Hills and valleys filled with the enigmatic hug of mist, lush mountain ranges that offer a warm welcome to visitors, enjoyment and experiences that proffer beautiful memories for a lifetime – Kodaikanal is a wonder in ways much more than one.

If you’ve ever dreamt of being pampered by the lulling lullabies of Nature, and being embraced affectionately by the cool breeze that flows in from picturesque hill slopes, then Kodaikanal is indeed the place to be in to make those dreams come true. The scenic beauty of Kodaikanal never ceases to amaze travellers.  Referred to as the “Princess of Hills”, Kodaikanal is one of the most sought-after hill station destinations in Tamil Nadu and the whole of India. Located at about 7000 ft above the sea-level, Kodaikanal was established as a destination by British bureaucrats and Christian missionaries in the year of 1845. However, the earliest references to the stunning hill station can be found as early as the Sangam literature time. However the modern era of Kodaikanal began only after the British came in. It served as a summer retreat and a vacation spot for the colonial power. Ever since those days, Kodaikanal has been a popular choice among hill station lovers for a quick escape up the mountains.  The verdant hills, the cascading waterfalls, picturesque lakes, pristine countrysides – the reason why Kodaikanal has been popular among tourists are many. For a discerning traveller, the locale offers much to see, enjoy and experience. Plenty of activities await a visitor here. Boating, cycling, horse riding and trekking are some of the most common among them. One of the other spectacles of this region is the Kurinji flower that blooms only once in 12 years, making itself a unique spectacle to watch.

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Kodaikanal Bus Stand, within the town itself. Frequent bus services are available from Madurai Aarappalayam, Batlagundu, Palani, Oddanchatram, Kodai Road, and Dindigul.

Madurai International Airport, about 115 km away. Coimbatore International Airport, about 170 km away.

Palani Railway Station, 64 km away. Kodai Road Station, 80 km away. Regular train services from Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Coimbatore.

Kodaikanal enjoys a cool and pleasant climate round the year. However, the best time to visit the hill station is from April to June when the weather is at its best.

Top Attractions

Berijam Lake

Berijam Lake

Situated in a forest conservation area, Berijam Lake is a haven for all Nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. If a quiet morning or evening by the lakeside surrounded by lush green woods is what you imagine as a place to unwind, then Berijam Lake is the perfect spot for you.

Pine Forest, Kodaikanal

Pine Forest, Kodaikanal

Pine Forests are cloaked in a rustic charm, and walking under the canopy of these old pine trees will offer much-needed solitude for those seeking it.

Guna Caves

Situated at an altitude of 2,200 metres, the Guna Caves are a thing of mystery and wonder that attracts travellers in hordes. Known earlier as 'Devil’s Kitchen', the place got its name 'Guna' after the 1992 Tamil blockbuster movie “Guna'' was shot here.

Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal Lake

The fame of Kodaikanal lake or Kodai lake has spread across states and it has become one of the favourite photographic spots and movie locations, even in Bollywood. There are resorts and hotels available around the lake where you can sit and enjoy the tranquillity of the lake and the enticing landscape around it.

Coaker’s Walk

Coaker’s Walk

Enjoy a mystic walk among the clouds at the Coakers walk, near Kodaikanal Lake. Nature enthusiasts and shutterbugs should not miss the place, for the view and ambience it offers are indescribable. Open from 7 am to 7 pm, the walkway is very near the Kodaikanal Lake.

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Kurinji Trail

Kurinji Trail


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Bicycle Ride in Kodaikanal

Bicycle Ride in Kodaikanal

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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

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Shembaganur Museum of Natural History

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Bear Shola Falls

Silver Cascade Falls

Silver Cascade Falls

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Pambar Falls

Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls

Rose Garden Kodaikanal

Rose Garden Kodaikanal

Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin’s Nose

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory & Museum

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory & Museum

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Devil’s Kitchen

Devil’s Kitchen

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Dolmen Circle

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Silent Valley View


Thalaiyar Waterfalls

Mannavanur Lake

Mannavanur Lake

Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary

Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary

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Manjalar Dam

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Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, Palani

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Amaravathi Reservoir




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Hotel Tamilnadu - Kodaikannal

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Kodaikanal is known as the ‘Princess of Hills’ in South India. Situated amidst the upper Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu, its beauty is something you have never seen before. Sometimes it’s beyond the capacity to explain in words. Scenic hiking trails, serene lakes, pristine waterfalls, ancient caves and beautiful temples and churches adorn the land of the most beautiful hill station, Kodaikanal .

It is very popular for Kurinji Flowers which take 12 years to blossom. The rejuvenating experience from the pleasant ambiance makes Kodaikanal worth a visit for honeymoon couples. Itis one such destination which should visit at least once in lifetime to dive deep into tranquility if you are looking for peace, to seek adventure if you are a thrill seeker, to cherish moments of love if you are a couple, to enjoy boating and sightseeing for an escape from hustle and bustle of the city if you are with family. It is one of the best Hill stations to visit in South India.

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  • Kodaikanal Lake
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  • Mannavanur Lake
  • Coaker’s Walk
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  • Bear Shola Falls
  • Bryant Park
  • Anna Salai Market

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Kodaikanal Lake – Serene Solace

Kodaikanal Lake Tamil Nadu

The star shaped Kodaikanal Lake will be the joy of your heart and soul. The name Kodaikanal means ‘ forest gift’ (Kodai – Forest, Kanal- Gift). This lake is more than 150 years old. It was built by a collector of Madurai, Sir Vere Henry Levinge. Covering a space of around 60 acres, it is a place which will surely heal you with its serenity and tranquility. The gorgeous North-Western Palani Hills makes this place very alluring for photography. From boating, cycling and horse riding, this place will never make your day boring. It is one of the best destinations in Kodaikanal for a wonderful family holiday.

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Green Valley View- Views That Can Cure Stress

Green Valley View Tamil Nadu

Also known as Suicide Point, Green Valley View presents series of stunning vistas of plains, valleys and hills together. This gorgeous view of Vaigai dam will be there to seduce you again whenever you think of coming to South India for holidays. There are many small shops located in your way from where you get oils, chocolates, tea powder etc. The best time to visit here is November to February if you like the chilly weather of winters. It’s a perfect sight to get the most amazing pictures of nature. If you are lucky, you will definitely be able to see Vaigai dam as the clouds won’t allow you to see it most of the time.

Timings – 10:00am to 2:30pm

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Kodaikanal Pine Forest- Be Wild

Kodaikanal Pine Forest

If Mr Bryant hadn’t planted majestic pine trees in 1906, we would have been deprived of such a beautiful piece of nature today. In your Kodaikanal sightseeing tour, Kodaikanal Pine Forest will add delightful vibes to remember for lifetime. Hundreds of pine trees, lush vegetation of mushrooms and scenic and picturesque scenes of nature makes it one of the best sightseeing attractions in Kodaikanal.

If you are a nature lover then without any doubt you should visit this place once in a lifetime. Kodaikanal Forest gets muddy in monsoon but you will find this place amazing for photography. Horse riding facility is available to add more joy to the journey.

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Perumal Peak – Mesmerizing Piece of Nature

Perumal Peak Kodaikanal

If you love trekking then Perumal Peak in Perumalmalai Village is one of the best tourist destinations to visit around Kodaikanal. It is the highest peak in Kodaikanal which is connected to western Ghat mountain range. This scenic trek starts from Perumalmalai village which is of moderate difficulty. The most interesting fact according to the locals is that it is believed that an active volcano has been dormant for a thousand years.

Facility of overnight camp will enable you to gaze at the clear sky and feel the soothing weather. Refreshing views of Nilgiri hills and Western Ghats will be the sight of enchantment to your mind. How about telling stories to each other and sharing some romantic moments amidst the hills? Yes, it is also one of the best places for honeymoon couples around Kodaikanal.

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Mannavanur Lake – Embrace the Tranquility

Mannavanur Lake Kodaikanal

Don’t miss the most beautiful Mannavanur Lake if you are enjoying Kodaikanal sightseeing Tour. Located in poombarai village, surrounded by dense forest, Mannavanur Lake is a hidden gem that most of the travelers have yet to discover. Gorgeous meadows, pines, reeds and marshes will gaze at you with their soothing charm when you will be on your way to reach this lake. You will hear the sweet chirpings of barbets and woodpeckers around the lake in the morning.

The scenery around the lake is also very beautiful. You will witness the most stunning waterfall called Neptune’s pool and serene temples of Mahalakshmi Temple and the Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple. You can enjoy a good time with your family and friends around the lake and boating in coracles and kayaks is the best thing to do here.

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Guna Caves- Mysterious and Sublime

Guna Caves Kodaikanal

Surrounded by Shola trees, Guna caves is one of the most interesting and popular travel destinations in Kodaikanal. It is named after a popular Tamil movie named Guna which was shot here. Guna Caves are actually formed by three rock pillars of a mountain. The roots of pine trees, narrow ravines, and perplexing routes will delight your soul. It is said that this cave was used as a kitchen for Pandavas. No lights and the presence of bats make people believe that there is an essence of the devil here which is the reason why it is also known as Devil’s kitchen. (Kitchen comes from Pandava reference and devil from bats).

Timings- 8:00amto 4:00pm

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Coaker’s Walk – Hold Hands and Walk

Coakers Walk Kodaikanal

Lieutenant Coaker constructed Coaker’s Walk in the year 1872 on the slopes of mountains for nature lovers. It is one of the best nature tourist destinations to visit around Kodaikanal. A long nature walks with your loved ones along with the most stunning views of the greenery and mountains will seduce your senses. The greetings of amazing sunrises and sunsets to the mountains will be the most mesmerizing sight to behold. Your lenses will be enchanted to capture soothing images and your feelings will be reciprocated by the gaze of greenery. For couples, this place is one of the best ones to hangout by holding each other’s hand. Food lovers can try Masala mango bhel and bhel to tickle their taste buds.

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Dolphin’s Nose- Be Enchanted with the Stunning Views

Dolphins Nose Kodaikanal

The rugged terrains of Dolphin’s Nose will enchant you forever. It offers a gorgeous view of the entire city. Partly closed sky, lush greenery all around, this soothing cliff resembles the nose of a Dolphin. The trail to the dolphin’s nose begins after Pamban Bridge and the climb is a bit steep and difficult. But if you are an adventurer and a thrill seeker, you will love the journey. On your way, you will behold stunning views of Palani range, adorable villages and a serene waterfall. Sometimes you will see a magical fog hugging the mountains and beautiful sunrises and sunsets will blow your heart away. It is one of the must visit places in Kodaikanal to blend with nature.

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Bear Shola Falls- You Will Surely Fall for It

Bear Shola Falls Kodaikanal

The stunning beauty of Bear Shola falls will be etched into your heart forever. This cascading waterfall is a form of nature’s laughter, serene water flows through the mountain and soul pleasing weather full of beauty, charm and pleasure will be enough to fine tune your tired soul who is looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you want to spend some quiet time with your loved ones, Bear Shola Falls is a place of secluded serenity to shut the chaos of your mind. It is one of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal.

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Bryant Park – Welcome Nature Lovers

Bryant Park Kodaikanal

Located just near the Kodai Lake, Bryant Park is one of the top travel destinations in Kodaikanal to give you the bliss of nature. Wonderful space for sitting and relaxation with your family and friends, beautifully laid out lawns to feel the healing touch of serene surroundings, around 325 species of trees and the center of attraction – 160-year-old Eucalyptus tree and a Bodhi Tree will compel you to stay here forever. Nature lovers from all over the world visit here to enjoy the annual horticulture show.

Timings- 9:00am to 6:00pm

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Wax Museum, Kodaikanal- Awe Inspiring

Wax Museum Kodaikanal

Wax Museum is an awesome awe-inspiring travel destination to see in Kodaikanal. It houses wax statues of National and International personalities. Statues of Indian saints like Adi Shankaracharya, Sai Baba, leaders like Mahatma Gandhi will amaze your curious mind. It also houses amazing settings like Last supper, Jesus, Lord Krishna with gopis and folk dances. The scenes and surroundings will definitely captivate your mind.

Timings – 10:00am to 5:30pm

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Anna Salai Market – Shopping Time

Anna Salai Market

Bo Derek has aptly said – “whoever said that money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” You would absolutely regret your decision if you don’t visit Anna Salai Market. It is one of the best shopping destinations in Kodaikanal. You will get everything from winter garments, vegetables, jewelries, wood products, brass wares, homemade chocolates to any kind of awesome souvenirs. Moreover, if you like baked items, it is the perfect place for you. This will definitely make your Kodaikanal sightseeing more interesting. The fun of travel increases if you have something to keep as a token of memory related to that place, so don’t miss this awesome place to do lots of shopping and spend an amazing time with your friends and family.

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Be it the bliss of nature, serenity of lakes and waterfalls, wilderness of the forests, delightfulness of the weather or the enchanting sublime mountains- Kodaikanal will always be the best travel destination in South India if you are looking for a peaceful escape from the chaos of the world for making wonderful memories with loved ones. So, if your heart is delighted to read this blog then please comment on the blog’s comment section and share your wonderful experiences with us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. what is the best time to visit kodaikanal for holiday.

The weather of Kodaikanal is always soothing. You can visit this place throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Kodaikanal is October to June if you love sightseeing and if you like trekking then visit it during October and February.

Q. What is the nearest airport & railway station to Kodaikanal?

  • Nearest Airport - Madurai International Airport
  • Nearest Railway b- Kodai Road is the nearest Railhead. It’s basically a rail- to bus transfer point for people visiting Kodaikanal.

Q. How can I spend 2 days in Kodaikanal?

You are in one of the most beautiful places in South India. So, enjoy the best of Kodaikanal tourism by boating on pristine lakes, sightseeing of amazing temples and churches, nature walks and trekking will give you immense joy. Enjoy the best cuisines in some of the finest eat outs. Shopping is the best thing to do here, but lots of souvenirs for your loved ones. Enjoy the soothing weather and click lots of pictures of nature.

Q. What are the best places in Kodaikanal for a honeymoon couple?

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  • Suicide Point
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Q. How many minimum days are required to explore Kodaikanal Tourism?

To enjoy the best of Kodaikanal Tourism, you need three days. One to enjoy sightseeing at a slow and relaxing pace. Another day to enjoy adventure activities and the third day to enjoy the nearby attractions.

Q. What are the top activities to do for tourists in Kodaikanal?

  • Nature Walk at Coaker’s walk
  • Picnic at lakes
  • Temple Hopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Night Safari at forests and plantations

Q. What are other best places to visit nearby Kodaikanal?

  • Pillar Rocks
  • Berijam Lakes
  • Green Valley
  • Devil’s Kitchen

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“My favourite place in Tamil Nadu” Review of Kodaikanal

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A very good place to relax, The lake is good and cleaner than most other lakes in tourise places in Tamil Nadu. Definitely a much better place than Ooty. There are lots of hotels near the lake and it's best to stay in one of those so that you can walk up to the lake in the evening without using your car. The pine forest is excellent, just be careful of the monkeys there. If you get permission from the forest department, you can go for a trek in the forest too!!!

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Kodaikanal is a very beautiful hill station in the southern part of India, at an altitude of about 2133 m on the southern tip of upper Palani hills in Tamil Nadu in the Western Ghats. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls, beautiful manmade lake and a naturallake, pleasant climate throughout the year, greenaries, parks, landslopes, thickwooded evergreen forests, monuments, rare faunas, trekking spots, boating, golf ground it mesmerizes any visitor..In short its natural heritages are much protected inspite of the heavy inflow of tourists. Still tribal people with the tribal features are living in the interior forest. It is also a historical place. Traces of prehistoric settlement and dolmen caves are found. People are so friendly, food and accommodation are comparatively cheap. Walking through the pine forest gives unforgetable experience. Guna cave, really an adventurous place. All the places there have something for the tourists. While returning don't forget to take homemade choclates, eucaliptus oil and handmade table cloth from corsack

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It was about 2 weeks back when i was in Kodaikanal along with my brother in law and my nephew and i still remember it like it was yesterday. Though i had heard a lot about kodaikanal but visiting it was the only way i could do justice to the reviews i had heard about kodaiakanal. We started our journey from Bangalore city in my bro in law's Logan which got us to kodai effortlesly in 7 hours to kodaikanal road. Reaching kodaikanal was another experience i could not forget as the climb up to the hill station has many beautiful attractions in between. From waterfalls, to beautiful scenic view, Kodai seems to give the best even when you have not reached kodaikanal. On reaching kodaikanal we check in to our hotel and relaxed as everyone was tired after the long drive. With delicious hill station food and amazingly cool weather, All of us slept like little babies. Next day morning without any indication whatsoever it rained and the mountainous backdrop view from our hotel room made me wonder whether why do people need to travel abroad when we have such a beautiful place in India. Kodaikanal had a reputation of having weather changes every minute. It rains, then it becomes sunny and suddenly foggy. Much to do like 3 in 1 offer where people get to experience the experience, the experience i call the kodaikanal experience. We visited all the sight and seeings in Kodaikanal and even did some yoga in the fresh air. After the eternal experience we headed back to hotel and then ventured out to the local bazaar which is famous for its chocolates. My nephew being a huge fan of chocolates bought this huge candy weighing about 1 kg!! He claims he still has some in his refrigerator. Apart from yoga we engaged ourselves in riding bicycles around the lake which reminded me of my childhood days as these days in city we hardly get to ride bicycles. And guess what? we got drenched as the unpredictable weather lived up to its name and caught us unaware. We returned back to our rooms, changed clothes and has some local food at one of the little stall restaurants. Kodaikanal is indeed an amazing place to visit. I suggest everyone to visit kodaikanal once in their life time cause it will give you an unforgettable experience. Happy Traveling.

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I had only a single day visit to this place, as part of the official college tour. An extremely beautiful and enjoyable hill station. I like hill stations and I had visited some like ooty, ponmudi etc. and this is the best of them. There are so many hotels, we stayed at Hotel Jay. They charged reasonably, good service and good food. But there was a nearby cottage named woodys. I liked that place. A better place to stay if you are on honeymoon! I had a tea from there, which charged Rs.15! pretty expensive... Other places to visit include suicide point, boat club etc. There is a track around the lake. You can get bycycles for rent and have a ride around. Its really nice when you have a lot of friends with you.

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Hi, I am a 30 year old guy to pen my view on Kodai. It was really an exciting trip that I had along with my cousins in 2004.We were 6 in number .Since we started from Madurai,100 kms fom Kodai we had a early morning scenic ride on the hill road enjoying the nature in its wonderful glory.It was really good to have such a fantastic view as I had this stride after a long time (my previous being to Ooty in 1995). First of all we had a small break near the SILVER FALLS.After enjoying a few moments we started to Kodai lake.At kodai lake we went for boating for almost an hour .After that i had a horse ride for about 20 minutes. Thereafter we left for COAKERS WALK which was a real good one for a Walking stroll.Along the path we enjoyed the gardening on one side and the hill down view on th eother side. From there on we left for GUNA CAVES A real night mareexperince where one of my cousins slipped almost into one of the holes .But for the sudden pull form us we would have lost a lifein our trip.Otherwise a real experience. After enjoying that we made a trip to the pine forests and then to the "Double Rock" view. At the "Green Valley view" we had some fun momemts of throwing caps into the valley which got returned to our hands A real trip ended with the purchase of Mountain fruits like Butter fruit,Rasberry,Plum etc.,Safely returned to MAdurai for our days end rest. Looking forward for more such mountain trips in future.

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My Solo Trip To Kodaikanal from Pondicherry

Back in the first week of December 2017 – a Pondicherry University student at the time, I had recently finished my semester exams and had plans to visit Bangalore to meet a childhood friend.

From Bangalore, I had further plans to visit Delhi in the same month. Despite such a busy month with scheduled flights to catch, I had an entire week free up my sleeve.

Staring down at the thousands of trees that dotted the University campus, I was pondering what do to for a week on a University campus that is getting vacated with each passing day.

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It was at that moment; an idea struck in my mind. Since I was visiting Bangalore anyway, I decided to take a short detour to Kodaikanal – a quaint hill station located in the Palani hills, Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu.

Located right in the middle of the Indian peninsula (looking Latitudinally), Palani Hills – the mountain range where the little town of Kodai nestles is part of the greater western ghat range. It proved to be one of the best decisions of my life. Here’s Why:

The entire trip was filled with randomness and uncertainties right from the very start. A fellow hostel mate at that time, and a good friend now dropped me to the Pondicherry bus stop.

A great rider but very uncharacteristic of him, he topped 130 km/hr while dropping me at the bus stop. It was only a year later I realized he was probably bitter about the whole incident as my friend had to attend an important family engagement and couldn’t join in with me.

After screaming the entire length of the ECR highway and even getting chased by street dogs in one of the dark side alleys near Pondicherry bus station, I finally managed to board one of the buses to Kodaikanal.

The randomness didn’t end there as I was approached by another solo traveller on the bus asking for cigarettes.  From the looks of it, I could tell the guy was European. He had the most stunning deadlocks I had ever seen. I didn’t start up a conversation with him given my introverted nature, and soon fell asleep.

The Mesmerising Kodaikanal

The next morning, my eyes were greeted with luscious green hills and orchids of all shapes and colours as the bus was winding forward towards the destination – Kodai.

In the meantime, I called one of my friends from my University who had already left for his home town in Kerala the day exams were over. Hearing over the phone that I was about to reach Kodai anytime soon, he decided to join me in Kodaikanal later that day and started his own journey via a completely different route.

Kodaikanal travel guide

Kodaikanal is situated at a height of around 2,500 meters, making it the second-highest hill station after Ooty in the state of Tamil Nadu. The word ‘Kodaikanal’ in the local language means “The gift of the forest”.

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The day I arrived at Kodai was a fine winter day with the weather around the town oscillating between dense fog cover and spells of sunshine that makes us lazy when it hits the skin.

After having a sumptuous South Indian brunch of Poori, sabji, sambhar, Idli and Omelette, I took a walk around the town.  It was late afternoon when my university mate finally arrived.

Upon joining forces, we both decided to stay put at the place where I hastily booked early in the afternoon as soon as I reached Kodai at Rs 800 per night.

After taking a few minutes of rest, we decided to walk around the whole city, visit some of the mainstream tourist spots, and maybe get a better place to stay for the next couple of days.

Vattakanal – Portal to Another World

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My friend had already visited Kodaikanal before, and he suggested we move over to Vattakanal the next morning – a village located 4 km away from Kodai, even more secluded, away from the crowd – a perfect retreat.

Given our gypsy spirits, we decided to walk towards Vattakanal instead of hiring a taxi and check it out as soon as possible before night sets in.

While walking towards Vatakanal, I again met the European guy probably three years younger than me with his wicked deadlocks. Our paths crossed again, and this time we struck a conversation.

The European fellow was a citizen, born and brought up in Belgium by parents of Italian ancestry of French descent from the Northern parts of Italy bordering France.

Upon knowing that he too has been out on a solo trip, in fact, the first-ever foreign solo trip of his life, both I and my university friend asked him to join us. The solo trip was not solo anymore.

The next morning, we were to be joined in by another university mate of ours. He too had visited Kodaikanal many times before and also had built up genuine contacts to stay at Vatakaanal. With a set plan finally in motion, in the next two days I had one of the best budget retreats.

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Vatakanal in the local Tamil language means “Seeing Fog”, true to its name the next two days I witnessed intense fog. The pine trees, orchids, and flowers, when covered with a thick layer of fog, gives the hill station a Gothic touch to it.

The best part about Vatakanal is that you can trek pretty much everywhere and the locals won’t bother you a tiny bit. Beware of Wild Bisons that roam freely in the forest though.

Wild Bison in Kodaiakanal

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This was a small snippet of my first-ever trip to Kodaikanal which was later followed up by two more equally endearing trips. Having visited Kodaikanal three times now, here are a few things to do in Kodaikanal –

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Try the famous chocolates of kodaikanal.

Kodaikanal is not only a beautiful, quiet hill station; the region also produces some of the finest dark as well as white chocolates in India. The town is filled with local shops and small vendors selling chocolates.

Visit offbeat Vattakanal

While Kodaikanal is getting commercialized with each passing day, Vattakanal located 4km from Kodai town is the real deal.

The local people in the tiny village have made many accommodations available ranging from small units at rates as cheap as Rs 250 per person per night to entire bungalows (limited few) at just 4500 per night that could accommodate a group of 15 to 20 travellers.

Try eating at Tibetan Restaurant

There is a nice little Tibetan restaurant run by an old Tibetan couple in one of the alleys that run down from the main point in Kodai town. Do try it out when you visit the place.

Explore Offbeat Waterfall

From Vatakanal there is a small local track that descends down-slope of medium difficulty which eventually ends in a cascading unnamed waterfall. The entire track is a descent of more than 900 meters, and one could feel the climate getting humid as they spiral down the track.

How to Reach Kodaikanal?

Kodaikanal is more or less equidistant from Chennai, Bengaluru, and Pondicherry. Hence, bus fares are also somewhat equal. Depending on the quality of the bus service availed, the fares may range from Rs 450 to Rs 850.

Another way to reach Kodai from Chennai or Pondicherry is to make a break journey of both train and bus. Take any train that goes towards Dindigul, located at the foothills of Palani hills. From Dindigul, there are buses at regular intervals going for Kodaikanal. This is the cheapest way to reach the hill station.

Kodaikanal Trip Budget

Very pocket-friendly hill station for the ones staying in Chennai or Bangalore. My first-ever trip back in 2017 cost me Rs 3500 for three days of intense exploring and trekking.

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Can you suggest some offbeat places/homestays to live in vattakanal.

Hi Subham, you can stay at RC Guesthouse, Karuna Farms or Shafa Wood House at Vattakanal.

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A complete guide to Kodaikanal, the ‘Princess of Hills’

By Prachi Joshi

A complete guide to Kodaikanal the ‘Princess of Hills

Kodai could mean many things in Tamil depending on how it is pronounced—creepers, umbrella, gift/giving, or the end, while Kanal refers to a dense forest. All of them somehow seem to work for Kodaikanal, the land of Shola trees with vines and dense tree trunks spread over the lush Palani Hills of the Western Ghats. Kodaikanal (Kodai for short) sits at an elevation of 7,300 feet, its attractive location leading to its development as a hill station by American missionaries and British civil servants in the 1800s. The town is nestled around the star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, created in 1863 by damming three streams. Today, Kodai lives up to its moniker of ‘Princess of the Hills’, a popular hill station in Tamil Nadu that’s teeming with hotels of all shapes and sizes, a host of eateries, and scores of homegrown entrepreneurs making the most of the hills’ bounty. Here’s a list of the best things to see, eat, and do in Kodaikanal.

What to see and do

View from Coaker's Walk

Kodai is meant for walking and there are many scenic routes to explore. Begin with Coaker’s Walk (Rs35 pp) at the end of St. Mary’s Road. Created in 1872, this paved walk straddles a vertical slope of the mountain and offers sweeping views over Kodai town and the surrounding mountains and valleys. The walk brings you to the junction of Club Road and Noyce Road, near the entrance to Bryant Park (Rs30 pp). Established in 1908, this expansive park is great for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. It houses a small greenhouse and a lily pond. The park is located on the eastern side of Kodaikanal Lake, and you can exit near one of its three boathouses. As clichéd as it may sound, a boat ride on the lake is practically de rigueur for tourists—choose between two- and four-seater pedal boats (from Rs. 150 for 30 minutes) or a six-seater rowboat with a boatman (Rs400 for 20 minutes). Alternatively, borrow bicycles from your hotel and cycle around the lake (there’s also loads of lakeside bicycle rentals; Rs50 for single and Rs100 for tandem, 30 mins). If you’re travelling with kids, Kodai in a Box (3km from the lake, call 6382451741 / 9159373700) is a fun outing, giving them a glimpse of the farm life plus baby goats, geese, and even a pony.

Pambar Falls

As you ramble around town, there’s no escaping its colonial roots, particularly its many churches—the Gothic-style Christ The King Church with an elaborate bell tower and rose window; St. Peter’s Church dates back to the late 1800s, also with stunning stained glass windows; and the blue-and-white La Salette Church sporting both Tamil and French architecture. From this church, head down to the tiny hamlet of Vattakanal , a leisurely 30 to 45-minute walk on a paved road. On the way, don’t miss a photo stop at Pambar Falls , popularly known as Liril Falls since the iconic late 1970s/early ’80s Liril advertisement was shot here. Once you reach Vattakanal, it’s a steep 1-km downward hike to Dolphin Nose , a jutting rock formation shaped like a dolphin’s nose with dramatic mountain and valley views.

View from Guna Cave point

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On a clear day, rent a car to visit half a dozen viewpoints, beginning with Upper Lake View for a bird’s eye view of Kodaikanal Lake. The 2-2.5-hour drive takes in Moir Point ; Pine Forest (more than a century-old pine plantation that’s an idyllic picnic spot); Guna Cave (made famous by the 1991 Kamal Haasan-starrer Guna—the actual cave is shut for safety reasons and only a view point remains open); Pillar Rocks (a stunning vista of three vertical boulders rising more than 400 feet); and Green Valley View Point (a panoramic view of the plains and a sheer drop of 4,900 feet). Most of the viewpoints are ticketed (Rs10 pp, plus parking fees); while you can drive up to these, some require additional walking or climbing uneven steps to reach the actual viewpoint. Avoid going on weekends when day-trippers and picnickers descend on Kodai.

Where to stay

The Tamara at dusk

The Tamara Kodai (book here) is housed in a bungalow dating to the 1840s, its suites spread over modern structures across its sprawling expanse. There’s a temperature-controlled swimming pool and a spa for some R&R, and the two on-site restaurants offer local, Indian, and international fare (doubles from Rs23,000*; website ) . One of the oldest hotels in town, The Carlton Kodaikanal (book here) is a majestic presence on the lake. Its 91 rooms and cottages come with private balconies or gardens and all offer stunning lake views (doubles from Rs18,000*; website ) . Also located lakeside, The Dunnottar (book here) is a restored, colonial-era bungalow set amidst eucalyptus and pine trees. The five-bedroom bungalow is divided into north and south sections, which can be rented separately or together, making it the perfect choice for small groups (doubles from Rs40,000*; website ) .

The Dunnottar

Located right above Coaker’s Walk, Onondaga Homestay (book here) is another historical property built in the early 1900s. Its eight rooms—all with vintage furniture and modern amenities—can be booked separately or as two three-bedroom homes (doubles from Rs. 12,000*; website ) . If you want a farm stay experience, book a villa (or a tent) at Thapovan (book here) in the Vazhaigiri valley of Kodaikanal. The farm produces everything from mangoes and avocados to coffee and spices; explore it further on a plantation tour (doubles from Rs4,500*; website ) . Located amidst a pear orchard, The Pear County (book here) offers a rejuvenating campsite with rustic tents and eco-friendly cabins. Try your hand at gardening or organic farming, and go pear-picking between July and September (doubles from Rs3,500*; website ) .

Where to eat Like most Indian hill stations, Kodai’s dining scene is a mix of North Indian and Indo-Chinese with plenty of Maggi and momos thrown in—cue Shibesh Momo Shop on Kodai Lake. However, finding Tamilian food can be a stretch; for breakfast, head to Astoria Veg on Bazaar Road for ghee roast, medu vadas, and pongal, washed down with piping hot filter kaapi . Hilltop Woodlands on Club Road does a satiating traditional thali with assorted poriyal, curries, rice, and payasam. For meat lovers, Mann Manam on Observatory Road is a local favourite for flavourful biryanis made with short grain seeraga samba rice served on a banana leaf. Venture to the North Indian delights of Tava Vegetarian Restaurant (on PT Road), or drive 18km to Passiflora Ristorante Italiano (near Poombarai Village) for excellent pasta, burgers, and steak, all with a view of the terraced hillsides.

Mann Manam biryani

Join the hordes of locals and tourists outside Daily Bread Pastry Corner (Bazaar Road/Anna Salai) clamouring for white bread chutney or egg sandwiches, old-school pastries, cream buns, and ice creams, along with milky, sweet filter coffee. If you’re hankering after an espresso, head to The Pulney Hills Café for a strong cuppa along with a slice of homemade cake, or to Ten Degrees , which also does an excellent coconut mousse (both on PT Road). A few doors down from the cafés, The Royal Tibet —or Tibs as the locals call it—is an old-school restaurant known for its steaming hot thukpas and momos . In Vattakanal, before you trek down to Dolphin Nose, stop at Altaf’s Café for Middle Eastern fare like hummus and falafel as well sandwiches and pancakes, plus a stunning vista of the Palani Hills.

Where to shop

The Skylark Shop

Every second shop in Kodai seems to sell three things—‘homemade’ chocolate, assorted spices, and eucalyptus oil. While the last is a local product, most of the spices come from neighbouring Kerala, and the chocolate is hardly bean-to-bar. If you must buy chocolate, Caesars is a reliable, widely available brand. Look past these ubiquitous shops and you will find a thriving community of small-scale brands that offer high-quality locally made products. The Skylark Store on PT Road (call 8778004957 / 9047270761) is a women-run one-stop shop for everything Kodai: ‘Hoopoe On A Hill honey’ (gathered by Adivasi foragers), beeswax wraps, and crayons; coffee from Thadian Kudisai and Adisarai Organics ; locally grown organic turmeric, cardamom, and peppers; mustard, jam, and ketchup from George’s Gourmet Kitchen ; Wingreens Harvest muesli and other millet products; Olga’s Natural soaps; and of course, eucalyptus and other essential oils.

Kodai Cheese  shop interiors

Next door, Earthen Works stocks more Kodai products as well as handcrafted pottery and home décor. If you’re staying at The Tamara Kodai, their in-house boutique also stocks many of these local brands. The 50-year-old Kodai Cheese has two outlets in town, one by the lake and another shop that’s recently opened on Anna Salai (call 9994543837 / 9698389132); buy their excellent parmesan, red chilli cheddar, herbed goat cheese, smoked cheese, and more. Caroselle Cheese is another local brand that’s available at The Pulney Hills Café, which also sells their own brand of organic, 100% arabica coffee. If you’re in the market for high-quality silk shawls, Shalimar Weaves on Bazaar Road is the place to go. Another thing to haul back from Kodai is fresh produce—buttery avocados, luscious custard apples, sweet passion fruit, and anything else that’s in season.

Good to know Summer (April to June) is peak tourist season and Kodaikanal is extremely busy. November to March is a far better time to visit, with fewer people and better hotel rates. However, avoid the weekends when busloads of tourists and school trips descend on Kodai, leading to traffic jams and overcrowded attractions.

Plan to arrive in Kodai before sunset, driving up the mountains can be treacherous in low light, particularly during winter evenings when the thick fog dramatically reduces visibility. There's also the added danger of running into animals like bison at night.

Every 12 years, Kodai becomes even more of a tourist magnet when the bright blue neelakurinji flower blossoms in its surrounding hills, usually between August and November; the next super-bloom is expected in 2030.

Getting there: Kodaikanal is an 11-hour drive from Chennai. Alternatively, fly to Madurai airport ( a 3-hour drive to Kodai) or Coimbatore airport (a 4-hour drive to Kodai). Kodai Road is the closest railway station, from where Kodaikanal is about a 2.5-hour drive.

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Top 8 Places To Visit In Kodaikanal, The Princess Of Hill Stations

With its name meaning the ‘ The Gift of the Forests ’, Kodaikanal is a hill station located in the eastward hills of the Western Ghats in the state of Tamil Nadu . The place is a popular retreat from the hot and humid climate of the lower areas and is located 2,133 meters above sea level. Kodaikanal is also home to the rare Kurunji Flower which blooms just once in 12 years. The area is comprised mainly of meadows and grasslands with a thick forest cover containing eucalyptus, cypress and acacia and pear trees. The climate is usually cool throughout the year with temperatures not going beyond 20 degrees in the summer months of May and June. The economy is mainly supported by tourism and the people are quiet familiar with visitors. Here’s the list of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal .

1. Berijam Lake


Berijam Lake is surrounded by a picturesque cover of greenery and is a home to a wide verity of flora and fauna and also serves as the source of drinking water to the nearby villages. A special permit from the forest department is needed to enter the place and only a certain number of vehicles are allowed. The fire tower, lake view and the medicine forest are the main attractions here. Entry to the area is restricted between 9.30 am to 3 pm as wild animals like panther, deer, snakes and bison are often spotted near the lake during these hours.

2. Coakers Walk


Coakers Walk is one place you must visit when in Kodaikanal. It is a 1 kilometre long pathway constructed on the slopes of a hillock and is one of the most serene places you will ever visit in India. The kilometre long walk provides the most picturesque views of the hills and a rare phenomenon where your shadow is cast on the clouds that envelop the area called ‘ Brocken Spectre ’ can be witnessed.

3. Kodai Lake


Also known as the Kodaikanal Lake , this is a star shaped lake that is located amidst the most calm and serene environment. This lake is a home to various birds and the 5 kilometre long path that is near the shores of the lake is one of the favourite places where tourist come for a casual walk and enjoy the beauty of the nature. Pedal boats and Row boats can be availed by the tourists here along with horses and bicycles.

4. Kurinjiandavar Temple


Kurinji Andavar Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan or Kartikeya and is home to the famous kurunji flower which blooms once in 12 years. The temple was established by the European lady in 1936 and after adopting Hinduism is known by the name ‘Lady Ramanathan’. The temple is a popular among the tourist due to the views of the surroundings and the famous spot of the flower.

5. Dolphin’s Nose


A popular trekking spot in Kodaikanal, Dolphin’s Nose is rock which projects over a wide chasm which is approximately 2,000 meters deep. Its peculiar shape is the reason behind the name and one can witness the most breathtaking views of the Western Ghats from here. One can also access the amazing Pambar or the Liril Falls here which is an amazing hidden attraction.

6. Bryant Park


A famous picnic spot, The Bryant Park is 20.5 acre botanical garden and is situated at the east end of the Kodaikanal Lake. The park is filled with a variety of flora which includes around 325 species of trees, cactus and shrubs and a massive 740 species of roses. The various horticulture and flower shows are organised every summer and is a popular place where you can relax and get lost in the lush green surroundings.

7. Kodaikanal Solar Observatory


Located at a point 2,343 meters above sea level the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory is at the highest location at Kodaikanal. The observations first commenced in 1901 here and it was founded on 1st April, 1899. The spot not only offers various scientific attractions to its visitors but also provides the most breathtaking views from the top.

8. Green Valley View


The place was formerly known as suicide point but was later changed to Green Valley Point for obvious reasons. The place is known for its panoramic views of the mountains and has an approximate 5000 feet drop from the top. One can also view the amazing pillar rocks which were scaled and hoisted by an English adventurer.

Known as the Princess of the hill stations in India , Kodaikanal is a famous honeymoon destination and is known for its cool temperature all year round. The amazing weather and amazing tourist places in Kodaikanal will make you want to stay there forever.

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Thanks for the simple and brief description of the places to look out in Kodaikanal and Ooty. my family is planning on a trip to Ooty and Kodaikanal for a 6 days trip. could you help me the best route to cover maximum places in both Ooty and Kodaikanal.. what place to visit first and the best time of the day like that…

Appreciate your assistance.

Continuously i used to read smaller articles that also clear their motive, and that is also happening with this article which I am reading at this place.

We are to visit Kodaikanal for one day. How many places may be visited for a day.

I will be thankful for your reply.

My friends is planning on a trip to kodikanal to ooty for a 5 days trip. could you help me the best route to cover maximum places in both kodikanal and ooty .what place 1st visit start and the best time of the day like that.

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Kodaikanal is one of the my favourite hill station. This is great natural place with greenary and excellent scenary. This place is very peaceful place. At this place some excellent place like kodaikanal lake, pine forest, piller rock, bryant park, guna cave, dolfin point, and attachment to hills and clouds. At here atmosphere is superab and temperature is 18'c to 23'c of day.

All day and night climate is cool. In the winter and summer this place is more attactive and in rainy season all day and night lot of rain. I like this place and its hotels and restaurant. This place is fully safe and secure and we visit 100% fearless all place of kodaikanal. I recommended it and love this place of tamilnaadu.

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remarkable place, i must visit this place..

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Stunning Places to Visit and Photograph in Kodaikanal, India

Kodaikanal, India, is a beautiful hill station in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It is a place of unparalleled natural beauty nestled amidst the lush greenery of the  Western Ghats . A picturesque landscape created by rolling hills, pristine lakes, and dense forests makes it the “Princess of Hill Stations.”

Adding to the charm of this area are the mist-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls, and vibrant floral blooms. A cool and pleasant climate and the intoxicating aroma of eucalyptus trees create a peaceful and rejuvenating environment. The stunning viewpoints provide breathtaking views of the valleys and hills, while the scenic lakes provide a sense of tranquillity. Kodaikanal’s natural beauty makes it a haven for nature lovers and a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Get ready for an extraordinary journey through  Kodaikanal’s breathtaking landscapes , where nature’s allure awaits your lens. Discover the unsurpassed beauty that makes this hill station a photographer’s dream. Brace yourself for enchanting mist-clad mountains, majestic waterfalls, and a tapestry of vibrant flora. Whether it’s mystical Pillar Rocks or the iconic Kodaikanal Lake, these picturesque spots and top tourist attractions will inspire your creative side.

Stunning Places to Visit and Photograph in Kodaikanal India

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Where to stay in kodaikanal, india, poombarai village, mannavanur lake, vattakanal viewpoint kodaikanal india, kurinji andavar temple, bryant park, berijam lake, coaker’s walk, pillar rocks, dolphin’s nose, key takeaways….

Poombarai Village Kodaikanal India

Among the undulating hills of Kodaikanal lies the charming village of Poombarai, a hidden gem worth discovering. Lush paddy fields carpet the landscape in shades of emerald green and line the winding roads that lead to this idyllic retreat. With traditional houses showcasing the region’s centuries-old heritage, the village exudes tranquillity.

Discover locals’ way of life as you observe them engaged in their daily activities, their warm smiles inviting you to explore further. Amidst verdant valleys, Poombarai offers panoramic views that will leave you speechless. Please take a moment to pause and soak in the relaxed atmosphere, and let Poombarai weave its spell of stillness into your soul. Poombarai Village is the perfect location for photographers who wish to capture glowing cascades of paddy fields.

Mannavanur Lake Kodaikanal India

Kodaikanal, Mannavanur Lake emerges like a shimmering jewel, casting a spell on all who lay eyes upon it. Surrounded by rolling meadows and dense forests, this pristine freshwater lake offers a breathtaking panorama that evokes a sense of calmness. The still waters mirror the azure sky, creating a captivating reflection that mesmerizes the naked eye and the lens.

Photographers flock to this ethereal spot, as it presents a canvas of picture-perfect moments, where the play of light and shadow dances upon the lake’s surface. Mannavanur Lake is also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. From vibrant birdlife gracing its shores to the elegant mist enveloping its stillness, Mannavanur Lake is a visual paradise waiting to be captured and immortalized.

Vattakanal Viewpoint Kodaikanal India

Perched high atop the verdant hills of Kodaikanal, the Vattakanal Viewpoint beckons adventurers and dreamers alike. As you ascend the winding path to this panoramic sanctuary, the symphony of nature guides your way. Suddenly, the world unfurls before your eyes in a breathtaking spectacle. The sweeping vista unveils rolling valleys, mist-cloaked peaks, and a tapestry of lush greenery that stretches as far as the eye can see.

With each passing moment, the interplay of light and shadow creates a captivating symphony of colours, enticing photographers to capture the essence of this breathtaking landscape. The Vattakanal Viewpoint is a haven for photographers, where nature’s grandeur unveils itself in ever-changing hues, offering a visual feast for those seeking to immortalize its beauty.

Kurinji Andavar Temple Kodaikanal India

Nestled amidst the misty hills of Kodaikanal, the Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple is a testament to faith and natural splendour. The temple’s architecture and carvings lure visitors into its serene embrace. As you step inside, a sense of quietness envelops you, intensified by the fragrant blooms of the Kurinji flowers that adorn the temple grounds once in 12 years.

But it is not just the spiritual allure that draws photographers to this sacred space. The temple offers a breathtaking backdrop, where the lush greenery of the surrounding hills and the soft hues of the distant valleys create a canvas of unparalleled beauty, compelling photographers to capture the divine harmony between man and nature.

 Kodai Lake Kodaikanal India

Kodai Lake, a shimmering oasis reflecting the beauty of the surrounding hills and the azure skies above, is the gem of Kodaikanal. A  trip to Kodaikanal  is incomplete without a stroll or bike ride around Kodai Lake. Its emerald shores resemble a park, with the crisp air carrying bird songs that blend with gentle ripples on the water. It offers a stunning palette of natural elements that photographers adore, where they can capture the timeless allure of the lake.

Bryant Park Kodaikanal India

Tucked away in the heart of Kodaikanal, Bryant Park emerges as a botanical haven, captivating visitors with its vibrant tapestry of flora. As you enter, a symphony of colours and fragrances envelops you. Meticulously manicured lawns, blooming flower beds, and winding pathways lead you on a wondrous journey through nature’s finest creations.

From exotic orchids to rare roses, every corner of Bryant Park is a photographer’s delight, offering a kaleidoscope of captivating subjects. Photographers are drawn to this enchanting spot, where they can capture the delicate beauty of flowers and play with perspectives.

Berijam Lake Kodaikanal India

Berijam Lake stands as a hidden gem, untouched by the hustle and bustle of the world. Surrounded by undulating hills and verdant forests, this pristine lake exudes a mystical charm that beckons explorers and photographers alike. As the morning mist delicately lifts, the still waters of Berijam Lake mirror the surrounding landscapes, creating a surreal symphony of reflections.

The tranquil ambiance is interrupted only by the occasional call of birds and the whispering breeze, making it a sanctuary of serenity. Photographers flock to Berijam Lake to capture the ethereal beauty of this untouched wonderland. You might even see the elusive black eagle if you are lucky.

Coaker's Walk Kodaikanal India

Embark on a magical stroll along Coaker’s Walk, a picturesque promenade that hugs the edge of Kodaikanal’s cliffs. As you tread this scenic pathway, panoramic vistas unfold before you, revealing breathtaking views of the valley below and the distant mountains that stand in stoic majesty. The refreshing breeze brushes against your skin, carrying with it a medley of fragrances from the surrounding pine forests.

Photographers are captivated by Coaker’s Walk, as it offers an unparalleled opportunity to capture the ethereal beauty of Kodaikanal’s landscape. The winding road that makes you  reach Kodaikanal  is visible on a clear day. In addition, it offers a glittering view of Madurai at night.

Pillar Rocks Kodaikanal India

Rising majestically against the azure sky, the Pillar Rocks in Kodaikanal India stand as towering sentinels of nature’s awe-inspiring artistry. These colossal rock formations reach a staggering height of 122 meters, command attention, and evoke a sense of wonder. As you gaze upon the Pillar Rocks, you can’t help but feel their romantic allure, for they are not merely geological marvels but also a symbol of a tragic love story.

The Pillar Rocks, bathed in the golden hues of sunrise or twilight, create a captivating canvas for photographers. They are enchanted by the interplay of light and shadow upon these monolithic pillars, capturing nature’s grandeur in every frame.

 Dolphins Nose Kodaikanal India

Perched on the edge of a cliff, Dolphin’s Nose in Kodaikanal extends like a natural balcony, offering a breathtaking vantage point to behold nature’s spectacle. A panoramic vista unfolds as you stand on this precipice, revealing a mesmerizing tapestry of rolling hills and mist-kissed valleys. The sheer drop below adds an element of thrill and adventure as you immerse yourself in the vastness of the landscape.

Photographers flock to Dolphin’s Nose, drawn by its dramatic backdrop and the opportunity to capture the raw beauty of nature in a single frame. With its ever-changing colours and textures of foliage, this enchanting spot provides a captivating canvas for photographers to weave their visual stories and evoke a sense of wonder in their viewers.

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Stunning Places to Visit and Photograph in Kodaikanal India

In Kodaikanal India, photographers immerse themselves in a visual wonderland where nature’s beauty takes center stage. From the ethereal mist that blankets the Western Ghats to the mirror-like reflections on the calm surface of various lakes, every corner of this hill station beckons with its enchanting charm. The vibrant blooms of botanical gardens and the panoramic vistas from a hilltop viewpoint offer endless opportunities to capture the essence of Kodaikanal’s allure. As the shutter clicks and frames are composed, photographers unlock the power to freeze moments in time, preserving the magic of this destination for eternity. With its captivating landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and awe-inspiring natural wonders, Kodaikanal stands as a photographer’s paradise.

Guest Author Rahuldev Rajguru has travelled to 62 countries and lived in six. Travel is his passion and has always been a vital part of his life. Through his travel stories, he aspires to share insightful experiences and information that could help other travellers make the most of their travel experiences.

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Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. A Lakeside resort town of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal has a beautiful climate, mist-covered manicured cliffs and waterfall that come together to create the ideal setting for a perfect getaway. Kodaikanal means 'the gift of the forests'.

Nestled amidst the rolling slopes of the Palani Hills, Kodaikanal stands at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level, and once you visit this hill station, you will find that every bit of what you have imagined it to be is real. Kodaikanal is a place you can go to take a break from the rigours of daily city life, and this hill station lets you sit back and connect with nature as you head out on biking or trekking trails or take a stroll through the vast forests surrounding the town.

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3 days in Kodaikanal – Princess of Hill stations

We have been to most of the popular weekend getaways, like Coorg , Chikmagaluru , Wayanad , Ooty , Munnar , Alleppey , Kumarakom , Mahabalipuram , Yercaud , Pondicherry , Mysore , Kabini , Hampi , Badami , Halebidu  etc. But we still fondly remember our first trip from Bangalore to Kodaikanal.


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Best time to visit kodaikanal.

Kodaikanal has an average temperature all through the year. We visited here in December end. And on another trip years later, we visited here in June. The temperature range was more or less the same. And it was not crowded either times. The temperature hovers between 10-15 degrees most of the time. And it rains now and then, not heavily. The clouds and mists are really a beauty to watch here. So, I will say, the best time to visit Kodaikanal is all year round. Although you may want to avoid the heavy rain seasons of July-September.

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Where to stay in Kodaikanal

On both our trips, we stayed near Coaker’s walk. And we find it as the best area to stay in Kodaikanal. Particularly if you are keen to explore the attractions of the town. And it is lined up with some of the best resorts in Kodaikanal for family stay. You can as well explore several of the Oyo hotels that have recently sprawled in Kodaikanal and are pretty economical. Or, you can even book 5 star hotels in Kodaikanal like the Great Trails Kodaikanal which provide for great relaxing atmosphere and loads of amenities. We have this detailed post on where to stay in Kodaikanal . Check it out to help decide on the same.

Our travel plan to spend 3 days in Kodaikanal

Travel plan highlight – 3 days in kodaikanal, route followed for our trip of 3 days in kodaikanal from bangalore to kodaikanal, 1/ 3 days in kodaikanal – journey start day, crossing salem.

At 7:00 AM we entered Salem. The driver wanted to have some tea and we stopped in Salem city for 10-15 mins. He quenched his thirst for tea. After that again we stared our journey towards Kodai. Salem is around 200 KM from Bangalore and we covered this distance in around 2 hours and 45 minutes (including the 20-25 minutes time spent on RTO permit and tolls). As we kept moving ahead, we were enjoying the nice view of highway. I couldn’t restrain myself from clicking some pictures of highway from high speeding car. Though due to speed of car, it was very difficult to take proper snaps , but still was able to take some view-able snaps which are posted below. 

Bangalore to Kodaikanal highway , 3 days in Kodaikanal

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And on the ghat (hilly) road.

Bangalore to Kodaikanal highway , 3 days in Kodaikanal

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Our Destination : Kodai Resort

Kodaikanal resort , 3 days in Kodaikanal

The resort has a huge lawn, very well maintained. In the center of the lawn there is an arrangement for campfire. Further, two sides of the lawn have the rooms. While other two sides are open to the mountain views. There is a small zoo also at one end. Some local birds and animals are kept in this zoo for the entertainment of the kids that travel here with their family. Although we must say, the animals didn’t look into very good shape.

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Coaker’s walk , Kodaikanal

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2 /  3 days in Kodaikanal : Sightseeing

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Bryant park.

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Finally at end of 3 days in Kodaikanal : Back to Bangalore

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Best Places to Visit in Kodaikanal in 2 Days – A Complete Guide

Best Places to Visit in Kodaikanal in 2 Days – A Complete Guide

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Kodaikanal or Kodai, fondly known as the princess of hill stations, is a picturesque little hill station in the western ghats of India. The Kodaikanal lake lies at the heart of the town and is the most popular tourist attraction in Kodaikanal. Terrace farms, eucalyptus trees, flower-laden valleys, and green meadows define the landscape of Kodaikanal. Due to the vast influx of tourists, Kodaikanal has turned into yet another busy tourist hot-spot. Hotels have come up all around the town and there are more tourists on the road than locals. I visited Kodaikanal during the Republic Day weekend of 2019. Based on my observations and experiences, I’ve compiled this complete guide on Kodaikanal - covering all the Kodaikanal attractions, how to reach Kodaikanal from different cities, where to stay in Kodaikanal, some cost-saving tips as well as a list of all the places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days.

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How to Reach Kodaikanal

The closest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai, which is located approximately 135 km away.  The nearest railway station to Kodaikanal is Kodaikanal Road, which is at the distance of roughly 80 km from the city center. There are regular buses to Kodaikanal from Madurai and Coimbatore, both of which have an airport.

Bangalore to Kodaikanal - By Bus or Car

The most convenient and cost-friendly way to reach Kodaikanal from Bangalore is to take an overnight bus. The journey takes about 9-11 hours which can be spent sleeping comfortably in a volvo bus. I heard one horror story where a girl reached the bus stop only to realise that the bus got cancelled due to less number of bookings. Thus keep in mind to call up the bus operator a few hours before your journey to ensure that the bus is still in operation. Another convenient way to get from Bangalore to Kodaikanal is to take a road trip by car. Who doesn’t love a road trip with friends?!

Madurai to Kodaikanal - By Bus

Bus from Madurai to Kodaikanal

The most cost-effective and picturesque way to travel from Madurai to Kodaikanal is to take a bus. A taxi from Madurai to Kodaikanal costs Rs 3300 whereas a government bus from Arapalayam Bus Stand in Madurai to Kodaikanal is as cheap as Rs 98. The bus takes approximately 3.5-4 hours to reach its destination, with one rest stop along the way. The views leading up to the hills are breathtaking. Be sure to grab yourself a window seat on the left side of the bus for the best views!

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Where to Stay in Kodaikanal

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There is absolutely no shortage of hotels within Kodaikanal. If you want to stay within walking distance of most attractions in Kodaikanal, get a hotel closer to the bus stand, which is located at the heart of the city. If you’re looking for peace and quiet though, then look for a hotel towards the outer section of Kodaikanal. During my visit to Kodai, I stayed at Zostel Kodaikanal , which is a backpacker hostel facing a breathtaking view of the hills. While I’ve stayed at multiple Zostel properties, Zostel Kodaikanal was by-far the most charming one. In fact, I loved this hostel and it's peaceful vibes so much that I canceled all my plans for an entire evening and the next day just to chill out, sip coffee and read a book.


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How to Get Around Kodaikanal

Walking is the best way to explore this town. Being a hill station, there are no auto-rickshaws ( tuk-tuks ) or 2-wheelers for rent. The only option to travel within the city is to take taxis, which can get expensive. Going from any one spot to another costs a minimum of Rs 200 by taxi. Half-day tours start at Rs 1500 where they rush you through various tourist stops in a hurry. In such a scenario, it's best to take things at your own pace, walk around and explore the town. Kodai is a tiny town and most sights are within a few meters from one another. Walking also lets you stop and admire the breathtaking views all around! Another fun way to get around Kodaikanal is to hire a bicycle for the day!

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Best Places to Visit in Kodaikanal in 2 Days

Being a tiny town, Kodaikanal does not have a whole lot of things to do. There are a few attractions in Kodaikanal, the most popular one being Kodaikanal lake. Apart from that, there are some churches, viewpoints to witness the sunrise as well as trekking routes. Vattakanal, also known as an Israeli town, is a village south of Kodaikanal. The village has great views of the valley and is located close to the popular viewpoints. Take a look at some of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days.

1. Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal lake in places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days

The Kodaikanal Lake is located right in the heart of the town. It's the center of all sorts of activities ranging from boating, cycling, horse-riding to shopping and eating. There are plenty of boating renting centers around the lake. The boat options range from pedal boats to shikaras . A shikara ride for half an hour costs Rs 490 whereas pedal boats cost considerably less. Bicycles can be rented to take a ride around the stunning 5 km circumference of the lake. Apart from that, there are lots of shops set up all around the lake selling items ranging from clothes and bags to homemade chocolate and yummy street food.

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2. Coakers Walk

Coakers walk in places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days

Coaker's Walk is a 1 km stretch of path overlooking the hills and valleys. Before I went there, I heard negative reviews about the place saying it gets overcrowded and dirty. However, I reached Coaker's walk at 8 am in the morning when there was hardly anyone around. The mist had just begun to clear up, giving way to the sunlight. In my opinion, early morning is the best time to visit Coaker's walk. The entry fee is a minimal Rs 30. They charge an additional Rs 50 for a camera. I definitely recommend coming here early morning as it is one of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days.

3. Bryant Park


Slightly underwhelming but charming in parts, Bryant Park is a stone's throw away from both Coaker's Walk and Kodaikanal Lake. While most of the park is just, well, a regular park, one section is really breathtaking. Once you enter the park from the main entrance near the lake, head left until you come to a clearing filled with trees and blue benches. You can spend hours sitting under the cooling shade of these trees with a book in hand. The Bryant Park opening timings are from 9 am to 6 pm.

4. The Kodaikanal Churches

Kodaikanal churches in places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days

With a 38% Christian population, it's a no-brainer that Kodaikanal has a bunch of scenic churches. The church in the picture above is the Mount Zion Lutheran Church which is located right in the heart of the city. Surprisingly enough, despite being located in the city, the church has a quaint appeal to it. The minute you walk through the gate, your pace will automatically slow down to take in the charm of the church and the adjoining building. The Saleth matha Church is another notable church in Kodaikanal.

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The Best Restaurants and Cafes in Kodaikanal

Most of the well-known eateries in Kodaikanal are located either on the Bazaar road or the P T Road. Both these roads are located in the city center. While there are plenty of great restaurants and cafes in Kodaikanal, I've only listed the ones that left a lasting impact on my taste buds and just can't be missed!

1. Pastry Corner Kodaikanal

Pastry Corner Kodaikanal

Pastry Corner (daily bread) is located in close proximity to the Kodaikanal bus stand. It’s a tiny bakery which opens at 10.30 in the morning. Some of the tastiest items sold there include coriander sandwiches, egg sandwiches, pizzas, quiches, ice creams and of course, pastries. The items on the menu sound like everyday items, but the pastry corner does their own take on them, adding another depth of flavor. I went gaga over the sandwiches and the pizza there. They didn’t look any different from the ones I’ve had before, but tasted unbelievably amazing! Be sure to get here early, because it’s a popular bakery and they get sold out quite soon.

2. Aby's Cafe

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PT Road is the place to go if you’re looking to stave off hunger pangs when in Kodai. Aby’s Cafe is located on this road, above a store. The interior is done up super cozy with wooden benches, tiny potted plants and a wall full of post-it reviews. The menu includes a wide variety of cuisines such as North Indian, Mexican, Indian street food, Italian, etc. The dishes are made to order and are full of flavor. Definitely a must-visit when in Kodaikanal.

3. Cafe Cariappa

Cafe Cariappa

Another cafe located on PT Road, Cafe Cariappa is the cafe to visit if you’re craving a good cup of coffee. It’s a snug little cafe that can only accommodate a handful of people at once. The decor exudes warmth and comfort, making you want to spend hours sipping coffee. Carrot cafe is one of their most-loved and talked about items. It was without a doubt, one of the lightest, yummiest cake I’ve had. Paired with a strong cup of coffee, they make a match made in heaven. Cafe Cariappa is highly recommended if you’re a coffee-lover like I am. This was my favorite place among all the places to visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days.

What to Pack for Kodaikanal

The weather in Kodaikanal is pleasant all-year round. During the winter months of November to February, temperatures drop as low as 12°C. Carry sweaters and warm jackets if you're visiting in those months. Summer months in Kodaikanal are from April to June. This is the most pleasant time to visit the town. However, the crowds also increase during these months. Kodai experiences monsoon showers from July to August. During this time, pack raincoats and waterproof shoes if you're going to be exploring the town.


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This is indeed a complete guide to Koidakanal! Map, food – you thought of everything. I would love to visit India, hopefully in the next year or so, and I am collecting guides for beautiful places. Koidakanal is now on my list. Thank you!

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I’m delighted that you’ll be visiting India soon! Kodaikanal would be a great place for you to chill out and relax during your trip 🙂

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I have been to kodaikanal once and this article brings back all the memories of Kodaikanal…looks like I missed some places.probably WL cover next time

It reminds me of my Kodaikanal trip…which was really nice..although I missed out on few things..will do it in my next visit

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I have never heard about this place before but it sounds exciting! Thank you for putting it in my radar including the activities! Sounds like a great place for vacation

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This looks so beautiful! I love your photos. Cafe Carriapa sounds amazing. I love my coffee so would definitely visit there

Oh yes, you’ll love Cafe Cariappa!!

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Kodaikanal Lake looks one of the most beautiful places I have seen. I can just imagine spending some relaxing time there and messing around on the water! Fabulous!

It’s indeed a beautiful lake with lots of activities around it!

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I’ve never heard of Kodaikanal before, so thank you for introducing me to this beautiful place! I would love to rent a pedal boat on the lake and then try the street food from the stands around the lake. I could easily see myself spending an afternoon just hanging out around the lake. Hoping I get to visit one day!

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India is like a world of its own! I am always just so surprised by how varied the landscapes and cities are! There is so much unique, but I your pictures also hint at some little bits and pieces of European culture left behind. The colonial history there is tragic, but it does currently make for alot of variation. I have yet to visit India, but I really hope to someday. It looks amazing!

India does have a vastly diverse landscape. Each city, town and village is unique in its own way. I hope you visit India and experience the wonderful cultures soon 🙂

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What a beautiful part of India to explore. I think i’d find myself well and truly based in pastry corner eating all the sweet treats 😉

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I never knew there was so much to do in Kodai Kanal! I’m visiting Chennai this summer, maybe I can try to make a trip there 🙂

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What a gorgeous looking place. I’ve not heard of Kodaikanal before. I’ve been to India twice and am currently putting together another adventure. Love finding out about places through blogs like yours, thank you.

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Kodaikanal: History | Attractions | Food | Stay | Treks

Kodaikanal holds a special place in my heart from the time I got to spend 7 beautiful months here in 2018. As much as I love the weather, landscapes, and heritage of the place, it wouldn’t be the same without knowing the community that I had the great fortune of knowing during my travels.

Kodaikanal is an Indian hill station located at an altitude of over 2130m, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Among the youngsters, it might be known for its psychedelic mushrooms but among the more seasoned travelers, it’s popular for its rich history, unique flora and fauna, and mesmerizing landscapes.

In Tamil, Kanal means dense forest and Kodi means creeper or the end. The meaning of Kodaikanal hasn’t been agreed upon, it could either mean forest at the end or forest of creepers.


Prehistoric people.

Before the onset of the current civilization, Kodaikanal was home to prehistoric people for thousands of years. They made their homes of flat stone slabs known as dolmens. These dolmens were generally 8 ft by 3 ft and 3.5 ft high. Some of these dolmens can be seen today in the outskirts of Kodaikanal, the nearest one being in Perumal malai. The dolmens where they were buried were found with copper and bronze ornaments.

Paliyan and Puliyan tribe

Much later the Palani hills were inhabited by the Paliyan and Puliyan tribes. The Paliyans were tree-dwellers who lived in caves under rocks or on trees. Puliyans’ traditions were more reminiscent of the plains. They worshipped their own Gods and Goddesses.

Early Settlers

In the quest to find an alternate destination for summers seeking respite from widespread Malaria in the plains, Rev. HS Taylor and Rev. CP Mussey explored the upper area of Palani hills (present-day Kodaikanal) in 1945.  Six families packed in two houses built around the present-day lake moved.

Kodaikanal lake (which was earlier a marshy area) is where the earliest houses were built. Old houses were built of local material like granite, mud, limestone, and sandstone. They were generally single-storied and had gardens. Many of the heritage buildings are now owned by Kodaikanal International school and multiple churches.

A large number of private properties changed hands and only a few managed to live on in their original glory. They do make for beautiful heritage sites now.


All the below-mentioned places are very crowded over weekends and getting stuck in traffic jams is quite usual. Anytime during April to mid-June is super busy as well (owing to school holidays).

1. Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal lake is by far the biggest attraction of Kodaikanal but as opposed to popular belief, this is not a natural lake. It used to be a weedy swamp when Sir Vere Levinge (1819-1885), retired collector of Madura, on a suggestion from Ciceron (from Savoy, France), decided to put a bund at the end of the swamp to block water.

Sir Levinge was the one to introduce fishes and the first boat in the lake too, name lily.

It amazes me when I look at the lake and I’m reminded that Indians were earlier not allowed to row on the lake. All the boats were imported so Indians couldn’t easily acquire boats either.

‘The starfish-shaped lake’s perimeter is about 5 km and once you cross the busy section that’s thronged by tourists, the lake is calm and beautiful. A walk or bike ride along the perimeter of the lake is recommended.

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Some dolmens can be seen around Perumal peak and Palamalai.

The remains unearthed from some dolmens and models of dolmens can be seen in Shenbeganur museum.

3. Coaker’s walk

1 km stretch along the edge of a slope is pedestrian-only. It allows for beautiful views of the hills and the plains. The view is dependent on the weather though. Mist starts to set in by late afternoon.

4. Observatory

The Kodaikanal Solar Observatory is one fo the oldest solar observatories in the world.

While most part of the observatory is not open to the public, the museum is. The Solar observatory is perched on a hilltop on observatory road with beautiful views of the town from within the premise itself.

On Jan 5th, 1909, John Evershed made the discovery of the phenomenon of radial motion in sunspots, which is now termed as ‘ Evershed effect’ .

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5. Upper Lake view

Gives a panoramic view of the lake that’s shaped like a starfish. Apparently, the sunrise from here is a good view but I never got around to seeing the sunrise from there.

6. Pillar Rocks

Pillar rocks is the name given to three granite rocks, each over 400 ft tall.

Large parts of the viewpoint are cordoned off owing to accidents in the past.

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Yep, that’s all I saw, the mist.

7. Indian Club

Indians were not allowed to become members of the English Club (today’s Kodaikanal Club), which led to Mr. T V Seshagiri Iyer starting the Indian Club in 1915. He was a leading advocate from Madras. Indian Club stands as a near-abandoned building on PT road.

The last time I walked into the building in 2018, some local men were playing cards inside in low light.


All the below villages are known to be older than Kodaikanal itself. The locals from these villages often come to Kodai on Sunday to either sell their produce or buy from the local market which happens every Sunday on PT Road.

1. Vattakanal  ( Dolphin’s Nose and Echo Point)

Distance: 6 km

Travel time: 15 min by Cab, 45 min walk

Cost: Rs. 400 (in a cab)

Vattakanal is a small village around 5-6 km from Kodaikanal center. A 45-minute hike through parts of the forest and occasional glimpses of the valley on a clear day.

Vattakanal is the name of the area and Dolphin nose and Echo Point are viewpoints on a small hike there. The beginning of this small hike can be reached with a taxi or via a 45 min walk from town.

Rock bulging out of a hill with panaromic views

The local story is that the Mahabaratha’s game of dice was played at Dolphin’s nose. The echo point is just a little ahead of Dolphin’s nose.

Tip : Don’t miss the sunrise while you’re Vattakanal. It’s majestic.

Sunrise over a bed of clouds

2. Poombarai

Distance: 18 km

Travel time: 1 hour by Bus

Bus timings: Frequent buses from town

Cost: Rs. 30 (in public bus)

This is the nearest village from Kodaikanal and is absolutely stunning. With terraced farms, red-tiled rooftops old houses, and an ancient temple right at the beginning of the village. There are frequent buses to Poombarai from Kodaikanal’s main bus stand.


Distance: 30 km

Travel time: 1.5 hours by Bus

Bus timings: 8:30 am, 12:30 pm (Last return bus at 4:15 pm)

Cost: Rs. 40 (in public bus)

We can see the caves here where one of the first inhabitants of Palani hills – the Paliyan tribe used to live. I didn’t get to see the caves as I barely had time to explore the village owing to public transport availability (rather non-availability). The village is beautiful with terraced farms, another lake around (without a dedicated sitting area but serene nevertheless).

I have been here multiple times and prefer to spend time by the lake.


4. Mannavanur

Distance: 35 km

Travel time: 2 hours by Bus

Bus timings: 9:30 am (Return bus – 4:35 pm, 7 pm)

Cost: ~Rs. 50 (in a public bus)

It’s one of my favorite villages around. The first time I went chasing the sheep farm. All I wanted was a picture with a herd of sheep. Which I did manage to get and the beautiful Mannavanur lake was a complete bonus. The second time around, I tried my hands at kayaking with a friend and it was brilliant (He would like to disagree though).

Mannavanur is slowly picking popularity but the distance from Kodaikanal discourages people from visiting.


Distance: 40 km

Travel time: 2.5 hours by Bus

Bus timings: 10:30 am (Return – 2:30 pm)

Cost: Rs. 60 (in a public bus)

Poondi is a few more kilometers ahead of Mannavanur. Has a beautiful lake and is yet to be taken over by tourists that seems to be happening with Mannavanur.

Tip : If you don’t get a bus to or from Poondi, try Kavunji. That’s a nearby village with slighly more buses


1. vellagavi village.

Distance : 3.6 km (one way from Vattakanal)

Difficulty level : Medium

Time : 5-6 hours (1.5 of descending plus 3-4 hours of ascending)

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Also known as Old Kodaikanal, Vellagavi is a little less than 4 km from the village of Vattakanal. But there’s no road connecting it. To reach the village one must hike further down from Echo point and more painstakingly hike back up.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, some villagers in the plains moved here to flee the exploitation at the hands of Vijayanagar kings. As the population grew, so did health issues which sent people looking for safer places in upper hills. This other settlement came to be known as Shenbaganur.

The locals grow their own coffee and avocados. Don’t miss out on the amazing Avocado shake in the cafe located at the entrance of the village (It had closed during the lockdown, hopefully, it would reopen).

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2. Ganeshpuram waterfalls

A good section of the hike is through lemongrass shrubs which makes it look quite surreal. There’s a waterfall there where one can swim but our guide told us there’s a constant threat of bison and elephants there.

Note : Hiking in Ganeshpuram and most other places require prior permission from the Forest department and a guide is mandatory.

Other hikes around Kodaikanal:


1. pottery tour by potter’s shed.

Potter’s shed is a quaint little store located on PT road, displaying pottery by their very talented potter who’s been doing this for years. It is run by a trust and the proceeds go towards educating kids from underprivileged backgrounds.


The workshop is located in a scenic area away from the hustle-bustle of the town.

From 2 – 4:30 p.m. organized on request • Tour with hands-on experience – 700 per person • Tour without hands-on experience (one hour) – 300 per person

2. Spend time at the KMU historic library

Timings: Wednesday and Saturday – 1100 hours to 1300 hours

Kodaikanal Missionary Union (KMU) was first started as an informal reading room.

Located inside the Kodaikanal International School premise, KMU owned library is open to everyone. Not only is it a great place to read up on the history of Kodaikanal or get your hands on the precious books with a collection of Kodaikanal’s flora in sketch but also to meet interesting people from everywhere who have made Kodaikanal their home.


  • Spice Village

Budget Stays (Backpacker Hostels)

  • Greenlands Youth Hostel : I have spent months in Kodaikanal looking at properties and I can tell you one thing with surety, there’s no other place in Kodaikanal or Vattakanal, with a view like the one this hostel has. During the day, there’s the view of the valley and mist floating in, and in the night its city lights glistening in the far distance. They have dormitories as well private rooms and a kitchen in case you feel like being holed up in your room all day.

Wooden chairs oerlooking a valley

  • Trippr : Trippr is a hostel set in a peaceful setting away from the hill station busyness. They have four and eight-bed dorms with a beautiful garden. I quite enjoyed my evening walks around the area. Since I last visited, they have made a very practical workstation overlooking the hills.
  • Dostel : I only got to stay there for a day, so I can’t write about the hostel experience itself but the location is very convenient. It’s right opposite Altaf cafe which is the beginning of the Dolphin nose and Vellagavi hike. It’s also a 10 min run from the Red stone point which is one of the nicest places to see the sunrise in Vattakanal and Kodaikanal.
  • Karuna Farms

Quaint AirBnBs/ Private Rooms

  • Satya Surabhi AirBnB :  The proceeds from the guest house go towards running the schools for underprivileged kids in the same compound.
  • Woodhouses in Vattakanal


  • Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple : Built in 1936 by a European lady who later converted to a Hindu
  • Poombarai Murugan temple (20.4 km from Bus stand)
  • La Saleth Church : One of the only two churches around the world dedicated to lady la Saleth. On 14th and 15th August every year, people gather to venerate Lady Saleth.

Church on top on steps

  • Lutheran church: Built in 1932


Indian food.

  • Tavaa Restaurant : Located at the beginning of PT road, Tavaa serves freshly prepared food that has a slight Dhaba feel to it. Their service is quick.
  • Astoria:  Right outside the bus stand, Astoria serves a great variety of south Indian food. I especially love their range of dosas.
  • Hill Top Restaurant:  A very typical Indian restaurant, they are one of the oldest in town.
  • Hamuse:  Again, by the bus stand (Opposite Astoria), Hamuse is known for its fine dining experience that is unparallel in Kodaikanal.


  • Aby’s:  My favorite is their lunch meal and falafel sandwiches. Their food and cafe has a very homely feel to it which got me hooked to them. It has been my workstation, my go-to cafe in Kodaikanal.
  • Cloud Street:  They are known for their pizzas.
  • Ten Degrees
  • Muncheez:  Love their veg-roll and cheesecake.
  • Tibetan Restaurant:  There are two Tibetan restaurants in close vicinity, both have almost identical offerings. Love the momos and Tibetan bread with curry.
  • Pastry Corner : They are known for their fresh offerings every day. I especially love their ginger cookies.
  • Cafe Kariappa

Places to Drink

• Hotel Carlton • Hotel Tamil Nadu • Kodaikanal international hotel

Note: No other place has a bar but there are multiple TASMAC stores (one is a little ahead opposite bus stand, another one is on AnnaSalai Road, about 200m from bus stand)

Kodaikanal itself doesn’t have any handicraft industry. The handicraft being sold here is usually imported from the northern parts of India. The local produce primarily consists of • Soap • Essential oils • Cheese • Chocolates • Fruit preserve

Places to shop from:

George’s Gourmet Kitchen

Location : Their bakery is on observatory road but their products can be purchased from Hoopoe on a hill or the Cheese Shop (opposite near skating rink)

My pick : Dijon Mustard, and Arrabiata pasta sauce

A small artisanal bakery that staffs predominantly local women. Their offerings are packed with flavors from four kinds of mustards to pasta sauces. I had especially fallen in love with their sourdough bread (which I believe they have now stopped making unless there’s a special order).

Pizzas made using their pasta sauce tastes divine and is ready in less than 10 minutes.

Hoopoe On a Hill

Founded by Priyashri and Nishitha, Hoopoe on a hill collaborates with the Adivasi community for wild honey gathered by them in turn providing them a constant stream of business with fair pay. They have a range of honey and beeswax wraps, crayons, etc.

This tiny store on PT road is a one-stop-shop for home linen needs. If you have the time and patience to dig, you might find some pieces from old stocks too that they at times give out for really cheap prices.

My pick : Fitted sheets, smocks

Potter’s Shed

Stoneware pottery is alone to take the house to a different level of charm. One reason I want to get a house is so I can buy lots and lots of stoneware pottery. They are microwave safe and come in many various glaze.

My pick : Kettle, Salad bowl

The Eco Nut/The Health Food Shop

Has oils, chocolates, organic fruit preserves, peanut butter, forest honey among other things

Kiki’s Book Store

Fruit preserves, cheese

Kodai Cheese

They have a large collection of cheese including goat cheese, feta, Kodai cheese, etc.

Sunday Market

Sunday market is when PT road turns into a big market area. The locals flock to the place for their weekly supply of vegetables. The range is just beautiful to look at from special hill station fruits and vegetables to socks, the Sunday market has a lot to offer.

My pick : Socks, avocados (seasonal), and other seasonal fruits and vegetables.


There are no autos in Kodi or motorbike rentals which makes commuting quite difficult. Locals buses do have service to nearby villages but hardly anything to these tourist points.

I spent the seven months relying on my feet.

There are two taxi unions in Kodaikanal, the minimum fare is 150 for one and 200 for the other one.


Traveling from Bangalore to Kodaikanal or Chennai to Kodaikanal is quite easy with multiple overnight buses available.

The nearest airport is Madurai. A cab would charge Rs. 3000 from Madurai airport to Kodaikanal.

The nearest railway station Kodai Road is about 80 km away. This 80 km is all through hills so consider it before booking a train to Kodaikanal.


1.  Large-scale cultivation of Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is not native to Kodaikanal. It was introduced by British officers and the invasive species are known to be one of the reasons for lower water tables.

2. Water Scarcity: The onslaught of tourism has had a direct impact on water. To cater to the tourist season (April and May) the civic bodies start to curtain the water supply starting in January. During the season time, residents get water once a week and in some areas once in 10 days.

The ban on digging borewells means heavy dependency on municipal water.


Palni hills conservation council (phcc).

Website: www.palnihills.org

Founded by the people of Kodaikanal, PHCC works towards developing environmental research and intervention work needed in Palni Hills (an offshoot of Western ghats in Tamil Nadu).

Some of the crucial work they do includes plating and distributing native ‘sholai’ trees. It was PHCC that brought attention to the illegal thermometer factory owned by HUL (now shut down).

The below poem by Nandita Vijayaraghavan describes beautifully how I feel about Kodaikanal (Kodi).

“In the viel of dark midnight,

Peer two eyes gleaming like moon light,

A bison saunters across the field,

Crying out as loud as it can yield.

The lake is in shades of blue and navy,

Where the lilies grow white.

A gorgeous palomino trots in a meadow,

When it tosses its maine – Oh! what a sight.

A vision of goodness,

happiness and glee,

That’s what Kodi means to me. “

-Nandita Vijayaraghavan

16 thoughts on “Kodaikanal: History | Attractions | Food | Stay | Treks”

You have covered it all, Manisha!

After spending seven months there, this is the least I could do 🙂

Super blog and narrated well.

thank you so much!

Good post. And seven months ? Wow

Thank you 🙂 I was working on a project there hence the duration!

Wow, My native place..

Oh wow, You must know all the treasures 🙂 Would love to know what you thought of this piece and if I can add anything else to it.

So much of information about Kodaikanal. I’m gonna bookmark this post for future reference. Thanks much!

Thank you so much. Really appreciate your kindness. I hope more and more people would benefir out of this post.

A very detailed information provided by you. Even I have been to Kodaikanal but on a very short time. With this information of your’s there is a lot of things to xplore in Kodaikanal. Definately Whenever I visit here, I will try to visit maximum places, Thank you very much for the great information….

Thank you so much for the appreciation. I’m glad people are finding value in it. Hope more and more people get to experience the beauty of Kodaikanal responsibly.

Very detailed, information rich article. Are there any local trekking agencies ?

Not agencies but Mr. Vijay is the most renowned trekking guide in town.

This is an amazing blog, very explicit and very nice. Thank you for the information.

Thank you for your kind words, appreciate it. I’m glad it was of help.

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Poombarai – the Kodaikanal’s Best Kept Secret

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Country’s best kept secrets. Hidden locations, little villages, secret beaches or spots set deep in the wildness. I am one of those, willing to explore them, rather than follow a well traveled path. Nothing gives you a real taste of local culture and authentic life than off the beaten track destinations.

On my latest trip to india, i was on the mission to find those still less visited places and i couldn’t be happier that i discovered the south indian state., after a long bus trip, i reached kodaikanal, a place known as princess of hill station. it is a dream destination, where the lakes, forest and green mountains come together to create a truly unique setting for nature lovers., i would like to share with you a story about the kodaikanal’s best kept secret, which i discovered one beautiful day, while riding a motorbike., poombarai is a small colorful village sitting in the middle of palani hills in the state of tamil nadi . hugged by peaceful green hills, poombarai offers spectacular views of green terraced fields. it is famous for its production of carrots, cabbage and garlic, which are the main sources of village income., it is set at 1920 meters above sea level, so you can enjoy the cool breeze here. the pleasant weather conditions and a very low number of tourists, are making this place a great hiking spot., the agricultural community is very welcoming. nobody doesn’t speak a word of english, but don’t worry, hand gestures and miming work well 😉 there are hardly 1,100 households here and most residents are farmers. i am not going to lie, once you get here, you will be the center of attention., take time to wander around the town and absorb the authentic local vibes. while walking along the main street, you can observe how people live and how looks a typical day in poombarai., this is a year-round destination, on account of its good weather conditions thought the whole year. i visited poombarai in november, and while it was one of the coldest moths in this area, i found the cold weather very relaxing and refreshing., from the mysterious fog and cool breeze to the shining sun at blue sky, the weather can change in seconds or minutes here., discover surroundings, if you are in the mood for the next adventure, follow the main road and discover the mannavanur lake . located 13km away from poombarai, the picturesquare area is a peaceful oasis, filled by gorgeousness of mother nature., mannavanur counts around 600 households, which grow here carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, potatoes., the beautiful stretches of nature make this place a perfect setting for picnic and a good time with friends. while walking along the lake, you will spot a sheep farm, where a flock of sheep relaxing in the meadow. there is also available a coracle ride, which provides amazing views from a different perspective., the road to get there is as spectacular as the one to poombarai. rememeber that there is no accommodation, so start your trip in the morning and return before the evening., how to get to poombarai, poombarai is situated about 30 min (18km) drive from kodaikanal. to get there, you need to rent a motorbike or order a taxi. the road takes you through the most beautiful surroundings of tamil nadi, deep pine forest and lush green mountains., one of the most pleasant smells is the scent of pine forest. nothing can beat the drive along the curvy misty roads amidst the gigantic trees and mysterious fog. the weather was so pleasant that day, so i could enjoy the warm sun. i hope you get lucky too, important tip: take some warm clothes with you, as the weather here is variable and unpredictable., like it pin it.

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On the 7th day, when God rested after creating the world and all its natural wonders, I packed my bags and set off to explore them. That is me. Always ready and eager to be off to somewhere new (or old) - always exploring. And when I am not traveling, you'll find me writing code for a living.

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6 Things You Must not Miss While Visiting Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a small hill station in Tamil Nadu that offers the perfect escape from the heat and crowds of India’s larger cities. Hills, tea plantations, and valleys with waterfalls surround the city, making it a great destination for nature lovers . It should be on your list of things to do while visiting Kodaikanal !

Things to see in Kodaikanal

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Things to see in Kodaikanal

Many people ask me what to see in Kodaikanal . There is a long list. Nevertheless, don’t miss out on visiting these popular tourist destinations while you’re visiting Kodaikanal:

Bryant Park

Bryant Park is a heaven for nature lovers, with its well-manicured gardens and stunning views of the valley below. Located on 20.5 acres, the park is home to a wide variety of plants and flowers. There is a glasshouse, a lake, and several walking paths in the park, which attracts both tourists and locals. There is a spectacular display of blooming flowers and plants on display at its annual flower show.

Coakers Walk

Coakers Walk offers some of the best views in the region and is a popular spot for photographers. On the edge of a steep hill, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding valley, mountains, and Madurai city. A kilometer-long trail with benches allows visitors to enjoy the scenery while seated. Both tourists and locals enjoy this popular destination, especially during sunset.

Kodaikanal Lake

The Kodaikanal Lake is a man-made lake in the center of the city. Sir Vere Henry Levinge, a former Madurai collector, created the lake and garden in 1863 and it covers an area of approximately 60 acres. With its lush greenery and boating facilities, the lake is a popular spot for picnics and leisure activities. The lake is also a great place for horseback riding and cycling.

Pillar Rocks

Visiting these towering rocks offers some of the best views in Kodaikanal, and they are well worth the hike. These two giant rock pillars rise to a height of 400 feet and are believed to be a few thousand years old. They are especially popular during cloudy weather when the mist creates a dramatic effect on the surrounding valley. Visitors can take in the stunning scenery from a viewing platform near the rocks.

Kurinji Andavar Temple

Hindus worship Lord Murugan, also known as Kurinji Andavar, at Kurinji Andavar Temple. According to legend, he appeared in the region to protect the locals. Located in beautiful surroundings, the temple is particularly popular for its architecture and scenic views of the hills. Moreover, the temple is associated with the blooming of the Kurinji flower, which blooms once every twelve years, which holds a special significance for devotees.

The Green Valley View

Suicide Point, also known as Green Valley View, is a popular viewpoint in Kodaikanal. It provides a stunning view of the surrounding hills, forests, and Vaigai Dam. Located at an altitude of 5,800 feet, the viewpoint is surrounded by lush greenery. The viewpoint is popular for hiking and photography, but visitors should be cautious due to the steep drop-off.

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Things to eat in Kodaikanal

You’ll find an array of delicious local dishes in Kodaikanal. While there are plenty of Westernized restaurants around town, it’s worth seeking out authentic South Indian eateries for a true taste of the region. From spicy curries to aromatic lentil dishes, there’s something to suit everyone’s palate. Be sure to try some of the local staples, such as dosas, idlis and vadas.

Things to buy in Kodaikanal

When you visit the princes of Hill Stations, make sure to do some shopping! There are plenty of unique shops and items that you can only find in this area. Here are some of the best things to buy:

  • Handicrafts Kodaikanal is known for its incredible handicrafts, which can be found in shops all over the city. Be sure to check out some of the local artisans’ work, including wood carvings, paintings and traditional textiles.
  • Spices The organic spices grown in Kodaikanal are also well-known, and they are used in everything from curries to chutneys. Head to one of the local spice markets and stock up on some of these flavorsome spices.
  • Homemade Chocolates If you are visiting Kodaikanal, do not miss the opportunity to try the delicious homemade chocolates. These chocolates made with the finest cocoa beans and are very popular among tourists. There are many chocolate shops in city, and the chocolates are available in a variety of flavors such as milk, dark, wine and nuts.
  • Jams and Jellies Another specialty of Kodaikanal is its delicious jams and jellies, which can be found in most local stores. These sweet treats are perfect for a quick snack or for taking back home with you.

How to get there

Kodaikanal is a hill station in the Dindigul district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is about 7,000 feet above sea level. The road from Madurai to Kodaikanal is one of the most scenic hill roads in India. The journey from Madurai to Kodaikanal takes about four hours by road or by train.

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Where to stay in Kodaikanal

When it comes to finding a place to stay in Kodaikanal, you’re spoiled for choices. There are plenty of options, whether you’re looking for a luxurious hotel or something a little more budget-friendly including hostels. I have been to Kodaikanal several times. My trips have included solo backpacking, family and group tours. I have used following websites to book my accommodation in Kodaikanal. I have got good deals during off-peak seasons.

Booking.com – you can choose from hotels, luxurious resorts, homestays and tented accommodations.

Hotelworld.com – A backpacker’s paradise, Kodaikanal is a great place for solo travelers on a budget. Kodaikanal hostels are located at scenic locations, making this the best way to find them.

What are the best times of year to visit

The best time to visit Kodaikanal is from September to May. The temperature is pleasant during these months and the tourist attractions are not too crowded.

What are you waiting for…

Kodaikanal is a beautiful destination with plenty of things to do. I hope that this list has given you plenty of ideas for your visit and I can’t wait to hear what you think about the region. Things are always changing in Kodaikanal, so be sure to keep up-to-date on all the latest happenings by checking out our blog.


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Kodaikanal Minus The Cliches For An Offbeat Travel Adventure

Go on a path uncharted in one of South India’s most idyllic hill destinations.


Ashwin Rajagopalan

Published On Sep 23, 2022 | Updated On Mar 08, 2024


So, you think you’ve been to Kodaikanal? There’s a Kodaikanal most of us know and then there’s the Kodai beyond clichés and beyond the run-of-the-mill tourist spots. Sounds familiar? It’s the same story in most hill destinations across India. There are regular tourist photo stops, but the real destination lies off the beaten track. It’s the same in Kodaikanal, one of my favourite getaways in South India. I find a new experience almost every time I come back here. You must be willing to step out of your comfort zone and drive the extra mile, you will be rewarded with great photo ops and memories each time you do.

Here are six unique places in and around Kodaikanal for you to explore:

1. Poombarai


Locals here tell me that it was the pandemic that was the turning point for their village, literally. Local authorities blocked access to popular spots like Guna Caves and Pillar Rocks during the initial phase of the pandemic. This forced road trippers on Kodaikanal’s 10-mile road to take a U-turn that leads to Poombarai village, 50 minutes away from Kodaikanal lake.

Tamil Nadu’s digital influencers were quick to discover Poombarai’s Instagram potential with its stunning terraced landscapes. Old homes with tiled roofs add to the village’s appeal. It's also home to the Kuzhanthai Velappar (Lord Muruga/Karthik) temple that is steeped in legends that go back 3000 years. The original temple was believed to have been built by the Chera dynasty. I also recommend a stop at Poombarai’s garlic market near the temple where you can check out the region’s famous hill garlic that is rich in flavour and medicinal value. Head to Passiflora Café on your way to Poombarai for the best views and photo opportunities of the village. This hipster café also serves authentic home-style Italian cuisine.


There’s a scenic road from Poombarai that takes you to this charming destination. The scenic loop road goes past Gundupatti village and brings you straight to Kookal lake. This is one of Kodaikanal’s most gorgeous lakes, full of water lilies. Once you’re at the lake, you will find local guides offering to guide you to Kookal falls. Accept their invitation only if you are ready for a challenging trek, one that can take almost two hours one way. You will return with breathtaking images of the waterfall that remains pristine because of its off-the-road location.


3. Kodaikanal Solar Observatory


This observatory is among the world’s most reputed solar observatories.Itwas set up in 1899 because of Kodaikanal’s unique geography. It was here that the Evershed Effect was first detected in January 1909. Solar data collected by the lab is the oldest continuous series of its kind in India. The observatory is just 10 minutes away from the centre of town and is a great stop if you’re travelling with kids.

4. Mannavanur


Also known as Bison valley, has long been a cult favourite among trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts. Trekking trails around here are home to the Indian gaur with the occasional wildcat and barking deer sightings. This charming village is also home to the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute’s Sheep Research Centre. The centre offers beautiful vantage points from where you can great pictures of Mannavanur lake. One reason it’s become a popular hub for Instagrammers.


One of my favourite spots in and around Kodaikanal. Berijam lake and forest are just about 45 minutes away from Kodaikanal town. From mist-covered paths to dense green foliage to the occasional wild bison sighting and the pristine lake at the end of the road, Berijam makes for the perfect half-day trip from Kodaikanal. The Tamil Nadu Forest Department keeps a tight check on visitors. Entry is only allowed between 9:30 am and 3 pm with entry permits (most hotels and resorts can organise this) for limited visitors.

6. Liril waterfalls and more


The original Liril TV commercial remains fresh in our memory thanks to its stunning location. That ad was shot in Kodaikanal and the locals now call it Liril falls, although the official name is Vattakanal Falls. Kodaikanal has multiple waterfalls including the busy Silver Cascade, that’s a quick stop for most tourists enroute to Kodaikanal. I’d also recommend a stop at the scenic Pallangi Falls.


Where to stay in Kodaikanal


Great Trails Kodaikanal is located in one of Kodaikanal’s most scenic corners and yet just thirty minutes away from the centre of town. We’re partial to their Swiss-style chalets. Tucked away 2,000 metres above sea level and in a secluded pocket of Kodaikanal, the Tamara Kodai is not just one of Kodai’s most luxurious resorts but has a rich heritage that dates back to the 1840s when the original building was Baynes Bungalow, one of the first large houses to be built in the region. You can’t escape the unique geodesic domes of Luxeglamp - Kodai’s first luxury glamping project when you’re approaching Poombarai. Luxeglamp is located on a sloping valley with views of Poombarai village.


Where to eat

Ten Degrees is probably the best restaurant in Kodaikanal with a menu full of comfort food and attentive service. The restaurant is conveniently located at the busy Seven Roads junction, most regulars swear by their comforting soups and steaks and almost order dessert – the tender coconut mousse is a must-try. Café Cariappa is a cosy café that makes the perfect pit-stop for their single estate coffee and cake (try the carrot cake) throughout the day. 


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Tourist Places to Visit in Kodaikanal

Southern India’s popular hill station, Kodaikanal, fondly referred to as the ‘Princess of hills’ is a mesmerising tourist destination that offers scenic views full of lush green hills, waterfalls, lakes and dense pine forests. Surrounded by the Parappar and Gundar valleys on both sides, the Tamil Nadu hill station is situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet above sea-level atop the Palani Hills. It is a favourite among all kinds of travellers - budget travellers, backpackers, nature lovers and honeymooners with a variety of tourist places near Kodaikanal. From caves and treks through pine forests to boating in lakes and religious spots, it has got it all!

The list of Kodaikanal tourist places is nearly endless. One can visit the numerous lakes and waterfalls and soak in the calm from its soothing waters or enjoy a boat ride amidst the natural wilderness. If you love adventure, you will find plenty of places to visit in Kodaikanal that will give you a shot of adrenaline such as Dolphin’s Nose, Kumabkarai or the Pillar Rocks. You can choose from the following list of places to visit in Kodaikanal as you enjoy white clouds playing hide and seek with the beautiful green mountains covered in purplish blue Kurinji flowers when you visit this gorgeous domestic destination.

Photo of Kodaikanal Lake

Places to Visit in Kodaikanal: Lakes and Falls

Kodaikanal Lake
 One of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal, Kodaikanal lake is an artificial star-shaped lake located at 2,285 meters above sea level. It was built in 1863 and since then has ranked high amongst Kodaikanal tourist places with thousands of tourists flocking to the destination during summer months for its cold breeze and cloud covered surroundings. Originating from the Palani hills water, the lake that covers a stretch of 60 acres finally flows into a mesmerising waterfall at a height of 180 ft, called the Silver Cascade. When in Kodaikanal, you can’t miss boating at Kodai Lake and visiting the Silver Cascade waterfalls.

Bear Shola Falls
 One of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal is the Bear Shola Falls, located just 2 km off the Kodaikanal Lake. Legend has it that this was a bear’s favourite place to drink water and gave it its interesting name. The water gushes out of the Parappar River Stream falling off the mountains against the green backdrop, making it a sight to behold. This Kodaikanal tourist place is loved by nature enthusiasts, adventurers and couples alike. If you want to enjoy these falls in full glory, the best time to visit Kodaikanal would be the monsoons.

Berijam Lake

Spread across vast forested lands, Berijam Lake in Kodaikanal is a perfect option if you’re looking to explore tourist places near Kodaikanal. Make sure you take the mandatory permit from the forest department before visiting the Berijam Lake. Lose yourself to the refreshing green backdrop of lust forests as you picnic on the lakeside. This quaint lake should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Kodaikanal if you’re looking to spend some quality time with your loved ones or want to try your hand at fishing. But make sure you’ve all the necessary permits!

Mannavanur Lake

Another popular spot in the list of places to visit in Kodaikanal is the Mannavanur Lake. Crossing pine and eucalyptus trees on either side of the road, a scenic drive paves the way for this Kodaikanal tourist place. Just like most places in Kodaikanal, surroundings of the Mannavanur Lake also offer rich fauna. You will find exotic birds flying around and may even spot some wild animals. You can even enjoy coracle ride or horse riding or simply soak in the views of the nearby sheep farm where flocks of sheep graze and make for a beautiful backdrop. 

Vattakanal Falls

Vattakanal Falls is one of the top choices if you are looking for places to visit near Kodaikanal. The best time to visit Kodaikanal is during the monsoon when you can visit the grand Vattakanal falls for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Surrounded by vast landscapes of forest and hills, this tourist place near Kodaikanal promises great views and is quite safe to be around but you should be wearing non-slippery footwear. You can even click pictures for the ‘gram from a bridge near the falls.

Pambar Falls

If you’re looking to unwind by taking a dip in cool, clear waters of a natural waterfall, Pambar Falls is a great option to consider when deciding on places to visit in Kodaikanal. Located at a meagre 3km distance from the Kodai bus station, this waterfall flows into a natural pool where you can take a dip! The wild and green setting of the Pambar falls makes visiting it a picturesque affair. Thalaiyar Falls

Thalaiyar Falls or the Rat Tail Falls as the locals refer to it, is a unique shaped waterfall which is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kodaikanal. Located along the Palani Hill ranges along its green trails in the Dindigul District, the waterfall falls off a height of over 290 meters. Thalaiyar Falls is the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu and the sixth highest waterfall in India and ranks as the 267th highest in the world. You can click some amazing pictures of the falls from a view tower at the Dum Dum Rock.

Fairy Falls

The name of the falls is interesting enough to attract a number of tourists. A popular swimming spot, the Fairy Falls located in Pambarpuram, offer a great space to spend some quality time with your loved ones or even just by yourself. Watch the water gushing out from the top of the hill and rejuvenate your city-wrecked soul.

Places to Visit in Kodaikanal: Viewpoints and Landmarks

The list of places would remain incomplete without a mention of the Guna caves. Discovered in 1821 CE by BS Ward, an English officer, the cave remained hidden from the tourists for many years till 1991 when a Tamil movie ‘Guna’, that starred the famous actor Kamal Hassan changed its fate. Located 12 km away from Kodainal, Guna caves is one of the best places to visit near Kodaikanal. If you want to make your trip adventurous, exploring the beauty of Kodai pines at Guna caves should definitely be on your list of things to do in Kodaikanal.

La Saleth Church

Built in 1846, La Saleth Church is the oldest catholic church in Kodaikanal. A perfect blend of Tamil and French culture and architecture, the church offers a panoramic view of the hills at 7,000 ft above sea level. If you want to get an insight into the local culture of the hill station or simply put your mind at peace, don’t miss a visit to this 150 year old shrine.

Kodai Chocolate Factory

Bring your Willy Wonka dreams alive as you take in the aroma of the delicious cocoa at the Kodai Chocolate Factory and witness the making of a variety of chocolates. One of the most recommended places to visit in Kodaikanal, Kodai Chocolate Factory was started in 1999 and specializes in chocolates, coffees, aroma oils etc. Their products are completely vegetarian. If you love chocolates, don’t forget to visit the Cloud Street, PotLuck, SG Cottage Industries and of course, the Kodai Chocolate factory to treat yourself with delicious chocolate varieties.

Perumal Peak

If you love trekking and rewarding yourself with a great view at the end, Perumal Peak is one the best places to visit near Kodaikanal. Located at a height of 8,005 ft above the sea level, this peak of the mighty Western Ghats offers panoramic views of the valley. Adventurers will love the trek as it may get slightly tedious. You can also visit the quaint Perumal Malai Village on the way and get a taste of the local culture. Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple

This Lord Muruga or God of hills temple is one of the most spiritual places to visit in Kodaikanal. You shouldn’t miss it even if you’re not religious as the temple offers gorgeous views of the Palani hills and Vaigai Dam. The temple is also popular for the Kurinji flowers that turn the hills into a beautiful purplish blue and grow once every 12 years.

Pillar Rocks

If you want to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the valley and sit out to enjoy the hill station’s ethereal surroundings, Pillar rocks is one of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal. The 400 meter long rocks naturally shaped as pillars stand together seemingly piercing the sky. This adorned with a mini garden creates the perfect picnic spot and is a top tourist place for families in Kodaikanal. Don’t miss the enchanting view of the surrounding villages and hills while gorging on a plate of potato and onion bhaji available outside the garden. Monsoon is probably the best time to visit Kodaikanal as misty white clouds and mist dance all around these Kodaikanal tourist places and make the whole experience quite magical!

Suicide Point

You can enjoy stunning views of the Kodaikanal valleys, plains and hills from the Suicide Point or the Green Valley View. The Kodaikanal tourist place also offers views of the Vaigai Dam that will leave you awestruck. The Green Valley View is called Suicide point because of its dangerous 5,000 ft drop. It is situated just 5.5 km off the Kodaikanal Lake and is one of the best places to visit near Kodaikanal. You can pick up some souvenirs from the local shops around that sell ornaments, a wide variety of flowers and even handmade chocolates.

Dolphin’s Nose

This protruding flat rock at the height of 6,600 feet like the shape of a Dolphin’s nose isn’t for the faint-hearted. Popular for the scenic views and the adrenaline rushing experience of standing at the edge of the rock, Dolphin’s nose is one of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal for adventure lovers. One can also trek up to this Kodaikanal tourist spot and enjoy some quality time amidst the lush greenery.

An important historical monument, Moir point is a tourist place in Kodaikanal that is tucked right at the entrance to a serene jungle leading all the way up to the Berijam Lake. One of the best viewpoints in Kodaikanal, the monument was constructed in 1929 to commemorate Sir Thomas Moir’s contribution in building the Goschen Road. Moir point is one the many places to visit in Kodaikanal from where you can soak in the views of lush green hills of Tamil Nadu.

A unique place that should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Kodaikanal is the Wax Museum which is also India’s first Wax Museum. Located near Green Valley, the cozy museum displays the Last Supper, the Crib along with a few other known personalities. Interestingly it also hosts wax statues of Indian personalities such as Sai Baba, Gandhiji, Adi Shankara, Lord Krishna among others.

Places to Eat in Kodaikanal

Altaf’s Cafe

One of the top eating places to visit near Kodaikanal is Altaf’s cafe, offering a wide range of Mediterranean dishes to cater to tourists from abroad. Located on the way to the Dolphin’s nose, Altaf’s cafe offers a natural sit-out area to serve you some mesmerizing views on the sides. Try their hummus and tahini or the falafel and shakshuka plates. Order a comforting cup of ginger lemon honey as you wash it all down along with soaking misty clouds that cover up the valley.


You must try food at this 100-years old building when you’re visiting Kodai Lake. Laid out on its own private valley, Woody’s ambiance and food makes it one of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal for some yummy vegetarian dishes. With a wide variety of cuisines on its menu ranging from North Indian, South Indian, Chinese and Continental, you can eat to your heart’s content as you gorge on appetizers, mains, and desserts sitting in the pretty garden area or by the rustic fireplace.

The Royal Tibet

The Royal Tibet, as you can figure out from its name, offers lip smacking Tibetian dishes and non-vegetarian food options in Kodaikanal. Sip on its flavourful soup or steaming hot momos or binge on the most delicious variety of authentic momos including chicken, cheese, potato and mutton options.Winter is the best time to visit Kodaikanal when you can gulp down on the hot soups and noodles.

Cloud Street

If you’re a pizza lover, there is no better place than Cloud Street to try out thin-crust pizzas loaded with fresh ingredients and generous doses of cheese. Located on the PT road, this restaurant is a popular tourist place near Kodaikanal that is a favourite because of its great food quality. Don’t miss out on their signature dishes including pastas, BBQ chicken, and sizzlers. If you have a sweet tooth, lemon cake at Cloud Street is a must-try.

When you’re looking to grab a quick bite and craving some good old rolls, just head to Muncheez. With a variety of options for rolls, shakes and smoothies, Muncheez is a hot favourite tourist place near Kodaikanal. Choose from Indian and Continental options and wash it down with some hot tea when you’re enjoying it with the cold weather, one of the best times to visit Kodaikanal.

Silver Oak is a great option when you’re looking for fine dining in Kodaikanal. Located at the Carlton Hotel, the stylish restaurant will satiate your cravings for Continental, Mughlai and North Indian delicacies. If you’re tired of cafe food and want to treat your taste buds to some spicy curries and North Indian dishes, this is one of the best tourist places near Kodaikanal that has a buffet available.

Aromas of Kodai

Offering great food without burning a hole in your pocket. Aromas of Kodai is a multi-cuisine delicacies which is one of the most loved tourist places near Kodaikanal. You can indulge in their sandwiches or pancakes or go for the authentic North Indian, South Indian, Chinese or Continental dishes. The casual dining restaurant attracts many foreigners and tourists because of its great service and yummy food options.

A must-try for non-vegetarians, Mann Manam in Kodaikanal is a rustic outdoor restaurant offering the most delectable meat, seafood, chicken dishes cooked in an authentic South Indian style and served on a banana leaf. Giving you a taste of the local cuisine, Mann Manam is one of the finest eateries in Kodai that treats your taste buds as well as eyes with scenic views of the hill station.

A great option to get a taste of the Kodai cafe culture, PotLuck is a cozy outdoor café that serves the best coffee along with Spanish omelettes, Quesadillas, pasta, sandwiches, and more at affordable prices. A European styled setting with some great beverage options like tea, cold coffee and cappuccino will offer you a refreshing break from your daily exploring.

Tourist Places to visit in Kodaikanal offer an interesting mix of sightseeing attractions, historical places and some of the country’s best shopping, food and drink nightlife places. Some of the most talked about tourist attractions in Kodaikanal include the Vattakanal Falls, Kodaikanal Lake, Bear Shola Falls which is among the best and most visited in the country. walking on Laws Ghat Road and trekking to Dolphin Nose are among the most popular activities to experience the best the city has to offer. Sightseeing in Kodaikanal would include hills to celebrated temples and lake destinations, Kodaikanal offers a range of options for all types of travelers, be it families, couples or solo travelers. Eclectic and vibrant, the city is both cosmopolitan and yet full of traditional flavors and nuance. There’s never a shortage of places to visit in Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is well connected to all major cities in India by air and all modes of public transportation. The best way to get around the city is on public transportation and taxis. The best time to visit most places in Kodaikanal the months between April to February, when the weather is cool and perfect to experience all the top tourist attractions in Kodaikanal .

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