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

Places to visit in Kodaikanal encircles 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.

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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.

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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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02

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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04

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

06

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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08

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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09

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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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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