15 Best Places to Visit in Kodaikanal in 2 Days - 2020 (Photos)

Places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 Days

Kodai Lake, Bear Shola Falls, Bryant Park, Silver Cascade, Dolphin’s Nose, Coaker's Walk, Pambar Falls, Berijam Lake, Pillar Rocks, Pine Tree Forest and many more.

While planning for a 2 day trip in Kodaikanal it is important to glance through the list of places to visit in Kodaikanal while you have such short duration to plan at hand. Kodaikanal literally means “'the gift of the forest” which perfectly suits the aura of the land. Nestled amid the hills of the Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal has a multitude of places to offer for a balanced sightseeing tour.

To tour the in and around of Kodaikanal, a 2 Day Trip can prove enough to cover almost everything. From peaceful boating in the Kodaikanal lake to propelling a kayak in Berijam Lake and posing against the magnanimous Pillar Rocks; in just a couple of days, you can have a tremendous amount of fun.

Strolling in the Pine Forest, sneaking into the Devil’s kitchen to exploring the Kukkal cave, which is famous for encompassing many hidden inlets and ravines; you just can’t run out of places. Racing up to the  Bear Shola falls during the monsoon season is ought to give you an adrenaline rush.

Places to Visit in Kodaikanal on Day 1

01

Kodai Lake

Kodai Lake

Kodai Lake is star-shaped manmade lake which sits at an elevation of around 7496 feet above sea level. It is one of the highly frequented places to visit in Kodaikanal. Keep an eye on the flower show along your boat ride as it’s gorgeous.

Horse riding, fishing, and cycling are a few other activities that you can try your hands on.

Location:  Kodaikanal Road, Kodaikanal, India]

Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM daily

Price: Free of cost

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: 3 kilometers

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Bear Shola Falls

Bear Shola Falls

Bear Shola is a seasonal waterfall that is located within 2 kilometers of distance from Kodai Lake.

The rickety rocky path to the waterfall is a bit tedious but the place feels very private and away from the flocks of tourists.

Location:
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624103

Timings:
10 AM to 6 PM daily

Price: 
Entry is free

Distance from Kodai Bus stand:
3 kilometers

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03

Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Tucked in the eastern corner of the Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park is a peaceful and well-maintained park in Kodaikanal. Fringed with wildflowers and creepers, the park has a picnicky vibe where you can simply hang out with your friends or families.

An extended pathway from Coaker’s walk leads to the park which spans across an area of 20 acres. The sprawling Botanical Garden encompasses over 325 species of plants, trees, shrubs, and cacti. The rose garden in particular, is loved for its appearance.

Location: Lower Shola Rd, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM daily

Price: Adults: INR 30 | Kids: INR 15 | Still Camera: INR 50 | Video Camera: INR 100

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: Around 800 meters to 1 KM

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Silver Cascade

Silver Cascade

Silver Cascade is beautiful fall enroute Madurai from Kodaikanal. The water in the fall originates from Kodai Lake and forms a decent pool for visitors to enjoy a swim. It is one of the ‘less-talked about but worth visiting’ places in Kodaikanal which must be teamed up with a nice long drive, especially during the monsoon.

The sheer beauty takes a plunge down from 180 feet above and makes a fantastic pool. 

Location: Kodaikanal Ghat Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101

Timings: Can be visited throughout the day but evening hours must be avoided.

Price: Entry is free

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: Approximately 8 KM

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05

Kurinji Andavar Temple

Kurinji Andavar Temple

The colorful temple dedicated to Lord Muruga who is referred to as the God of Hill is a unique site in Kodaikanal. Originally built by a European lady in 1936 who came to India and changed her religion as well as her name to Leelavathi.

The famous Kurinji flowers that bloom once in every 12 year is also one of the attractive features of the Temple compound. This makes it one of the most interesting places to visit in Kodaikanal, not only for devotees but for every sort of traveler.

The temple also serves as the fair ground for the summer festival which is celebrated every year in the month of May.

Location: Kurinji Andavar Temple Road, Kodaikanal 624101, India

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM daily

Price: Free of cost

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM

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Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin’s Nose

The unique flat rock protruded like a Dolphin's nose perches atop an elevation of 6600 in one corner of the state of Tamil Nadu. Steering through pine thickets and craggy trails of the Palani Hill Range, a three-kilometer long trek expedition can take you to the top of the viewpoint.

Some part of the trail is marked by local fruit juice vendors and snack stalls. It is advisable to hire a guide and do an early morning or an evening trek to cherish the magical hours of sunrise or sunset.

Location:
Dindigul, Tamil Nadu 624101

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM daily

Price: Entry is free

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: 8 KM

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07

Shenbaganur Museum

Shenbaganur Museum

A 2 Day Trip in Kodaikanal bestows the opportunity to visit one of the best orchiduria in the country. Shenbaganur Museum is classified into categories of Anthropology, Flora, and Fauna as well as Handicrafts.

Boasting almost 2500 varieties of plants and over 300 species of trees and plants, the museum also displays a fascinating compilation of an array of butterflies, moths, snakes, and mammals.

You can also note down the varied geological characteristics, natural formations, and economic developments around the region on the two outsized papier mache assistance maps kept at the museum.

Location: 5.6 kms lake Father Ugarthe, Kodaikanal, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, 624101, India

Timings: 10 AM to 11:30 AM | 3 PM to 5 PM daily

Price: INR 5 per adult

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: Approximately 5.5 KM

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Coaker's Walk

Coaker's Walk

A one-kilometer long walk away with an amphitheatrical view of the surrounding hill range is always among the top places in the list of a 2 Day Trip in Kodaikanal. Coaker’s walk was constructed by Lieutenant Coaker in the year 1872 and since then it is everyone’s favorites.

Mostly because it is carved on the steep side of the mountain that imparts unparallel vistas of the surrounding valley. Located just 500 meters away from the famous Kodai lake, this walking plaza is also ideal for cycling, photography or just sightseeing.

Location: Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM daily

Price: INR 10 | Camera: INR 30 | Telescope House: INR 20

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: approximately 650 meters

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Pambar Falls

Pambar Falls

Famous as the ‘Grand Cascade,’ Pambar falls originates from the town reservoir and forms a small pond or pool which lures people to dive right into it.

The cascade is the continuation of Fairy fall that further joins Vaigai River. Being a part of the Pamban Ravine, the spot is surrounded by some exotic flora and fauna and lush vegetation. Out of the many waterfalls  and places to visit in Kodaikanal, Pambar falls is easily accessible and can be enjoyed during or post monsoon.

Location: Golf Links Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, 624101, India

Timings: 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM daily

Price: Entry is free

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM

10

Berijam Lake

Berijam Lake

A small reservoir near the town of Kodaikanal in the upper palani hills is a source to many other water bodies in the vicinity.  Berijam Lake is a popular picnic location that can be spotted adjacent to the ancient Fort Hamilton.

This ecological hotspot is home to many endemic birds, animals and some exotic plants. The place is a birder’s retreat and a photographer’s delight. It’s beauty is further enhanced by the edging acacia and pine trees. The sprawling lake covers an area of 59 acres and is an ideal place for boating.

Location: Old site of Fort Hamilton, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, 624101, India

Timings: 9 AM to 3 PM daily

Price: Entry is free

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: 10 KM

11

Pillar Rocks

Pillar Rocks

The vertically cylindrical shaped boulders blanketed in mist and cloud is a sight for sore eyes. Imparting a bird’s eye view of the surrounding landscape, Pillar Rock’s existence revolves around a love story of a man named David Gelli and his wife.

You can also find a mini garden taking shade under the shadow of these pillars where people are found picnicking and having a gala time together. A cluster of caverns are found wedged between the rock pillars which are famous as the “Devil’s Kitchen.”  Pillar rock is a quick ride and can certainly be covered on a one or 2 day trip in Kodaikanal.

Location: Pillar Rocks Rd, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101

Timings: 9 AM to 4:30 PM daily

Price: INR 5 per person and INR 20 for still camera

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: Approximately 7 KM

12

Moir Point

Moir Point

Famed for its breathtaking vistas, Moir Point is one of the significant places to visit in Kodaikanal. The name was coined after Sir Thomas Moir who initiated the construction of Goschen Road in 1929 CE that also leads to the mesmerizing Berijam Lake.

The point offers a view of the valley and marks the forest road that leads to Berijam lake. There is a small monument at the place where Sir Moir chopped the first bundle of grass to start making the road. One can read the history associated to the place at the monument.

Location: Ten Mile Round, Tamil Nadu 624101

Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM daily

Price: INR 10 per adult

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM

13

Guna Caves

Guna Caves

The Guna Caves in Kodaikanal have an engrossing history; it is believed that the Pandavas used to cook their meals in these caves, and hence it was initially called The Devil’s Kitchen. The name was later changed in the ’90s when the film Guna was shot here.

The caves are hugged by three gigantic rock pillars and are sheltered by the Shola trees. It is a place that some find risky, and some find rousing due to its altitude, steep drops, and cliffs. You cannot visit the caves anymore since they are now jailed for people’s safety, but it is still worthy of your time to even set your eye on it from a distance as you walk through the pine forest.

Location: 
Pillar Rocks Rd, Tamil Nadu 624101

Timings:
08.00AM to 06.00OM

Entry Fee:
Free

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14

Mannavanur Lake

Mannavanur Lake

Situated in the Mannavanur village of Tamil Nadu, Mannavanur Lake is a picturesque lake that is  found encircled with eucalyptus and pine trees. The lake is found in a very natural setting inside a sheep farm hence the flocks are seen grazing around.

It can be accessed on an hour long road trip from the main town of Kodaikanal. One can also enjoy horse riding near the lake.

Location: 34 km from Kodaikanal, Mannavanur, Tamil Nadu, 624103, India

Timings: 9:30 AM to 5 PM daily

Price: INR 10 per adult

Distance from Kodai Bus stand: 34 KM

15

Pine Tree Forest

Pine Tree Forest

The towering pine trees, postcard perfect views of the Nilgiris all around and the crisp air makes it the most captured location in the Indian films. Spanning between Ooty and Thalakunda, the mesmerising views of the location makes the visitors forget about any worry and get lost in its rustic charm.

The soaring pines provide privacy to honeymooners from the prying eyes of the world and give the opportunity to spend quality time with each other.

Location: Nagapattinam - Coimbatore - Gundlupet Hwy, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 643005, India.

Timings: 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Price: INR 5.

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  1. What are the best places to visit in Kodaikanal with Family?

    Some of the top Places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days with family include:

    1. Kodai Lake: Famous for adventurous activities like horseback riding, fishing, boating and cycling, this lake is the best place to visit with family. Offering a scenic picnic spot, the beauty of this shining lake can be enjoyed while having a fun-filled day with your family while sitting on the shores and marvelling at the beautiful sunset.

    2. Bryant Park: Home to the manicured gardens and loaded with numerous joyous activities, this park is the best place to include in your Kodaikanal 2 days trip. The garden also holds a rose garden, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature at its best.

    3. Dolphin’s Nose: This viewpoint offers you a panoramic view of the whole valley and is a perfect place to enjoy a thrilling hike. To reach here, one needs to trek for around 2 to 3 hours and the trail is filled with small vendors offering snacks and juices.

    4. Bear Shola Falls: A huge waterfall in a reserved forest, Bear Shola Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls of Kodaikanal. The path towards the falls is bumpy and hilly, and one needs to trek to cover the distance. Once you reach the spot, the splendid view of the gushing water from a height and the milky cloud created beneath is undoubtedly breathtaking.
  2. What are the best places to visit in Kodaikanal for couples?

    Best places to visit in Kodaikanal for Couples are:

    1. Silver Cascade: Gushing from 180 feet above and making a pool of white clouds below, this waterfall is known for its spectacular beauty and lush green surroundings. This is the perfect place if you are planning a couples’ trip and are looking for some solace away from the city.

    2. Coaker’s Walk: Offering you a chance to walk hand in hands and admire the surrounding nature, this walking area is carved around the steep side of the mountain. Coaker’s walk has all major tourist attractions in its proximity; thus, one can easily visit here and spend some quality time.

    3. Berijam Lake: Located around the fort Hamilton on the upper Palani hills, this lake is a perfect place to enjoy some cheerful time amidst nature and plan a picnic. Home to a number of rare plant species, this place offers some of the best colourful backdrops to click amazing pictures.

    4. Dolphin’s Nose: Offering the much required thrill, this viewpoint comes in the list of the best Places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days. To reach here, one needs to trek for about two hours, and the panoramic view of the whole town from here is undoubtedly beautiful.
  3. What are the amazing places to visit in Kodaikanal at night?

    Some of the amazing places to visit in Kodaikanal at night are:

    1. Kodai Lake: This star-shaped human-made lake is one of the most famous Places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days and has been visited by numerous travellers from all over the world. Offering a perfect spot to indulge in activities like fishing and boating, the best thing one can do here is to watch the night sky sparkling in the water.

    2. Dolphin’s Nose: Offering a panoramic view of the shining city in the night, this viewpoint is the best spot to camp and enjoy a night filled with fun as well as thrill. Here, one can also light up a bonfire and marvel at the glistening night sky.

    3. Bear Shola Waterfall: Known to be a place where animals used to come to drink water, this place became a tourist attraction soon and started inviting a number of visitors due to its beautiful setting. Nestled amidst the lush green forests, this is one of the best locations to visit at night and spend some quality time around the gushing streams.

    4. Guna Caves: Initially known as the “Devil’s Kitchen”, this is a group of caves where it is believed that Pandavas cooked their food. The altitude, steep slopes, rocky terrains towards the caves add the much required thrill to a trip here.
  4. What are the famous places to visit near Kodaikanal within 100 km?

    Some famous Kodaikanal places to visit in 2 days are:

    1. Mannavanur Lake: Located at one hour drive from Kodaikanal, this lake is located inside a sheep farm, and many animals can be seen here grazing around and drinking water from the sides.

    2. Pine Tree Forest: Famous for its towering trees and offering a perfect place to enjoy some thrill while hiking, this forest has been visited by numerous adventure seekers.

    3. Dindigul: Offering the beautiful scenery of acquisite architecture, grand cannons and rock carvings, this fort is the must visit place around Kodaikanal. The vicinity also houses a temple famous for its rock-cut idol and positive vibes.

    4. Poombarai: A picturesque hamlet located at a distance of 60 KM from Kodaikanal, this valley is home to lush green and manicured grasslands offering some splendid views of nature around.
  5. What are the best places for camping in Kodaikanal?

    Best places for camping in Kodaikanal include:

    1. Pattakanal: Providing you with a chance to camp in a jungle, this place has attracted a number of adventure seekers. Taking you towards a pine forest, camping at this place lets you enjoy the best of nature while marvelling at the shining stars on a clear sky.

    2. Pear Country: Located amidst a pear farm is a spot known for offering the best location to set up a camp and enjoy a night filled with loads of fun. Surrounded by misty mountains, here one can enjoy the best of nature, chirping of birds and adventure, all at the same time.

    3. Dolphin’s Nose: A famous location amongst the Kodaikanal places to visit in 2 days, this viewpoint is known for offering a panoramic view of the whole town. Camping here will let you enjoy a joyous night with friends and family, that too at a place away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    4. Silver Cascade: Offering you an opportunity to camp around a gushing waterfall, this stream is the most visited location in Kodaikanal. Here one can experience all the nature has to offer while spending a fun-filled night with their loved ones.

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