Kodaikanal

Tamil Nadu is blessed with a unique mélange of hills and beaches. While its beaches spread the air of serenity, the hills raise an adventure lover’s enthusiasm to the extent. One such hill station in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu is Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is situated amidst the famous Palani Hills of the Western Ghats at a height of 7,200 feet above the sea level.

This small charming hill town is known for its counted resorts, the spectacular Kodai Lake, undulating greenery and its relaxed nature. Dense varieties of trees, huge rocks in the backwoods, enchanting waterfall are some major attractions of the Kodaikanal tourism. Cool weather, misty rolling hills, green valleys and wooded forests encapsulating Kodaikanal are treats to the eyes of visitors. Eucalyptus oil, plums and pears are some of the products that are really famous in the region. A Kurinji flower which blossoms once in the twelve years is also a major attraction among the tourists.

Boating, horse riding, cycling and trekking are some of the activities that can make you feel alive. This beautiful place attracts a large number of tourists every year from all over the country. It is a beautiful place surrounded by the lush greenery and diverse environment. Coaker’s Walk, Bryant’s Park and Bear Shola Falls are some of the famous attractions here.

Weather

Summer in Kodaikanal starts from the month of March and continues till the month of May. The temperature varies between 20°C and 36°C during this season. Trekking and other adventurous activities can be enjoyed during this time.

From the month of June to September, Kodaikanal has an average rainfall in the region. Monsoon season in Kodaikanal offers a new beauty to this place as Kodaikanal becomes greener during this season.

Winter Season in Kodaikanal starts from the month of November and continues till the month of January. The maximum temperature recorded during this season is 30°C. Kodaikanal possess subtropical climatic conditions and the period from September to May is regarded as the best time to visit Kodaikanal.

How to Reach

Some popular sightseeing spots like Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Bear Shola Falls and Coaker’s Walk are worthy of a visit. Kodaikanal’s proximity to Madurai, Chennai, Coimbatore and Bangalore made it easily accessible by road, rail and air.

Located around 120 km away, Madurai Airport is the nearest airport to Kodaikanal. Coimbatore is another major airport which is situated at a distance of about 170 km from this beautiful place.

Kodaikanal is connected by road with important towns like Madurai, Palani, Theni, Dindigul, Thiruchirappalli, Kumuli, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Chennai. Regular bus services at frequent intervals are available from these cities.

Kodai Road, situated around 80 km away from the main town of Kodaikanal, is the nearest railway station. Another nearest and important station is Coimbatore Railway Station, which withstands the arrival and departure of all major trains connecting important Indian cities.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Here, you can savor local delicacies made from hill-plantain fruits and plums. Many varieties of ayurvedic oil made from tree leaves are available here, which acts as a healing balm for body pain and stress. A trip to Kodainakal is the best way to escape the heat waves during summer months in Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal is a haven for honeymooners and attractions in Kodaikanal cast their enchanting spell over them.

Some mesmerizing sites here are Kodaikanal Lake, Coaker’s Walk & Echo Point. A list of places to visit in Kodaikanal gives better chance to explore the place and its attractions.

Berijam Lake: A road trip from Chennai will take you kilometers away from the hustle bustle of a city life to a hidden scenic freshwater reservoir called Berijam Lake, situated in the upper Palani Hills of Kodaikanal. The calm scenic waters of the lake, adjoining greenery and towering hills made it a must visit destination in Kodaikanal over the years. The lake is a host to an impressive population of various species of fishes and water birds. As the catchment area of the lake is full of flora and fauna, the lake became a hotspot for nature and animal lovers alike. It acts as a main source of water for nearby villages as well. Berijam Lake is an eco-friendly tourist destination that lures travelers with its impressive bio- diversity and splendid surrounding. Its natural beauty and frequent spotting of animals capture the attention of nature and wildlife photographers to a great extent.

Bear Shola Falls: Bear Shola falls is counted among such attractions in Kodaikanal, which are visited by a large number of tourists every year. Being situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the bus stand, the picturesque waterfall is regarded as one of the most ideal spots in Kodaikanal. During the monsoon season, Bear Shola Falls appears even more beautiful and many tourists come here during the season to add some memorable moments to their life. The path through the hilly region is rugged and is totally unpredictable but one can find suitable means of transportation facilities to visit this beautiful fall.

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