February 26, 2015

Fairy Falls and Lyril Falls - Kodaikanal

Site Name: Fairy Falls and Lyril Falls
Site Type: Hill station, Waterfalls
Location: Pambarpuram area, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Little known waterfalls of Kodaikanal
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road 
Nearest Airport: Madurai 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Kodaikanal town
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


After visiting Kodaikanal, the popular travel destination in South India, I stopped calling any other city as 'City of Waterfalls'. Kodaikanal is dotted with so many small and big waterfalls which no other city and town could offer. Let us explore about two small little known waterfalls in Kodaikanal, Fairy Falls and Lyril Falls.

Fairy Falls as well as Lyril Falls are located in Pambarpuram area in Kodaikanal. Fairy waterfalls is very beautiful and it is located along with a small dam in a very secluded area full of trees. The falls is very tall. During monsoon, this place looks heavenly beautiful as the waterfalls is in full force.

Lyril Falls is a very small waterfalls located at a distance of around 1 km from Fairy Falls. As the advertisement of Lyril soap was shot in this waterfalls in the early 1980s, the waterfalls is called as Lyril Falls.

Happy travelling.

February 22, 2015

Bear Shola Waterfalls - Kodaikanal

Site Name: Bear Shola Waterfalls
Site Type: Hill station, Shola Forest, Waterfalls
Location: Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A beautiful waterfalls located in Kodaikanal
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road 
Nearest Airport: Madurai 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Kodaikanal town
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


After visiting Kodaikanal, the popular travel destination in South India, I stopped calling any other city as 'City of Waterfalls'. Kodaikanal is dotted with so many small and big waterfalls which no other city and town could offer. Let us explore about a beautiful waterfalls in this article.

Bear Shola Waterfalls is located at a distance of around 3 kms from the heart of Kodaikanal town. It is located inside a forest full of Shola trees and hence it is called as Bear Shola Falls. 

The waterfalls is picturesque during the monsoon season as it is a seasonal wateralls. The falls is very tall and it is attractive as it is not crowded like any other sites of Kodaikanal.

Happy travelling.

Gundar Waterfalls - Kodaikanal

Site Name: Gundar Waterfalls
Site Type: Hill station, Pine Forest, Waterfalls, Stream
Location: En route to Poomparai village, near Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A beautiful waterfalls located inside a secluded pine forest
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road 
Nearest Airport: Madurai 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Kodaikanal town
Hotel: A lot of options are available in Kodaikanal and Dindigul; no option near this site
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian and non vegetarian; North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, etc. in Kodaikanal; no option in this site



Kodaikanal is undoubtedly a popular travel destination in South India. Not only from South India, but from all parts of India, thousands of tourists travel to this Princess of Hill Stations everyday. However, hardly few tourists know about Gundar waterfalls, the hidden beauty of Kodaikanal. Let us explore about this site in this article.

Gundar Waterfalls is located in the route of Poomparai village at a distance of around 15 kms from Kodaikanal. More than the waterfalls, the 400 m. walk through the forest looks interesting. It is a secluded little known forest with full of tall pine trees. It is a perfect location for cine shooting though I am not sure if anyone has shot this location. It is advisable to go to this place in group for safety reasons.

After 400 m. walk through the forest, you would get to see Gundar falls. The waterfalls is not very tall. In fact the water flow is good only during the monsoon. It falls down and becomes Gundar stream in this site. This place is also called as Neptune's Pool.

Happy travelling.

Poomparai Kulandai Velappar Temple

Site Name: Kulandai Velappar Temple
Site Type: Hill station, View Point, Village, Temple
Location: Poomparai village, near Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: An ancient temple of Lord Subramanya
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road 
Nearest Airport: Madurai 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Kodaikanal town
Hotel: A lot of options are available in Kodaikanal and Dindigul; hardly one of two options near Poomparai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian and non vegetarian; North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, etc. in Kodaikanal; no option in Poomparai


A lot of tourists visit Kodaikanal as it is a popular tourist destination. However, not all of them go to the nearby Poomparai village. Poomparai is a small but beautiful village located near Kodaikanal.

Poomparai has two important places of interest, Maha Lakshmi temple and Kuzhandai Velappar Temple. Let us explore about Kuzhandai Velappar Temple in this article.

The word Kuzhandai means infant in Tamil language. Kuzhandai Velappan means the infant God holding the weapon Vel. Although it is supposed to be written as Kuzhandai, people generally mention the name of this temple as 'Kulandai' Velappan Temple.

Kulandai Velappan Temple or Kulandai Velayudha Swamy temple is a temple which comes under the administration of the popular Palani Temple. It is located at the heart of Poomparai, a scenic village, near Kodaikanal.

The temple is located in a scenic location surrounded by beautiful hills and valleys. The breathtaking Poomparai village view point is very nearby. 

Legend:

Kulandai Velappan temple is one of the popular temples in Kodaikanal region. Although the current structure of the temple located in a huge complex is new, it is believed that the original idol of the main deity was installed by Bogar, the Siddha who migrated from China to Tamil Nadu. Although his period is not confirmed, it is generally believed that he lived between 3rd and 5th century CE. It should be noted that he installed Palani Murugan idol too. Similar to Palani idol, Kulandai Velappan idol is made of nine alloys (Nava Pashanam), which has great medicinal values.

It is believed that a devotee prayed to Lord Velappan in this temple and then he got a child. He immediately offered chocolates and candies to his friends and well wishers. Lord appeared in his dream and asked why he did not offer chocolates to him. He immediately rushed to the temple and offered chocolates and candies to Lord Velappan. It has become a ritual and even the other devotees follow this. It is very rare to find chocolates and candies being offered in a Hindu temple in South India.

Temple Layout:

Kulandai Velappan temple is located in a very huge complex. You don't need to worry for parking space even if you come by a bus or truck. 

The temple is built in a typical South India temple architectural style. There is no tower. The sanctum sanctorum faces towards the east direction. The main idol, Kulandai Velappan is present in the standing posture in the sanctum sanctorum. His mound (vaahan) peacock is found near the bali peetha and flag staff facing towards the main shrine.

There is a sub-shrine where the metal utsava idols of Ganesha and Subramanya with his consorts are placed. It is found near the sanctum sanctorum.

The wall around the main shrine has Nataraja and Dattatreya as the Koshta idols. It is very rare to find Nataraja and Dattatreya in the form of carvings as the Koshta idols. Moreover, it is also rare to find the carving or idol of Dattratreya.

The temple also houses many sub-shrines of various deities such as Shiva Linga, Ganesha, Navagraha, Bhairava, Idumban, Dakshinamurti and Nagas.

Happy travelling.


February 21, 2015

Poomparai Village View

Site Name: Poomparai Village View
Site Type: Hill station, View Point, Village
Location: Poomparai village, near Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A breathtaking aerial view of village
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road 
Nearest Airport: Madurai 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Kodaikanal town
Hotel: A lot of options are available in Kodaikanal and Dindigul; hardly one of two options near Poomparai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian and non vegetarian; North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, etc. in Kodaikanal; no option in Poomparai




A lot of tourists visit Kodaikanal as it is a popular tourist destination. However, not all of them go to the nearby Poomparai village. Poomparai is a small but beautiful village located near Kodaikanal.

Poomparai has two important places of interest, Maha Lakshmi temple and Kuzhandai Velappar Temple. However, more than these temples, the Poomparai village view, the aerial view of the scenic village from a particular point, is very popular. Thanks to the breathtaking view of this site, it has become one of the sought-after cine shooting spot.

Poomparai village is popular for quality garlic (called as Poondu) and fresh bright carrot. 

When you go to Kodaikanal, do not forget to drive down to Poomparai and enjoy this extraordinary site.

Happy travelling.


Mannavanur Lake

Site Name: Mannavanur Lake
Site Type: Hill station, Lake, Trekking, Forest, Wild Life, Bird Watching
Location: Mannavanur village, near Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A little known site ideal for bird watching and trekking
Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road 
Nearest Airport: Madurai 
How to reach: Well connected by road from Kodaikanal town
Hotel: A lot of options are available in Kodaikanal and Dindigul; hardly one of two options near Mannavanur
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian and non vegetarian; North Indian, Chinese, South Indian, etc. in Kodaikanal; no option in Mannavanur


If you call Kodaikanal as the 'Princess of the Hill Stations', what do we call Mannavanur Lake and the adjoining hills? This site is equally or rather more beautiful than Kodaikanal. One hour drive from Kodaikanal would take you to a farming village called Mannavanur. Located at an altitude of around 6170 feet (1880 meters), Mannavanur has more than 165 species of butterflies and wild lives such as bison, sambar, barking deer, jungle cats, Nilgiri langur, etc. 
Mannavanur is also an ideal place for birdwatching. Another unique feature of this scenic village is the sheep farm and research center. Near Mannavanur, there is a place called Kukkal where the caves of pre-historic people are seen. 

Mannavanur has one of the popular trekking routes in and around Kodaikanal. Tourists need to get permission from the Forest Department for trekking here. 

The main attraction of Mannavanur is the picturesque lake. The lake is bordered by distant hills and you could get the aerial view of this beautiful lake when you drive down to the village. Walking around the lake is the best way to watch birds in this area. The drive to this site is also very interesting as you could see eucalyptus and pine trees on either sides.

This farming village yields a lot of vegetation such as cauliflower, cabbage, peas, potatoes and importantly a lot of carrots. 

Well, if you claim that you have visited Kodaikanal without visiting Mannavanur, I will laugh at you.

Happy travelling.