Kodaikanal: Bryant Park in Kodaikanal is getting ready for this year's flower show. The two-decade-old glass house for display of plants has been renovated and was opened to the public on New Year's Day. Though the hill destination is experiencing cold weather now, preliminary works are underway to host the annual show in May. The glass house, which was constructed in 1993, is spread over 250 sq meters. It is crucial for keeping plants fresh during the show. This year the glass house will showcase about 3,000 types of potted plants including daffodils, orchids, ferns, begonia, primula, fibrose and ornamental cabbage, said S Raja Mohamed, deputy director of horticulture.
Indian Bison are the most striking and commonly sighted of the large mammals of the plateau. Hikes into likely habitats enhance the likelihood of seeing these majestic wild bovines. Animals ranging in number from muscular solitary bulls, trios and small family groups to large herds comprising 15-20 individuals of all sizes and age are present.
Boating at the Kodai Lake is a must when on holiday in Kodaikanal. Boat rides are available generally for 30 minute cruises, depending on the type of boat (single/ double pedal/ row). We could enquire at the Kodaikanal Boat and Rowing Club. This is the perfect outing especially when with kids.
Horse riding at Kodai Lake is one of the adventurous activities you can indulge in, while in Tamil Nadu. Take the help of a guide or ride yourself to explore the city at its best. Horse riding around these idyllic hill forests and estates are a wonderful experience. You can rent a horse for just one ride, an hour or the whole day. If you prefer to gallop out on your own through the fresh hill air. Around the Kodai Lake is the preferred landscape around which horse riding is done.
Kodai is home to the endangered grizzled giant squirrel, which is of great interest to nature lovers. The Indian giant squirrel is an upper-canopy dwelling species, which rarely leaves the trees, and requires "tall profusely branched trees for the construction of nests." It travels from tree to tree with jumps of up to 6 m (20 ft). When in danger, the Ratufa indica often freezes or flattens itself against the tree trunk, instead of fleeing. Its main predators are the birds of prey and the leopard. The Giant Squirrel is mostly active in the early hours of the morning and in the evening, resting in the midday. It is a shy, wary animal and not easy to discover.
The climate of Kodaikanal is very pleasant and cool all round the year. Due to the high altitude the hill station enjoys a temperate subtropical climate.
The fruits and vegetables in Kodaikanal are famous for their freshness and quality. Peaches, Pears, Grapes , Plums and all the other fruits of temperate hills are grown here.
Kodaikanal, an idyllic hill resort crowning the Palani Hills of South India is a tourist's haven with cascading waterfalls, rocky woods, rolling valleys, sylvan lakes and a congenial ambiance. Amongst the wondrous natural rhapsodies of the hill station, the Falls in Kodaikanal hold a special place.
The park is full with elegantly maintained trees & flowers in kodaikanal. Visitors get mad by viewing not one or two but around seven hundred varieties of roses in a single large section of the park.