In the eastern hills of the Western Ghats lies the beautiful and gifted hill station of Kodaikanal. This famous tourist spot is a treat during the summers and is also the home to the Kurinji flowers. The flora and fauna blooms only once in 12 years and one could enjoy the colourful flowers here in Kodaikanal. The climate remains close to 20 degrees during the summers and the highland consists of a dense forest of different trees like acacia, pear and eucalyptus trees.
Top Places to Visit in Kodaikanal
Get mesmerized by the Berijam lake view which is surrounded by green hills and a variety of flora and fauna. You need to enter the region with special permission from the forest department here. The Berijam lake is the main source of drinking water to the local people. Wild animals like bison, panthers and deer can be found near the lakes during afternoon and thus the entry to the lake is prohibited from 9.30 AM to 3 PM.
Want to witness an emphatic view of Western Ghats? You need to be at this place to have the picturesque view of Western Ghats. About 2000 metres deep, there is a rock which projects in a peculiar shape and thus the name “Dolphin’s Nose” was kept.
Secret Tip: If you are an adventurous person, you can find your way to the amazing Liril and Pambar falls hidden in the hills.
The star shaped Kodaikanal Lake not only attracts tourists but also various birds. People love to have a casual walk on the shores of the lake, which is a 5 kilometre long shore. There is availability of row boats and pedal boats in the lake.
A 1 kilometre walk on the slopes of the hill and experiencing the views of the hill is definitely one of the must do things while you visit Kodaikanal. One can also witness an area called “Broken Spectre” where they can witness their shadow casting on the clouds covering the area.
Green Valley View
This is a majestic point above the hills of Kodaikanal. Located at 5000 feet above the ground level, you can have a panoramic view of the beautiful mountains. Due to its height, this destination was common for suicides and is locally referred as Suicide point. Adventurous travellers sit at the pillar rocks and on the brink of the edge to enjoy the view.
Kurinji Andavar Temple
For people seeking religious spots, the Kurinji Andavar Temple is the most famous one. This temple is devoted to Lord Murugan, son of Lord Shiva. The regions near the temple is where the Kurinji flora and fauna blooms.
This huge 20 acre botanical park is the perfect escape for individuals and families. Find over 300 species of flora and over 700 types of roses.
How to Visit Kodaikanal?
People travelling by air can come to one of the four airports: Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli or Kochi. For people who love travelling in train can do a booking to Palani Railway station, which is the nearest railway station. Other popular railway stations are Dindigul (100 Kilometres) and Kodaikanal Road Station (80 Kilometres).
Otherwise, buses are available in plenty from any surrounding cities or towns. Taxis, tourist buses and even cycles can be rented here.
Whether you want to have a break or a trip or a honeymoon, Kodaikanal is the apt destination for you. The expense of the trip would be so cheap and the essence will be highly worthy. So don’t forget to visit the Princess of Hill Stations at least once in your life.