Favourite among the Honeymooners, this charming place is one of the most visited tourist destinations which offers its visitors boat rides, nature walks, hiking, trekking and rock-climbing.
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. An average of 165 cms of rain falls every year, mostly during the north-east monsoon from June to September.
Fascinating facts about Kodaikanal
- Kodaikanal was first spotted in 1821 by a British Lieutenant, Ward.
- Kodaikanal boasts of the 'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years.
- The name Kodaikanal means the "gift of the forest".
Some Must-See places in Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal is a natural paradise, which is surrounded by lakes, waterfalls and beautiful parks that are sufficient to lure any tourist.
This outstanding man-made lake was created by Sir Vere Henry Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai. The lake spreads out in a star shape over 60 acres and is surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 km length. Boating on the lake and pony rides around it are some of the popular activities that attract the tourists.
Founded in 1895, this museum is an outstanding collection of more than 300 exotic orchid species, artifacts of the ancient Paliyans tribe and wide-ranging collection of birds.
It is one of the beautiful picnic spots in Kodaikanal and is surrounded by pine forest. Rich in natural beauty, this 3 km long lake is located 21 km away from the Kodaikanal bus stand.
This botanical garden is situated on the eastern side of the Berijam Lake and is known for flowers, hybrids and rafts. Here, the annual horticultural show is conducted every summer in the month of May.
Located at Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal, the Telescope House facilitates visitors to have a panoramic view of the valley and nearby towns. A fee is collected for viewing.
Green Valley View
This place is popular for its panaromic views of the mountains. Another amazing fact about this attraction is its 5000 feet drop from the top.
Hotels in Kodaikanal
- Villa Retreat
- Le Poshe by Sparsa
- The Fern Creek
- Lilly's Valley Resort
- Kodai Resort
- The Carlton
- JC Residency
- Holiday Home
Religious Places in Kodaikanal
- The Palani Temple
- Kurinji Andavar Temple
- Christ the King Church
- Lutheran Church
- St Peters Church
- Sacred Heart Church
- St. Xavier's Church
How to Reach Kodaikanal
By Air: The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is in Madurai, which is 120 km away. You can get a bus from the airport to reach Kodaikanal.
By Rail: To reach the hill station by train, you have to get down at Kodai Road. From Kodai Road you can take a taxi to reach the main city which is located at a distance of 100 km.
By Road: There are regular bus services that connect Kodaikanal with Chennai, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, Madurai and many more.
Last Updated on : March 14, 2017
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