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Kodaikanal Tourism

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Kodaikanal, also known as Kodai, is a beautiful hill station at an altitude of about 2,133 m high on the southern ridge of Palani hills in Western Ghats. Kodaikanal, the name itself means 'gift of the forest' in Tamil. The thick lush greenary that surrounds the place completely adds to the beauty. There is scenic grandeur and many alluring locales including the spectacular Pillar Rocks, the serene Coaker's Walk and many magnificent waterfalls. The pleasant climate makes the place accessible all round the year and reasonable rates as well as the multi-cuisine food available does lure tourists.

Famous Sites:

Kodaikanal Lake
Lake:
Planning your holidays in India? Before you Kodaikanal's focal point is its star shaped lake, sprawling over 24 hectares just west of the town centre and popular place for strolls or bike ride along five kilometre path.
Bryants Park
Bryant's Park:
Its well-laid out gardens contain many annuals and perennial flowers like azaleas, watsonias, dahlias, stock, primulas, fusschias, asters, etc. Its pine and eucalyptus trees are awesome.

Cottage Craft
» Kukal Cave: Located at a distance of 40 km from Kodaikanal, is a favourite camping site for trekkers.

The Kurinji Andavar Temple: This temple is 3.2 km away from town, and is dedicated to Lord Subramanya.

» Flora & Fauna Museum: East of the town centre, about 3 kms south down Law's Ghat Road, is the Flora and Fauna Museum (daily except Sun 10-11.30 am & 3.30-5 pm). It has a collection of stuffed animals.

» Other Places: There are many places in Kodai that have become an attraction among tourists like Pillar Rocks, Coaker's Walk, Dolphin's Nose, Orchid House & Silver cascade Falls and many others.

Shopper's Delight:
The Cottage Crafts shop in the Main Street has some very good stuff for sale. It is run by Corsock, The Coordinating Council for Social concerns in Kodai. This organisation is staffed by volunteers who sell crafts on behalf of development groups, using commission charged to help the needy.

Climate:
Winters: In winter average maximum and minimum temperatures are around 17.3 and 8.3 degree Summers: In summer average maximum and minimum temperatures are around 19.8 degree and 11.3 degree respectively.

Mode of Transport:
» Airway: Nearest airport is at Madurai. Buses and cars are easily available from Madurai airport to Kodaikanal.
» Railway: Nearest railhead is Kodai Road.
» Roadway: Buses from Madurai and Dindigul climbs the spectacular road up the steep hillside to Kodai. Regular bus services are available from Kodaikanal to Kodai Road, Theni, Erode, Kumuli, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Palani and Trichy.

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