10 Places to Visit in Kodaikanal, Tourist Places & Attractions

The scenic beauty of the ‘Princess of Hills’, as it is famously known will lure you to come again. This enticing city is a perfect destination for your weekend getaway from Bangalore. Kodaikanal means ‘The gift of the forest’. This city of Tamil Nadu is situated in Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu.

Distance from Bangalore:
A total distance of 470 kms approx needs to be covered to reach Kodaikanal from Bangalore.

Attractions:
The enchanting waterfalls, beautiful sceneries and rich diversity of trees and animals make it a must-visit place.

Activities:
Visit the Suicide Point or sit and enjoy the breathtaking view from the green valley point. Enjoy trekking at Palani Hills, or meander in middle of Kodai Lake. Marvel at the pillar rocks and enjoy a sunset by the Dolphin’s neck. There are lot of activities that you can indulge in.

Where to Stay: Best places to stay in Kodaikanal

Best time to visit:
The ideal time to visit this place is during monsoon. Months between June to September are the  most favourable ones to pay a visit here. However, September is considered to be the best month for site viewing.
Kodaikanal Lake
Situated at Kodaikanal city the Kodaikanal Lake is an artificial lake and is also called Kodai Lake by the locals. Vera Levinge is known as the man liable for the inventiveness and assets of this lake amid Kodaikanal town. Kodai Lake is planned at the height of 2285m above ocean level and has a normal depth of 3.0m. The lake is located just 3 km from the Kodai Bus stand, so it is effortless to reach here.

A dumbfounding milestone of the city, Kodaikanal Lake is an astonishing gateway to unwind and loosen up amid the rich vistas that will fade every one of your burdens and weariness away. This star-shaped lake is the symbol of excellence, its charm still is verdant to cause you to go wow over the scene here. It is additionally captivating that it has been a classic area for sufficient Bollywood motion pictures adding more perfection to them through the exciting landscape of Kodaikanal.Thus,

Kodai Lake is an ideal treat to enjoy your end of the week here, and you can pick the extravagance resorts arranged close by to make the most out of your outing here. There are activities which adds more enjoyment and significance to this place, and it will keep you occupied. Later, when you get the opportunity and save some time, you can sit by this astonishing artificial Lake and loosen up your day by day focuses. It works inconceivably for the individuals who revere nature and the more you value this spot, the more enticed you will be here.

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Kodaikanal Solar Observatory

The Kodaikanal Observatory is situated on the tip of Southern India's lovely Palani range hills. Today Indian Institute of Astrophysics operates Kodaikanal Solar Observatory that was earlier Madras observatory. The observatory is currently managed by Indian Institute of Astrophysics, IIAP. Earlier the observatory was known as Solar Physics Observatory that later converted to its current name. The longitudinal setting of this scientific abode makes it one of a kind spot to examine solar behavior.

The observatory houses the most comprehensive compilation of solar data, from as far as the 19th century. Furthermore, the place has an unusual geography that makes it especially the perfect spot to experience proper cosmic observations. At present, it features all the modern imaging apparatus and is the must-visit location to observe the celestial events. Visitors can see a 20 cm refractor here that helps in comet observations and to view relevant occultation event.

The Observatory also boasts a famous Astronomy museum on campus for the tourists. The displays here are chiefly pictorial, backed by a couple of models. Visitors can also see the live solar image and the Fraunhofer spectrum while museum touring. The trip to the epitome of learning ground will present all the visitors with a core knowledge and display of all the astronomical elements researched here by far. Also, the biggest highlight is trying your own hands with the equipment present here to upgrade your aptitudes and enjoy discovering the magical galaxy.

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Guna Caves

Located away from the main city of Kodaikanal on the Pillar Rocks Road, Guna Caves is one of the mysterious tourist attractions in Kodaikanal that promises an enthralling experience. Originally known as Devil’s Kitchen, these caves are actually caverns formed between the three boulders of the mountain.

The Guna Caves have been formed at an altitude of 2230 metres. Though the caves were discovered in 1821 itself, they gained huge tourist attraction only after the Tamil movie “Guna” shot here became a massive hit. Today, parts of the caves can be seen from a distance. Bats are found in plenty inside the Guna Caves which make the place look scary.

The path through the pine forests from the main entrance of the Guna Caves to the actual caves looks out-of-the-world. The huge roots of the pine trees are found everywhere outside the soil and promise a good scope for photography at this tourist spot.

There exists a hairline difference between thrill and danger here which is why it is best to visit the Guna caves with a sensible gang of friends or under the supervision of a guide. There are warning signs all through the path leading through from the main entrance to the hilltop.

The narrow ravines inside the caves are now closed to the public. The damp soil, crisp mountain air, cold weather, and the perplexing caves ahead make one’s trip to this place definitely unforgettable.

The Guna Caves are surrounded by many other tourist spots like Pine Tree Forest, Suicide Point, and Dolphin Nose Viewpoint that can be clubbed together to make your trip even more exciting.

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Kumbakkarai Falls

The Kumbakkarai Falls is a scenic, peaceful and pleasant waterfall that can be found in the state of Tamil Nadu, in Dindigul district. The district of Dindigul is about 9 kilometres away from the town of Periyakulam, which is a municipality in Theni district in the region of Madurai.

Located in the foothills of the Kodaikanal Hills, the Kumbakkarai Falls is one amongst the many well-known Falls in the same region. The water of this waterfall originates in the Kodaikanal Hills and flows down the rocks in two natural stages.

In the first stage, the water collects in the deep cradles of a wide rock, then flows down a stretch of 0.5 km in the form of the Pambar River, before it drops down into a breathtaking waterfall over a steep rock face. The pools formed by the river in the first stages of the waterfall are named after various wild animals such as elephants, lions, tigers, snakes, etc.

Kumbakkarai is the spot where the water of the river drops at the foothills of the Kodaikanal Hills. This area in the foothills has become a popular tourist spot now, as people visit this place from all over the country to take in its natural, scenic beauty. The peace and tranquillity of this place, along with a soothing expanse of undisturbed nature makes it the perfect getaway for city-dwellers.

Tourists are also allowed to bathe in the waters of the Kumbakkarai Falls. The crystal-clear water of the Falls is enriched with natural minerals and herbs which has incredibly therapeutic benefits as well.

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Coakers Walk
Coaker’s Walk is a 1 km long stretch of paved path located in the southern hill stations of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal. Many tourists visit the place for morning and evening walks or get a glimpse of the sunsets or sunrises. The overlooking view is surrounded by hills, plateaus and rivers.

Coaker’s Walk was constructed in the year 1972 by Lieutenant Coaker. It is situated at a distance of 0.8 kilometres from the Kodaikanal Bus Stand and one kilometre from the Kodaikanal Railway Station. In fact, it is only 500 meters away from Kodaikanal Lake, or Kodai Lake. The pathway toward the ascent of this steep slope commences at Van Allen Hospital and traverses the surroundings of St. Peter’s Church. At either of its edges, the pathway is flanked with fences in order to avoid any unwanted accidents from occurring.

Towards the southeast direction of the Coaker’s Walk lies Pamber River, while the city of Madurai and the sunset point Dolphin’s Nose lie in the southern direction. The place is a hotspot for activities like cycling, photography and nature walks.

Apart from that, there are vendors inside the Coaker’s Walk selling bhel and sliced mangoes with masala that are bought by many tourists. There are also some roadside stalls selling warm clothes, t-shirts and scarves within the periphery of the park at reasonable rates, thus attracting the attention of those interested in buying them.
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Berijam Lake

Berijam Lake is a natural freshwater lake that is situated at a distance of 22 Km from the Kodaikanal bus stand. It has moved ahead to be one of the leading tourist destinations in Kodaikanal since 1990. The lake not only offers amazing refreshing scenic beauty for nature lovers but at the same time it also serves as a home to numerous other wildlife creatures.

Tourists who love to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city mostly visit this lake. You can come here with your family and friends to make memories that will last for ages.The major attraction of the Berijam lake is the sparkling blue crystalline water. This makes it difficult for nature lovers to resist the grandeur of the place.

There are a number of activities like fishing, bird watching, safari tours to do here in the middle of this stunning and surreal location. In the early days, tourists used to relish boating in this wonderful lake, however,  the local administration has banned boating in this lake to preserve the natural freshwater.

The main reason for banning boating in the lake is that the water from the lake is used as drinking water for a nearby town. 
Let us uncover bit by bit about this treasured natural treasure trove of Kodaikanal.

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Pillar Rocks

Pillar Rocks, in the small town of Kodaikanal, is not only a stunning tourist attraction but also a place with a fascinating history. The place is known for its scenic beauty and serenity, which people seek out for a rejuvenating holiday. While there are many interesting places to see when you are in Kodaikanal, there are none quite like the Pillar Rocks. These consist of three giant rock formations that stand tall at a height of 400 feet from the ground. Towering over the plains of Kodaikanal, they offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding natural beauty from its many vantage points.

The Pillar Rocks are sought out by rock climbers, trekkers, hikers, mountain climbers and even families and friends who are in for an adventure-filled time in Kodaikanal. These rocks rise vertically upward from the ground and have remained untouched by the human hand which makes it even more interesting. There are several hidden nooks and crannies in the rocks that are worth exploring, with each offering a unique view of the surrounding landscape.

There are also other natural attractions in the nearby areas such as the Devil’s Kitchen, which is the crags in between the rocks, as well as a scenic mini-garden, which itself is also an attractive viewpoint. You can also find food stalls selling local delicacies near the garden. All in all, the Pillar Rocks is the perfect place for a serene picnic or an adventure-filled weekend with your loved ones, when you are in Kodaikanal.

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Dolphin’s Nose Kodaikanal

Situated at a distance of 8km from the Queen of Hills, Dolphin’s Nose Kodaikanal is something you should never miss on. With an altitude of 6600 feet, the Dolphin’s Nose offers enthralling views of the entire city. Rugged terrains, clear skies, plunged valleys, and the splendour of lush green surroundings is what sums up the beauty of Dolphin’s Nose.

The cliff is tucked atop a flat and protruding rock piece. It gives it a resemblance to the shape of the nose of a dolphin. This how the cliff got its identity worldwide. Even at such a height, Mother Nature has made this place available and easily accessible for tourism. So, if you are looking to spice up your Kodaikanal visit with an additional flavor, get on your adventurous sporting shoes and start ascending the route of Dolphin’s nose.

For some, the path to the Dolphin’s Nose may seem to be easily accessible; for others it’s a moderately difficult one. Your trekking route to the Dolphin’s Nose is a 3 km long making its way through the rocks and pines of the Palani Hill Range. There is a village nearby and a waterfall to adore on your way to the Dolphin’s Nose. You can get along with the locals, sip a cup of tea of their style, and then move forward.

Occasionally, you might come across a scenario where a mystical fog will be seen wrapping up the huge mountain ranges and the valley that goes along. Tourists usually plan a quiet retreat in the lap of the mountains here and engage themselves into a soulful introspection — the beautiful transitions at the onset of both sunrise and sunset adds-on glory to the moment. Besides, the peace and tranquillity which you experience here remain unparalleled!

Sometimes, you may find the local vendors dotting the region to sell their food and fresh fruit juices. However, it might cost more than usual on your wallet.

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Newly Added Kodaikanal Experience
10 December 2018
Excellent
beautiful trek with astounding beauty. we were group of 10 people and our guide, Ratan was very cooperative. great experience with Thrillophilia.. good team work
10 December 2018
Excellent
This package by Thrillophilia is a perfect combination of sightseeing and adventure. Though I did not enjoy the sightseeing part very much, trekking through the dense forests was really Thrilling. A good deal for a 2-days break!
It was nice trekking tour and our guide vijay was good.
29 September 2017
Excellent
"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."
30 November 2016
Superb
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........
It was an amazing experience. View was good. There were quite a few compromises made. The food was very average. Just Ghee Rice and Weird Maggi which didn't seem edible the next day. However the coordinator was good. He ensured that the trip was enjoyable. I also felt that the cost was on the higher side.. however it is very subjective. Overall, 4star as we still enjoyed which was our main objective.
18 December 2018
Superb
Kodaikanal is a very popular destination in Tamil Nadu and we were very happy to go on a camping trip here. The stay was comfy and there were a lot of activities to keep us occupied and entertained, including nature walks and obstacle courses as well. Never thought ill enjoy staying in a tent so much, but it was really a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend people to come try this experience out.
16 December 2018
Superb
The price was a bit more that what I'd have liked but after experiencing the whole trip, I was satisfied. They were punctual and attentive. The guide knew the place and stories about the place which made us get insight on the way. The arrangements were appropriate and it was hygienic. The sightseeing was fantabulous. I loved seeing the fields in particular. The view from the Dolphin Nose was spectacular! It was a really nice experience for me.
10 December 2018
Superb
the tour operators of Thrillophila took care of everything to make this experience everlasting for us. Burma rope, zip line, wood ramp walk, spider net, wall jump, there were so many activities in such a cheap package. i would love to book again from Thrillophilia.
10 December 2018
Excellent
Good one. Very close to nature camping site. Liked it very much. Unique tents with hygienic bathrooms. Nice local food. Lots of activities. Funfilled evening. Great group of people. Thrillophilia representatives were there. They were also doing a great job. Hats off to the guides and organizers. Thank you all.

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