The star shaped Kodaikanal Lake is a man-made lake which was constructed in the year 1863. Today the lake houses a boat club, a boat house and a boat service tourists. The lake is located in the heart of the town of Kodaikanal and is surrounded by lush green hills, which also are the main watershed for the lake. Enclosing an area of around 60 acres, the lake has an average depth of 3 m. The lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hentry Levinge, who was the collector of Madurai. He came to this place after his retirement and converted this marshy land with several streams of lake.
Kodaikanal Dolmen Circle is one of the leading anthropological sites, dotting the Indian subcontinent. The innumerable dolmens and kistavens provide a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the prehistoric man. According to the erudite researchers and savant scholars, the dolmens date as far back as 5000 BC. However, the ravages of time and centuries of repeated neglect have resulted in their gradual depletion. Unfortunately, there are only two such stone structures that remain standing and intact in the Indian subcontinent.
The way to Berijam Lake is an excellent trekking route. Walking down the slopes between the stretches of gigantic trees, the hike to Berijam Lake is an excellent one. Arguably the most beautiful lake in southern India, the Berijam Lake is one of the popular Kodaikanal Tourist Attractions. Situated at a distance of 21 Kilometers from the heart of the city, the Berijam Lake was brought in front of the public eye by the European settlers. Originally a swamp, the area was cleared to discover the lake.
Located at a short distance of 1 kilometer from the crystal clear lake of Kodaikanal, Coakers Walk is known for its long winding paths, lush green forests and colorful flowers that adorn the place. For the tourists having predilection for this, there is a most befitting place and that is Coakers walk. This place is not much distant from the lake and has been christened after Lt. Coaker, who had drawn up the whole map of the region of Kodaikanal. There is also a telescopic view house near to this Coakers walk whence, it would be possible for the tourists to catch in the sight number of tourist places such as gorgeous valleys, plains and nearby towns.
Pillar Rocks, located at a distance of 8 km from the lake tower, is one of the famous tourist attractions. At this attraction, tourists can see three granite boulders that are standing vertically shoulder to shoulder. Measuring a height of around 400 ft from the ground, these pillars are known for offering birds eye view of the surrounding beautiful vistas. A small and beautifully tended garden, glowing in the colors of the seasonal blooms adds to the charm and the picture perfect beauty of the place. The rock pillars have hidden nooks and corners and cavernous chasms that exude an aura of mystery that delights all adventure enthusiasts.
Bear Shola Falls, located at a distance of 2 km from the Kodaikanal Lake, is another popular tourist spot within the destination. Owing to the fact that in earlier days bears used to come to this fall for drinking water; thus, the falls has got its name as Bear Shola Falls. Situated at a distance of 1.5 km, the fall is one of the most ideal picnic spots in Kodaikanal town. The best time to a visit this lake is during the rainy season. This is because during this season, the beauty of the falls is at its fullness. The shola forest all around will summon the wildlife enthusiast and there is a concrete track for short trek into the deeper backwoods.
Pine forests, In 1906, with a view to growing valuable timber, Mr.Bryant started the Kodaikanal pine plantations in the south-west of Kodaikanal. The pine forest are one among the preserved treasures of kodaikanal which would mesmerize the tourists by its ambiance. Exploring the pine forest on the way to Mannavanur you can see the forest floor roofed by "Magic Mushrooms" -allegedly hallucinogenic-you would try to find out.These pine plantations are apparently pretty familiar with the young Israeli people at vattakanal.
Bryant Park just east of the lake and 500 metres from the bus stand, is a wonderfully maintained 20.5 acres botanical garden. The park was planned and built in 1908 by a forest officer from Madurai, H.D.Bryant, and named after him. With 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses, the park is a rainbow of stunning flowers during the peak season. A large section is dedicated to nearly 740 varieties of roses. There is an 1857 Eucalyptus tree and a Bodhi tree which adds a religious significance to the park. Ornamental plants are cultivated in a nursery for sale. The park organizes horticultural exhibits and flower shows every summer, to coincide with the peak season. Entrance fee to the park is nominal and it is open all year.
Christ the King Church is a highly sacred shrine situated near the Coakers Walk in Kodaikanal. The building of this church was built by American Madurai Mission in 1895. Previously known as the Union Church, this Protestant Church from the colonial period has a clear influence of colonial architecture. Christ the King Church is a typical example of Gothic architecture and is made of granite. A series of stained glasses adorns the windows of the church and wooden chairs are placed in front of the altar. The main altar has a beautiful image of Lord Jesus.
Chettiar Park is about 1.5km uphill from town on the way to the Kurinji Andavar Temple. It is small, pretty and landscaped. It gets crowded with school groups and canoodling couples. Chettiar Park attracts thousands of tourists from different cities and states of the country. Awash with a wide variety of common and rare species of flowers, this park exudes immense beauty at every step. The painstakingly manicured patches of grass and presence of large trees add immeasurable exquisiteness to the park.
Silver Cascade Falls is the first attraction that welcomes the tourists to Kodaikanal on the Madurai - Kodai road, situated on the main Ghat road. Silver Cascade Falls is 8 kms before Kodaikanal as you approach Kodai from Kodai Road. Silver Cascade Falls, a picture perfect spot to explore in Kodaikanal was famous for its clean, pure and glittering water once and resulting in the name Silver Falls. The spillover of Kodaikanal Lake takes a 180 ft dive over a vertical cliff, to sprint into a pool adjacent to the Ghat Road. The excess water from the Kodai Lake flows downward as a fall at about 8 kms from Kodaikanal. This waterfall is pleasing and stimulating during the monsoon when the water is in full flow.
Kurinji Temple, located at a distance of around 5 km from the bus station, is also known as Kurinji Andavar Temple. Dedicated to Lord Muruga, the God of Hills as per the Tamil literature, tourists visiting this temple can enjoy beautiful view of Vaigai dam and Palani hills. In Tamil Language, Kurinji means hilly region, while the word Andavar refers to God. In addition, this temple is also a venue for summer festival, which is celebrated in the month of May every year. During this festival, tourists flock the temple so as to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga.
Dolphin's Nosemi)is flat rock projecting over a breathtaking chasm 6,600 metres (21,700 ft) deep. It is an undisturbed area 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) down a very steep rocky trail beginning soon after Pambar Bridge. To reach Dolphins nose at a distance of 8 kms from the bus stand, one has to follow the route specified here.There is an old road after crossing Pambar Bridge near levinge stream. A rough curve rounds the hillside which leads to a point where a flat rock projects over an awful chesm of 6600 feet deep. This is Dolphins nose. On the way, beautiful views of plains and steepy rocky eascarpeints called rolling hills can be seen. The old village of vellagavi can be reached through the rugged bridle path.
Anju Veedu waterfalls are located in the Dindigul district of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Anju Veedu falls can be found in the Vilpatti range of mountains nestled in the Palar Valley. Amidst the Palani Hills, the Anju Veedu cascade drops down from the Elephant Corridor, hence, named the Elephant Valley falls. The Palar stream originating at the Kodaikanal Lake is the source of the Anju Veedu Falls. Anju Veedu waterfalls lie at a distance of 6.5 kilometers from the Palar Reservoir.
Silent Valley View is located a little away from the Berijam Lake Road where the Pillar Rock is located. The view from here is gorgeous. You can see the extensive green valley below, shrouded by clouds and a perpetual fog, which lend it a woolly appearance. This is something the viewpoint is known for. It is a very relaxing experience and a delightful place for photographers, filmmakers and artists for its picturesque beauty. The viewpoint also leads you to the edge of the cliff. One can spot the narrow ravines below from here. It is however important to carry proper footwear as the place is phenomenally damp owing to the regular spells of rain, lest one could risk slipping from here.
The Guna Caves are very steep set of caves to get in, which increases the risk factor and hence the adventure in exploring the place. Because of its fatal history, visitors are not allowed to enter the cave. Though, it is still a hot spot for clicking pictures. Do not try to explore it on your own as it can be very dangerous. The caves have always had a sinister, dangerous feel to themselves. The huge menacing boulders, pitch dark and treacherous pits, eerie silences and a sudden whoosh of bats flying past you are more than enough to give anyone the creeps!
6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the bus-stand, founded in 1895, is open to the public for viewing their outstanding taxidermy collection of more than 500 species of animals, birds and insects and a living collection of over 300 exotic orchid species. This museum is MNaintained by the Sacred Heart College – Theological Seminary founded in 1895. It is devoted to archaeological remains and the flora and fauna of the hills. One of the best orchidoriums in the country with more that 300 species of orchids is also housed here. It is about 5.6 Kms from the lake. A Spanish Father Ugarthe, contributed his major collections to the Museum. Entrance fee Rs one per head.
Upper Lake View is 3.2 Km from Coaker's Walk on the way to Green Valley View and provides a magnificent view of the Kodaikanal Lake and is worth a couple of snaps. The Star shaped lake with the surrounding hills can be almost fully seen from here. This place was at a midway of upper lake road. A spectacular view of the kodaikanal lake can be enjoyed from this point. This place has no facilities or amenities, but is worthwhile for a quick stop.
La Saleth Church - Kodaikanal is no exception to this and she too hosts our lady of la saleth shrine possessing the traditional heritage of 150 years and it is one of the two shrines dedicated to our lady of La saleth in the whole World, one in French and the other in Kodaikanal. It is near to Coaker's Walk. An extraordinary celebration takes places at la sallette church every year on the 14th and 15th of August. This brings about the conclusion of a Nine -day festival. This celebration attracts worshipers from entire south India, irrespective of religion,creed or faith. The festival is distinct by means of extraordinary service and a special procession.
Thalaiyar falls also known as rat tail falls located in the palani hills .it is 975ft(297m) tall and it is the highest waterfall in tamilnadu,The third highest in India and 267th Highest in the World On a clear day rat tail falls is visible from the dum dum rock view point on the Batalugundu to kodaikanal Ghat Road 3.6 kms away to the west.it appers across the valley as a long thin white strip of cascading water on a background of black rock cliff face that just out of the foothills. The very edge at the top of the falls has a low concrete wall on either side concentrating the flow of water to focus the falls into a better rat tail shape. One can walk along the wall and get near the center of the falls.
Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the bus-stand on Observatory Road, at 2,343 metres (7,687 ft) is the highest location near Kodai. The first observations were commenced here in 1901.Former Director John Evershed, discovered the phenomenon of radial motion in sunspots, now known as the Evershed effect. The Kodaikanal Terrestrial Telescope can view a grand panorama including: Sothupparai Dam, Vaigai Dam, Periyakulam and Varaha river. This Indian Institute of Astrophysics facility has a comprehensive Astronomical Science museum with organized public tours, access to the astronomy library, and scheduled night-time telescopic sky viewing.
Situated behind the Pambar house and at a distance of 4 km away from the popular kodaikanal lake, Pambar Fall is one of the attractive sightseeing in kodaikanal. Pambar Falls in kodaikanal is also popular as “Green Cascade” among the tourists. This waterfall situated between the giant hills of Kodaikanal is quite attractive and unmatched. However, the roads are not easy to reach the Pambar falls in kodaikanal, due to the smooth surface of waterfall people feels risky to go upside. After the famous ad shoot of Liril soap Pambar Falls Kodaikanal became the local attraction. Here you will see many tourist with their family & friends as It is a beautiful place to get photos in Kodaikanal.
"The Kodaikanal golf course is dotted with magnificient trees. A very mature tree cover makes some of the holes very challenging with a premium on accuracy off the tree". Kodaikanal Golf Course was established in 1895. During the Golf Tour of Kodaikanal one can enjoy the scenic beauty of Kodaikanal. There is a beautiful Lake just 5 kms away from this Golf Club. This course is located about 6 kms from the city center. This course is spread over 150 acres. Holes like 'Tiger Hole', Devil's Dip and 'Cardiac' are some of the interesting and difficult holes in this Golf Course.
The charming hill station Kodai is situated around 7500 ft above sea level and stands amidst the southern crest of the upper Palani hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. In the Tamil language, the name Kodaikanal means the "Gift of the Forests" and owing to its natural, scenic beauty Kodaikanal is also referred to as the "Princess of Hill Stations". Kodaikanal has long been popular as a tourist destination and is much has a much cooler climate as compared to cities like Chennai and Bangalore. Established in 1845, the local economy of Kodaikanal is based on the hospitality and tourism industry.
Climate varies over the range, but much of the plateau receives an average of more than 1500 mm. of rainfall annually, with no more than four dry months. In the higher areas mean day temperatures in the coolest months are below 17°C. The temperature of Kodaikanal is quasi-temperate, with summer (April-May) temperatures touching 24°C. max. during the day and 13°C. min. at night. Winter (December-January) temperatures hover between 16°C. max. and 7°C. min. Normal life in and around Kodaikanal has been affected by bone-biting cold and heavy mist.
From the earliest times, indeed throughout the history of civilization, people from around the world have held the rose close to their hearts. The earliest known gardening was the planting of roses along the most travelled routes of early nomadic humans. We are surrounded by a world of colours. We often see the need for colours in life. And so we like colourful things. Rose stands high among them. We associate it with some significant moments and memories. This unique flower has found a great place in history. This pretty flower is a symbol of love and beauty. This flower blooms in many colours and contrasts. The loveliness of this flower makes it a perfect present.
Kurinji is the name of a flower which blossomes once in 12 years in the Kodaikanal hills. The last blossom was on the year 2006 and the next blossom in on 2018. Palani Hills like a carpet during its flowering season. The most common and best known species, Stroilanthes Kunthianus (Kurinji) occurs on the dry slopes of the eastern side of the hills, where there is little or no tree forest. It is tall bushy shrub, sometimes eight to ten feet high, and covered with a profusion of bright blue bell-like flowers.