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Valleys and view points
Dolphin Nose View point - it took us around 3 hours to cover this place. We hired a cab from our hotel and reached the place. The point needs to be reached by walking(3. The view point is surrounded by green hilly area, the view point looks like a Dolphin nose from a distance. On the way is another view point in to the valley nearby.
Liril falls - the falls dint had much water as it was in March we visited. It had small amount of water.
View points on the way to Berijam:
Green valley view point(Suicide point) - the lush green valley view. The point is famously known as Suicide point as many would commit suicide here.
Guna codenamed after Jamal - Hassan starrer movie Guna) is one more place which has a viewpoint of the valley on the other side. In front of the caves, are the huge trees with big roots which give a beautiful natural structural sight.
Moir point - has a watch tower and view point to valley.
Pine forest are another attraction.
Silent valley is one more view point that offers mesmerising view of the valley.
Pillar rocks are a group of pillars(4, but we can see only 3 from the view point).
Caps Fly Valley view - this is a viewpoint where if a cap or small cloth or object is thrown down the valley will be thrown up by the wind like a boomerang.
Berijam lake - the lake and the surrounding area is surreal and is very beautiful.
In the city: Coaker's walk - sunrise or sun set time. Gives spectacular view of the city around and the valley. Kodai lake - man made lake which has boating. There are cycles available on rent in this area. Bryant park is a botanical garden near the lake known for colorful flower plants.
There are few waterfalls - which makes it worth to visit in rainy season. The place was warm during the day but used to get cold by evening.
Kodaikanal- Best short weekend Paradise
I am heading to Kodaikanal
History of Kodaikanal
The hill station of India developed by the Americans, Kodaikanal is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. The clean air and the fantastic climate makes Kodaikanal a big hit vacation spot in the summers. Earlier, people had to travel by bullock cart, horse or palanquin through Kodaikanal. It is known that the forests were swarmed by wild animals and robbers, back then.
People and Culture of Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal’s culture hails from the American and British influences, who turned the place into a summer retreat. Both tribal life to modern Tamil settlements, can be found in Kodaikanal. Tamilians own the majority of Kodaikanal while the minority segments are the Paliyans and Puliyans. Swarmed by tourists, Kodaikanal in the present day witnesses a beautiful blend of the general population.
Languages spoken in Kodaikanal are Tamil and English. Tourism, cattle husbandry, plantations and agriculture are their sources of income. Pongal, Natyanjali Festival, Tea and Tourism festival, Chithirai festival are a few of the many other festivals celebrated with enthusiasm in Kodaikanal. Pongee is a four day harvest festival which ends with a Jallikkattu (bullfight). Sightseeing in Kodaikanal will give travellers a chance to witness the culture of the place.
Things To Do in Kodaikanal
There are some beautiful places to visit in Kodaikanal. Temples, churches, museums, scenic sightseeing spots, there are many places to see in Kodaikanal. La Salette Church is the oldest shrine and also a famous Kodaikanal attraction. Kodaikanal Lake is famous spot everyone must visit and an important part of Yercaud sightseeing. Berijam Lake is another famous lake of Kodaikanal. Bear Shola falls, Palni Hills and Pillar Rocks give beautiful picturesque views and are a definite part of Kodaikanal tour. Travellers can rent a pedal boat, honeymoon boat and rowboats in Kodaikanal. Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum is another interesting Kodaikanal tourist place to go to where one can find flora and fauna of past 100 years.
Food and Shopping in Kodaikanal
There are a lot more things to do in Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is an exclusive shopping destination adding on to the scenic beauty. Marshmallows, cheese, herbal tea, spices, home made chocolates, coffee, peanut butter, brown bread, flowers, aromatic oils, wooden clothes, handloom, shawls, ceramic items, jewellery and lot of more assorted items can be bought when in Kodaikanal, adding on to the list of Kodaikanal places to visit.
Accommodation in Kodaikanal
For transport options on how to reach Kodaikanal, travellers can choose amongst train, air or road. The nearest airports to Kodaikanal are the Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore ones, from where one can catch the bus to Kodaikanal. There are also frequent buses running from Chennai and Pondicherry too. If travellers wish to take the rail route, then Kodai Road is the best stop to get off at and head to the main city by cab. Apart from all these, many choose to self drive from Bangalore, Chennai or Madurai to Kodaikanal and enjoy the scenic beauty. There are many hotels in Kodaikanal such as Hotel Kodai International and Hill Country Resorts Kodaikanal and many more to choose from.