Kodaikanal is a city in
the hills of the taluk division of the
Dindigul. Its name in the Tamil language
“The Gift of the Forest”.
It has a long history as
a retreat and popular tourist
destination. It’s a lot cooler in
temperature than lower elevation cities
such as Chennai.
101 Km from Dindigul and
409 from Chennai
Annai Theresa Statue
Throughout her life she struggled for the down trodden, sick
and the destitute. She founded the missions of chairty at
Kolkata, Recepient of Nobel prize in 1979 and Bharat Ratna
in 1980. Her statue was unveiled by the Hon’ble Deputy chief
minister of Tamil Nadu M.K.Stalin at the University Premises
Bear Shola Falls:
An ideal picnic spot 1.6 km from bus stand and within 2 Kms off the lake, where once bears came to drink water. Hence the name of the falls became Bear Shola falls. The approach is rugged hill path. The falls are at the best in rainy season.
Berijam Lake View :
This place provides a panoramic landscape view of Berijam Lake and is located
just before one reaches the lake. This viewpoint is 26 kms from Kodaikanal Lake.
Bryant Park :
Situated on the eastern side of the lake. Famous for its flowers, hybrids and
grafts. Cut flowers are exported from here. A glass house which shelters fine
varieties of flowers can be seen here. The Flower Show is conducted every year
during May, as part of the Summer Festival.
Chettiar Park :
Tucked away in the northeastern corner of the town, on the way to Kurinji Andavar Temple, the Chettiar Park is a charming place to stop by.
Church of South India - opposite Bryant Park, Gorapur,
Lake End, La Salath, Lutheran Mission, Sacred Heart -
Munjikal, Saint Antony’s - Antonyar Kovil street, Saint
Francis Xavier, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Mary’s and Saint
Peter’s-Cockers Walk road.
Coaker’s Walk :
The hill-edged pathway was identified by Er. Coaker in 1872. About a Kilo metre from the lake. Coaker’s walk runs along a steep slope on the southern side of Kodai. It offers some of the best views of the plains. Entry fee is collected here.
Dolmen Circle :
Situated near Parvatha Vihar and the Pannikadu village. Kodaikkanal is put on anthropology map mainly because of the presence of pre-historic remains dating back to 5000 BC. These are called dolmens and kistavens which are the dwelling and burial places of people of stone age and iron age. The dolmens are fantastic stone of two very large erect stone slabs topped by a larger flat slab. Many such dwellings were destroyed but even now, they are seen intact in two places namely Perumal peak and Shenbaganur Museum.
Eco, Tour at Kodaikanal
In order to attract more tourists the forest department
has arranged for two days eco-forest tour at
kodaikanal.Travellers are taken from forest department
office to fine forest, Bison medu Mannavanoor grass land.
They are allowed to stay at night in the wooden house; they
can enjoy with natural sceneries and wild animals. They are
served with only natural. Vegetable food. Boating is Gookal
lake and 5 km mountaineering are included in this tour.
Fairy Falls :
A delightful picnic spot just 5 kms Kodai Lake. There is a beautiful waterfall here.
Green Valley View :
It is about 5.5 Kms from the lake and very near the Golf Club. This point commands a beautiful view of the entire Vaigai dam. As the Valley here is very deep, dense and dangerous this place was once known as “suicide point”.
Golf Club :
Situated on the road to the Pillar Rocks, the Kodai Golf Club boasts of a well-laid 18-hole course fit for competitions at national level. Often the golfers teeing in the early morning accost herds of wild animals. The Club is exclusively for its members. Non-members and holidays golfers, who want to play, have to pay a special subscription. The tourists on the road have a glimpse of the whole range. Ph : 04542-240323.
Hiking and Trekking - Kodaikkanal :
For the visitors enjoying long hiking and trekking, a wonderful 3 to 4 day trek is available with delightful path. The usual trek follows south escarpment from Berijem lake to the Kerala border Vandaraw and back thro ‘Poondi’, Kavunji, Kukkal are Poombaral villages.The big Mannavanur sheep farm will be crossed. One has to hire a local guide to avoid missing of routes. The view of the cliffs is breathtaking. Several mountain streams with panoramic view can be seen. Previous permission should be obtained from Dist Forest office for stay in forest rest houses. Food should be brought while trekking since only tea shops are available at villages in between. Ph : 04542-241675.
Joey’s Forest Trek :
Joey’s house is in the forest, 45 min. drive from Kodai. For Rs. 250 (includes superb veg lunch cooked with ingredients from his wild farm), he’ll take you trekking through the jungle - you’ll walk where elephant or bison have,
Call Cinnabar : 09842145220.
Kukkal Caves :
To reach Kukkal Caves which is at a distance of 40 kms, travel by bus upto Poombarai and then give a walk. After walking through geranium plantations, pine and wattle forest, the Kukkal forest rest house can be reached. The caves here are actually overhanging slabs of rocks. This rock shelter is at an altitude of 1500 m. The cave reveals traces of earliest settled tribals, Paliyans who used to wear leaf clothing. Overviewing the caves are Manjampath valley where bisons can be seen.
Kurinji Poo (Flower) :
It blossoms once in 12 years. The last blossom was 2004. During that period Honey got from this place is supposed to be more sweet and good for health.
Kurinji Andavar Temple :
The temple, situated 3 Kms from the lake, is a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan. This temple is associated with the Kurinji flowers which blooms once in 12 years. Kurinji also means hill region in Tamil literature, and ‘Andavar’ means God. Hence Lord Muruga is referred to as the God of the Hill here. From this temple one can have a pleasant view of Palani and Vaigai dam.
Silent Valley View :
Just a little away from the Pillar Rock - Berijam Lake Road, is Silent Valley View which provides a breathtaking view.
Silver Cascade :
It is 8 kms from Kodai lake. The over- flow of Kodai lake comes down here as a 180 feet high waterfall. Those interested can have a bath here.
Kodai Lake :
Lake provides a Beautiful View. The 24 - hectare lake skirted by a 5 km long road, is the focal point of Kodai. This lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Henry Levinge (1819 - 1885) who was previously the Collector of Madurai, who retired and settled in Kodai. He constructed the bund to form a lake and stocked the lake with fish. The boat service was opened to the public and tourists as well in 1932. Ph : 04542-242045 (TTDC Boat House).
Pillar Rocks :
Three boulders stand here, shoulder to shoulder, vertically measuring 122 metres , providing a majestic sight . Pillar Rocks is 7.4 kms from the lake.
Pambar Falls :
"Grand cascade" is another name for this magnificent falls. It is 4kms away
from Kodaikkanal. It can be reached by a steep, precipitous path behind Pambar house. Racing down Pambar Raivine is Zig-zagging leving stream that cascades over a series of rock formations. It is 4kms away from Kodaikkanal.
Solar Physical Observatory : It is situated 32 Kms from the lake. This Observatory was founded in 1989. Located at on elevation of 2343 metres, this observatory is the highest point in Kodai. Visitors can observe the stars and the planets. Ph : 04542-240214-18.
Shenbaganur Museum :
The museum is maintained by the Sacred Heart College - a Theological Seminary founded in 1895. It is devoted to preserving certain archaeological remains and the flora and fauna of the hills, Entrance fee is Rs.1/- per head . Time : 10 am to 11.30 a.m and 3 pm. to 5 p.m.
Solar Physical Observatory
32 Kms from the lake.This Observatory was founded in 1989.
Located at on elevation of 2343 metres, this observatory is
the highest point in Kodai. Visitors can observe the stars &
the planets. Ph:04542-240214-18.
Bicycles can be hired around the lake, with the
minimum charges for a normal cycle being Rs.10/- for an hour.
(Do go for the ride sometime towards the evening after 5pm, its
very enjoyable and you do not feel the tiredness at all).
This is a regular event with rates varying from
Rs.50/- to 75/- for half an hour. And also for those who prefer
only a snap can always get one for a minimum cost of Rs.10/
Kodaikkanal Boat Club, T.T.D.C boats and Carlton
boats are available on hire for hours. The annual boat pageant
is held in May, every year as a part of Summer Festival. (Try
out the Carlton boats, the TTDC boats are not well maintained).