Comprised of densely wooded jungles, undulating hill slopes, meandering rivers, cascading waterfalls, and verdure valleys-Kodaikanal’s scenic beauty never fails to mesmerise travellers. Often referred to as the ‘Princess of Hills’, Kodaikanal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. Situated at an elevation of 7000 feet above sea-level, along the crest of the Palani Hills, Kodaikanal leaves travellers spoilt for choice while it comes to the places to visit. The major valleys-the Parappar and Gundar surround Kodaikanal from both sides. Owing to its natural beauty, it is also a popular honeymoon destination in Tamil Nadu. The word Kodaikanal means “gift of the forest” and the hill station was developed into a retreat in the mid-19th century by British missionaries who used Kodaikanal as their summer capital. Gradually, more and more tourists started flocking to the place and Kodaikanal emerged as one of the most famous tourist destinations not only in the southern parts of the country but across India. Watch in admirable silence the enchanting allure of the hill station as white clouds play hide and seek with the mountains. Travellers, especially nature lovers can choose from ample options in the city when it comes to the places to visit in Kodaikanal.

From boating in lakes to taking a walk in the hills, to exploring caves and even offering prayers at religious spots-things to do in Kodaikanal are almost endless. One of the most prominent places to see in Kodaikanal is the Berijam Lake. Located at the end of the Pillar Rock Road, the calm and azure waters of the lake are highly welcoming and soothing to the eyes. Overlooking natural wilderness, a visit to the Berijam Lake is worth it. Another major place of interest in Kodaikanal is the main Kodai Lake. Simply stare at the calm blue waters of the lake or take a boat ride with your significant other – experiences at the Kodai Lake would be worth remembering. Adventure lovers can have a great time trekking to places like Pillar Rocks, Dolphin Rocks or even further to Kumbakkarai. The spiritual ones can offer prayers at the Kurinji Andavar Temple; those on a family vacation can spend some time at the Byrant Park or go hiking at many of the hilly terrains, opt for a swim at the Fairy Falls or  spend some time in solitude with your loved ones at the several viewing points in the hill station.

Kodaikanal’s popularity as a tourist destination is widely known and its an ideal escape for tired souls looking for some serenity and peace. Whether you want to go on a solo trip and spend some moments in solitude, or you want to go on a vacation with your family or are planning a honeymoon-Kodaikanal has several options for you. Right from lakes to mountain view points to trekking trails, churches and temples-travellers and adventure seekers would be spoilt for choice.


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