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Kodaikanal Hill Station Tour
Where is Kodaikanal?
Kodaikanal, spreading over an area of 21.45 sq km, is located in the Palani Hills near Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu in the southern part of the Indian subcontinent.
How will you gain access?
Madurai (120 km) is the closest airport to Kodaikanal. Kodai Road Railway Station and Palani Railway Station are the closest railheads. By road, the hill station is connected to places like Chennai (520 km), Ooty (264 km), Trichy (197 km), Coimbatore (175 km), Kumili (160 km), and Madurai (120 km).
What magnetizes people?
At a distance of 3 km from the town bus-stand lies the exquisite Kodaikanal Lake. The place proves to be an idyllic picnic spot and attracts a huge number of travellers and visitors from every corner of the world. The environs here are sure to give you some very prized moments of your lives.
The Kodai Hill, reaching up to a height of 8000 feet is no less attraction for the sightseers and picnickers. The hill has an interesting Solar physical observatory built atop it. The observatory was established in the year 1898.
Kurinji Andavar Temple
The Kurinji Andavar Temple stands at a distance of 3 km from the Kodaikanal Lake. The temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Lord Murugan is said to be associated with the Krunji flowers that grow on the hillside. What is interesting about the flower is the fact that it blooms once in 12 years and its honey is said to possess magical properties.
Another attractive feature of the town is its Shenbaganur Museum. The museum exhibits a fascinating collection of relics and artifacts related to the Palians who once lived in these hills. It is a must-visit site.
At a distance of 21 km from Kodaikanallies one of the most beautiful lakes of South India. The star-shaped lake is spread over an area of 24 hectares and is famous for its pure water.
What are the adventures in store?
One can go on short treks along the Palani Hills, which offers some splendid sights of the region to spellbind its visitors. There are a number of local viewpoints around. And if someone makes up his mind to go boating the Kodaikanal Lake lies here. It’s a wonderful experience drifting along the lake in such an intoxicating environs.
Which are the nearby hotels?
Kodai Resort Hotel is a 2-star offering room service, laundry, travel counter, multi-cuisine restaurant, convention hall, doctor on call, car parking, children’s park, indoor/ outdoor games, Internet, safe deposit, telephone, fax, etc. Hotel Kodai International (125 km from Madurai Airport) is very popular among tourists. It has 62 aesthetically decorated rooms providing with all the basic amenities to cater to the varied needs of both business and leisure travellers.
What is the best time to visit?
Though Kodaikanal enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year, the ideal time to pay a visit to this wonderful hill station is between the months of April and June and between September and October.