Located around 3km away from the pristine Kodaikanal Lake is the Kurinji Andavar temple. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, the shrine is considered to be highly respected and reputed sanctified place in the Kodai region. The temple was built by Leelavathi Ramanathan; who was European but later adopted Hinduism.
The Kurinji Andavar temple derives its name from a flower named Kurinji. The shrine is also renowned as the “God of Hill”, as in Tamil literature Kurinji means ‘hill region’ and Andavar means ‘God’. Devotees from all parts of the globe visit the temple and offer sincere prayers.
Surrounded by green jungles and rolling terrains, the temple also offers a wonderful view of Palani hills and the Vaigai Dam. Getting around the Kurinji Andavar temple, you can find some fruit sellers and handicraft shops.
The Kurinji Andavar temple is open all days of the week.