Located at a distance of 3 km from the Kodaikanal Lake, Kurinji Andavar Temple is the place worth visiting not just for religious tourists. Dedicated to Lord Muruga, the temple holds an important position amongst Hindu devotes. Lord Muruga is referred as 'God of hill'. In Tamil language, the word Kurinji means 'hill region' and Andavar means 'God'. Thus the name itself symbolises its connection with the hill and the God of the hill. The temple has also connection with the Kurinji flower which blooms on the hill once in 12 years. It is said that the flower bloomed last in the year of 2004. According some, the honey from this place during the year when the Kurinji flower booms has medicinal value.
The temple is dedicated to the Lord Muruga who is referred as 'God of hill'. Just famous 3 kms from the lake, it is vaery famous for its Kurinji flower which blossoms in the area only once every 12 years. Along with this, you can also have amazing view of the Palani and Vaigai dam from this temple.
Apart from this temple, there are many other religious places as well such as the Mariamman Temple, Vinayagar Temple, Murugan Temple, two mosques at Ellis Villa and Munjikal, sacred Heart Church and many more.
The temple also acts as an important venue for summer festival which is organised during the month of May every year. Hordes of tourists visit the temple to seek the God’s blessings. Along with religious significance, the temple also presents tourists with breath taking view of the Vaigai dam and Palani hills. Thus it is a place which presents amazing sightseeing options for nature lovers as well as offers good photographic opportunities.
The hill station of Kodaikanal has many other religious spots which also make for an interesting visit. Some of these are Mariamman Temple, Vinayagar Temple, Murugan Temple, two mosques at Ellis Villa and Munjikal, sacred Heart Church, Munjikal, Francis Xavier Church, Gorapur, St. Mary's Church, Lassalette, St. Joseph's Church, Luthern Mission Church, Lake End, etc.