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What You Should Know More About Kodaikanal

  • Travel advice:

    • Tamil Nadu is a blend of different religions and cultures. So, all you women traveling to Kodaikanal, please ensure that you dress in a manner that is not offensive or overly exposing.  

    • Bring mosquito repellants, you’ll need it here.

    • If you see signs of ‘No Photography’, don’t take pictures there.

    • Beware of buying branded shoes, clothing or accessory from the street shops. They are 99% fake.

    • Make sure you are alert and don’t let anyone deceive you.

    • Travel with an escort when going around during night hours.

    • Avoid eating at wayside eateries. The food here can be really spicy which might not go well with people who have a delicate system.

    • Monkeys here get really wild sometimes. Do not flash food around the monkeys.

    • Don’t buy, sell or use narcotics.

    • Carry a photo copy of your important documents like passport, license, ID proof, etc.

    • Don’t flash valuables in public.

    • Some areas are considered unsafe for foreigners here. Avoid going there!

    • Bring some essential medicines from home.

    • Avoid eating in an empty restaurant.

  • Drinking laws

    The legal age for drinking in Kodaikanal is 21 years.


  • Our Recommendations: What You Can’t Afford To Miss?

    Berijam Lake

    Berijam Lake is encompassed by the scenic cover of greenery. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna and also serves as the key source for the drinking water to all the nearby villages. To visit the area, you’ll need a special permit from the forest department. Only a few vehicles are permitted in this region. The key attractions and the places to see here include the lake view, fire tower and the medicine forest. Between the time span of 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the afternoon, the entry is restricted as several wild animals such as deer, snakes, panther and bison can be spotted here near the lake. 



    Coakers Walk

    One key tourist attraction of Kodaikanal is Coakers Walk. Built on the slopes of a hillock, it is a

    1 km long pathway that is indeed one of the most serene places of India. This long walk of a kilometer offers the tourists with the most alluring views of the hills. There is a rare phenomenon here where your shadow is cast on the clouds surrounding the area known as the Brocken Spectre can be seen.


    Kodaikanal Lake

    Kodai Lake or the Kodaikanal Lake is a beautiful star studded lake that is located amidst the calmest and the serene environment. It is spread over the length of 5 km and is a home to different birds. Path near the shore of the lake is definitely one of the most sought after tourist attraction. Tourists come here to explore and enjoy the beauty of the nature and take a long casual walk. Boating in the raw boats or the pedal boats is an important thing to do. You can also rent bicycles and horses here.


    Kurinji Andavar Temple

    Dedicated to Kartikeya or Lord Murugan, the Kurinji Andavar Temple is a home to the much

    renowned kurunji flower that blooms only once in 12 years. Established in the year 1936 by the European lady after adopting Hinduism, the temple is also known as ‘Lady Ramanathan’. It is a great attraction and is extremely popular amongst the tourists accredited to the flower and the surrounding views it offers.


    Dolphin’s Nose

    Dolphin’s Nose is a phenomenal trekking spot of Kodaikanal. It is basically a rock that projects over a wide chasm which has a huge depth of 2000 meters. The peculiar shape of the rock is the reason behind its interesting name. Once can witness the most significant and alluring views of the Western Ghats from here. Hidden attractions like Liril Falls and Pambar are also great for sightseeing.


    Bryant Park

    Spread over a vast area of 20.5 acres of land, the Bryant Park is an incredible picnic spot in Tamil Nadu. Situated in the eastern end of the Kodaikanal Lake, the botanical garden is filled with a vast flora that includes 325 species of the cactus, shrugs and trees. There are over 740 species of roses here. It can be a great idea to visit this beautiful place where you can simply sit, relax and get lost in the green surroundings.


    Kodaikanal Solar Observatory

    Kodaikanal Solar Observatory lies at an elevation of 2,343 meters above sea level. It is indeed the highest point location here. Commenced in 1901, the observation was founded in the year 1989. This spot not just offers different scientific attractions to the visitors but also offers the most breathtaking views atop. When in South India, don’t miss out on this tourist attraction.  


    Green Valley Point

    Formerly known as the suicide point, its name was changed for the obvious reasons. Green Valley Point is majorly popular for its panoramic views of the hills and the mountains. With a height of 5000 feet descend from the top, you can view the pillar rocks that were hoisted and scaled by an English adventurer.


  • What you will like here?

    Stay at the Villa Retreat

    Situated right next to the Coaker’s Walk, the villa offers fascinating view of the Kodaikanal valley. Clouds here throw shadows over the sky high mountains with alternating patches of the crops and forests that spread over the terrain. Villa Retreat is cozy and a quite place that is built on a stone with humongous love. Run by husband, wife and their son, this villa is a great place to stay when on your Kodaikanal Tour. Scenery is picture perfect, food is just great and the routine of simply lazing around and doing nothing is something that all therapists will recommend.  


    Blooms and blooms, everywhere

    Everywhere you set your eyes in Kodaikanal, there are flowers and flowers everywhere. All the flowers are multi hued and available in a massive range of colors like red, purples, oranges, white, reds and pinks. It rather looks like a painter’s paradise. Do plan a holiday in June as the weather here is just perfect then. Rain is adequate and there is just enough sunshine to keep you warm. Rainbows are a frequent site during this time of the month.


    Pine Forest

    The aroma of the pine forest is something that you’ll never regret. It will elate your lungs and give your senses a natural orgasm that they deserve. Pine cones are scattered everywhere here. Ground in Kodaikanal looks more like a bed of sharp but soft pine needles that tend to drown your footsteps. Sun plays hide and seek with you but you can definitely catch a glimpse of it once the shadow of it is seen on the ground. It is swamped by the tourists during the weekends, do it is better to plan a weekday trip. Don’t forget to walk around and bask in the glory of the atmosphere here.


    Food

    Food here is authentic. They have traditional flavors of South India that you’ll keep gushing about after eating just once. Do try some South Indian dishes in the restaurants around.


    Sunrise/sunset

    When you are on a holiday in the place which is a visual paradise in every way, how can you not experience the scenic beauty of the sunrise or sunset. During your stay, you definitely must experience at least one sunrise or sunset. It is indeed worth the two hours of your lost sleep.


    Shopping

    In Kodaikanal you cannot stop yourself from getting your hands on some home made chocolates. Kodai is majorly known for its home-made chocolates. You’ll just find all sorts of it and that too in abundance. Shopping for Eucalyptus oil is another thing you cannot miss out here. The oil here is so pure and magical that a single whiff can very well cure even the most severe flu.


    Walk around

    Roads in Kodaikanal are wide, near empty and very inviting.  They are weather perfect round the year. You’ll find a number of churches, squares, English houses and cyclists here.


    Visit the boathouse

    Not for anything else but just for the quaint and old location and a variety of ducks going quack quack, you must visit the boat house. Don’t forget to carry your camera here.


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  • When is the best time to visit Kodaikanal?

    Kodaikanal contains a moderate climate throughout the year as it is a hill station, so one can easily plan a visit whenever they want. Apart from it, each season in Kodaikanal gives you a different experience.

     

    Winters:

    • During the winters the place becomes most pleasant to visit with an average temperature between 30c to 8c, making it the most romantic time for the couples. During this time you can also be a part of their festive culture of pongal.

     

    Summers:

    • The month from March to May is most suitable for sightseeing along with different outdoor activities.

     

    Autumn:

    • But among all the months the month of September is the most preferable for tourists as the minimum rain and ideal weather makes the place best for both couples and also for sightseeing.

  • How to reach Kodaikanal?

    There are many means of transport that can take you to your destination without any hurdles.

    • By Air: If you are travelling by air then the nearest airport from Kodaikanal is Madurai which is about 120 kilometers away. There are also two more distinct airports such as Trichy airport and the Coimbatore airport which are 150 kilometers and 175 kilometers away respectively from the Kodaikanal. After getting off from the plan you can easily find a bus to take you to your destination or even you can rent a taxi or book a car according to your comfort.

     

    • By Road: If you want to travel by road then you can find bus services that will take you to the place from cities like Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, and many more.

     

    • By Train: If you are coming by train then you have to get down at the Kodai Road and then hire a taxi to reach Kodaikanal.

     

  • What are the different things or activities to do in Kodaikanal?

    There are so many exciting things to do in Kodaikanal. Starting from historical places heading to the cultural attractions, the place gives you a list of exhaustive local attractions. The first place that a traveller should visit is

    • The Kodaikanal Lake which is known as the heart of the town. A stroll around the lake or even a boat ride on the still water will make your day filled with satisfaction.
    • Then comes the second most famous attraction, the Pillar Rocks which is a cluster of three rocks standing over 122 meters and is taken as one of the proud beauty of the town.
    • The Kodaikanal town is also famous for its pet name, the walker’s paradise, as it gives you a never ending pleasure and satisfaction while strolling lazily or even taking a picturesque walk, it will never fail to surprise you.

    Apart from these, three heartthrob places the town provides you with many more exciting destinations like

    • The pine forest of Kodaikanal,
    • The Bryant park,
    • The bear shola falls and many more such exciting places.

  • Which are the best resorts to stay in Kodaikanal?

    The hill town of Kodaikanal provides you best of the hotel s and resorts to make your stay comfortable and secure. There are many five start and in budget hotels and resorts in Kodaikanal that one can find luxurious as well as comfortable to live while their journey in the town.

    • The Lilly's Valley Resort
    • Treebo 4u Resort
    • United 21 Resort,
    • La Poshe,
    • JC Residency

    These are some top rated resorts and hotels that gives you the best service in the Kodaikanal town. You can even book rooms online according to your budget and preference.

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Kodaikanal?

    In the entire country, the mode of transport in some places are similar. So the town of Kodaikanal also contains the service of

    • Buses,
    • Taxies,
    • Trains as a mode of public transport to take you to one place to another while sightseeing or even to the far places.
    • One can also book a private taxi or a car to reach one place to another according to their interest, time and budget. But to spend a precious time without any hurry the best accommodation is renting a private car or taxi so that you can spend as long as you want at a place.

  • Which are the best places for shopping in Kodaikanal?

    The town of Kodaikanal is home to raw and fresh products that are easily available in any store around the place. The famous and best market places like Anna Salai and ‘Eco nut’ markets will provide you with every sort of thing that you want to buy.

    • The Anna Salai Market place is popularly famous for its excellent and fresh vegetables and fruits which are available at very cheap price.
    • The Eco Nut Market site is the home to homemade chocolates, marshmallows and cheese that are easily available in any bakeshop in the town.
    • The street side located small stores and shops will surprise you with a wide range of woollen products, beautiful and fresh flowers, handmade articles, hot snakes, toys, medicinal herbs and oils and many more such products to go banana over.
    • One can also find best aromatherapy products which are natural and effective in the town of Kodaikanal.

  • What is the best local cuisine herein? Where can I get to try it out?

    The town of Kodaikanal provides you with much kind of dishes and exotic cuisines to experiment your taste buds.

    • Local stuffs and beverages are easily available in any small cafes in the market area and the best south Indian is sold on the streets of the hospital road.
    • To have some breakfast and yummy shakes, the one snack on the seven roads is the best option.
    • The town is also famous for its stock of pure honey, herbal tea and organic dried fruits which are easily available in any market place.

  • Which are the famous treks in Kodaikanal?

    The town of Kodaikanal is also famous for its places providing best trekking trips. The best trekking trail in that is famous and popular in the town is the trail from Kodaikanal to Munnar, starting from the famous Berijam Lake and ending at the top station, about 30 km from Munnar. It is a most go trekking trail in Kodaikanal.

  • What are the adventure activities that can be enjoyed in Kodaikanal?

    There are some extraordinary adventure activities in Kodaikanal that will leave you bewitched.

    • Boating,
    • Cycling,
    • Horse riding,
    • Fishing, trekking,
    • Mountain biking,
    • Tent camping which can be arranged according to your wish and preference along with roller skating.

     

    The grand adventure of Kodaikanal is home to many such fun packed ideas which will make you see the beauty of the town of Kodaikanal in a very distinctive and innovative way.

  • What are the best camping locations in Kodaikanal?

    There are two most popular camping sites in Kodaikanal are: 

    • Kodai camp of the habitat explorers, and
    • the second one is the pearl county. These two camping stations provide the visitors the best camping experience in the entire Kodaikanal.

  • Which are the most famous places for sightseeing in Kodaikanal?

    Kodaikanal is an exquisite place containing some wonderful sites where you can go for a trail or even a hang out doing nothing. There are many places available for sightseeing in Kodaikanal such as:

    • Kodai Lake
    • The suicide point or the green valley view
    • Pillar rocks, bear shola falls
    • Devil’s Kitchen
    • Coakers Walk
    • Berijam Lake and many more such places that is an exquisite treat for a traveller's eyes.

  • Where can one enjoy rock climbing in Kodaikanal?

    When it comes to mountain climbing, this beautiful city is one of the best destinations to opt for. Being a hill station there are many beautiful rock climbing sites in Kodaikanal such as

    • Perumal Peak,
    • Pillar Rocks,
    • Guna caves and many more. These places will provide you a thrilling rock climbing experience.

  • Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Kodaikanal?

    One can also enjoy Jeep Safari in Kodaikanal, being a mountain zone area, this city is home to some beautiful wildlife sanctuaries like

    • Palni hills wild life sanctuaries
    • Slope East
    • Kallar
    • Allinagaram and many more such wildlife reservoirs where you can come close with the nature’s beauty and its habitats.

  • Which are can I enjoy a bird safari in Kodaikanal?

    The hilly area of the Kodaikanal area hosts the most beautiful bird reservoir in India, the Palani hills wildlife sanctuary that allows a traveller to enjoy some of the breathtaking birds present in the sanctuary.

Traveller Tales from Kodaikanal

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Sashidhar Donthi

29 September 2017

"Actually it's not a trek to pillar rocks, it was a nice forest trek near pillar rocks and it was amazing. went in to dense forest with guide Mr.Vijay. He was very knowledgeable and had a good trek with him. Would definitely recommend this trek."

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Abhishek Shrivastava

30 November 2016

It was a well managed trekking tour. Our tour guide Michael was also good and a knowledgeable person with complete information of the terrain and treks........

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Sashidhar Donthi

29 September 2017

"It was a nice waterfall trek, but a short one and guide Mr.Vijay extended the trek and took us to a cliff with a fabulous views, enjoyed a family trek."

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