Thalaiyar falls was our first pit stop before reaching Kodaikanal. Sad part is this Falls was completely dry as we went here during dry season. And can be viewed from distance and it valley view was so beautiful and we need to enjoy view of all from distance as this waterfall does not have road to reach near to it. It is 3rd largest falls in india with 975 feet of sheer drop and at a distance of 13 kilometer from Kodaikanal at Ghat road. Thalaiyar falls is also known Rat tail falls. It can be speckled as a silver line from large distances on the way and is therefore also known as 'Rat Tail Falls'. There is a place called 'Dum Dum Rock' immediately after climbing the Kodai Ghat road. The Dum Dum Rock view point provides a panoramic view of the Rat Tail Falls and the Manjalaar Dam below. . It is legendary belief that Lord Muruga used to visit the Rock on his entourage to Palani.
Hikers need to be more cautious, since two Western tourists were reported to be dead in 2006 falling from the top of the Thalaiyar falls.It is feasible to hike to the foot of the Thalaiyar falls in the dry season, beginning at the Manjalar Dam.
Manjalar Dam is at the end of Manjalar Road about 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) north from SH-36 at Devadanapatti town beginning along Kamatchiamman temple road.
This place is just next to the hotel "Villa Retreat" where I had stayed at Kodaikanal. There are two entrance to this place, one is near to hotel "Vila Retreat" or Infront of Brayant park Entrance/ next to Van Allen Hospital. Its easy to locate and its open all year at very nominal entrance fees. We paid just 2 Rs./ approximately 5 cents for entrance and 10 Rs./ approximately 0.25 cents for our camera.
I cant say any particular time is the best time to visit this place. Depending upon time of the day different view of valley and Kodaikanal city can be enjoyed. I went to this place during Early morning at 6am to view sunrise and around 10am when there the valley was covered with little fog and during night to see Kodaikanal city. I enjoyed the view of city all the time I went there. Only problem is mother nature, I mean we cant say anything about fog sometimes the valley was covered so thick with fog that we cant see anything and just in few minutes its crystal clear. So only thing we can do is pray for better view or if we need to wait with patience.
This walk around the hill is of little more than 1 km . And it was built in 1872 by Lt.Coaker, hence the name Coaker's walk. Another thing/phenomenon called " Broken Spectre " which I read before going to this place, where a person can see his shadow on the clouds.Which was really funny to read I dont think there is little possibility of it. This was quite funny to read but I am sure somebody was quite lucky to have such experience.
This place is really good and enjoyable if not crowded, luckily when we were the very few people were around and another problem is sides of this walk at some places occupied by hawkers so during peak season to have peaceful walk will be really difficult. Anyways now I am going for a walk................... Do you like to join me??????????????
It was so good to see so many kinds of flowers and in a riot of colours at that!!
All over Kodai in all the houses, gardens you will get to see beautiful flowers! Our pictures do not do justice to the flowers in Kodaikanal... You have to see to believe!!
We just had fun relaxing at home...
Apart from going for walks, cycling and horse riding, we also ensured that we spent good family time inside the house and ate fresh, hot meals and played indoor games and listened to music!! It was a great way to reconnect with family.
Kodaikanal has a beautiful golf course. It is a 18 hole golf course. You can get more information on
We loved to walk around that area and watch the pros play! since we are not members.
Silver Cascade Falls, Kodaikanal
Silver Cascade Falls is 8 kms before Kodaikanal as you approach Kodai from Kodai Road. The overflowing water of Kodaikanal Lake takes a 180 ft dive over a vertical cliff, to sprint into a pool adjacent to the Ghat Road. This waterfall is pleasing and stimulating during the monsoon when the water is in full flow.
As other places in Kodaikanal we find few shops around this place and few photographers.
With this I am ending my travel page for Kodaikanal I hope you might have enjoyed reading and my pictures.
This Valampuri Conch if its original/genuine then we were very lucky to see this. There are lot of people selling this but original is very costly and its like almost impossible to find it. a Valampuri costing $20,000 would only purchase a 1.50-carat (300 mg) diamond,Valampuris of the smooth "milk" variety sell for over Rs. 20,000 per gram or 500 US$
This place is hardly visited by people. And on Tuesday this place is closed. Outside of this place there is instruction written camera not allowed but if we pay for it then can use it. Entry fees is very nominal.
This museum is MNaintained by the Sacred Heart College – Theological Seminary founded in 1895. One of the best Orchidoriums in the country with more than 300 species is also located here. Its on the Ghat Road around 6 kms from Kodaikanal city. On the way to Kodaikanal city we can see it on the right side of the road.
Worth visiting. I am uploading some pictures here.
Chettiar Park - Kodaikanal
The park lies towards the north eastern side of the town, on the way to Kurinji Andavar temple. It was under restoration and they were started preparing this Park for season starting from April. This park is reasonably considered for viewing.
Compared to Chettiar Park I like one big Mansion built in front of it.I dont have complete view of this Park but I have put some pictures which I took in chettiar park.
Entry fees is nominal and park opens at 830am and closes at 5 pm.
Dolphin Nose and Kodaikanal Valley View
So after passing through hell of a path for more than 30 mins and watching people going back it was really frustrating but we kept moving on and finally reaching near to Dolphin Nose was great. Panoramic view of valley from this place is like worth the pain we went through. As all other tourist place in Kodaikanal we saw one shop here too. It was really strange how this guys all the stuff all the year from thier home to Dolphin Nose.
After catching breadth of few minutes I took few snaps, I hope you will like it.
Dolphin Nose is quite a strange name given to this place, here as you see in picture you will see one rock shaped like nose of Dolphin thus this name,,,amusing right??????????
Another strange thing about this place you can see few villages down the valley, And one of the village is Vellagavi which was the first settlement and Lt. Ward’s headquarters during his survey in 1821 and still people live there. when we were going to Dolphin Nose we saw water pipe and electrical going down to this village. Out of curiosity I asked photographer about life of this people.
This people have to come to Kodaikanal for their basic needs, they grow fruits and vegetables and bring 40-50 kg once they come here and going back they carry same weight. Hats off to these people. Its tough and hard life, when we were climbing back people who live there were really helpful they gave us chair to sit and water, I was just socked in sweat. People of Vallagavi village are really brave, and they dont get sick. If anyone needs medical emergency then people carry them to city. And this village people live as one united family. Which in today's world difficult to find.
Way to Dolphin Nose
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This I should have written in Warnings & Dangers but I have Decided to write it down here so that those who read my tip for Dolphin Nose it will help them. To decide whether to its worth going there or not. Nobody on internet or our VT member wrote anything about this place before. This place Dolphin Nose is great but the path from start to end is like killing machine. We need to stop every 5 mins and to our relief there were few shops at regular interval. I advise kids or elderly people not to take chance here. This place should only be visited during dry season. Path near to Dolphin Nose is not provided with railings or support and single wrong step will put you to depth of valley.
Even the drive from Kodaikanal city to this place is Dangerous too, the road is so narrow at some place and its difficult for two cars to cross. So whenever you go just make sure you trust your driver or if you are planning to hire bike then go slow.
Once we parked our vehicle we have to walk for 3 kms approximately on uneven hill, condition of path leading to this place you can see in pictures. Either you leave before you start, leaving in between is really disappointing.Even young couple who started with us to see this place inbetween they quite and went back. Bring bottle of water and good footwear with you with better grip.
This Falls known as Vattakanal and its on the way to place called Dolphin Nose. Visiting any falls in Kodaikanal will be great only during Monsoon season and around December. When we were there flow of water was not that good and the stream was completely dirty.
I want to see Kodaikanal during monsoon. I will definitely return to this place to enjoy it to the fullest potential. As always you will find few shops around this place.
We can see this place from far as stream of this falls is covered with fence but at one place its cut open so if water is not flowing that time we can go down and take this picture.
Upper Lake View Point--Kodaikanal
Upper Lake View is 3.2 Km from Coaker's Walk on the way to Green Valley View and provides a magnificent view of the Kodaikanal Lake.This place can be visited during day to have glimpse of star shaped lake. During evening this place is completely deserted. This point is near to Solar Observatory. And after visiting solar observatory this place can be visited. There are few shops as other places in Kodaikanal
Except view of lake nothing special about this place.Worth visiting.
On the way to Guna Cave at two place we can see this Pine Forest Plantation. Which is for no reason converted to Tourist Place. If you love this place you can stop it otherwise move on to check out next tourist destination. There is nothing great about this place, we can take pictures which may look good. There are two places where people stop to see this plantation. First place we hardly see anyone and second one is crowded by people and taking pictures at this place will be difficult.
I mean there will be someone back in the frame all the time, but at the same time if you are with you hubby then you will always get help from people to take your picture together.
Anyways good place to spend some time. Can be visited.
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Guna Caves is the local name for Devil’s Kitchen, a deep bat-infested chamber between three naturally arranged imposing boulders (Pillar Rocks). Intially it was known as Devil's Kitchen and once Kamal Hassan shot his movie called "Guna" here in this cave its now better known as Guna Cave.
Now this place is out of bound for people to visit. We can have look from far and its completely blocked by fence around this place because of some mishaps happened at this place. One is one merchant named A.Shenbaga Nadar from Madurai died here in 1955 and his body recovered at a depth of 500 feet after one day.In other pictures you can see the memorial erected in the memory of this Merchant and now its destructed by people. And also 12 students who went for adventure at this place died and none of them returned back. These incidents made authority to isolate this cave from civil people.And from parking to this place you have to walk for around 1 km out of which half of the passage is not even and chances of tumbling are really high so just make sure you are in good health and have good footwear with good grip on the ground and enjoy this place.
I went to this place with family if I would have gone alone then I could have tried to go through alternate route which I think difficult to find. But still if you want to see this cave then you can search on internet. There are some people brave enough who went there and took pictures.
Sucide Point/Green Valley View
This place we can have best view of Kodaikanal Valley, scenic beauty for this place is just awesome.Its also known as "Suicide Point" as depth of valley from this place is around 5000 ft and it will make sure if any one tries to jump from here will not survive to tell the story about his jump. Its easy to locate and its just next to Kodaikanal Golf Club.
Again to have look of valley it depends upon mother nature. Most of the time this place covered with thick fog.Passage to this point in too much crowded with stall on both the side of the walk.The small semi circular view point is protected by a wall and high fence, but it is usually torn down by unscrupulous Tourists who want to have a "better" view into the Valley. Going beyond the fence is very dangerous and not advisable.
Another problem would be plenty of Monkeys, so beware of your eatables. The pathway leading to the viewpoint is full of shops loaded with home made chocolates, fancy ornaments.