Kodaikanal Lake | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Palani: Christmas holidays marked a rush of tourists in Kodaikanal, one of the beloved spots of travellers. Huge traffic was experienced in the Observatory road, Eri road and Pambarpuram.
Tourists flocked to Guna caves, Moir point and Pasumai Pallathakku of Kodaikanal. Horse riding, bicycle riding and boating in the Nakshatra region became lively after a long time here.
The tourists raised complaints as the hotels charged higher prices for rooms.
Best locations to visit in Kodaikanal
The artificial lake in the shape of a star is located at a height of 2285 metres above sea level. The lake was constructed by the collector of Madurai in 1863 when he shifted to Kodaikanal after his retirement. This is the most visited site among the tourist spots in Kodaikanal.
The walking plaza Coaker’s walk in Kodaikanal is one of the most cherished spots. The green valleys beside the walk is a visual treat for the visitors. It was built by Lt Coaker in 1872.
The pine forests of the Kodaikanal will be a lifetime memory for visitors.
Three standing pillar rocks are the best sight to behold in Kodaikanal. The vertical rocks with a height of 400 feet with the backdrop of fog entice all visitors.
Named after the Kamal Hassan movie Guna, the site with the caves is a mysterious location in the region. The huge trees with roots protruded to the soil surface and boulders add to the enigmatic nature of the site.
Silent Valley view
The scenic beauty of the Silent valley viewpoint is a chosen place for those who love to enjoy nature. The heights, valleys and misty mountains make the spot a worthy location to trek.
The site is a significant viewpoint of Kodaikanal which promises the views of a beautiful landscape from here.
Though one needs a permit from the department of forest to visit Berijam lake, the permit can be obtained easily and it is a must-visit spot for the Kodaikanal visitors.
Poombarai village view
The sights offering village beauty is also available in Kodaikanal and Poombarai is one among them. The house with thatched and tiled roofs, lush green and terrace farming plots would please any of the people visiting here.
Parks of Kodaikanal
Byrant park near Kodai Lake and Chettiar park are the two major gardens of the hill station. Wide varieties of exotic species of flora are the major attraction of the parks. While the old eucalyptus trees make Byrant park a unique one, the Kurunji flowers that bloom once every 12 years allure people here.
Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, which was founded in 1895 has reminiscences of the ancient lives of the locality. The taxidermy collections, artefacts of Palayiar tribes and the orchidarium are the major highlights here.
The place is well adored by those interested in Astrophysics. The well equipped and maintained observatory is ideal to produce curiosity among children for science.
Bear Shola falls, Vattakanal falls, Fairy falls, Pambar falls and many such water gushing sites adorn Kodaikanal. The ghat roads and the water bodies make the journeys memorable.