January 13, 2015

Kodai Lake

Site Name: Kodai Lake
Site Type: Hill station, Lake
Location:  Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: The most important travel destination of 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 the most important tourist attraction of Kodaikanal, Kodai Lake.

The Kodai Lake a.k.a Kodaikanal Lake is the place which is not missed by any tourists visiting Kodaikanal. Instead of saying that the visit to Kodai is incomplete without visiting Kodai lake, I would say that you could claim to have visited Kodaikanal just by visiting this lake alone. It is definitely the place which is the most visited in Kodaikanal, although it is not the most beautiful spot.

The lake is the central point in Kodaikanal. It is located at a distance of about 3 kms from the bus stand. The lake, which is spread for about 60 acres has a surrounding road of about 5 kms length. Apart from boating in the lake, cycling and horse riding around the lake are the major tourist activities in this star shaped artificial lake.

Thanks to Sir Vere Henry Levinge, the then District Collector of Madurai, who converted the marshy land into a beautiful lake in 1863 CE. He even used his own money for this work.

Happy travelling.

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