What do you see when you picture vast plains and green blankets of gorgeous hills? You may have let your imagination travel to lands beyond India, but you needn’t go that far! Kodaikanal is the perfect blend of nature and charm, something you need to get your brain back to thinking straight.
For your next vacation, dish the expensive outdoors of the west and travel south to places to visit in Kodaikanal, and detox in the serene climate of the place most well known as ‘The Gift of The Forest’!
Here are some of the most famous places in Kodaikanal:
1) Berijam Lake
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Located at the end of Pillar Rock Road, Kodaikanal, Berijam Lake is one of the top Kodaikanal Tourist places for you and your family! A pristine bed of serene, calm and pure clean waters shielded by the green of hills and forests beyond! Berijam Lake is situated at the old site of Fort Hamilton in the upper Palani Hills; combining a beautiful landscape for a good vacation time.
2) Coakers Walk
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Imagine having a serene walk through the clouds and gazing at the beauty of the hills all around you! One of the most beautiful places to visit in Kodaikanal, Coakers Walk is a perfect place for you to take amazing pictures of the view of Kodaikanal, cycle or go for a relaxing stroll at any time during the day!
3) Dolphins Nose
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Kodaikanal tourist places have those names that you expect to find in storybooks. The aptly named ‘Dolphins nose’ is a rocky hill cliff that provides you a bird’s eye view of the breathtaking beauty that is Kodaikanal. It is a flast rock overlooking a deep cliff, with a shape like that of a Dolphin’s nose. The best time to visit this place is in the morning or early afternoon, as you can see the mist hanging longingly amongst the clouds.
4) Kodaikanal Lake
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If you want to row your boat on sparkling blue waters and witness glittering rays of the sun bounce off the ripples, then you need to visit the Kodaikanala Lake on your next visit to this hilly paradise. There are many mini waterfalls that flow by this lake, and there are several beautiful species of flora border lining this quaint, pleasant river. There are boats and boathouses along this lake, for your fairytale ride.
5) Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
There are so many places to see in Kodaikanal, even for the science lovers! The Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, located at the southern tip of the Palani Hills, is a small, domed white building that is as old as Kodaikanal itself. The walk to the observatory is scenic and beautiful and for those with a passion to see the stars, can visit the place to have a great time.
6) Bryant Park
One of the biggest parks in Kodaikanal, this tourist attraction has captivated visitors who have praised the maintenance of the gardens. Walk amongst different and unique flora in this park, picnic under the trees and click amazing pictures. What’s more; the park is very close to the Kodaikanal Lake, making for a pretty picture.
7) Green Valley View
Kodaikanal tourist places leave a mark on the tourists who are ever fascinated by its captivating beauty! Located near the Kodaikanal Golf Club and on the way to Pillar Rocks, the Kodaikanal Green Valley view has become a hub for all age groups to visit and enjoy! The place is known for its thick, beautiful mists and once they clear, you see one of the most tantalizing views of the famous hill station below you.
8) Thalaiyar Falls
If you love strong, gushing waters propelling vertically towards the ground like a giant bridal veil, then you need to head to Thalaiyar falls in Kodaikanal! Also known as the highest waterfalls in Tamil Nadu, the Thalaiyar Falls can be seen from the Dum Dum Rock viewpoint, and could send your camera film into frenzy! The waterfall cascades down from the divide of the grassy hills nearby. You could walk along the concreted wall at the edge of the falls, and get close to the massive 975 ft. fall!
9) Silver Cascade Falls
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You could have travelled all over the world, but you have probably never seen a city or town that welcomes you in with a waterfall! Silver Cascade waterfall is a must see place to visit in Kodaikanal and it is the first attraction that welcomes you to Kodaikanal on the Madurai-Kodai road. The beautiful falls are over 180 ft high and the sound of the bubbly water gushing over the rocks will mesmerize you. The best time to see these falls would be during the rainy season.
10) Shenbaganur Museum
Forget the textbooks; you can experience history, flora and fauna all at once in the Shenbaganur Museum! Located just 5km from Kodaikanal Lake, the museum is quaint, and houses over 300 species of exotic flora in their orchidarium. If you are curious about the unique culture of South India, this place can give you the answers.
11) Vattakanal Falls
Finally; Twin waterfalls for the water lover in you! To reach these falls, you need to trek via a small, beautiful forest. One of the most popularly visited places in Kodaikanal, the waterfalls are a treat for the eyes, especially during the monsoon season.
12) Guna Caves
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Shrouded in nature and mystery, these caves are a must see for the avid adventurer in you. The pathway to these caves have amazing tree formations around the woods and will leave you baffled. Although the main gate to the cave has been shut due to safety reasons, the cave is still a favourite visiting spot for the thrill seeker.
13) Pine Forest
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Preserved treasures are seldom explored, but not in Kodaikanal! The pine forest is well maintained by forest officials,its tall, slender trunks going all the way to the sky and is a favourite spot for directors of South Indian films. Passionate photographers throng the place for capturing amazing photos and explore the diverse flora in this forest.
14) Lake View Point
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Kodaikanal never fails to enthrall the traveler in you. The Lake view point allows you to see the amazing Kodaikanal Lake and take in a panoramic view of the beautiful, lustrous landscapes of Kodaikanal. This place is a must go to for photographers and nature lovers.
15) Perumal Peak
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One of the highest peaks of the Perumalai mountain range, the Perumal peak is one of the most amazing places to visit in Kodaikanal either with family, friends or by yourself too! The curly tops of the green trees slung over the curvy hills will take your breath away. You can trek up this peak without difficulty and bask in the beauty of all that nature can offer you.
16) Kukkal Caves
If rocks could tell tales, they would do so through the enchanting caves they have around them.
The Kookal caves are ancient rock shelters that show traces of the ancient ‘Palaiyar’ tribes who are believed to be extinct now. Get lost in the splendor of nature and history combined to give you some of the best memories.
17) Bear Shola Fall
Hail the monsoon period for giving us some of the most beautiful sights in the world; waterfalls! The famous Bear Shola Falls is a seasonal waterfall that spouts rich, clear water from all sides during the lovely monsoons. The beautiful falls lie nestled in the thickets of the forest reserve, away from the stares of human beings. Explore the area around the falls to observe different types of flora and fauna.
18) Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple
How often do you get to visit the home of the gods? The Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple is a place of sanctity and religious, folk can visit the interiors of this pious temple to seek blessings of the almighty. Built in a manner that boasts of authentic south Indian architecture, this temple is situated near the chettiyar park and is open on select timings.
19) Kodaikanal Golf Club
If you are in the mood to shoot a few good holes and have a thrill for golfing, then you need t head to the Kodaikanal Golf Club on your next trip to this amazing hill station. The excellent weather and the lush, expansive grounds are a haven for the golfer in you. Mark it on your calendar and book your slots now!
20) Vaigai Dam
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Located 2hours from Kodaikanal, this is one of the best Kodaikanal tourist places that must be on your list. The Vaigai dam is 111 ft in height and has maintained a small park for recreation nearby. The Dam is a beautiful example of modern architecture and quite a sight when the waters are released.