Kodaikanal: Hailed as the “Princess of mountain resorts” and “Eastern Switzerland”, Kodaikanal is one of Tamil Nadu’s must-see places. From verdant wooded valleys, stunning lakes, cascading waterfalls, grassy hills to granite cliffs, this South Indian state is nothing less than a paradise on Earth.Read also – India and 13 other countries removed from German list of high risk areas – What does this mean?
Here we have put together an essential travel guide, which includes places to visit, things to do and more, which will come in handy whenever you plan to visit this Southern state on your next trip. Check it out. Also read – Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib Yatra of Uttarakhand is now open to tourists. Check details
Essential Travel Guide for Kodaikanal: Top Places, Things to Do & More
Top attractions in Kodaikanal
One of the hill station’s popular attractions, the shores of Kodai Lake are the perfect place for biking or horseback riding. You can even take a nice boat trip there. There are also a lot of Tibetan shops at one end of the lake. Also Read – Sikkim Travel Guide – 5 Best Tourist Attractions to Explore
It is an essential place for a good trek. The view from the top makes all your hard work worth it. It is actually the highest peak in Kodaikanal.
Located at a distance of 3 km from Kodai Lake, Kurinji Andavar Temple is the place to visit not only for religious tourists but also for others. The temple, dedicated to Lord Muruga, nicknamed “God of the Hill”, also has a connection with the flower of Kurinji which only blooms on the hill once every 12 years.
Guna Caves is located away from the main town of Kodaikanal on the Pillar Rocks Road and is one of the best attractions here. The funny fact is, even though the caves were discovered in 1821, they only gained a huge tourist attraction after Kamal Haasan’s Tamil movie “Guna” shot here became a huge success. These caves are in fact caves formed between the three rocks of the mountain.
Without a doubt one of the most breathtaking places you can visit in Kodaikanal, Lake Mannavanur is nothing less than a nature paradise. This lake, as the name suggests, is located in the village of Mannavanur, about 34 km from Kodaikanal.
Some of the other tourist attractions at this scenic hill station are Vattakanal Waterfalls, Bryant Park, Dolphin’s Nose, Poombarai Village View, and more.
Things to do
- Enjoy the beauty of the green valley
Once known as the Suicide Point, the Green Valley View offers breathtaking views of plains, deep valleys, and green hills.
- Go for a picnic at Pillar Rocks
The rocks of the pillars, which have now become a famous picnic spot, constitute a magnificent mini-garden. Do you know why the name? This is because it has three vertically positioned rocks reaching a height of 400 feet. The view of the rocks is not to be missed.
Coakers Walk is a magnificent one-kilometer man-made walking stretch built on the Kodaikanal Mountains. The beautiful Coakers Walk is constructed in a way that gives visitors a glimpse of heaven on Earth. If you are nature lover take morning and evening walks here.
Best time to visit: Kodaikanal is located in the subtropical belt of southern India and enjoys a cool and temperate climate throughout the year. Usually the best time to visit is during the summer months between March and June; However, you can also visit from October after the monsoon recedes until the start of the monsoon season in July.