7,200 feet above sea level lays the princess of hill stations – Kodaikanal with its cool and misty weather and tantalizing scenic beauty. According to history, Kodaikanal is the only hill station that was developed by the Americans. The hill station was discovered in the year 1821 by a British surveyor, Lieutenant B. S. Ward. True to its name; ‘the princess of hill stations’, Kodaikanal has a large number of attractions that bring tourists flocking to the place like the Kodai Lake, Coaker’s Walk, Pambar Falls, Dolphins Nose, Bryant Park, Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View, etc.
One of the major attractions and a geographical landmark in kodaikanal, The Lake is located just about 1 km away from Kodai Resort Hotel. The star-shaped lake which is nestled amidst the green forests is a man-made structure which was built during the year 1863. Sir Vere Henry Levinge played a significant role in making The Lake a reality. He was then the Collector of Madurai. Some of the major leisure activities attracting tourists include boating, horse riding and cycling.
Famously known as the ‘Grand Cascade’, Pambar falls is situated 4 km away from the Kodai Resort Hotel. Also known by the names Liril and Vatakanal this waterfall is situated at an elevation of about 2,120 metres. One can access the falls through a steep track behind the Pambar House. The water in the Pambar falls originate from the town’s water reservoir which flows southward creating the Fairy Falls, which then continues to join the Vaigai River that forms the Pambar falls through its course.
Bryant Park is located towards the eastern side of The Lake at about 150 metres away from Kodai Resort Hotel. Sprawling over an area of about 20.5 acres of land, this botanical garden has a wide variety of flora which includes 325 species of trees, shrubs and cacti and around 740 species of roses. The park was named after H. D. Bryant, a forest officer from Madurai who built the park in 1908. The park is well-known to attract tourists for the flower shows organised every summer.
Lying at a distance of just 100 metres, Coaker’s Walk is one of the major attractions in Kodaikanal that lies very close to Kodai Resort Hotel. The pedestrian path which is approximately 1 km in length was constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872. The place offers one spectacular views of the plains below; the observatory with telescope facility arranged enables one to enjoy the panoramic views. On a cloudless day, one can get clear views of the Dolphin’s nose, Pambar River, Madurai city.
Surrounded by dense forests, Berijam Lake is a scenic picnic spot that lies 21 km away from Kodai Resort Hotel. The artificial lake which sprawls over an area of about 59 acres was created by a dam that had significant part to play in a project related to micro-watershed development. The lake is situated in the upper Palani hills at the location wherein Fort Hamilton originally stood. Berijam Lake is now major source of drinking water for the people at Periyakulam town.
Located just 2 km away from Kodai Resort Hotel – the premium luxury resort in kodaikanal is this quaint church that displays spectacular Tamil French architectural style. La Salette Church is one of the oldest shrines and the first Roman Catholic Church to be built in Kodaikanal. The flight of steps that lead to the Church, the attractive interiors adorned with statues and decorative paintings and the century old cemetery markers will invoke reverence within one’s heart.
Located on the Laws Ghat Road at a distance of about 8 km from Kodaikanal’s best resort – Kodai resort Hotel is Silver Cascade, one of the most famous tourist attractions in the place. The waterfall is formed from the Kodai Lake overflow. The water in the Silver Cascade flows from an altitude of 180 feet and is well-renowned for its clean refined glittering water that shines like silver under the sun. This in-turn is believed to have earned the waterfall its name – Silver Cascade!
A small 1 km trek from Vattakkanal hamlet and one can reach one of the major attractions at kodaikanal – the Dolphin’s Nose. The place is 7 km away from Kodaikanal’s premium luxury resort, Kodai Resort Hotel. One can view the vast expanses of lands from this 6,600 metres high viewpoint which is created by a projecting block of flat rock that resembles the nose of a Dolphin; hence, the name Dolphin’s Nose. The viewpoint can be reached after crossing the Pambar Bridge.
Guarded by the Shola forests and undisturbed by human encroachment cascades a scenic waterfall named the Bear Shola Falls. The Bear Shola falls lie close to Kodai Resort Hotel; at a distance of about 2 km. It is believed that the waterfalls were a major source of water for the bears from the surrounding reserve forests; which inherited the falls its name. Quiet and peaceful, this picturesque waterfall is a true paradise for all those who want to escape the weary bustling world.
Looking for a place where you can spend your evening leisurely enjoying nature – the flowers and the garden? Then, the Chettiyar Park at Kodaikanal is definitely the place that can assure you just what you want. The park is located near to the Kurinji Andavan Temple and is about 3 km away from Kodai Resort Hotel. The park has a wide collection of fascinating floral species of which, the Kurinji flowers that bloom once every 12 years is a major attraction here.
Thalaiyar Falls is the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu that cascades from a height of about 297 metres (approximately 975 feet). The waterfall is located just 2km away from Kodai Rasort Hotel amidst the greenery of Kodaikanal. Thaliyar Falls is also known by the name Rat Tail Falls since the waterfall could be spotted as a long silver line from afar. Blessed abundantly by scenic beauty the place assures shutterbugs some of the best clicks and is also renowned as a picnic spot.
A must-see place for all those excited to know about the past! Dolmen Circle is located at a distance of about 14 km from Kodaikanal’s premium luxury resort; Kodai Resort Hotel. The site contains chambers that were made up of huge stones of which some were used for burial while, some as dwellings chambers. The Dolmens and Kistavens are believed to have been constructed during the Stone age and Iron age; resonating stories that date back to the pre-historic times.
Get a bird’s eye view of Kodaikanal from the Telescope House which is located close to Coaker’s Walk – a major attraction. The Telescope House is located towards the Northern tip of Coaker’s Walk; at a distance of about 3 km away from Kodai Resort Hotel. Constructed in order to offer tourists tantalizing views of the valley below, the Telescope House assure one mesmerizing views of the nearby areas such as the Vaigai Dam, Sothupparai Dam, Varaha River and the Periyakulam.
Located at about 4 km from Kodai Resort Hotel – the best among luxury resorts/ hotels in Kodaikanal, the Kurinji Andawar Temple is quite renowned for the bloom of the Kurinji flowers that form a blue carpet on the hill slopes every 12 years. The temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga – the God of hills; in Tamil, the word ‘kurinji’ means hilly region and the word ‘Andawar’ is used to refer to God. The Temple also offers one excellent views of the Palani Hills and Vaigai Dam.
Has space, stars and planets always fascinated you? If so, the Solar Physical Observatory at Kodaikanal is one place that shouldn’t be missed! The Observatory which is located on the highest point in Kodaikanal at about 3 km from Kodai Resort Hotel is one of the few observatories in the country. It was established in the year 1899. The place is mostly open only on Fridays (between 10:00 to 12:00 hrs). Hence, ensure to get a prior appointment.
A major attraction that will leave one in awe! The Pillar Rocks consist of three huge granite rocks with the height of about 122 metres from the ground. This major attraction is 7 km away from Kodai Resort Hotel. There is a chamber between two of the rocks which is known as the Devil’s Kitchen or otherwise, the Guna Cave, which is a major attraction here at the Pillar Rocks. With picturesque scenery, Pillar Rocks assure one sights that could be cherished for a lifetime.
Green Valley View – the name says it all! This must-see place at Kodaikanal is well-renowned for the tantalizing scenery that it has to offer. Formerly known by the name ‘Suicide Point’, the Green Valley View has a steep drop of about 5,000 feet. This major attraction is situated at a distance of about 5 km from Kodai Resort Hotel. The picturesque scenery is sure to hold any enthralled and the place is also a shutterbug’s paradise that offers a perfect click from every angle.