Top Kodaikanal Tourist Places for Sightseeing
Kodaikanal is a popular hill station located in the eastward hills of Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu. Comprised largely of meadows and grasslands with a thick forest cover containing evergreen trees such as eucalyptus, cypress and acacia, Kodaikanal is also known as ‘The Gift of the Forests’. It is a home to the rare Kurunji Flower that blooms just once in 12 years. As the climate is usually cool throughout the year with temperatures not going beyond 20 degrees in summer, people flock to Kodaikanal tourist places to escape from the hot and humid climate of the lower areas.
Also called as the Kodaikanal Lake, this star-shaped lake is a home to various birds and the 5-kilometre long path that is near the shores of the lake is one of the favourite places where tourist come for a casual walk and enjoy the beauty of nature. Tourists can avail pedal boats and row boats along with horses and bicycles.
This pristine bed of calm and pure clean waters surrounded by hills and forests is one of the top Kodaikanal tourist places sited in the upper Palani Hills. The Berijam Lake is located at the old site of Fort Hamilton in Pillar Rock Road.
Constructed in 1872, by Lt Coaker, it is a pedestrian walk, one kilometre long built on the steep slope of mountains. The Telescope house is a must watch for nature lovers. People also ride bicycles. The best time to visit the Quakers walk is after 2.00 p.m.
Kurinji Andavar Temple
Kurinji Temple or the Kurinji Andavar Temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga, the God of Hills. It is much known for the summer festival celebrated in May every year. Tourists visiting this temple also enjoy the beautiful view of Palani hills and Vaigai dam.
It is named after Glenn Bryant, a British Army Officer who conceived and landscaped this botanical garden. Tourists generally visit this place in summer to enjoy the flower and vegetable show that is organised every year in May. The glasshouse in the garden allures
visitors with its wide assortment of flowers, ferns and ornamental plants.
It is a well-known trekking spot and considered as one of the best Kodaikanal tourist places. In the shape of the nose of a Dolphin, this massive rock projects breathtaking views of the Western Ghats. Tourists can also access the amazing Liril Falls or Pambar here.
Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
Located at 2,343 meters above sea level, the Solar Observatory not only provides breathtaking views but also offers various scientific attractions to its visitors
Silver Cascade Falls and Vattakanal Falls
The beautiful Silver Cascade waterfalls on the Madurai-Kodai road are over 180 ft high and a must see a place to visit in Kodaikanal. Vattakanal Falls can be approached trekking via a small, beautiful forest. Rainy season is the best time to see these falls. They are certainly a treat for the eyes.
Well maintained by forest officials, the Pine Forest attracts photographers and directors of South Indian films with its diverse flora and tall, slender pine trees.
Added to these tourists places in Kodaikanal are Kukkal Caves that that show traces of the ancient ‘Palaiyar’ tribes and Perumal Peak, one of the highest peaks of the Perumalai mountains.