|Location||Dindugal District in the state of Tamil Nadu|
|Prime attractions||Kodaikanal Lake, Kurinji Andavar Temple|
|Temperature||Max 19°C to Min 13°C|
|Area||21.45 sq km|
About Kodaikanal Tamilnadu
One of the attractive hill station in India, Kodaikanal lies amidst the natural beauty of the southern crest of the upper palani hills near near the city of Madurai. The verdant pali hills with its slippery slopes, curved rocks, never ending water falls, lakes provide the required serenity and pleasure to the wonder destination.
Kodaikanal preserves a unique flowering plant Kurunji or kunjarani only found there and is nature’s gift to that place. The flower is seen blooming once in every 12 years.
Situated at a height of about 2,133 m altitude and covering an area of 21,45 sq km, the charming hill station is the best place for the newly wed couples and peoples who wants to have peace of mind in nature’s lap.
The hill town is also renowned for the international institution of repute.
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Major Attractions of Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal Lake: The majestic , wonderful and lovely made made lake is constructed in a star shaped form.The lake spreads out to a lavish sixty acres and its prime attraction is the greenery around which the lake is being created. To add to its beauty is the boat club and the facility for water racing. It is also known as the Berijam Lake . The Bryant Park on the eastern side is too located inside the lake making it more scenic. The park can be visited to watch the variety of flowers, hybrids and rafts.
Shenbaganur Museum: The museum nearby to the park at a distance of 5 kms preserves around 300 species of Orchids and different species of birds. The Shenbaganur Museum is maintained by the Sacred Heart College. The museum is regarded as one of the best orchidoriums in the country.
Coaker’s Walk: There is an another attraction known by the name of Coaker’s Walk which is a pathway. The pathway derieved its name from Lt.Coaker who took the initiative to prepare the map of Kodai. The Pathway is at a distance of one kilometre from the lake and offers the best possible views of the plains downhill.
Kurinji Andavar Temple: Lord Murugan or the brother of Lord Ganesha is the presiding deity of the temple situated 3,2 kms from the Lake. Kurinji which means hilly region in Tamil literature and Andavar means God. Situated on the top of the hills the temple can be seen from beloe and it offers a good sight of the northern plains.
Silver Cascade: The Cascaded silver waterfalls are located on the Ghat roads about 8 km from the place of Kodaikanal. The 180 feet high falls are a wonderful sight to the visitors as well and a good form of pure drinking water in the nearby areas. The falls do generally overflows the lake in certain seasons.
Nearby Attractions of Kodaikanal
The Indira Gandhi National Park: The sanctuary known by the name of Indira Gandhi National Park preserves within its boundaries a good number of species that are on the verge of extinction. The prominent among them are the tigers,macaques, gaurs,wild boars apart from them reptiles includes the pythons and among the birds are the hornbills, bulbuls, and orioles. The park is situated near Pollachi town.
Souvenirs, gifts and mementoes can be bought easily in the local markets generally open from morning to late evening. But Exquisite embroidery works, home made chocolates, Kodai Cheese are among the favourites.
Accommodation at Kodaikanal
Few good hotels provide the best hospitality services to the visitors to the place. Some of the prominent names includes the Villa Retreat, Rands,iLilies, Valley Resort and the Carlton hotel. The facilities includes well furnished rooms, attached toilet, conference,private balconies.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is situated at Madurai at a distance of 120 km from Kodaikanal from there easy access is available to major destinations in India and abroad.
By Rail: The palani railway stations is at a distance of 64 km from the place and well linked to other major cities of southern region.
By Road: There is good accessibility with Chennai, Ooty, Trichy, Coimbatore and Kumili (160-km), as well as Madurai .Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Thekkady and Coimbatore.