Are you thinking of short vacation which can provide you with you with a refreshing environment so that you can rejuvenate yourself for the hustle bustle of day to day life? Kodaikanal offer amazing holidaying opportunities to everyone. From honeymoon to family trip to adventure holidays to religious tour, Kodaikanal offers something for each and every one. Often referred as "Princess of Hill stations", Kodaikanal is one of the most popular tourist destinations. The hill station is located in the Palani hill range, under the administrative control of Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. This town of Tamil Nadu has mesmerising settings and exciting activities to offer its guests. "The Gift of the Forest", the city of Kodaikanal presents its tourist with complete holiday package with wide range of activities to do while holidaying. From trekking routes to temples to museums to caves to falls to parks and lakes, you will have more than just one option to keep yourself engaged while holidaying on this hill station. Along with striking natural settings and a soothing and calm environment, you will also find many other places good for sightseeing in this town in the Palani hills which have been designed by the missionaries of America.
Kodaikanal Fast Facts:
- Altitude: 2,133 metres
- Area: 2,068 sq km
- State: Tamil Nadu
- Distance from nearby Cities: Madurai 120 Km, Coimbatore 170 km, Chennai 520 km, Bangalore 500 km
- Take away: Kodai cheese (cheddars, gruyere, and processed cheese), homemade chocolates, local embroidery work items, objects from Cottage Crafts Shop and Art Gallery where you can buy small art works and other souvenirs
- Summer Temperatures: 11°C – 20°C
- Winter Temperatures: 8°C – 17°C
Best time to be here:
- Any time of the year is a good time for Kodaikanal. You may want to consider:
- April-May – Peak tourist season; pleasant weather but crowded; May is a great time to catch the various horticultural shows held at Byrant Park Kodaikanal.
- September - October – Excellent weather and less crowded
- Avoid November for possible long spells of rain and January for its winter chill
Reaching the hill station is not very difficult, as you have all the modes of transportation for yourself. You can choose from air to roads to railways whichever suits you the most and is as per your budget and convenience. You can even hire you own car and travel to the hill station at your won pace enjoying the scenic beauty side by side.
One of the most interesting of all the places is Kodai Lake. It is Kodai Lake from which the name of Kodaikanal has been derived. Thus on your visit to the hill station, visit to the lake shouldn’t be missed in any case. There ream any other interesting places to go for sightseeing. Some of these are Berijam Lake, Coakers Walk, Bryant Park, Kurinjiandavar Temple, Green Valley View/Suicide Point, Pillar Rocks, Silent Valley View, Devil's Kitchen, Guna Caves, Pine Forest, Shanthi Valley and Silver Cascade. After visiting these places and spending some quality time with the nature, if you are in mood to pamper yourself, you can go for shopping. Khadi Emporium, Handloom Co-operative Stores and Travancore Crafts Work and Government Sales Emporium are some of the good places offering some interesting gift options to take home for your loved ones.
Not just natural setting but also the accommodation facilities on the hill station are excellent and caters to wide range of choices, promise a wonderful vacation to all the tourists coming from different parts of the world and belonging to different age group with varied purposes of visits. From nature lover to someone looking for a spiritual experience to someone looking for some adventure, Kodaikanal will not present with few of the best moments of your lives.
The best time to visit Kodaikanal is in the months of April to June and September to October, although the climate is mostly moderate and pleasant throughout the year. However, it is always advisable to carry some woollen with yourself as the temperature can get slight chilly in between.