Tamil Nadu, Southern India.
Time to Visit :
Although Kodai can be visited throughout the year
but it looks picturesque and provide best touring option during the months
between April and September.
Kodai experiences tropical cool climate with negligible
variations throughout the year. The maximum temperature during summers is
19.80 degree centigrade while winters are cooler with a little variation in
temperature. The minimum temperature recorded during winter season remains
around 17.30 degree centigrade.
Known For :
Bewitching beauty and its lake. The pleasant climate
here is a major temptation.
Kodai is an ultimate splendor spot for those who love being close to mother
nature. They say every bird must sing it's own throat while we say every
traveller should find his own way out of variegated and unblemished paths of
and steep mountains
And why would a nature eccentric would go on the same path that everybody
else follows. While at Kodai, we would recommend you to take all the
opposite turns and follow unknown paths. Kodaikanal offers a variety of
breathtaking spots and attractions to lure travellers.
At Kodai, you will find a number of virgin spots of attractions, which are
untouched and undisturbed by human presence. So if you are also set for such
a twisting and turning journey across the green valley, we would make a
request to maintain the sanctity of place that you visit. The pleasurable
scenic beauty of Kodai will definitely enslave you. The sweet chirping sound
of the singing birds combined with the witching beauty offers a great stroll
Eco-tourism in Kodaikanal
With loose and wobbly rocks, these caves are also known as the Devil's
kitchen for there is amusing variety of plants and small insects that are
found here. These caves have a bat infested chamber which sets between three
boulders which has a mention in a book as well. The scary sights of the cave
are loved by teenagers who stand outside the cave and shout their names to
hear their scaring echoes.
The deserted roads of Kodai will take you to Kodaikanal. This 6km long lake
is famous for walking strolls and bicycle tours. So you can trip around
Kodai without harming the ecological balance by the fumes of Jeeps. The
splendid flora with its flowering beauty lures the attention all. If lucky
enough, you may spot a rare bird and have a view of birds romancing under
the green woods that adorn Kodai.
A great spot for those who wish to live secluded, amidst refreshing as well
as charming setting of mother nature. Only a few kilometers from Kodai, this
calm and soothing lake is a reservoir of witching fauna
This star shaped lake is famous for its pure water. You may need to take
permit from Forest Department 24hrs in advance.
There are a few waterfalls that drench the hills at Kodai. When water
rushes down from steep slopes and precipitous paths of Kodai, the whole aura
looks magnificent. Silver Cascade is located 8km off Kodai and is a witching
fall. Bear Shola Falls are other important falls here. These waterfalls are
famous for bears which used to come here for water. The third major
waterfall of Kodai are Thalaiyar falls. It is the widest waterfall here with
a sheer drop from a height of 957ft. These splendid waterfalls are so
magnificent that even a maundering trip can let you explore very interesting
shrubs and small plants.
EcoActivities in Kodaikanal
Boating in Kodaikanal can be an enthralling experience. You will have to
rush as early as possible to beat the rush at the lake for boating. Moving
in water across the variegated scenic surrounds of Kodai is a memorable
experience. A brisk tour round the lake can take 45minutes but provides
breathtaking views which you will remember for life.
There is something highly satisfying about walking from the top of a
mountain to plains, and there are many spectacular hikes along well-trodden
paths that take you from misty heights to the sweltering heat. Many of these
are regular routes taken by barefoot fruit and vegetable vendors who nimbly
run up to Kodai on steep trails with heavy loads, leaving the puffing hiker
The deserted roads with flowering beauty are perfect cycling routes here.
Cycles are available here on hire. For just Rs.5/- to Rs.10/- can provide an
enchanting view of the deepest core of green woods here. The most
interesting cycling tour can be with family when you can roam around with
your dear ones, breathing fresh air and soothing your eyes with splendid
beauty of Kodai. Spotting one of the most beautiful birds while on a cycling
tour can be mesmerizing.
At most of the hill stations in India, riding on a horse's back is a
favorite tourist activity. In 40 to 60 rupees, you can have a small trot
arond the lake. If you are very keen, you can hire a horse for yourself and
trot around Kodai for a perfect eco-tour. There are a number of bears as
well which can scare your horse away. To avoid such a situation, we advise
you follow the path that government has decided. There are few soft riding
tracks at Kodai which will provide an unforgettable horse riding expedition.
Fishing or angling is a leisure time activity that can be undertaken here.
You can buy baids from the local fishermen to catch your own fish. Catch
Myriads of the look with your hook, using your own secret formula. Apart
from Kodai Kanal, there are a few streams and waterfalls that are situated
around Kodai which offer great fishing option.
EcoGreen Getaways From
Palani and Pollachi
Located about 62km from Kodaikanal,these are two small towns which are
famous for their oranf\ge grooves and coffee plantations. These towns also
house Malaikovil Subrahmanya temple which is a pligrimage destination for
Hindus. There are about 659 steps that the devouts step up to reach this
Better known as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, it is another green
getaway from Kodaikanal. Sprawling over an area of 960km, the wildlife
sanctuary is a home to animals like tiger, panther, sloth bear, the Nilgiri
langur, lion-tailed macaque and wild boar. There are many varieties of bird
and the reservoirs support a large population of crocodile. Though most of
the park is closed to visitors you are allowed to trek around with a permit
and a guide. It is even possible to stay in the forest rest house for a
Shopping at Kodaikanal
You may find residents of Kodai going to Madurai to shop for themselves but
that does not eliminates Kodai from a shopping place. Pressure cookers,
socks and buckets; that is what Kodai's residents buy from Madurai but we
are sure that you will not be interested in any of these. Kodai has, rather,
unique range of handicrafts and exquisite embroidery that is one of the
finest in South India. Wide range of candles and heavily embroidered table
cloths can be purchased from here. Kodia is a centre for home made
chocolates as well. The cheese factory here exports great quantity of cheese
to various countries across the globe. So if you are at Kodai, try buy some
cheese for yourself.
By Air :
Visitors can make a trip to Kodaikanal via
Madurai Airport and Coimbatore Airport which are situated at a distance of
120km and 175km respectively. There are regular flights from all major
metros of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore etc, which enroute
Kodaikanal. There are taxis outside the airport along with private cabs
which can be hired to reach Kodaikanal.
By Rail :
There are a number of trains that you can take
from all major metropolitan cities of India to reach Kodaikanal. From
Chennai, you can take Nagarcoil Express or daily Pandain express while
tourists from Delhi can board at Navyug Express that leads to Kodaikanal
By Road :
Private coaches and inter state buses run by
government, make up and down trip to Kodaikanal. Buses from Kodaikanal Road
Station can be hired for a nominal fee of Rs. 30/-. From station, it takes
three and a half hour to reach Kodaikanal.
Moving Around in Kodaikanal
Most of the area in Kodaikanal can be covered on foot. There are horses,
motorcycles and bicycles which are available on hire. Although Taxis are
available but there are no auto-rickshaws. Kodai is such a bewitching place
that cycling tours and rides on horses can be most enthralling way of moving
Green Hotels in Kodaikanal
is a green hotel which will provide you a holistic eco
tour. There is no electricity, no TV and no AC. For a complete Eco-Tour to
this place, you must visit this green hotel set in enchanting surroundings.
Just two hours drive from Kodaikanal, the hotel provides a complete natural
way of living for its visitors. Elephant Valley
is a stylish hotel
with green cottages and wonderful setting, Elephant Valley is choicest
Eco-Resort in Kodaikanal. There are funky cottages to give you a feel of
jungle life. It is a great vantage point for spotting elephants.