Location : 120 Km From Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
Altitude : 2,133 metres.
STD Code : 04542
Population : 2,133 metres.
Clothing : Light woollen in the evening during summer and heavy woollen during winter.
Languages : Tamil and English.
Best Time :April To June And September To October.
Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India, which mesmerises any visitor. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station.
Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste.
Prime Attractions of Kodaikanal
Berijam Lake Berijam Lake located at a distance of 21-km from Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is one among the beautiful lakes of South India. Spread over an area of 24 hectares, the lake is star shaped and is known for its pure water.
Kodaikanal Trekking Head for Kodaikanal in the Palani Hills for small-time trekking. You can take short treks and hikes to tourist spots close by as well to local viewpoints. Overnight treks are also possible here where one can spend a night at a local village.
There are several excursion spots in and around Kodaikanal.
Dolphin's Nose : located about eight km from the lake, is a flat projecting rock from where one can have a breathtaking view of the yawning chasm below.
The Perumal Peak : about 11 km from Kodaikanal, is a trekker's delight. Climbers begin their ascent from the Neutral Saddle.
Berijam Lake : supplies drinking water to Periyakulam town, and is 21 km from Kodaikanal (beyond the Pillar Rocks). It is a popular picnic spot with a beautiful view.
Kukal Cave : 40 km from Kodaikanal, is a favourite camping site for trekkers. Reportedly, descendants of the Paliyans still live here.
Shenbaganur Museum : Shenbaganur Museum is located about 5-Km from the lake. The Sacred Heart College maintains this museum. One of the best orchidoriums in the country with more than 300 species of orchids and wide-ranging collection of birds are found here.
Coaker's Walk : Coaker's Walk derives the name from Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodai and it is about a kilometre from the lake, which runs along a steep slope on the southern side of the Kodai. Some of the best views of the plains can be seen from here.
Bear Shola Falls : An ideal picnic spot located 1.6-km from the lake, which can be by a picturesque, rugged hill path. Bears once used to drink water above the falls.
Telescope Houses : To enable the visitors to have a panoramic view of the valley and the nearby towns, two telescope houses have been put up at Kodai.
Kodaikanal offers a lot of adventure options to tourists on their holiday trip in the town. One of these options is the Golf Club, located 5-km from the Kodaikanal Lake. Boating and Angling facilities are available at the Kodaikanal Lake. There are many beautiful trek routes available in and around Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal in the Palani Hills is perfect for small-time trekking. You can take short treks and hikes to tourist spots close by. Overnight treks are also possible here where one can spend a night at a local village.
There's also a Boat Club here, built in the year 1910. It was opened from May 1929 for few tourists who had permit. Later on, it was opened totally for the public in 1932. Boats like T.T.D.C, Kodai boats, Carlton boats are available for hire.
How to get there
Air : The nearest airport is Madurai, 120 km away. It is well connected to other airports.
Train : The nearest railway station is Kodai Railway Station, which is 80 km away.
Road : Kodaikanal is connected by road with important towns. Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore.