Visiting Kodaikanal can be a very fruitful experience for you in terms of gaining new insights and learning so many new things. This place is located in the hills of Dindigul. The beauty of this place is such that it is also known as “The Gift Of The Forest” which is actually quite apt as well as poetic. Apart from that, this place is also known as the ‘Princess Of Hill Stations’ and has always been a popular destination for tourists who come here to revive themselves in the symphony of nature.
This is something which is quite likeable about travelling. Because when you visit so many places and meet new people you get to grow at an exponential rate and also get to refine yourself with a lot of new perspectives. The economy here is based on the hospitality industry due to its history associated with diseases.
Also known as the Princess of Hill Station, Kodaikanal is just the right blend of culture and traditions. Yes, Kodaikanal’s perfect landscapes, waterfalls along with the magnificent rolling hills make it an incredible travel getaway worth exploring. So, if you are looking for a place to breathe out all your worries then you must absolutely give this place a try.
Archaeological evidence of the human habitation in this particular region dates back to the early Chera Dynasty. Yes, artefacts like earthen pots found in this site somewhat prove that the earliest residents of this area were the Palaiyar tribals.
Even one can find some particular references to Kodaikanal in Tamil Sangam literature. It is also said that modern Kodaikanal was settled by Christian missionaries along with the Bureaucrats sometime in 1845.
Kodai Lake. Visiting the Kodai lake will be an interesting experience for you. The most likeable part about this lake is its wonderful aura. It is also quite famous for its boating, riding, cycling and many other things. So, why not try it? You surely won’t regret it!
Bear Shola Falls. Hearing the name of this place will make you think about everything which it is a possibility of. Definitely, it is quite an intriguing place. It has also been said that there were many bears who used to drink water from these falls and hence the name of this place was given as the Bear Shola Falls. Maybe that was in the past because today you won't get to see any bears here. But still, this tourist destination is definitely worth your time.
Pillar Rocks. Remember Avatar? The Pillar Rocks looks somewhat like the Hallelujah Mountains. Those huge flying mountains will mesmerize you with their charm in the movie and in reality too. If you visit Kodaikanal you would definitely recommend this place to others too.
Green Valley View. The scenic expanse of this place is something which you won't have seen before. The very air and the cloud formation in the vast sky creates a scene that you won't be able to resist yourself from taking a photograph of it. You would perhaps have never experienced such vastness and beauty of nature before.
Berijam Lake. This site is located at the old site where once, Fort Hamilton used to stand tall and proud. This place is open from 9 am to 3 pm. And the entry here is free. You can hire a jeep along with a few other people to explore the wildlife and it would be one of the most amazing travel experiences for you.
Tamil New Year. The Tamil New Year is the first day of the Tamil Calendar. Set with the solar cycle of the Hindu calendar this festival is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm among the people. On this day, people clean their houses light up the family Puja altar and even visit the local temples to offer their prayers and seek blessings from the almighty.
Yelagiri Summer Festival. This festival is majorly organized by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development department. This festival will let you enjoy a great number of activities and events like the Flower Show, Dog Show along with many other cultural programs.
Kodaikanal can be visited during any time of the year. However, the ideal time for your trip to Kodaikanal can be between the months of October and March. These are the months when the weather is at its best. Apart from that, if you wish, you can also consider the monsoon months from April to June and July to September to travel to Kodaikanal.
Kodaikanal is all about experiencing wonderful weather conditions, cliffs, it about nature and everything good. From Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata you will need to cover an approximate distance of around 2,644 km, 1,457 km, 467 km, 2,196 km respectively. Let’s discuss, how you can reach to Kodaikanal via the following routes.
By Air. Kodaikanal doesn’t have its own airport. The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport which is located at an approximate distance of 130 km. So, after deboarding, you will need to cover the remaining distance via some means of public transportation. Various airlines like IndiGo, SpiceJet, Air India operate with a good frequency to and fro Madurai. You can easily get a flight to Madurai from Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai, Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru.
By Road. Travelling to Kodaikanal via road can be a fun experience. This city is well-linked with several other prominent cities like from Bengaluru you will need to cover an approximate distance of 460 km via NH 44, from Coimbatore you will need to cover an approximate distance of around 177 km via Palani Kodaikanal road or NH83, from Madurai you will need to cover an approximate distance of around 116 km via NH 85 or Laws Ghat road. You can also choose to travel via interstate buses which have regular connectivity to this place.
By Train. The nearest train station from Kodaikanal is the Kodai Railway station situated at an approximate distance of 80 km. This railway station lies between Dindigul and Madurai. This railway station is also considered as a local business hub. Yes, the presence of retail shops that are open 24x7 attracts a great number of tourists.
In close proximity to this station lies the Mariamman temple where you can make a visit and seek blessings of the deity where Shakti is worshipped in her Suyambu form.
From Delhi, you can take Himsagar Express or Navyug Express via H. Nizamuddin station, from Tirupati you will need to board Himsagar Express via Tirupati railway station, from Mysuru you can take TUTICORIN Express via Mysuru Junction.