With an altitude of 2,133 meters, a pleasant climate throughout the year, relics of the colonial era and an leisurely pace of life, the reason is not far to seek that the charming hill station of Kodaikanal captivates the tourists in large numbers. Kodaikanal's beautiful lake, stunning mountain vistas and deep forests are a paradise for holidaymakers and nature lovers.
Apart from being a famous hill station, Kodaikanal’s claim to fame also rests on the fact that it is home to the Kurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years in the December and envelops the entire valley in a beautiful sea of blue. The next blossom is due in 2018. It is not without reason that Kodaikanal is a huge draw card for the tourists.
The main highlight of a trip to Kodaikanal is the star shaped Kodai Lake which occupies an area of 60 acres and is surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 km length. You can use pedal or rowing boats at the lake. Tamil Nadu Tourism Department, Kodaikanal Boat Club and Kodaikanal Municipality operate boat services in the lake. Berijam Lake is another famous lake which is located 21 km from Kodaikanal. Chettiar Park, Bryant Park, boasting of more than 740 varieties of roses, and Kurinji Andavar Temple are other places of interest in Kodaikanal.
Kodaikanal offers an astounding landscape of cascading waterfalls. Fairy Falls, Bear Shola Falls and Silver cascade are fast emerging captivating tourist destinations among the visitors who come here to marvel at the scenic grandeur. Thalaiyar Falls, an excursion site from Kodaikanal, is another popular tourist place where water cascades down from a height of 975 feet. It is also known as the Rat Tail Falls.
In Kodaikanal you will find some fine specimens of British colonial architecture. The place is dotted with beautiful colonial houses that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and forests.
A visit to the Coaker's Walk is a must for all Kodaikanal visitors who want to have a grand view of the plains of Madurai. One can have a panoramic view of the entire Vaigai Project from the Green Valley View.
The breathtakingly beautiful hill resort of Kodaikanal is surely one of the most romantic destinations there is. The place is popular with the honeymooners who visit this place in great numbers to spend their time by the side of beautiful viewpoints and waterfalls. A honeymoon in Kodaikanal is indeed coveted by newly-married couples.
Set around the Kodai Lake, Kodaikanal is ideal for adventurous spirits who can indulge in paragliding. The adventure sports are the best way of spending your holidays in this beautiful hill station of Tamil Nadu. The enthusiasts of adventure sports will have a memorable time here.
From traditional to international cuisines, there are several restaurants and eateries in and around Kodaikanal for food lovers to explore. These restaurants provide some of the best cuisines that will surely appeal to your taste buds. They draw both tourists and locals in large number.
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