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Monisha Jaswal Nov 11 2014

Which are the top 10 reasons to visit Kodaikanal?

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Planning a trip to the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal? Check out the top 10 reasons to visit Kodaikanal. The ambience at this place is just perfect for a laid-back vacation, away from maddening city life.

1. Kodai Lake

Best experienced on foot, the scenic beauty of Kodai Lake will surely cast a magical spell on you. It’s quiet is best experienced away from the main area and you can also stop for steaming masala tea or homemade chocolates at one of the stalls near the lake.

Lake view (by File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske))

Kodai Lake view (by vaishalee)

2. Majestic Waterfalls

This sleepy hill station is home to some most stunning waterfalls across the country like Silver Cascade, Bear Shola Waterfalls and Thalaiyar Falls to name a few. Of all these, Silver Cascade is the most famous one and is formed by the backwaters of Kodai Lake.

Silver Cascade Waterfall (by Ishfaq Shams)


Thalaiyar Falls (by Marcus334)

3. Scenic Points

Want to enjoy unmatched views of the picturesque beauty of Kodaikanal and the adjoining Palani Hills? We recommend you to make a short trip to Dolphin’s Nose or Green Valley View to enjoy a visual retreat.


Dolphin's Nose (by Wuselig)


View of Palani Hills (by L.vivian.richard)

4. A Trip to Pillar Rocks

Located close to Green Valley View is one of Kodaikanal’s most popular attractions, Pillar Rocks. These 3 gigantic 400-foot-high vertical rock columns look like man-made pillars.


Pillar Rocks (by Dhanil K)

5. Serene Temples

Kodai is not only about mountain and valley views, there are beautiful temples too. For instance, there is the Kurinji Andavar Temple, a hilltop temple to Lord Murugan that offers serene views of the valley. The nearby Jain temple is smaller, but is equally beautiful.


Kurunji Temple (by http://www.flickr.com/photos/sowri)

6. Joey’s Forest Walk

Interested in trekking?Go for Joey’s Forest Walk organized by Joey and his son Jose. They offer a trek through the jungle from their house in the Uthamapalayam Forest Range, a 45-minute drive from Kodaikanal. The interesting trekking experience is surely one of the top 10 reasons to visit Kodaikanal.


Trekking route

7. Discover the Hill Station on Foot

The best place to begin is Coaker’s Walk, a promenade on the south-eastern cliff of the mountain. There are impressive views of the valley from here and on a misty day, the sweeping walk has a mystical aura.


Beautiful views

8. Shopping in Kodaikanal

Kodai is less of a bazaar than some hill stations but there are some quaint little shops that provide interesting shopping options in Kodaikanal. You can stock up on hand-made chocolates, lovely pottery items, spices like clove, cinnamon and pepper, colourful stoles and shawls and medicinal or aromatherapy oils.


Pottery items (by Woody H1)

9. Lovely Homestays and Cottages

Always wanted to have a homestay option on your vacation? Well a trip to Kodai can make that happen as there are a number of really nice homestays and cottages in Kodaikanal including Dalethorpe, Kodai Home Stay and Cinnabar to name a few.


Dalethorpe (from official Facebook page of Dalethorpe)


Dalethorpe (from official Facebook page of Dalethorpe)

10. Eating Out

Food in Kodai is cheap, easy and, sometimes, exotic. There are Tibetan restaurants on Hospital Road, the best of which is Tibetan Brothers. There are other nice local restaurants like Tava, The Eco-Nut and Potter’s Shed where you can find a variety of cuisines, ranging from local to international.


Non-veg food (by Umair Mohsin)

We hope this list of the top 10 reasons to visit Kodaikanal will make you travel to this charming, sleepy hill station!

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