A misty hill station, located approximately around 120 km from the city of Madurai and tucked away amidst the Palani Hills is Kodaikanal. It is fondly called "Kodai" and is considered as the princess of hill stations, while Ooty is seen as the Queen.
It is one of the most sought-after destinations for honeymooners, as well as amongst the youngsters. Known for its serene landscapes, pleasant climate and the thick Shola forests, which add on to the overhaul beauty of the place, Kodaikanal is perfect for that weekend getaway.
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It is home to a very unique shrub which blossoms only once in twelve years called Nella Kurunji or lilac blue, along with various other flora and varieties of plants. It is also known for its homemade chocolates and marshmallows.
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By Air: The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is the Madurai Airport, which is approximately around 120 km. The airport is well connected to all the major cities in the country with regular flights from Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and other cities. You would also find flights from other major places out of India flying into this airport.
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By Train: The nearest railway station to Kodai is Coimbatore Junction and Madurai, which are both well connected to all the major cities across the country, with regular trains operating from the cities of Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad.
By Road: Kodaikanal has a very excellent road network, the roads connecting to Kodaikanal takes you through some well known places like Palani, Theni, Madurai, Kumuli, Bengaluru, Chennai, etc. The driving distance from Bengaluru to Kodaikanal is approximately around 465 km and it is 528 km from Chennai. There are plenty of buses that ply regularly to Kodai from all the major cities in South India.
Kodaikanal is a year-round destination; however, visitors prefer to visit this place in the months of March-May.
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The star-shaped man-made lake lies in the heart of the town and is spread across an area of 60 acres. The lake was constructed in the year 1863 and was the brain child of Sir Vere Hentry Levinge. The lake is one of the major tourist attractions with a wide range of activities being offered to the visitors. Visitors can go for a boat ride, horse riding, cycling around the banks of the lake, etc., and cherish the beauty of the lake.
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Previously known as the Suicide point, owing to the large number of suicide cases which came to be reported here, this spot has gained immense popularity among the visitors. It was later renamed as Green Valley.
The bird's eye of the Vaigai Dam and its nearby valleys are something which attract tourists in large numbers to this view point.There are plenty of fences put across the edges of the valleys and strict warnings have been given to the tourists from venturing into the edges.
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The Pillar Rocks is at a distance of 8 km from the lake and is a well-known picnic spot. The place is known for its three vertically placed boulders, which stand tall at a height of almost 400 feet. There is a mini garden, which attracts many visitors.
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Constructed in the year 1872 by Lt. Coaker, the pathway takes you through some of the most beautiful spots in Kodaikanal, which begin near the Van Allen Hospital and end at the road above the St. Peter's Church.
One can get a bird's eye-view of the city of Madurai, the dolphin nose and of the adjoining Valley of Pambar River.
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The park is one of the most-visited botanical gardens here, it is known for the rich variety of fauna and hybrids. A visit during the annual horticultural show during the month of May would add on to the overhaul experience of the place of Kodai.
A visit to the Bryant Park is incomplete without seeing the Glass House, which is another major attraction here.