Kodaikanal, a little paradise on earth and a popular hill station in South India, is a charming tourist destination that is known for its serene natural beauty and pleasant climate.
Nestled at an elevation of 7000 feet above sea level, Kodaikanal is often referred to as the “Princess of Hills”. Owing to its peacefulness, this hamlet tops the list of all those people who are looking for an ideal getaway with a perfect setting that enables them to enjoy an escapade far away from life’s blues.
Ideal for honeymooners as well as families with children, Kodaikanal, surrounded by dense forests, rolling hills, and cascading waterfalls, offers a plethora of options to keep you engaged throughout time. With so many things to do and see all around the day, you can choose what suits you the most.
Here’s a list of top sightseeing places in Kodaikanal that you can consider exploring as a part of our Kodaikanal Darshan Packages the next time. Not only do these places do justice to their beauty but also allow you to tuck your soul free in tranquility.
1. Kodai Lake
Visit the Kodai Lake in Kodaikanal to admire its unfiltered beauty. Located in the center of the town and at a height of 2285 meters from the ground level, the Kodai Lake is an artificially designed star-shaped lake that offers an astonishing getaway to people looking to relax and unwind amid the rich vistas.
It’s a place that takes all your burdens away from you for some time and makes you go gaga on the magical scenery you get to see here.
Stroll around the lake for a delightful evening with your loved ones. Try your hand at horse riding or cycling to take a complete tour of the surrounding areas. Go boating to add an extra fun element to your visit. For your ease, there are a wide range of boats available to choose from.
You can also enjoy fishing but with prior permission from the respective authorities. What else? The Kodai lake is also renowned for organizing a flower show that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Don’t miss it if you’re there at that time of the year.
Named after its shape that looks like a dolphin’s nose, Dolphin’s Nose is a famous viewpoint that invites locals as well as tourists to look over a panoramic view of the entire hilly area at its best.
Situated 8 km away from the Princess of Hills, Dolphin’s Nose bestows an exquisite location with a cool and breezy atmosphere where you can sit back and chill for hours without worrying about anything. It’s a great spot for nature buffs to be in the lap of Mother Nature and is no less than a paradise for Instagrammers wanting to make their Instagram feed look extraordinary.
To reach the top of the peak that is as high as 6600 feet, you need to undertake a moderate trek of 3 km that takes you through many rugged terrains, plunging valleys, and rocks of the Palani hill range. On your way, you’ll also come across a local village that introduces you to the everyday culture of the locale there.
If you’re looking for a mix of nature, serenity, and privacy under one roof on your Kodaikanal tour, then Bear Shola Falls can be the right tourist destination for you. It is a popular picnic spot that hypnotizes everyone with its charm and aura and has a kind of environment that makes you fall in love with this place time and time again.
What sets it apart from the other popular waterfalls in the region is that you can say hello to a diverse range of flora and fauna species here. In addition to that, the birds flying freely all over the area gives another reason for wildlife enthusiasts to flock to this place. And the breathtaking backdrop works like a cherry on the cake for shutterbugs looking to click some worthy cherishing pictures.
Monsoon season i.e., from June to September is considered as the best time to head toward Bear Shola Falls. Why? Because this is the time when this waterfall comes alive as the level of water increases due to rain, making the overall view look even more enchanting.
Surrender yourself to the epitome of beauty on earth with a short getaway to Coaker's Walk. Constructed by Lieutenant Coaker in the year 1872, Coaker's Walk is a man-made 1 km long walking path that makes you feel like walking in the clouds with lush green mountains encompassing the area from all sides. The overall sight is jaw-dropping, providing a feast to the eyes you’ve been craving for a long time.
While on one side of Coaker's Walk, you get to witness the valley of River Pambar, the other side offers the view of Dolphin’s Nose. Combine all this with pleasant to cold weather that remains the same throughout the time and we bet you would want to visit it every time you plan a holiday to Kodaikanal with our Kodaikanal darshan packages.
Although the entry fee for Coaker's Walk is very minimal for both adults and children (INR 10), if you have a camera or a telescope with you, you’ll need to pay INR 30 and INR 20 for them respectively. The recommended exploration time is 1-2 hours.
Not only do the aforementioned points of interest leave you spellbound with the city’s incredible vistas but also impress you from the core of your heart. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to have a memorable time with your near and dear ones.
If interested, you can also cover the following tourist attractions to enjoy your trip to the fullest. These include the Canopy Hill, Poombarai Viewing Point, Chettiar Park, Kukkal Caves, Green Valley View, Thalaiyar Falls, Pillar Rocks, Berijam Lake, Mannavanur Lake, Vattakanal Falls, and Pambar Falls. Adding to these are the Subramanya Temple, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, Silent Valley View Point, Silver Cascade Falls, Upper Lake View Point, and Anna Salai Market for shopaholics.
Catering to everyone’s varied holiday duration, budget, and other needs, we at Kodaikanal Tourism, a division of Holidays DNA, present various Kodaikanal tour packages that can be altered as per your choice. You can also opt for our all-inclusive packages to make the most of your trip. We help you curate an itinerary along with shortlisting the best travel package that fits best to you. Please fill out the Contact Us form to know more about our services.
How to Reach Kodaikanal?
Getting to Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is a bit easy. Due to its excellent connectivity to the neighboring areas and the rest of the country via all modes of transportation, it can be easily accessed by national as well as international tourists the way they want. The following are the 3 major ways:
By Air: Book a flight to Madurai International Airport to cover the maximum distance in the least possible time. It is well-served by air carriers like Jet Airways, Air India, IndiGo, etc., on a daily basis and also has flights from different parts of the world. Outside the airport, avail of taxi service from top car rental companies in Kodaikanal to reach your destination.
By Train: Kodai Road is the nearest railway station to this hilly area that receives approximately 45 different types of trains including Trivandrum Express, Pearl City Express, Cape Howrah Express, Ten Jammu Express, and many more. From there at the station, travelers can look for local commute options to cover the required distance at their convenience.
By Road: For your ease, the Tamil Nadu government runs several state-owned buses from the metro cities like Madurai, Chennai, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Bangalore, etc., to Kodaikanal at pocket-friendly prices. The facility of luxury buses with AC facility is also available for those who don’t have budget constraints in mind. In the end, what matters the most is your comfort, so travel wisely!