Situated in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is popular as the Princess of Hill Stations and is a referred retreat for the honeymoon couples visiting southern India. Featuring a cool climate almost throughout the year, Kodaikanal is an excellent refuge even during spring and summer. Surrounded by dense forest, the spring season is ideal for nature walks and picnics. Couples can spend their afternoons amidst the scenic groves and deodar forests. The Palani Hills forms the perfect backdrop to Kodaikanal town that has an elevation of around 2,133 meters above sea level. It is nestled between the two valleys of Gundar and Parappar. The heartland of Kodaikanal is a large basin, popular as the Kodaikanal Lake, this is the ultimate attraction for tourists in spring. With boating facilities, you can spend time enjoying the cool breeze from March-May.
Spring is also the time when the flora of Kodaikanal is flourishing. The hill sides are bordered with eucalyptus trees and there are fruit orchards in large numbers.
When to go
The climate of Kodaikanal is largely monsoon influenced. March-November is the best time for visit if you want to avoid colder temperature that last from December-February. The peak season is however, April to June.
What to Visit
Bryant Park – The Bryant Park is of great attraction during the spring and summer months. It is located close to the famous Kodaikanal Lake and the water lilies that bloom in the park’s pond offers a beautiful sight. Peer trees and dahlia flowers are seen in abundance. Yellow flowers are grown especially between April-June and are a treat to the eyes of visitors. This 20 acres park has around 740 rose varieties set in rows during winter.
Kodaikanal Lake – An artificial water body built in the year 1863 is a tourist hub in this hill town. It is not only an important landmark but also a pleasant place of visit with the onset of summers. There are rowboats here to enjoy a wonderful ride. The Carlton Hotel is located at its entrance.
Bear Shola Falls – Around 3 km away from the main town, Bear Shola Falls is a great scenic attraction. This waterfall is pat of a reserve forest that looks stunning during the spring and rainy seasons. There is a footpath leading to the falls from where you can get some best photographic shots of the surrounding area.
Coaker’s Walk – Just with an elevation of 500 meters, this is a kilometer long pathway featuring excellent nature on the hill sides. Built in 1872 by Lt Coaker, this walkway is around Mount Nebo running parallel to the St Peter’s Church. Taking a walk here during the spring time is a pleasant experience, though visitors avoid the rainy season.
Silver Cascade – Another rippling waterfall in Kodaikanal that is situated on the bend of the Laws Ghat Road and is 55-meter plunge down flowing into the Kodaikanal Lake.
Dolphin’s Nose – A breathtaking viewpoint around 8 km drive from Kodai town. The surround area is serene and tranquil with views of the nearby Pambar Falls. This viewpoint has a height of around 2,000 meters above sea level.
Other places to see are:
- Berijam Lake
- Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple
- Guna caves
Places to stay
Hotel Carlton is the only 5-star accommodation in Kodaikanal serving honeymoon couples and tourists. You can get booking done in advance with indianholiday.com. There are also budget and 3 star hotels in Kodaikanal such as Villa Retreat, Club Mahindra Coakers Villa, Hill Country Holiday Resort and Elephant Valley Farm.
There are not much of entertainment options in Kodaikanal apart from boating at the Kodai Lake.
The market places in Kodaikanal have several distinct items and products on sale. Shawls, accessories and tribal handicrafts are major buys for tourists. There are Tibetan stalls bordering the Kodai Lake. Eucalyptus oil and homemade products are also popular such as peanut butter and cheese.
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