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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Kodaikanal?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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As the records suggest, evidently, there is a good bit of rich history to complement the immense beauty of Kodaikanal.

The word ‘Kodaikanal’ is said to mean ‘the gift of the forest’ in local language. It is believed that much of the local economy of this beautiful hill-station in Tamil Nadu is dependent on the hospitality industry. Let us have a sneak peek at the history of this place:
In the pre-historic times, that is, in the Pre-Christ Era, a tribe named Palaiyar is said to have flourished in Kodaikanal. The earliest references to Kodaikanal can be found in the great anthologies of Sangam literature.Thousands of years later, a major chunk of population is said to have left the Palani Foothills and migrated to safer areas owing to the fear of invasion by Tipu Sultan.

During the British times, Lt. B.S. Ward was the first British officer to have arrived here in 1821. The first Church was constructed in 1860,and Kodaikanal is still predominantly a Christianity-influenced area. And the progress seemed to have caught up gradually with the starting of the first train services here in 1871.

Much of the present population here descends from a mixed line of the European missionaries, the retired civil servants and army officers, coffee planters and likewise. Therefore, you can expect a place replete with an old-world feel, archaic buildings, warm and receptive cultural ethos.
So, as the history and culture of this place unfolds amidst the vast virginal resources of nature, as you travel around, do look for what new this place offers to you as an individual in terms of travel-experience, the landscapes and a unique blend of hospitality and self-exploration. With the best places to visit in Kodaikanal, learn more about the history and culture of the city.

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