Kodaikanal Hill Station
Kodaikanal is Situated at an altitude of 2100 Mts above the sea level in the tip of palani hills is this beautiful Hills station which is about 120 Kms from Madurai & covers an area of 21.45 Sq Kms. Kodaikannal offers Boat rides, Hiking, Trekking & Rock climbing. A favorite among the honeymooners.
Places to visit in Kodaikanal
Bryant Parks : The practical utility of this park is, in every May a horticultural show is conducted by the department of Horticulture. On that occasion enormous vegetables and flowers from neighbouring villages compete for the prizes, which draws big crowd. They exhibit flowers, vegetables, fruits and other products. It serves as a practical centre for education on Ornamental Horticulture and as a demonstration centre. The various methods of training, pruning, budding, grafting, potting seed collection etc, are taught to the students of Horticulture as well as to the visitors.
Chettiar Park : Chettiar park, managed by the township, is on the way to the Kurunji Temple. It is 3.2 kms from the Bus Stand. Unlike other areas this park is very quite, and those who love calm timepassing can prefer this park.
VIEW OF BOAT HOUSE WITH LAKE UPPER LAKE VIEW
One of the main attraction for the tourists of Kodaikanal is the Kodai lake which is at a distance of 3km from the bus stand. In 1863, Vera Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai settled in Kodaikanal after his retirement, was a man of resources and creative ideas. By spending his own money he converted the marshy land with several streams into a lake by constructing a strong bund and brought boats from Tuticorin. It is reported that the foreign resident's even used to swim in the lake.
The lake is situated at 10 deg 14' n latitude and 77 deg 28' longitude at an elevation of 2285m above sea leavel and it looks magnificent with star shaped glittering water, in the midst of evergreen lush slopes. The hills eceive the rainfall during North-East Monsoon months of October, November and December. The lake is spread over 60 acres and surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 km length, the maximum depth prior to 1962 was 11.5m but it is now about 9m due to siltation. The average depth is 3.0m. The boat club provides boats for hire. There are luxury boats also. The famous Carlton hotel is facing the lake and the hotel is also having their our boats for their customers.
Today lakhs of tourists walk around, sail on, ride on horses and cycles and admire. Fishing also can be done obtaining permits from Inspector of Fisheries. Ponyrides by children and adults around the lake are part of Kodai Holiday.\
Water Falls in and around Kodaikanal:
: This is also called as Rat tail falls.The widest falls, ranging from 13th kilometer on the ghat road to kodai.It is One of the highest falls in India, with their 975ft sheer drop.
Bear Shola Falls : An ideal picnic spot 1.6 km from bus stand and within 2 Kms of the lake, where once bears came to drink water. Cross the lake bund, pass the Telephone exchange on your right, and at the junction take the lower road past clifton Hotel.The approach is rugged hill path. The falls are at the best in rainy season.
Pambar Falls : "Grand cascade" is the another name for this magnificent falls. It can be reached by a steep, precipitous path behind Pambar house.Racing down Pambar Raivine is Zig-zagging leving stream that casacades over a series of rock formations and precipes. It is 4kms away from Kodaikanal.
Silver cascade : This water fall is located on the main Ghat road 8 km away as one approaches Kodai from Kodai Road, Dindigul or Madurai. Overflow of Kodai lake takes 180 ft leap over a steepcliff, to crash into a pool beside the Ghat Road.
Where to stay in Kodaikanal:
By Air :
The nearest airport is Madurai 135 kms, Coimbatore 170Kms and Trichy 195 Kms.
By Road :
Kodaikanal is connected by Road with all important towns. Regular bus services are available from Kodaikanal to Madurai, Palani, Kodai Road, Theni, Dindigul, Thiruchirappalli, Kumuli, Bangalore and Coimbatore.
By Rail :
Many Passenger trains passes through Kodaikanal road. Kodairoad Station is nearly 80 kms.
How to Reach Kodaikanal:
Govt. of Tamil Nadu Tourist Office,
Township Rest house, Old Bus Stand Building Upstairs,
Anna Salai, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India.
Phone: + 91- 4542 -241675.