No matter how developed the technology is or how great New Age entertainment gets, everybody needs time away from all the modern luxuries and into the lap of nature. Our ties with nature is a bond no innovation or discovery can break. Not just for our basic needs but to spiritually heal ourselves and be overcome with a feeling of peace and serenity, we need a place like Kodaikanal.
From hills and rock pillars to lakes and waterfalls, Kodaikanal is one place that is blessed with all the boons of nature. There is no place better than this dreamland which can conquer your mind, body and soul, thereby, giving you a soothing perennial experience. Situated in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, this Princess of Hill Stations was formed on account of its discovery as a natural retreat away from the heat of the plains and the plateaus.
So, how about taking a break from the city life into the land of clouds?
Best Time To Visit Kodaikanal
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Kodaikanal is a year-round destination on account of its pleasant weather throughout the year. However, if you are looking forward to avoiding the discomfort because of rain and cold weather, then the best time to visit Kodaikanal is from September until the end of May. During this period, you can enjoy the best of beauty in Kodaikanal.
How To Reach Kodaikanal From Chennai
By Air: If you are travelling to Chennai by air, then you can take a cab from the airport to Kodaikanal. You can also take a flight to Madurai and then from there take a bus or cab to Kodaikanal.
By Rail: Kodaikanal is well connected to Chennai and other major towns by rail. You can catch a train from Chennai station to Kodaikanal. It will take you an approximate time of 10 hours.
By Road: Situated at a distance of about 530 km, Kodaikanal is easily accessible by road from Chennai and other major cities. You can either take a cab from Chennai to Kodaikanal or catch a bus directly from Chennai to Kodaikanal.
If you are commuting on your own, you can take the following routes.
Route 1: Chennai - Chengalpattu - Villupuram - Dindigul - Kodaikanal
However, route 1 is fastest and more interesting and hence, preferable. If you are looking to explore some new places and reach your destination within minimum time while on your way to Kodaikanal, then you must take route 1.
Once you are on your way to Kodaikanal, you can explore and take a break at the following places:
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Chengalpattu is known for its Kolavai Lake. Being one of the biggest towns in Kanchipuram district, Chengalpattu is said to be named after a lily flower, which is found in abundant quantity in the region. During the summer season, it also acts as a reservoir and supplies water to the nearby towns and cities.
If you desire to take a break and refresh yourself, then Kolavai Lake is a must-visit stoppage for you. Here you can find yourself sitting under the colourful sky and surrounded by the liveliness of the environment. How about visiting this vibrant lake and freshening up your mind and body?
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The largest district in Tamil Nadu, Villupuram is known for its age-old history dating back to the period of the Cholas. If you are a history lover and love exploring the ancient ruins, then this place should be your stopover.
Villupuram is well known for its Gingee Fort, which had been considered as one of the most secured fortresses in India, and was declared by Shivaji as the most impregnable fortress in India.
You can also visit several other old temples from the time of the Cholas and Pallavas.
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Dindigul is believed to be an ancient town and has been ruled by the Pandyas, Cholas, Pallavas, Vijayanagara Empire, Carnatic Nawabs and later on by the British. You can watch the ruins of ancient temples and buildings scattered all over the town. Being a significant place in the past, the tales of its survival and existence are still alive and can be heard through the walls of its ruins.
How about taking a break at this ancient settlement and finding yourself motivated by their tales of bravery and boldness?
Places To Visit In Kodaikanal
Once you have reached Kodaikanal, you are free to exploit your wanderlust. From towering mountains to shining lakes, you are free to savour your surroundings. Following are some of the major places which you must visit once you are on the land of clouds.
1) Kodaikanal Lake
This star-shaped man-made lake is the most popular tourist destination in Kodaikanal. Also called Kodai Lake, it was formed in the year 1863 on the order of Sir Vere Henry Levinge, former collector of Madurai during the British era.
Since then, it has been a major centre of attraction in Kodaikanal. Today, it has become one of the most visited places in Tamil Nadu owing its popularity to the scenic landscapes and surreal atmosphere created by its presence. You can row a boat and enjoy the magical ride of boathouses over the dazzling blue water of Kodai Lake.
2) Coaker’s Walk
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How about sitting idly over the hills and enjoying the miraculous beauty of Kodaikanal? Coaker's Walk is a perfect destination for everyone who desires to wave at moving clouds and capture its appealing charm in the camera. You cannot merely forget to visit this natural wonder once you are inside the boundaries of thrill and surprise.
Cool breeze mixed with the fragrance of hilly vegetation will certainly give you
3) Silver Cascade
Kodaikanal is blessed with ethereal natural beauty and nobody who has stepped into this surreal place can ever deny this, mainly because of its 180 ft high waterfall that welcomes you into the beautiful town of Kodaikanal. Silver Cascade Falls in one of those falls that make you believe that you have reached heaven on earth. The gushing of the waterfall as it roars downhill is one of the kind melody that ignites the inner peace and fills one's soul with bliss.
4) Pine Forest
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Nothing beats the smell of woody pines under a warm sun filtered by a thin canopy. As you walk through the Pine Forest of Kodaikanal, you will come across a texture that you cannot find in any other forest. Just the sight of the green forest with the not-so-thick canopy is impeccable enough to brighten your entire trip to Kodaikanal.
If you are lucky enough, you can bring home some pines as a memory of a beautiful experience which sits on your countertop bringing in warmth to your room. Currently, Pine Forest of Kodaikanal is under the maintenance of the forest department.