The lake in the main town of Kodaikanal is where you can find many tourists and others around.You can rent a bicycle for about Rs.20/hour and go around the lake.Or you could just walk around the lake.It is ideal for morning or evening walks.You will find horses to ride on.There are many kinds of street food available.You will also find many shops selling all kinds of wares around the lake.So besides boating this is a nice place to hang around to spend some time.
Bryant Park- Flowers pictures - I
This is the place where you can have little fun with your camera, No need to ask people for taking their pictures. These Flowers or trees dont speak.
There are lot of variety of Flowers and plants are available. Even though the time I have visited its not the peak season but still I saw some of the best and beautiful flowers around this garden. At one place/room they have some large variety of flowers but we were not allowed to take pictures in that room. That room had the best of the best flower plants of that garden.
I loved playing with my camera here. I put some pictures here I hope you will love them too.
And here come the difficult part of my Trip to Kodaikanal taking photographs during sunrise/sunset. Taking pictures during sunset was not that difficult but for sunrise, taking pictures was not that difficult, getting up early to do so was the most difficult part. All these pictures I took during early morning. Cooled was too much at that time of the day and above that wind was blowing fast that made things worst during taking thiese pictures.
I took this pictures sitting at Hotels lawn, I think Villa Retreat and Hotel Kodai Resort in Kodaikanal are the only two hotel where you can take some good pictures with out covering city buildings and ofcourse Hotel Carlton is best near Lake but same time its very expensive. Anyways enjoy some of my pictures.
If you know cycling, do enjoy the bike ride around the lake. One does not feel the tiredness. If not at least request the cab or van hired, to take a round the lake so that you would not be missing the scenic beauty and the beautiful landscapes around.
Tourist Attractions at the lake:
* Fishing is allowed at the lake with permits. Those who are interested in angling can contact the Inspector of Fisheries.
* Bike Ride: Bicycles can be hired around the lake, with the minimum charges for a normal cycle being Rs.10/- for an hour.
* Pony Rides: This is a regular event with rates varying from Rs.50/- to 75/- for half an hour. And also for those who prefer only a snap can always get one for a minimum cost of Rs.10/-
* Boat Rides: Kodaikanal Boat Club, T.T.D.C boats and Carlton boats hires out paddle boats and rowboats with or without a rower, available on hire for hours. The annual boat pageant is held in May, every year as a part of
THE KODAIKANAL BOAT CLUB started in 1890, own a number of boats for the use of its permanent members and on hire for daily members. There are nearly 650 permanent members. There is a restaurant and a motorboat to rescue and emergencies.
Suggestion: Check out hiring boats from the Boat Club instead of from TTDC as the boats are not maintained well which may result in hardship while pedaling the boat leading to fatigue ness.
Activities around Kodaikanal Lake
1) WALKING-- Approximately around 5 kms of pavement is available for walking. During morning and evening we can see local and tourist walking around lake on this path. And I think this is best way to enjoy scenery around lake and have some physical activity. It will take time to go around this lake but the path is really good. Carry bottle of water along with you and enjoy lake and shops around this lake.
2) CYCLING-- We can hire cycle for some time for very nominal fee. This is also the best way to move around lake. I did not took bicycle instead I walked around lake and took some good pictures.
3) HORSE RIDING-- Near lake we can find place/stand for Horse riding. Riding horse is not that expensive but Horse keeper will not take us around lake instead he will take us just for 1 kms and come back to stand. Which I think for the money they are charging is less but if you just want to have fun then its alright.
4) SHOPPING--Around lake you will find lot of shops for Eating, Home made chocolates which is very famous in Kodaikanal ( you can have taste of it, its not expensive but not that good ), Local Masala Chai of Kodaikanal. I just loved that Kodaikanal Chai. I hope you will enjoy too. There are few shops that sell winter clothing and this winter cloths sold by Tibetan people is really good quality.
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.
Way to Dolphin Nose
ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK
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.
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.
LA SALETTE CHURCH
This is the first Roman Catholic Church in Kodaikanal and built in 1866. And this Cathedral painted in Blue and White from the time it built. Festival for this church is during August and people from all over the world.
Holy Mass (in Tamil) Wed 11:30 am; Sat 11:30 am; Sun 7:30 am
Baptism First and Third Sundays of Every Month at 9:00 am
Marriage When permitted by the Parish Priest
Reconciliation Before Eucharistic Celebration
KURINJI ANDAVAR TEMPLE
This temple is near to chettiar park and 3 kms from lake and little difficult to locate. This telmple is of Lord Murugan. This temple's name is associated with Kurinji flower and Kurinji means 'hill region' and Andavar means 'God' and thats whe Lord Murugan is referred as 'God of hill'. This temple was built in 1936 by an European Lady, who on coming to India, got faith on Hindu religion and started following it. She changed her name as Leelavathi married Mr. Ramanathan. She is also known as Lady Ramanathan.it is the largest temple in Kodaikanal.
This Kurinji Flower blossoms every 12 years, last time it was in 2006 and next period is 2018
Out side of the temple there are few shops with good collection of gift items but expensive.
Out side of temple on left side we can have look of Palani Temple and on the right side we can see Kodaikanal city. Palani temple is only visible if the weather is great.
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.
As mentioned before, Kodai is blessed by unique conditions and environment of Ghats mountains, and you can find here exporters of essential oils,natural perfumes,Herbs,herbal products,herbal Cosmetics.soap.aromatherapy oils and associated products.
The waterfall is Located on the Ghat road leading to Madurai and is about 8Kms from Kodaikanal. The overflow of Kodai Lake comes down here as 180 feet high falls. If the temperature of water is suitable, tourists can take bath in the falls.
Kodaikanal has a bracing climate where temperature do not vary much from summer to winter. Fruits like plums and plantains grow abundantly on the wooded slopes apart from a wide variety of flowers, among which is the famous Kurinji flower which blooms once in twelve years.
Best Time To Visit : Any time except the late monsoons (September to November)
Clothing : Light woolen in the evening during summer and heavy woolen during winter
Karuna was a barren wasteland, before being transformed into an almost self-sufficient farm. Various alternative methods in Organic farming are being used like composting, mulching, bio-dynamic calendar, garlic & tobacco sprays, companion planting, etc.
The garden produces most of the fruits, vegetables and grains for the community. A cow supplies dairy products and dung. The community prepares various jams, pickles, honey, juices, bread and pasta.
Buildings & Energy:
There are six houses built for residents besides a few cottages for guests. All the houses are built using mostly local materials and aesthetic designs. At Karuna, no electricity is taken from the grid. Solar panels supply electricity. Solar cookers, hot water heaters and efficient wood stoves are used.