Kodaikanal, which in Tamil means â€˜The Gift of the Forestâ€™, is one among the famous tourist and honeymoon destinations in India. Guarded by the ancient shola trees the place is rich in unspoiled beauty. Along with cool climate, Kodaikanal has much to offer. Kodaikanal is also renowned as the â€˜Princess of hill stationsâ€™. Very much true to this name are the visual treats that the place has in-store for her visitors.
Kodaikanal is located in Dindigul, a district belonging to Tamil Nadu in India. The hill station is situated at an altitude of about 2,195 metres (which is approximately 7,200 feet) above sea level. In India, Kodaikanal is the only hill station that was developed by the Americans. The place was discovered in 1821 by the British surveyor, Lieutenant B. S. Ward. Apparently, he was in search of a healthy place that could shelter the foreign missionaries from the summer heat and epidemics when he discovered Kodaikanal. The place soon enough won its position among the most preferred holiday destinations that assured one the perfect getaway from the weary summer.
Stretched out over an area of about 21.45 square kilometres, Kodaikanal has pleasant temperatures round the year. During the summers, the temperatures here would maximum soar up to mid-twenties and during winters, the temperatures can go to 50C or even lower. The place receives an annual rainfall of about 165 centimetres (on an average); with heavy rains during months from September to November.
Since, the place has cooler temperatures even during the evenings, saving space in your backpack for woollens is always a good idea â€“ light woollen clothes for the summer evenings and good thick woollens for the winter would be ideal.