitchen as they are fully aware of the place.

Dolmen Circle
Kodaikanal has the presence of pre-historic remains dating back to 5000 BC. These are known as Dolmens and Kistavens which are nothing but the dwelling and burial places of people of Stone Age and Iron Age. A visit to the Dolmen Circle will help you understand the Stone and Iron Age culture.

Flora & Fauna Museum
The Flora & Fauna museum is an educative tourist location in Kodaikanal and is maintained by Sacred Heart College which is a Theological Seminary that was formed in the year 1895. This museum is also known as Shenbaganur Museum. This museum preserves fossils as well as wide varieties of the flora and fauna of this hilly region and has an orchidorium that has a collection of about 300 species of indigenous as well as exotic orchids. A Spanish Father Ugarthe, contributed his major collections to the Museum. This museum is located about a distance of 5.6 km from the lake.

Green Valley View
Green Valley View and it provides a picturesque and panoramic view of the plains, valleys, hills and the Vaigai dam. The deep, dense and dangerous valley below this point is more than 5000 feet drop. In order to get a good view from this point, it is better to visit the place between 10 am and 3 pm as early mornings and evenings have mist covering the valleys. As the valley is very deep, dense and dangerous it is always recommended to see this valley with precautionary measures.

Kurinji Andavar Temple
Kurinji Andavar Temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga. Lord Muruga is also known as Lord Karthik – Son of Shiva and Parvathy, brother of Lord Ganesha. Kurinji Andavar Temple is named after the abundant Kurinji flowers that bloom once in twelve years. Kurinji Andavar Temple was constructed in the year 1936. This temple is located at about 5 km from the bus station. Summer festival is the most anticipated event by the locals and is celebrated in the month of May every year. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during the summer festival to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga. From this temple one can see a view of Palani and Vaigai Dam.

Palani
Palani is located 64 kms away from Kodaikanal and is one of the key tourist attractions in Kodaikanal. Palani is a famous pilgrim center of the South and one of the six abodes of Lord Dhandayuthapani. Direct frequent buses are available from Kodaikanal.

Pambar Falls
Pambar Falls is situated on the Pambar River which is a zip zapping stream that crusaded over a serious of rock formations. Pambar Falls are also known as Grand Cascade. It can be reached by a steep, abrupt path behind the Pambar house. Hence for your safety suitable means of transportation is necessary to reach the falls.

 Pillar Rocks
The Pillar rocks are three granite boulders which are seen standing vertically shoulder to shoulder. These rocks are measuring a height of about 400 feet from the ground and the chambers that are seen between the two pillars are known as Devil's Kitchen. The Pillar rock is full of caves and chasms which prove to be a delight for all adventure seekers. This is the best place to view sunset and the glittering Kodaikanal at night.

Silver Cascade
Silver Cascade waterfall is located just about 8 kms from Kodaikanal. The overflow of Kodaikanal Lake comes down here as 180 feet high falls. The crystal clear water contains various minerals and taking a bath in this fall is very refreshing. Any nature lover can sit and enjoy the beauty of this falls for hours provided he is strong enough to take the force of the water.

Solar Physical Observatory
Built in the year 1889, the Solar Physical Observatory stands on the highest point of the city of Kodaikanal. Positioned at an elevation of 850 feet above the lake, the Observatory is mostly utilized for research purpose in the areas of meteorology and solar physics. It also houses a small museum that has models explaining the complex scientific phenomenon in simple ways.

Thalaiyar Falls
Thalaiyar Falls is the widest falls on the Ghat road to Kodaikanal. It is one of the highest falls in India with a 975 feet drop. Thalaiyar Falls is also known as Rat tail falls.