January 24, 2015

Anju Veedu Waterfalls - Kodaikanal

Site Name: Anju Veedu Waterfalls 
Site Type: Hill station, Waterfalls, Valley, Forest
Location:  Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A little known waterfalls located inside a forest
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road - around 80 kms
Nearest Airport: Madurai - around 120 kms 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Dindigul and Madurai
Hotel: A lot of options are available in Kodaikanal and Dindigul
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian and non vegetarian; North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, etc. in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, as you all probably know, is one of the popular tourist destinations in India. Thousands and thousands of visitors go to this hilly town called as 'Princess of hillstations'. Most of them stay there for one or two days and just visit some of the well known places such as Bryant Park, Kodaikanal Lake and Coaker's Walk. But, Kodaikanal is not only about these popular sites which are always crowded. There are many more interesting but unexplored places in and around Kodaikanal. Let us see about one such rare site in this article.

Anju Veedu - if you translate this Tamil word in English, it would mean 'five houses'. It is said there were only five houses few years back in the forest in Elephant Valley. Hence, this place is called as Anju Veedu. Anju Veedu is a scenic place located in Elephant Valley which can be reached by a two kms walk through the forest and crossing the river Palar inside the forest. There is a beautiful waterfalls named as Anju Veedu Waterfalls or Upper Palar Waterfalls or Elephant Valley Waterfalls which can be reached after this long walk. The hilly area in this place is called as Vilpatti range of mountains. 

The Palar stream which originates from the Kodaikanal Lake is the origin for Anju Veedu waterfalls. The Elephant valley is an eco farm which is also visited by the tourists. This site is situated near Ganeshapuram village at a distance of around 25 kms. from the center of Kodaikanal town.

When you go to Kodaikanal next time, do not miss this breathtakingly beautiful place.

Happy travelling.







January 22, 2015

Silver Cascade Waterfalls - Kodaikanal

Site Name: Silver Cascade Waterfalls
Site Type: Hill station, Waterfalls
Location:  Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: An important waterfalls in Kodaikanal
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road - around 80 kms
Nearest Airport: Madurai - around 120 kms 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Dindigul and Madurai
Hotel: A lot of options are available in Kodaikanal and Dindigul
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian and non vegetarian; North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, etc. in Kodaikanal

I myself have called Courtallam as the city of waterfalls in my blog. After visiting Kodaikanal, I realized that there are more number of waterfalls in Kodaikanal than Courtallam or probably any other town in India. Let us explore about an important waterfalls in Kodaikanal, Silver Cascade Waterfalls.

For those who need an introduction about Kodaikanal...Kodaikanal is one of the most popular summer destinations of India. Thousands and thousands of travelers visit this popular hillstation named as 'Princess of hillstations'. It is located near Dindigul in Tamil Nadu state of India. After Ooty, it is the most visited hill resorts in Tamil Nadu state. 

Silver Cascade Waterfalls would be the first popular tourist destination that you would cross when you travel to Kodaikanal. It is situated at the outskirts of the town. The surplus water of Kodaikanal lake flows down in the form of this waterfalls. During the monsoon time, the view would be breathtaking. The 180 feet tall waterfalls is an ideal place for nature lovers.

Happy travelling.

Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History - Kodaikanal

Site Name: Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History
Site Type: Hill station, Museum
Location:  Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A unique museum in Kodaikanal
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road - around 80 kms
Nearest Airport: Madurai - around 120 kms 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Dindigul and Madurai
Hotel: A lot of options are available in Kodaikanal and Dindigul
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian and non vegetarian; North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, etc. in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is one of the most popular summer destinations of India. Thousands and thousands of travelers visit this popular hillstation named as 'Princess of hillstations'. It is located near Dindigul in Tamil Nadu state of India. After Ooty, it is the most visited hill resorts in Tamil Nadu state. 

Unlike the other hillstations where only viewpoints are present, this extraordinary hill resort has a lot of place of interest for tourists such as viewpoints, waterfalls, forests, trekking routes, temples and heritage spots. Let us explore a unique place called Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History in this article.

The museum is located at  a distance of around 5 kms from the city center. It was founded in 1895 CE. Though it very small, it houses a lot of archaeological remains and flora and fauna samples of Kodai region. More than 300 species of orchids are maintained in this museum. The chemically preserved animals, birds and even human embryo are found in this museum. Some of the rare collections such as burial pot used by pre historian period people and Kuriji plant (Kurinji flower blossoms only once in every 12 years) add more attractions to this tiny beautiful museum.

Happy travelling.