Kodaikanal Sightseeing

Kodaikanal : Being one of the most well known hill resorts in India, Kodaikanal is situated on the southern pinnacle of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Surrounded with rocks, woods, serene lakes and soothing air to embrace, Kodaikanal is the desired destination for tourists across the globe. At an altitude of about 2,133 mts, this tourist spot is spread across an area of 21.45-sq-km. Hill-plantain fruits and plums are best to be tasted here.

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#Kodaikanal Lake
Kodaikanal Lake, a man-made lake, is located in the Kodaikanal city of Dindigul district,
Tamil Nadu. Considered as one of the most popular geographic landmarks and tourist attractions, this lake is located at a distance of 3 km from the bus stand. Perched at an elevation of 2,285 m above sea level, this lake is star shaped. 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.Tourists visiting this artificial lake can take a walk around this lake or can enjoy several activities such as cycle rides and horse rides. In addition, fishing can also be done at this lake; however tourists need to obtain permission from Inspector of Fisheries. Boating can also be enjoyed on this lake, for which boats are provided by Tamil  Nadu Tourist Development Corporation and Kodaikanal Boat & Rowing Club.

# Coaker’s Walk
Coaker’s Walk, discovered in 1872, has been named after Lt. Coaker. Located on the southern slopes of this beautiful hill station, Coaker’s Walk is a paradise for nature lovers. Situated at a distance of 1 km from the lake of Kodaikanal, this place is known for its long winding paths, forests and flowers present.The major attraction of this place is the Telescope House that offers beautiful view of valley and its nearby towns. Tourists visiting this place are required to purchase a ticket for entering Coaker’s Walk. The ideal time to make a visit to Coaker’s Walk is before 2:30 in the afternoon. This is because after 2:30 pm, the mist starts setting all over by the late afternoon.

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#Silver Cascade Fall
Silver Cascade Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls, is the first attraction that unfolds to tourist, located on the Madurai – Kodaikanal road, on way to Kodaikanal. This waterfall is the result of excess water in the Kodai Lake, which comes down as a fall. Silver Cascade Falls is located at a distance of around 8 km from Kodaikanal.Considered to be an ideal location for nature lovers, this falls is 180 ft high. Owing to the presence of various minerals in the water of this fall, taking a bath in this fall is refreshing. In addition, this fall also serves as a halting point for vehicles and tourists as there are several shops dotted around, which sell fruits and other forest products.

#Pillar Rock
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 bird’s eye view of the surrounding beautiful vistas. The chambers that are between the two pillars are also known as Devil’s Kitchen.
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 Bryant Park

#Bryant Park
Bryant Park, a botanical garden, is situated on the eastern side of ‘The Lake’. Conceived and landscaped in 1980 by a British Army Officer, Glenn Bryant. At this botanical garden, every year in the month of May, an annual flower and vegetable show is organised. In addition, it is one of the most visited attractions during the summer months. The garden also houses a glasshouse, which comprises a wide assortment of flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants.

#Berijam Lake
Berijam Lake, located at a distance of 21 Kilometres from the heart of the city, the lake is one of the most popular attractions of Kodaikanal. This lake was introduced to the public by European settlers. Known for its serene beauty, the area on which the lake is present was originally a swamp, which was cleared so as to discover the lake.Surrounded by green pine population, this lake is the main source for Periyakulam Town, which is located in  proximity to Kodaikanal. Tourists visiting the lake can spot bison and leopard along with chirping birds. This lake can only be visited after obtaining the permission from the District Forest Officer, as it is not open to general public. Berijam Lake is a place where tourists can enjoy plethora of activities such as boating, walking and trekking. Boating is one of the most popular activities that tourists can enjoy at this lake. Water of this lake is abode to several known and unknown species of fish, which makes it angler’s heaven.

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 Kurinji_Andavar_Temple,_Kodaikanal #Kurinji Temple
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.

Kodaikanal Sightseeing

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