town is surrounded by thick dark forests and it seems
as if the this gem of a hill station is actually being
enviously guarded by this dark forest. In fact the
name Kodaikanal itself means 'The Gift Of forest'.
The hill station is full of natural marvels like Fairy
Falls, Coaker's walk, Green Valley view, Pillar Rocks
and Dolphin's Nose. For peace lovers, it offers serene
and calm atmosphere that is intoxicating and refreshing
whereas for adventure lovers, it proves to be a heaven
with ample of trekking opportunities available through
out the town. The town is not densely populated with
only around 30,000 residents. Tamil is the main spoken
language but English is also widely understood.
Charms of the City
The beauty of the sights to see in this picturesque
town is simply boundless. Here You will see the splendors
of mother nature as closely as anyone can. If time
permits, unfold the mesmerizing beauty of Kodaikanal
with a leisurely walk to places like star shaped lake
and Fairy Falls that add something special to the
already ravishing beauty of this heavenly destination.
The star-shaped lake or the Kodaikanal Lake is located
in the central point of the Kodaikanal and is one
of the major tourist attraction of town. It is the
brainchild of former Collector, Sir Vere Levinge,
who transformed a marshy land into a breathtaking
star shaped water body. The entire lake spread over
an area of about 60 acres. The lake is surrounded
by a variety of trees like Pine and Eucalyptus. Apart
from enjoying the relaxing view of the lake, you have
an option for boating courtesy the Boat Club or you
can savor a small horse ride along the sidelines.
From the Kodaikanal Lake, it is just 3 km away. It
is one of the three solar observatories in the world
that were built more than 75 years ago. It is situated
at an elevation of 2343 meters which is the highest
point of the town. You have to book a ticket for the
scheduled shows to get an experience of the solar
system, which surely will be worth the money and time
you spend on it.
Kodaikanal is famous among travelers for the most
scintillating viewpoints from where you get the most
panoramic glances of the entire Kodaikanal hill station.
The best viewpoints here are Green Valley view point,
Pillar Rocks, and the Dolphin's Nose. A visit to these
viewpoints and a glimpse of the nature's marvel from
them can be the best memory that you take from here.
Situated just 5 km away from the town center,
Fairy Falls have become a famous destination for picnics
among localities. Another fall named Glen falls is
just around the corner and is equally famous. These
falls are nothing short of a destination blessed by
nature itself. A swim on the foot of these falls is
very refreshing and is not to be missed.