One should visit the following:
Berijam Lake is one of the beautiful picnic spots in Kodai, located 21-km away from the bus stand. This lake supplies drinking water to Periakalam town. The scenery around here is delightful.
Boat Club-boats like T.T.D.C, Kodai boats, Carlton boats are available for hire.
Bryant Park situated on the eastern side of the lake, is noted for flowers, hybrids and rafts. Varieties of flowers can be seen in a glasshouse. The annual horticultural show is held here in May.
Shenbaganur Museum is located about 5-Km from the lake. One of the best orchidoriums in the country with more than 300 species of orchids and wide-ranging collection of birds are found here.
Coaker's Walk derives the name from Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodai and it is about a kilometre from the lake.. Some of the best views of the plains can be seen from here.
Kodaikanal Lake is a magnificent man-made lake, over sixty acres is a main attraction as it is set among the greenery. The boat club here offers several pleasure and racing trips.
Within the city limits one can see three boulders standing shoulder - to - shoulder vertically measuring to a height of about 122 metres providing a panoramic view.
Kurinji Andavar Temple
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Murugan and is about 3.2-km from the lake. In Tamil literature "Kurinji" means "Hilly Region" and "Andavar" means God. From this temple, one can get a view of the northern plains and Palani Hills.
Silver Cascade waterfall is located on the Ghat Road about 8-km from Kodaikanal. The overflow of Kodai Lake comes down here as 180 feet high falls.
Bear Shola Falls
An ideal picnic spot located 1.6-km from the lake, which can be by a picturesque, rugged hill path. Bears once used to drink water above the falls
Places to Visit
The Lake: This magnificent lake with boating facilities and a 4-km-long promenade skirting it are the main attractions of Kodaikanal.
Bryant Park: This park, situated on the eastern side of the lake, is full of colourful flowers. Cut flowers are exported from here. In May, the annual horticultural show is held.
Coaker's Walk: A kilometre's walk from the lake. It derives the name Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodai. Coaker's Walk runs along a steep, emerald green wooded slope. From Coaker's Walk one can have a breath-taking view of the plains below.
Green Valley View: Originally this was known as Suicide Point. It is about 5 km from the lake. From here, the Vaigai Dam below offers an enchanting view. There is also a Golf Club close by.
Pillar Rocks: About 7 km from the lake. There are three rocks magnificently jutting into the sky to a height of about 400 feet.
Kurinji Andavar Temple: 3.2 km from the lake. There are three rocks magnificently jutting into the sky to a height of about 400 feet.
Falls: The waterfalls around Kodaikanal include Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Glen Falls and Fairy Falls, the best of the lot. A swim at the foot of the Fairy Falls is refreshing.
Observatory: It is situated at the topmost point of Kodai (850 feet above the lake). The observatory is used mainly for research in meteorology and solar physics.
Telescope Houses: There are two Telescope Houses - one near the temple and the other at Coaker's Walk. Visitors can have a panoramic view of the valley and nearby townships through these telescopes.
Shenbaganur Museum: 5.5km from the lake. This flora and fauna museum, maintained by the Sacred Heart College, is worth a visit. The archaeological remains and the flora and fauna of the hills are on show here. Also located here is one of the best orchidariums in the country.
There are some Great Hikes to do in Kodaikanal. You can get information on these at the District Forest Office. I don't remember the names of any of the hikes I did but I did see some wondeful water falls and had some great views. I wish I would have taken more photos!!
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.
1. Shikara Rides for 2 available at INR 100 + INR 40 Rower/Helper Charges for the duration of 30 Minutes.
2. Paddle Boats for 2 available @ INR 20 for 30 minutes.
3. Cycling is available at INR 10 per hour.
(Be ready with sime pain killers/sprays if you are not into regular exercises, your thighs might pain after excess of cycling)
4. The Tea (Chai) from the stall which is just opposite to KodaiKanal Boat Club.
One of the main attractions for the tourists of Kodaikanal is the Kodai lake which is at a distance of 3kms from the bus stand. In 1863, Vera Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai settled in Kodaikanal after his retirement. He was the man of resource and creative ideas for this lake. By spending his own money he converted the marshy land with several streams of lake by constructing a strong bund and brought boats from Tuticorin. It is reported that the foreign resident's even used to swim in the lake.
The lake is situated at 10 deg 14' n latitude and 77 deg 28' longitude at an elevation of 2285m above sea level and it looks magnificent with star shaped glittering water, in the midst of evergreen lush slopes. The hills receive the rainfall during North-East Monsoon months of October, November and December. The lake is spread over 60 acres and surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 kms length, the maximum depth in 1962 was 11.5m but it is now about 9m due to siltation. The average depth is 3.0m. The boat club provides boats for hire. There are luxury boats also. The famous Carlton hotel is facing the lake and the hotel is having their our boats for their customers.
Today lakhs of tourists walk around, sail on, ride on horses & cycles and admire the lake. Fishing can also be done obtaining permission from Inspector of Fisheries. Pony rides by children and adults walking around the lake are part of Kodai Holiday.
The lake at Kodai is beautifully landscaped and it appears to be de rigueur for Indian families to get out on a boat. Both the Kodaikanal Boat and Rowing Club and Tamil Nadu Tourist Development Corporation hire similar boats for similar prices: Rs. 20 to 40 for a two-seater pedal boat.
Kurinji Andavar Temple is at a distance of 3 Kms from the lake. This is a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Muruga. This temple is associated with the Kurinji flower which carpets the hill side and blooms once in 12 Years. "Kurinji" means "Hilly Region" in Tamil literature. "Andavar" means God.Hence Lord Muruga is referred as God of Hills here.From this temple, one can have a view of Palani and Vaigai Dam.
Three Boulders stand shoulder to shoulder vertically measuring to a height of about 122 metres (400 feet), providing a beautiful view. It is 7.4 Kms from the lake. It has a mini garden with lovely flowers.
Pillar Rock Kodaikanal
Three granite boulders each vertically measuring a height of 400 feet stand shoulder to shoulder. It is located 8 Kms from the lake and one the best panoramic view of valley can be enjoyed from this place. The chamber between the two pillars is called Devil's kitchen. I dont know why they call it Devil's Kitchen.
And again Fog plays its roll here.When we reached there we were just disappointed as nothing was visible. Then we just took few snaps in that fog and waited there in a hope that it will clear. Once you go there you will find one guy sitting with few snaps of pillar's rock and other tourist destination, he got 10 pictures and its just 10Rs. of 0.25 cents. At one point we thought of buying it and I thought of I will scan those pictures for updating on VT. Finally our patience paid off and I got these stunning pictures. I just loved these pictures.
At the entrance to this place you will find lot of shops as like other places in Kadaikanal. And on some internet pages so many good things were written about garden at this place. There is nothing called garden here and this place is managed by Indian government and as always its very ill maintained.
This place is on the way from Green Valley point. The route follows
Green Valley view--Pillar Rocks--Guna Caves
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.
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.
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.
there is another nice route the starting point is frm oothu which is 18 kms away frm kodai on the madurai kodaikanal road.the route will take u through coffee estate and will end at vilankulam 3 kms away the views are spectacular.
u can get in touch with ALAGARAJAN at oothu who will accompany u.
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??????????????
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.