Explore Kodaikanal to See Nature in Her Best Green Garb

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Literally meant the ‘Gift of the Forest’, Kodaikanal, appears as a quaint and utterly blissful hill station in South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Preferred by romantic newly-wed couples for its charming scenic views and apparently moderate weather, this hill station has classy tourist attractions that can be witnessed while holidaying in Kodaikanal. Free of clutters and noises of the city life, Kodaikanal rejuvenates the travelers inside out.

Let us take a glance at the top 10 attractions and places to visit in Kodaikanal.

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Kodai Lake
Kodai Lake Kodaikanal

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Dug out in 1863, this star-shaped lake is found in a greenery enriched location where you can seek utter peacefulness. Crystal clear water of the lake reflects the images of the nearby greeneries and soothes the exhausted souls seeking bliss in nature. The 5km long walkway running parallel to the lake serves as an ideal space to sit and relax. To make your evening more exciting you can opt for pedal boat riding and row boating. If you are with family, you can opt for family picnic on the lakeside.

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Coakers Walk
View from Coakers Walk

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Travellers opine that while being in Kodaikanal if one doesn’t go for exploring Coakers Walk one would miss the real charm of this quaint hill station. The 1 km long pathway is constructed on the slopes of a hillock and appears as a retreat for those who love to lose themselves amidst serenity and pleasant ambiance. While walking on this walkway, you would get to see the panoramic views of the greenery enriched hills where clouds roam in their playful rhythm. Take a walk up to the Telescope House for witnessing close-up views of the valley.

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Berijam Lake
Berijam Lake Kodaikanal

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A scenic freshwater lake amidst dark green and misty surrounding, Berijam Lake is one of the most popular attractions in Kodaikanal. This lovely waterbody covers an area of around 59acres and is created by a dam. Densely covered with shola forests and grasslands, the lake vicinity provides shelter to a variety of wild animals such as Bison, Nilgiri Langur, Deer. Several resident and migratory water-birds can also be seen flocking around Berijam. Sit and feel the calmness soaked view of this lake.

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Kurinji Andavar Temple
Kurinji Andavar Temple

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Dedicated to Murugan or Lord Kartikeya, Kurinji Andavar Temple is only 3km away from the Kodai Lake. Built in 1936 by Leelavathi Ramanathan, this Hindu Shrine is brought out with impressive designs and images of Hindu deities carved on the walls. Kurinji is the name of the flowers found in the hills where the temple is situated. The deity of the temple is called ‘Sri Kurinji Easware’ meaning the Lord of the Kurinjis. These flowers blossom once in twelve years and add a fascinating hued shade to the slopes of Kodaikanal.

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Devil’s Kitchen
Pillar Rocks Devils Kitchen Kodaikanal

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A must explore attraction for adventure buffs and thrill seekers Devil’s Kitchen is located on the southern escarpment of the Palani Hill. It is mainly situated between three naturally arranged imposing boulders. In local language, it is known as Guna Caves and mainly known for its unpredictable depth and scary darkness of the bat-infested chamber. The moss clad rocks are extremely slippery and need to be stepped on with intense care while the shrieking of bats from unknown corners of the cave adds twist to the thrill here.

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Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church

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Described by travellers as one of the best iconic buildings, Lutheran Church in Lakshmipuram is counted among the best places of tourist interest in Kodaikanal. This Gothic style structure is adorned with magnificent glass paintings and batik depicting scenes from Jesus’ life.

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Bryant Park
Bryant Park Kodaikanal

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Located in the eastern side of Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park is spread across an area of around 20.5 acres. The park was designed by H. D. Bryant (a forest officer from Madurai) in the year 1908. The park boasts over 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses. The best part is the rose nurturing section where more than 740 varieties of roses bloom in vivid shades. In monsoon when most of the flowers bloom together the park looks mesmerising.

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Green Valley View
Green Valley View

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Do you like mist, cold and green shades a lot? Then believe me you are likely to lose yourself if you spend a few hours in Green Valley View. A must head tourist spot in Kodaikanal, this popular sightseeing attraction is situated near the Kodaikanal Golf Club and on the way to the Pillar Rocks. Stand at a point and get a birds’ eye view of the 5000 ft deep valley clad with cloud and immense variety of flora and fauna.

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Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
Kodaikanal Solar Observatory

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Free in the evening? Not much in a mood of walking or hiking, simply drive to Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, owned and operated by Indian Institute of Astrophysics. It is built in the southernmost tip of the Palni Hills at a distance of only 4km from Kodaikanal town. It is constructed at an altitude of around 2343m and can precisely study the observations of the equatorial electrojet due to the unique geographical settings of Kodaikanal. Full disc imaging, Solar Tunnel Telescope, Ionosondes lab, high frequency Doppler radar, magnetometer are must explore.

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Dolphin’s Nose
Dolphins Nose Kodaikanal

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Amidst mystique clouds, deep valley and dark green surroundings stand this flat rock with the appearance of a dolphin’s nose. One of the best places to hangout in Kodaikanal, this extended rock face is found at a height of around 6600ft and fascinates all who love to spend time in the lap of nature. A moderate trek follows till the summit of Dolphin’s nose and it takes 3-4 hours to undertake this trek.

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It is expected that people from Kodaikanal would find this post very interesting along with the valued readers who plan for holidaying in Kodaikanal. So, I would ask the local residents of this wonderful South-Indian hill station to help me in adding more detailed information regarding Kodaikanal.

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From the tranquil land of Silchar, Assam, Sudip is a nature enthusiast. An avid wildlife lover and a history buff, Sudip likes to explore and capture the best through his lens. He aims at working towards the conservation of biosphere and desires to promote the rich heritage of India. As a traveller, Sudip has extensively explored North-East India. When he is not travelling, Sudip likes to read novels and write travel and lifestyle blogs.


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