Cradled in the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills, in the Western Ghats, 120 kms from Madurai, Kodaikanal is located 2133 m above sea level. Kodaikanal is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination.
Kodaikanal history goes back to pre-historic times. Palaiyar tribals are believed to be the first inhabitants of Kodaikanal. During colonial rule, Kodaikanal was favorite for the British. The hill station offered respite from the scorching Indian summer.
The surrounding forests provide great trekking opportunities and some awesome scenic views. There is also the beautiful Kodai Lake famous for its natural beauty. With its rocks, woods, lovely lake and bracing air, Kodaikanal is an ideal hill resort for the tourists.
Mesmerizing natural beauty and a host of sights and attractions contribute to Kodaikanal magnetism, making this hill town a hotspot for nature lovers and other vacationers.
Places to visit in Kodaikanal
The Lake: The star-shaped lake of Kodaikanal is one of the major attractions of this hill station. Situated at the heart of the main town area, it is also a favorite evening spot for the locals as well.
Flora & Fauna Museum: The Orchidarium here has about 300 species of orchids and other exotic plants.
Kurinji Andavar Temple: Temple located 3km northeast of the Lake and is dedicated to Lord Muruga.
Pillar Rocks: There are three rocks magnificently jutting into the sky to a height of about 400ft.
Bryant Park: Botanical Park situated on the eastern side of the lake.
Water Falls: There are numerous waterfalls in the area such as Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Fairy Falls and Glen Falls, which are popular picnic spots.
Coaker walk: Ideal place for picturesque walk. The walk offers you a fantastic view of the plains and the distant hills.
Perumal Peak: The peak offers excellent opportunity for trekking for the adventurous tourists.
Viewpoint: The hill station’s best view points are Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View point and the Dolphin’s Nose.
Stay in Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal offers a variety of accommodation to suit every budget. Resorts and home stays too are available in the hill station. Places to stay in Kodaikanal range from luxury and deluxe hotels to mid-rung and budget options. Most mid-rung hotels in Kodaikanal have a cozy homely ambience. There are lots of budget hotels and lodges in Kodai and most stand together with each other on the main road in the centre of the town. Budget travelers can find decent rooms in Kodaikanal.
If you want to spend a little less on your stay and still don’t want to compromise on the good service and facilities then choose to stay in Hotel Sunrise in Kodaikanal.
Hotel sunrise is a perfect blend of modern luxuries and old world charm. There is privacy, intimacy, bliss and tranquility for the honeymooners in this luxury hotel.
Kodaikanal – A scenic hill station