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Kodaikanal Travel Guide

A hill station that redefines the meaning of love at first sight, that’s the beautiful Kodaikanal for you. Away from the madness of the concrete jungles this is a quaint little town with lush greenery and picture perfect locales. Tugged amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Western Ghats, the town is situated on the corners of a manmade lake. Adding to the luscious landscapes is the rich heritage and culture of the region. The town has something for everyone. You can explore the numerous tourist attractions that include temples, museums, rock cliff points, waterfalls, and lakes. The meandering waterfalls and viewpoints offering panoramic view are most loved by tourists. Kodaikanal is fondly known as ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. You need to visit Kodaikanal once to experience nature’s bountiful blessings. Take time off and head to this getaway to unwind and rejuvenate.

Kodaikanal Map


Top Sites
Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Dolphin's Nose, Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
April to June

18°C to 26°C

July to Sep

20°C to 28°C

Oct to Feb

14°C to 22°C

An Insight into Kodaikanal Tourism

The Princess of Indian Hill Stations

Tugged in granite cliffs, lush green forest valleys, meandering lakes, gusty waterfalls and green hills Kodaikanal is a small hill town in Tamil Nadu. Perched at 7,200 feet above mean sea level, this place is located on the palini hills, the most picturesque in the entire Western Ghats range. The entire town centers around this star shaped man-made lake, Kodaikanal Lake. The evergreen forest that boarders this lake multiplies its beauty bountifully.

Kodaikanal is called the "Princess of Hill stations" and has always been a retreat and famous tourist destination. Kodaikanal had Palaiyar tribal people as its early inhabitants and there is mention of this place in Tamil Sangam. Later the modern version of this city was established by British and aAmerican Christian missionaries sometime around 1845. This place was a retreat and no less than a refuge from the soaring heat of the plains.

Settled around the beautiful star-shaped lake, Kodai rolls up and down hillsides with pockets of virgin forest, unique to this place and trees like myrtle, rhododendron, mahogany and magnolia. Kodaikanal brings forward a perfect mix of natural abundance, spring like weather and rich heritage & culture for the tourists. The meticulously manicured green slopes, rolling hills, gushing waterfalls and pristine lakes together create a perfect environment for a relaxing getaway. The prime sightseeing points here are Berijam Lake, Chettiar Park, Coakers Walk, Bryant park, Kodai Lake, Echo Point, Kurinjiandavar Temple, Green Valley View or Suicide Point, Pillar Rocks cliff, Silent Valley View point, Cap's Fly, Devil's Kitchen cave, Guna Caves, Pine Forest, Shanthi Valley, Silver Cascade waterfall, Old Suicide Point for a breathtaking view, Bear Shola falls and the recently made Wax Museum.

None the less, Kodaikanal is a place to take a break from the hectic city life, and relax in wilderness. This hill town in Tamil Nadu is perfect to lay back and connect with nature.

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