Kodaikanal (also known as Kodai)
is a city and a Taluk division of Dindigul
district. Kodaikkanal is sometimes
referred to as the “Princess of Hill stations”
and is a popular tourist destination. Much of
the local economy is Hospitality industry based
on national and international tourism.
Kodaikkanal was established by American
missionaries around 1845, as a refuge from the
high temperatures and tropical diseases of the
Hill stations located at an
altitude of 2133 mts. (7,000 feet) frequented by
tourists in large numbers throughout the year.
Places of interest include Bryant Park, Pillar
Rocks, Lake, Solar Observatory, Perumal Peak,
Silver Cascade, Telescope Houses at Coaker’s
Walk and Kurinji Andavar Temple, Bear Shola
Falls, Berijam Lake, Museum and Orchidorium at
Sacred heart College, Shenbaganur. Very good
trek routes are available here.
Tourism has been impacted by
industrial pollution issues including the
closure of a mercury factory owned by Unilever’s
Indian subsidiary Hindustan Unilever after
evidence of widespread mercury pollution.