You know that few hill stations are called as the “Queen of the hill stations” but do you know which hill station is called the Princess of hills? Switzerland of the east?
Well, it is none other than the heavenly and hazy, Kodaikanal. Located among imposing granite cliffs, green valleys, tranquil lakes, and gushing waterfalls, it is a treat for your eyes.
With temperatures not soaring beyond 20 degrees in the summer months of May and June, the place is a tourist delight with myriad adventure activities such as boating, trekking, horse riding, and cycling. Here are some of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal that you can explore during a stay of 1 day, 2 days or one week.
1. Green Valley
Starting with a point, the green valley will get you the bird’s eye view of various dams nearby. The sight of the valley is truly bewitching.
2. Kodai Lake
The centrepiece of Kodaikanal, Kodai Lake is often the first point of interest that vacationers visit on their trip to the hill station. The star-shaped stunning manmade water body engulfed by lush green Palani hills is one of the most picturesque sights you will find in all of Tamil Nadu.
3. Dolphin’s Nose
The place gets its name from its appearance which is quite similar to the nose of a dolphin; jutting out from a mountain and offering bird’s-eye views of the marvellous landscape below. Travelling to the attraction is a delight as one can walk through the pristine landscape. Mist acting as a veil adds to the splendour of the sight.
4. Kurinji Andavar Temple
Devoted to Lord Muruga who is also referred to as the ‘God of Hill’, Kurinji Andavar Temple or Kurinji Temple is the centre of spirituality in Kodaikanal. If not for the spiritual or cultural significance of the place, myriad it to admire the traditional South architecture in which the structure was built.
5. Coaker’s Walk
Kodaikanal has been called the princess of the hill stations and a visit to the Coaker’s Walk will tell you why. This walkway of approximately 1 km long, built on the sides of a mountain, is full of impressive views of the surroundings. A stroll along while breathing in the crisp montane air and feasting your eyes on excellent sights will make you forget all the hustles and bustles of life.
6. Silver Cascade Falls
Although several waterfalls are within walking distance of Kodaikanal, Silver Cascade Falls is often the first on the list that tourists visit during vacations. It is the majesty of that perfect relief to convince you to do it. The white water plummeting over 50-meter tall waterfall appears with a silvery hue and the solace and pleasant ambience perhaps justifies its name the Silver Cascade.
7. Bryant Park
The Bryant botanical garden which is famous amongst the tourists for a variety of fauna and hybrids.
A chocolate lovers paradise, Princess of Hill Stations Kodaikanal offers myriad adventure activities like boating, trekking, horse riding, and cycling. The beauty of the place can be best experienced than described.
Kodaikanal travel tips
Take boat trips on Lake Kodai, Lake Berijam or Lake Mannavanur. Walk in the morning to the dolphin’s nose. Enjoy adventure activities, such as camping at night, trekking and horseback riding. And last but not least, capture the beauty of the Nilgiris in your camera.
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