The name Kodaikanal means the ‘Gift of the Forest’. When you are surrounding by the refreshing atmosphere of nature here, you will realize why the name is absolutely appropriate. The incredible Palani Hills surround Kodaikanal like a mesmerizing jade shawl. Here you will be circled by thick forests of various trees while huge rocks dot the landscape adding a bit of brown to the emerald sight. Entrancing waterfalls roar hidden by the canopy of forests adding a musical element to the experience of Kodaikanal. The pleasant weather creates an aura of relaxation allowing you to enjoy various relaxing activities. You can take a boat ride on the pristine lakes or cycle around the beautiful area. If you are in the mood for something a bit more exciting, you can ride a horse or trek. The mystical appeal of Kodaikanal is highlighted by the Kurinji flower which blooms spectacularly every 12 years.
How to Get There
By Air :
Nearest Airport Madurai is 120 km from the town & other airport is Coimbatore 170 km away from Kodaikanal.
By Rail :
Kodai railway station is the nearest railway station from Kodaikanal. Coimbatore junction is another major railway station that operates trains for several other major cities in India.
By Road :
Kodaikanal is well connected by Road with all important towns.There is regular bus services to Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Madurai and Trichy. Distance from places; Chennai: 528 km, Bangalore: 465 km, Coimbatore: 172 km,Madurai: 115 km, Mysore: 345 km, Ooty: 250 km.
One of the most beautiful sights in Kodaikanal is the Berijam Lake. This lake stretches its pristine blue waters all the way to the emerald canopy of the forested hills. In the midst of this incredible beauty, you will get the opportunity to observe some fascinating beasts up close. Bison and leopards are often spotted around the enchanting lake. Many times you will find yourself entranced with the flocks of birds flying over the surface of the lake.
A colorful vista awaits your eyes at the Bryant Park. This huge sparkling expanse of greenery was established in 1908 by H.D. Bryant after whom it was named. There are more than 325 species of flora inside the park. There are enchanting trees, prickly cactuses and quirky shrubs. Together they create an amazing rainbow when the flowers start to bloom. The most incredible sight inside the park is the section dedicated only to roses. Around 740 varieties of this lovely shrub can be found here. The oldest plant here is an eucalyptus tree which is more than 150 years old.
As you take a stroll on the Coaker’s Walk, you will catch enchanting glimpses of the beautiful valley through the mist that often covers it. The views seem almost mystical from this place. If you visit at dawn, the sight of the golden morning rays of the sun playfully dancing across the disappearing mist is going to take your breath away. You can visit the small observatory at the end of the path.
Kurinji Andavar Temple
The spectacular Kurinji Andavar Temple rises like a blue dream over the town of Kodaikanal. The temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga and is associated with the beautiful Kurinji flowers which bloom every 12 years. From the temple, you can enjoy some spectacular views of the Vaigai and the Palani Dams.