Kodaikanal’s cool temperatures and the beautiful scent of pine and eucalyptus make it a popular retreat from the plains. Set at a high altitude, a journey to Kodai affords breathtaking views of the hills and valleys.
Kodaikanal has many Raj-era houses and flower-filled gardens add atmosphere, while many quiet paths lead through the forests to spectacular waterfalls and viewpoints.
What to see
Astrophysical Observatory (Timings: 1000 hrs -1230 hrs & 1900 hrs - 2100 hrs during season and 1000 hrs - 1200 hrs on Fridays only rest of the year).
Bear Shola falls;
Green Valley View.
Kurinji Amdaver Temple,
Shenbagnaur Museum (with one of the best Orchidorium in the country with more than 300 species of Orchids) and
Air: The nearest airport is Madurai 120 Km, connected with major cities.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Kodaikanal road 80 Km, conncted with other cities and towns in southern India.
Road: Kodaikanal is connected by road with Bangalore 430 Km, Chennai 520 Km, Coimbatore 175 Km, Dindigul 105 km, Kodai Road 80 Km, Kumili 160 Km, Madurai 120 km, Mumbai 1428 Km, Munnar 180 Km, Ooty 264 Km, Palani 64 Km, Periyar 160 Km, Trichy 197 Km.
Area: 21.45 Sq.Km Temperature: Summer - Max: 19.3 Deg.C Min: 11.3 Deg.C Winter - Max: 17.3 Deg.C Min: 8.3 Deg.C Altutude: 2, 133 meters Season: April - June & September - October STD Code: 04542
Kumbakkari (12 Km): A picturesque waterfall.
Dolmen’s Circle (22Km): Contains remains of the pre-historic age.
Berijam Lake (24 Km): An angler’s delight as it abounds in trout.
Kukkal Caves (40 Km): A camping site and ideal for trekking.
Palani (64 Km): The temple at Palani is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. Dedicated to Sri Dandayuthapani, the temple is built atop a 140m high hill and can be reached either using the steps or the electrically operated winch. During the festivals of Panguni Utthiram ( March-April) and Adi Krithikai (July-August) Kavadi dancers dance and walk their way from far and near as they flock to the temple in hundreds, often in a state of trance.
6.Doctor’s Delight (10.4 Km); Perumal Peak (20 Km).