Known as the ‘Princess of hill stations,’ Kodaikanal is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in South India. Located 7200 feet above sea level, the cool misty weather and scenic beauty of hills and wooded forests make Kodai an enchanting holiday destination. Walk through the wooded forests, row boats on the lake, bathe in the splashing waterfalls, go horse riding or cycling around the lake or just relax and unwind in this lush green hill station.
In 1821, Lieutenant B. S. Ward, a British surveyor visited Kodaikanal to look for a healthy place for the foreign missionaries working in Madurai and surrounding areas, to escape from the summer heat. Kodai thus became very popular with the Euroepan families, because of the cool climate and clean air. Missionaries set up churches and schools here, the most famous being the Kodaikanal international school. Kodai shows off its colonial heritage through private holiday homes, educational institutions and other heritage structures.
Attractions: The 60-acre Kodaikanal lake for boating, cycling or walking around the lake; Bryant Park for a wide collection of plants and the annual flower and horticulture shows; Shenbaganur museum; Coaker’s walk, a walking trail around a steep sloping area; Guna’s caves, a hidden ravine with a deep fall; the Kurinji Andavar temple dedicated to Lord Murugan atop a hill offering panoramic views; the Silver Cascade and Bear Shola waterfalls. Kodai is a great place to also catch up on your reading, poetry or writing. The best way to explore the town and its colonial nooks is by walk or cycling.
Shopping: Aromatic oils, pain massage oils, chocolates, local fruit and vegetables like freshly picked carrots and juicy pineapples.
Accessibility: Nearest airport is Madurai Airport (120 km) and the nearest railhead is Kodai road railway station (80 km.) Kodai is connected by state run and private buses. You could also book a taxi to drive up to Kodai.
Best time to visit: Throughout the year, peak times being April – June and August – September. If you love winters, November – January is also good time to visit and experience the true flavor of this wonderful hill station.