Facing weekday blues? Eagerly awaiting for the vacations to arrive? Well, the holidays are certainly not far away and neither are the holiday plans. Let's take a trip to Kodaikanal,a beautiful and picturesque hill station placed in the Palani hills in Western Ghats. So get ready to pack your bags and head to Kodaikanal. Take a trip to Kodaikanal to refresh yourself and also stop by on the way to explore other places.
The Journey Starts
We start our journey from Bangalore and head to Krishnagiri, which is our first pit stop. Enjoy the traffic and the noises of Bangalore roads and cherish it as you won't be hearing them for some time.
A 72 km drive from Bangalore would take us to Krishnagiri which owes its name to the numerous black granite hillocks that makes up the landscape here. While the KRP dam is the most popular tourist attraction, Krishnagiri houses several other archaeological sites, temples, parks, forts and memorials amidst breathtaking nature. Do take your time to explore and enjoy the attractions here, before you continue ahead with the journey. Here is a list of hotels where you can stay while visiting.
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From Krishnagiri head to Dharmapuri which is at a distance of 68.7 km. It is popular for its scenic beauty and the Hogenakkal falls, which is located 46 km away from the city, at the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This is a perfect place where visitors can relax and allow the serene waters of the waterfall calm their minds. There are a few more attractions around Dharmapuri that might interest you.
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63.4 km from Dharmapuri lies pilgrim city of Salem. It is a popular tourist destination and is home to several famous religious places like the Kottai Mariamman Temple, Tharamangalam Temple, Sugavaneshwarar Temple and Jama Masjid to name a few. Take a spiritual tour through here before you head to Namakkal.
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Namakkal is located 59.8 km from Salem and is a popular tourist spot. It offers a wide range of attractions to people with varied interests. The Namakkal Dhurgam Fort is a tourist hotspot, Rockfort and Naina-Malai are popular tourist hubs here. There are many more attractions that this place holds and you should take their time to enjoy each one of them. Here are a few hotels where you can stay.
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Karur, a town located on the banks of Amaravati, is 56.7 km from Namakkal. Karur is famous for its numerous ancient temples. The town is one of the seven sacred Shivalayams. The most famous temple of the town is the Pasupathiswaralingam Temple which houses a five feet tall lingam. Take your time and explore the many attractions that are present here.
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73.2 km from Karur lies the town of Dindigul, which is popular by various other names such as 'Biryani City', 'City of Locks' and is also popular for the textile and tannery industries present here. Apart from the forts, there are also a few temples and holy rivers that can be visited here. Check out the places of interest that you can explore here.
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Finally you arrive at your destination - Kodaikanal. It is 99.6 km from Dindigul and is a beautiful and picturesque hill station placed in the Palani hills. Sit back and relax in this nature's paradise and also roam the various attractions that are here. The Coakers Walk and the Pillar Rocks are a must visit. Here is the list of hotels that you can choose from.
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