Bear Shola Falls
Subrahmanya Temple (Kartikeya Temple)
La Salette Church
Thalaiyar Falls (Rat Tail Falls)
Trekking in Kodaikanal
Welcome to Kodaikanal Hill Station,
Kodaikanal is a hill station in the Dindigul district in the indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its name in the Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest". It is the most beautiful and popular hill station. It is located in the famous Palani Hills in Western Ghats and is known as the Princess of hill stations. Kodaikanal is situated about 7,200 feet from the sea level.
Kodaikanal is the most sought after honeymoon destination in South India because of its scenic beauty. Kodaikanal is famous for eucalyptus oil, homemade chocolates, plums and pears. Kodaikanal is famous for the kurinji - flowers, which blossoms only once in twelve years. Woolen clothing is available at cheaper rates in the Tibetan refugee bazaar. There are many internationally renowned educational institutions. A tourist can indulge in various activities - one can go for cycling, horse riding, boating, trekking and many more adventurous activities.
The Bear Shola falls is another favorite tourist spot in Kodaikanal and it is called so, because in earlier days bears used to come and drink water from this fall. It is one of the most ideal picnic spots in Kodaikanal town and is at a distance of about 2km from the lake and about 1.5km from the bus stand.
It is ideal to visit the Bear Shola Falls during rainy season to enjoy the beauty of the falls in its fullness. The approach road to this falls is a rugged hill path and hence suitable means of transportation is necessary to reach the falls.
This is another big artificial lake in the upper regions of palani hills. It is a fine picnic spot offering beautiful scenery. It is 21 Kms from the Kodaikanal lake, Periyakulam town gets drinking water from the lake.It was first discovered and reclaimed in 1864 by Colonel Hamilton of the British Army. The Sheer beauty of the lake made it yet another tourist spot in kodaikanal.
Bison Wells can is an area that is best known for its tremendous amount of wildlife, as well as for its beautiful vegetation. Wildlife commonly seen in the area include bison, birds, elephants, tigers, monkeys, and deer. Bison Wells got its name from the many bison that come to the natural wells to drink.
This location is known as a great home base in India for those people that are interested in exploring the region. Naturalists, hikers, trekkers, and birdwatchers are all drawn to The Palani Hills, and Bison Wells is a fabulous place for such tourists to stay while they are in the area.
Bryant Park, seen on the lake's eastern side, is another important botanical park that must not be missed by tourists visiting Kodaikanal as it houses plenty of different varieties of flowers, rafts as well as hybrids.
A British forest officer by the name Bryant was the one who landscaped this park in the year 1980 and hence it is named after him. This is the place where the annual vegetable and flower show is held during the month of May and is the most visited place by many during the summer months. A glasshouse in the park contains wide varieties of flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants.
Chettiar Park, is a small precise garden park placed in the north east crook of the Kodaikanal town under the maintenance of the township, on the way to the Kurunji Andavar Temple. It is 3.2 kms from the Kodaikanal bus Stand. Being distinct from other areas, Chettiar Park is very silent. People who love peace this would be the best place for time passing. A huge variety of fascinating flowers can be seen here.
The beautifully designed bushes adorn the garden. The amazing purple bloom of the Kurinji Flowers can be seen here once in every twelve years. It last bloomed in 2004. The well developed grass meadow and cool trees make the ambiance fresh and calm making Chettiar Park a pleasing tourist spot. It has decked floors for flowering plants, and lots of lush green lawns. Many South Indian films have been shot here turning Chettiar Park in Kodaikanal to be a favorite place for film shooters for decades.
Any tourist interested in morning walk will definitely have to visit Coaker's walk which is about 1 km from the lake and it provides very picturesque view of the plains as well as scenic valleys that is sure to bring a joy in the minds of the visitors. Coaker's walk is named after Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodaikanal.
A telescopic view house is there at Coaker's walk that will provide a panoramic view of the valley, plains and the nearby towns and should not be missed by the tourists visiting the place. The ideal time to visit this place is before 2:30 pm in the afternoon as mist will start to set in over the valleys by late afternoons.
Devil's Kitchen is a very dangerous deep hidden ravine that looks like small dark gutters but are actually a deep fall. There are plenty of tourists who visit this place and is a must see spot for adventurous tourists.
The Devil's Kitchen is found to be lying between Green Valley View and Pillar Rocks. It is better for a tourist to seek the help of localities while visiting the Devil's Kitchen as they are fully aware of the place. It is a very good place to take pictures but due to the deep fall, many tourists hesitate to visit the place.
Dolmen Circle of great anthropological significance at Kodaikanal is the presence of pre-historic remains, these are called Dolmens and Kistavens which are the dwelling and burial places of people of stone age and iron age. According to the erudite researchers and savant scholars, the dolmens date as far back as 5000 BC. Located 8 km from Kodaikanal Lake, Dolmen circle contains remains of pre-historic inhabitants of this area and burial urns and models of dolmens. It is 18 km from Berijam Lake.
Dolphin's Nose, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the bus stand, is flat rock projecting over a breathtaking chasm 6,600 metres (21,700 ft) deep. It is an undisturbed area 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) down a very steep rocky trail beginning soon after Pambar Bridge. Orange juice vendors along the trail offer a welcome rest stop. Beautiful views of steep rocky escarpments rising from the plains can be seen. The old village of Vellagavi can be reached through a rugged bridle path here. A short paved walkway leads from the road here to Pambar falls (which is also locally addressed as 'Liril Falls' after the famous Liril Soap Advertisement filming in 1985).
Fairy Falls is the source of Pambar River, continuing to join the Vaigai River at the foot. It stays within the civic limits. It is an appealing picnic spot just 5 kms from Kodaikanal Lake. You can spot a striking waterfall here. It is the overflow of the rural community reservoir flowing south to form the enthralling fairy falls. The crystalline waters that fill the basin at the foot of the Fairy fall is one of the most frequently visited destination by tourists for bathing during kodaikanal tour. Fairy falls has turned out to be an inseparable part of Kodaikanal community and a mesmerizing spot for picnic.
It has also grown famous amongst Kodaikanal tourists for its crystal clear waters. Fairy falls is just 5 kms from Kodai Lake. Swimming at the foot of the falls will indeed leave you refreshed and revitalized.
Earlier known as Suicide point, now this area is known as Green Valley View and it provides a picturesque and panoramic view of the plains, valleys, hills and the Vaigai dam.
The deep, dense and dangerous valley below this point is more than 5000 feet drop and to get a good view from this point, it is better to visit the place after 10 am and before 3 pm, as early mornings and evenings will have mist covering the valleys. A tourist visiting Kodaikanal should definitely visit this viewpoint and plenty of monkeys seen in this area will be an added attraction for the children as well as the adults visiting this place.
Kodaikanal Golf Club is a private membership club with a 18 hole, par 71 Golf course. It is located about 6 kilometres (4 mi) southwest from the center of Kodaikanal at an altitude of 7,000 feet (2,100 m). The club is on Golf links Road near the popular view point 'Suicide Point' (Green Valley View) and 3 kilometres (2 mi) before the 'Pillar Rocks' viewpoint and flower garden. This club is notable for its age and the wildlife frequently seen on the course. The club logo is two crossed golf clubs behind an indian tiger on a round yellow field, framed with "Kodaikanal Golf Club * Play the Game" imprinted in white on a dark green border.
The club was established on June 17, 1895 by twelve British golfers. They were also the architects of the course. In the early years, members were British and American civil servants and missionaries. During the fifties it became a club tradition for the annual Captaincy to rotate between an Indian, an American and a Commonwealth citizen.
Kodaikanal Lake, also known as Kodai Lake is a manmade lake located in the Kodaikanal city. The lake is said to be Kodaikanal's most popular geographic landmark and tourist attraction. This is an artificial lake that takes the shape of a star and is spread over 60 acres with greenery all around it.
The Kodai Lake is a favorite spot for all who like to have fun and enjoy outdoor activities and boating along the picturesque lake will be an unforgettable experience for the tourists. There is a boat club which offers pedaling and rowing boats with different seating capacities at nominal charges. Apart from boating, cycles and horses are available for rental in the lake area.
The Kodaikanal Solar Observatory is an solar observatory owned and operated by Indian Institute of Astrophysics. It is located on the southern tip of the Palni Hills 4 km from Kodaikanal. The Evershed effect was first detected at this observatory in January 1909. Solar data collected by the lab is the oldest continuous series of its kind in India. Precise observations of the equatorial electrojet are made here due to the unique geographic location of Kodaikanal.
Located in an ecological farm, Kodaikanal Yoga Center is a space for spiritual practice in nature. The center hosts regular weekly Yoga and meditation workshops. Complementing these are courses, lectures and trainings that include: healing arts, ecological lifestyle, meditative art and more.
Kukkal Caves For reach Kukkal Caves which is at a distance of 40 km, travel by bus up to Poombarai and then give a walk. After walking through geranium plantations, pine and wattle forest, the Kukkal forest lest house can he 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, over viewing the caves. tire Manjampath valley where bisons can be seen.
Kurinji Andavar Temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga who is considered to be the God of the Hills as per Tamil literature. In Tamil, Kurinji means "hilly region" and the word Andavar refers to 'God'.
This temple is located at about 5 km from the bus station and the summer festival that is most anticipated event by the locals is celebrated in the month of May every year. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during the summer festival to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga. One can get a good view of Vaigai dam and Palani hills from the hill on which the temple is located.
It blossoms once in 12 years. The last blossom was 2004. During that period Honey got from this place is supposed to he more sweet and good for health.
The base for Mother Salette Church was laid on 1865 February 28. In the same year March 17 the building work was started with the blessings of Father Saint Ceer.In 1866 the day, when brother Lamothy built the body of the Church, thank's offering was fulfilled. An exceptional celebration takes place at La Salete church every year on the 14th and 15th of august. This brings about the conclusion to a Nine-day festival.This celebration attracts worshippers from all over south India, irrespective of religion, creed or faith. The festival is marked by extraordinary services and a special procession.
The Lutheran Church of Kodaikanal is a building of Gothic stones. It has a few modern paintings and batiks portraying scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. Near the Lutheran church is the famous Christ the King Church, a solemn granite structure with stained glass windows.
It is another place of interest, which is widely visited by a large number of tourists and visitors. It started functioning in the late 1960s and works under the famous organization of Indian Council for Agricultural Research in Delhi. It has got a wonderful campus which stretches upto one thousand three hundred and forty acres of undulating grasslands. Plantations like eucalyptus, wattles etc have grown in the region. Here eminent scientists work on the developmental programmes for the whole of South Indian provinces.
Wide varieties of animals like sheep and rabbits are bred here for the supply of wool and meat. Names of species of these two animals are angora, chinchilla, white giant etc. Other inhabitants of the place include gaur, blobbed deer, wild dogs, and sambar. One also can reach there quite easily. From Kodaikanal it takes nearly an hour of driving. Aquatic creatures like carps also thrive in the tiny lake. If a small group of pupil wants to organize camp it can be organized by seeking permission from the officer-in-charge.
Moir point is an dazzling view point in Kodaikanal close to the entrance of the Berijam Lake road. Yet an added view point next to the devil's kitchen on the Kodai - Cochin road, presenting an inspiring view of a sheer valley, the mountains and some villages (Chinnoor, Periyoor) sited in the hills are sometimes a group of hives grazing in the hills. Moer point is situated at a place where the first grass was cut by Sir Thomas Moir for creating the Goschen road (Fourty Mile Road) in 1929. A pillar has been erected in the memory of the above event and the opening of the road at this point.
It is a tiny trek up and down to reach this view point. You can see the moderately less traffic resembling a long tailed Monkey. The forest check-point at this place prohibits unauthorized admission ahead of this point through the road to Munnar via Berijam Lake. Another road which leads to the Goshen road originating from the Observatory road is well connected to many villages like Poombarai, Kavunji, Mannavanoor, Kookaal etc meets at Moir point concluding the prominent 14 miles round. A site from the Moir Point of the valley underneath will be valued by the viewers forever.
The Palani Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park is a proposed Protected area in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu State South India. The Park will be an upgrade and expansion of the 736.87 km? . Palani (Kodaikanal) Wildlife Sanctuary being established in 2008.
Mammals: Wild Boars are common in areas away from human habitation and cultivation. Threatened species in the park area include: Indian Elephant, Gaur (Wild Ox), Nilgiri Tahr and Grizzled Giant Squirrel.
Waterfalls : Alanthoni Falls, Bamen Falls, Bear Shola Falls, Fairy Falls, Glen Falls, Gundar Falls, Neptune Falls, Palar Upper Falls, Palar Lower falls, Poombarai Falls, Pambar Falls, Skamba Falls, Snake Falls, Thalaiyar Falls, Gaur Vellaiyan Falls, Kathirikkai Falls, Kudiraiyar River Falls, Kukkal Falls, Polur Falls, Poondi Falls, Kumbakarai Falls etc.
This magnificent falls is also popularly called as the 'Grand Cascade'. It can be reached by a steep, slippery path behind Pambar house. Racing down Pambar Ravine is the zig-zagging Levinge stream that cascades over a series of rock formations. The Pambar Ravine showers down the Waterfall and a series of steep and precariously slippery rocks during its meandering course. Pambar Falls is a splendid surprise that awaits tourist as they journey across the rigid paths fringed by rugged hills.
Perumal Peak is separated by a short distance of 11.3 kilometers from the town of Kodaikanal. The region is easily accessible from the hill town of Kodaikanal.vTrekking in the Perumal Peak requires no permission and can be done by all. The journey lasts for about 4 hours which includes the ascent and the descent of the Perumal Peak.
The Pillar Rocks are three granite boulders which are seen standing vertically shoulder to shoulder and it is now a very famous tourist spot for many visitors. These rocks are measuring a height of about 400 feet from the ground and the chambers that are seen between the two pillars are known as Devil's Kitchen.
The Pillar Rocks have gained popularity as the years have passed by and during the peak season there is a huge rush of visitors to this place. The shady woods that are in the vicinity of these huge boulders are a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.
In 1906, with a view to growing valuable timber, Mr. Bryant started the Kodaikanal pine plantations in the south-west of Kodaikanal. The pine plantations in Kodaikanal Pine forest are one among the preserved treasures of Kodaikanal which would mesmerize the tourists by its ambience. This place is a gift of Mother Nature for people who love photography. In 1906, Mr. Bryant planned to grow precious timber, hence he started the Kodaikanal pine plantations in the south-west of Kodaikanal. The Pine forest is an impressive spot to visit. The scenery at pine forest is one of the most excellent locations to spend time to experience the most peaceful and memorable moments of life. You would love to stand under the gigantic trees and feel small and protected by the nature mother.
Exploring the Kodaikanal pine forest on the way to Mannavanur, you can see the forest floor roofed by "magic mushrooms" - allegedly hallucinogenic - you would try to find out! These pine plantations are apparently pretty familiar with the young Israeli people at Vattakanal. These meticulous pine forests are eerie since the majority of the cones and needles had dried out and the pine needles - leafs - covered the forest floor and branches in a weird shade of grey white.
Shenbaganur Museum is the Museum of Natural History of Kodaikanal, situated 5.6 kms from the Kodaikanal Lake, along the road to Kodaikanal. A regular accrual of individual stuff of natural history since the 1920s created the key segment of the current museum. The Shenbaganur Museum is maintained by sacred heart college, a theological institution formed in 1895. A vacation to the museum is a must for people touring Kodaikanal.
The Shenbaganur Museum has got a compilation of numerous specimens of butterflies, moths, snakes and mammals. Anthropologists will be pleased to have a glimpse of many photographs and models of dolemms tombs and funeral urns of pre historic people of Palani Hills. There is a herbarium too, having more than 2500 plants and a huge garden. Also the museum has one of the best orchidoriums in India, having close to 300 species of trees and flower gardens. The two gardens have trees of unique scientific significance. There is a collected works of 300 varieties of timber, in addition to illustrations of plants of Palani Hills.
The Silent Valley view is another important and attractive place that should not be missed by any nature enthusiast. It is situated at a little distance from the Pillar Rock and is seen on the Berijam lake road and the breathtaking view of this valley will be soothing to the eyes.
The panoramic view of this place will make the tourists to spend a lot of time watching the scenic beauty. Children visiting this place has to be taken care by their parents as the valley is very deep and will at its very best when viewed between early mornings and late afternoons.
This is the first attraction that unfolds in front of a tourist on the Madurai - Kodaikanal road. The excess water in the Kodai Lake comes down as a fall at about 8 kms from Kodaikanal. It is like a pit stop for vehicles and tourists as there are shops selling fruits and other forest products.
Silver Cascade falls is 180 feet high and the frothy water coming down through piles of rocks will attract any person. The crystal clear water contains various minerals and taking a bath in this fall is very refreshing. Any nature lover can sit and enjoy the beauty of this falls for hours.
The Subramanya or the Karthikeya temple is located at a distance of 65 kms from Kodaikanal and is popularly known as Palani temple. It is dedicated to Lord Subramanian or Dhandayuthapani. The word Dhandayuthapani means having a stick in the hand as a weapon.
It is one of the famous temples in South India and is located at an altitude of 135 meters. Pilgrims can climb the 659 steps or can use the winch facility to reach the sanctum sanctorum. Tai Pusam in January is one of the major festivals of this temple. The Panguni Uttaram is another festival conducted in April which draws many people from all over India and across the globe as well.
The Telescope house is constructed at Coaker walk and offers the most beautiful and panoramic view of the deep and lush valley, and of the city of Kodaikanal. The best time is to start early in the morning, trek your way through Coaker walk and reach the Telescope house in Kodaikanal by 12pm, enjoy the panoramic view of the valley, see the city of Kodaikanal and the city of Maduria at a distance.
The view from the Telescope house is so beautiful and breathtaking that you would feel as if you are in heaven. This makes the Telescope one of the hottest tourist attractions in Kodaikanal.
This is also called as Rat tail falls. One of the tallest falls in Asia with a 975 ft sheer drop, it can be viewed from 13th kilometer on the Ghat road to Kodaikanal. As soon as you ascend the Kodai Ghat road, there is a place called 'Dum Dum Rock' View point, that provides a panoramic view of the Rat Tail Falls and the Manjalaar Dam below. There is a view tower near the small park, from where you can have a real good view and is worth a few snaps.
It is mythical belief that Lord Muruga used to visit the Rock on his entourage to Palani. Local people still have rituals corresponding to this belief and regularly offer prayers in this rock, and create drum-noise during the prayers, hence the name 'Dum Dum Rock'. The falls is located on the opposite hill from the Ghat Road, and has no access road or path. So it is best viewed from the road side benches only.
Kodaikanal is a paradise for trekking lovers as it offers different trekking routes for the professional trekker to the novice trekker as well. Trekking routes with varying difficulty levels are there and a tourist can select the route according to the fitness, time factor and one's trekking ability.
One of the toughest routes is from Periyakulam - Adukkam- Kodaikanal which has a trekking distance of about 18 kms which can be covered within 7 hours. For the trekkers who prefer easy walk, the route from Kodaikanal to Berijam will be the suitable one and the trekker will be able to enjoy the green valleys and the mountain ranges surrounding Kodaikanal.
- 80 Mile Round, Bombay shola, 500 years old Banyan tree etc.