Popularly known as the Princess of all the hill stations in India, Kodaikanal is one of the most sought after holiday destination. It is away from the hustle of the busy cities, in the arms of Mother Nature surrounded with a misty weather, rolling hills, stretched lakes and thick forests. The best time to visit Kodaikanal is from the month of April to June. Here is a list of places to visit while you are in Kodaikanal.
1. Kurinji Andavar Temple -
Image - media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/Kurinji Andavar Temple is dedicated to the God of Hills, Lord Muruga. This temple is particularly famous for the rare Kurinji Flower that is said to blossom once every 12 years. During the summer festival season, thousands of devotees come to this temple seeking blessings of Lord Muruga and to enjoy the serene views of the beautiful hills.
Timings: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.kodaikanal.com/kurinjiandavartemple.htm
2. Coakers Walk -
Image - kodaicab.com/1km long, narrow pedestrian path on a mountainous road of Kodai constructed by Lt. Coaker is named after him to be called as the Coakers Walk. On a clear, cloudless day one can witness spectacular views and interesting sites of the southern side of Kodai.
Timings: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Entry Fee: Rs 10 per person, Rs 20 per person for Telescope House. Website: http://www.kodaikanal.com/coakerwalk.htm
3. Bryant Park -
Image - www.kodaitourmakers.com/The Bryant Park is a botanical garden set up by the British spreading over an area of 20.5 acres at the east end of the Kodaikanal Lake. It is a popular place for nature lovers to be lost in the lush green surroundings of over 325 species of trees and a massive 740 species of Roses. Best time to visit is during the summer months when various horticulture and flower shows are organized here.
Timings: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM Entry Fee: Rs 5 per Person Website: http://www.kodaikanal.com/park.htm
4. Kodaikanal Lake -
Image - kodaicab.com/It is the perfect place to enjoy recreational activities like riding bicycles or ponies. Boat rides are also available for anyone who wishes to pay for one. Come here to relax and stroll while enjoying the serene and calm view and sipping on a cup of masala tea or nibbling on some home-made chocolates from a stall nearby.
Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.kodaikanal.com/lake.htm
5. Bear Shola Falls -
Image - media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/As the name indicates, Bear Shola Falls is a waterfall in the Reserve forest where bears came to drink water once. Today it is the perfect picnic spot to enjoy a day off with family and friends. The best time to enjoy the beauty of this fall to its extensiveness is during the monsoon months.
Timings: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.kodaikanal.com/falls.htm
6. Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History -
Image - rackcdn.com/Shenbaganur Museum is devoted to the archaeological remains of the fine flora and fauna of the Kodaikanal Hills. This museum is maintained by the Sacred Heart College and has an overwhelming collection of several hundred species of animals, birds and insects and over 300 species of exotic orchid.
Timings: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Entry Fee: Re 1 per person Website: http://www.kodaikanal.com/shenbaganurmuseum.htm
7. Pillar rocks -
Image -wikimedia.org/The pillar rocks are a rather famous and interesting place to hang out in Kodaikanal. It has three 400 ft. tall natural rocks that imitate a set of man-made pillars. The chamber that is seen between two pillars is called Devil’s Kitchen (Guna cave). The main attraction of this place is the captivating beauty of the garden that these pillars encircle.
Timings: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Entry Fee: Free Website: http://www.kodaikanal.com/pillarrock.htm
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