March 6, 2015

Kodaikanal - the Princess of Hill Stations

Site Name: Kodaikanal
Site Type: Hill station
Location: Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: The Princess of Hill Stations
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road 
Nearest Airport: Madurai 
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

Don't claim that you have traveled to India if you have not visited Tamil Nadu State. Similarly, don't claim that you have visited Tamil Nadu without traveling to Kodaikanal, the Princess of Hill Stations. Of course, this Princess is much prettier than the Queen of Hill Stations (Ooty). 

Kodaikanal is one of the most important hill stations in India. People from all over the country come to Tamil Nadu state in South India to visit this extraordinarily beautiful hill station.

If you think that Kodaikanal is like any other hill station or city which is just worth to enjoy your holidays for two or three days, you are wrong. Kodaikanal is more than a leisure spot. It has 'life'. The town has unique culture and activities which makes it more interesting. The original citizens of Kodaikanal love this town more than their lives.

There are many Europeans who have made Kodaiknal their homes permanently. There are Americans who can speak Tamil language fluently live in Kodaikanal. There are Parsis who love this land so much that they run many shops which are not meant for profit making. There are doctors and other professionals who have fallen in love in the golf course of Kodaikanal that they settled down here. There are 80/90 years old citizens who are healthy and travel by bus on their own. Go to Seven Road Junction in the evening time - you might see an European singing in front of Daily Bread shop; you might notice people from different countries or races shopping or just wandering around; you might find some American helping out poor children. All these make Kodaikanal a special town, more than a mere holiday destination. 

People generally stay in Kodaikanal for one or two days. Visiting a town without exploring it completely is a sin - believe me :-) . Do not miss any site; explore them completely! let me help you by introducing all the places of interest in Kodaikanal.

When you travel towards Kodaikanal, you can get down at Ghat Road to get distant view of Thalaiyaru waterfalls, the third highest waterfalls in India.

Once you enter into Kodaikanal, the first tourist spot that you spot is Silver Cascade waterfalls.

Cycling, boating and horse riding are some of the things which people identify with Kodaikanal. For all these entertainment activities, you need to go to Kodai Lake. Kodai Lake is situated well within the center of the town. Near the lake, Bryant Park and Coaker's Walk are some of the travel destinations which attract almost all the travelers. Don't miss Seven Road Junction. There are some unique shops such as Daily Bread which are part of heritage of Kodaikanal.

You might have seen Pine Forests in lot of South Indian movies. Most of those scenes were shot in the Pine Forests of Kodaikanal. 

Kodaikanal became very popular in the 19th century CE thanks to American missionaries and British people. Due to this reason, so many places of interest in Kodaikanal are named after Americans and Britishers. Not only Americans and Britisheres, the town has attracted even Israels. You can find an Israel colony in Vattakkanal

The museum located in this town is unique in style. The town also has a small wax museum

A short drive of about one hour would take you to the breathtaking Anju Veedu waterfalls located inside a remote forest. In fact, there are so many waterfalls in and around Kodaikanal. Even Courtallam, the city of waterfalls, cannot compete with Kodaikanal on this. Fairy Falls, Lyril Falls, Bear Shola Falls located insider Shola forest, little known Gundar Falls located inside Pine forest and Pillar Rocks waterfalls are some of the important waterfalls.

Kodaikanal being a hill stations provides a lot of options to enjoy the beauty of valleys, plains and plateaus in the form of view points. Poomparai village view (once you visit you will never forget its beauty in your lifetime), Green Valley view point, Pillar Rocks, Dolphin's Nose (a popular trekking site) and Moir Point are some of the popular view points in and around Kodaikanal. 

The hill station also offers some religiously important sites such as Kulandai Velappar temple, Maha Lakshmi temple and Kurinji Andavar temple for devotees. 

There are many more attractions such as Mannavanur lake, Devil's Kitchen, the exceptionally beautiful Berijam Lake, Chettiar Park and 500 years old tree. 

Happy travelling.

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