Kodaikanal

Silver cascade:
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Silver Cascade waterfall is located on the Ghat Road about 8 km from Kodaikanal. The overflow of Kodaikanal Lake comes down here as sheer drop of 180 feet high falls leaping over a steep cliff, crashing into a pool beside the Ghat Road. This waterfall can be delightful and impressive during the monsoon when the fall is in full flow.

Coakers walk:
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It is a narrow pedestrian path, constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872, a one kilometer mountain road which runs along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai road which is 1/2km away from Kodai. The walk winding around mt. Nebo starts near van Allen hospital and joins the main road above St. Peter’s Church provides a wide-angle spectacular view of the plains. On a cloudless, clear day one can have interesting sights, such as…. Dolphin’s nose in south, valley of the Pambar River in South East, bird’s eye view of Periyakulam and even city of Madurai.

Green valley view :-
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It is about 5.5 Kms from the lake and located very close to Golf club, it commands a beautiful view of entire vaigai dam, as the valley is very deep, dense and dangerous, recommended seeing with precautionary measures.

 

Pillar rock:-

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Three Boulders stand shoulder to shoulder vertically measuring to a height of about 122 meters (400 feet), providing a beautiful view. It is 8 Kms from the lake. It has a mini garden with lovely flowers. In the shadows of the pillars are shady woods that invite picnickers. The chamber between the two pillars is called Devil’s kitchen.

 

Kukkal caves:-
Kukkal caves is located at a distance of 40 Km from Kodaikanal, a good place for trekking. The way to Kukkal Caves is straight out of a fantasy movie; a walk through geranium plantations and through a pine and wattle forest, an experience that can be described as pure magic. It is preferable to take a local guide. The Kukkal forest rest house is at the end of the trekking route. Early morning walks from the rest house will lead to the land of beautiful Shola trees and gorgeous wild orchids; beware of leeches though. The caves here are actually overhanging slabs of rocks. This rock shelter is at an altitude of 1500 m.

The cave reveals traces of earliest settled tribals, Paliyans who used to wear leaf clothing. Overviewing the caves are Manjampath valley where bisons can be seen.

kurunji andavar temple :-
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This temple situated 3 kms from the lake, is a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Muruga. In Tamil literature Kurinji means ‘hill region’ and Andavar means ‘God’. Hence Lord Muruga is referred as ‘God of hill’. This temple is associated with the Kurinji flowers, which carpets at hill sides and bloomes once in 12 years. From this temple one can have a view of Palani and Vaigai dam.

 

chettiar park :-

Chettiar park, managed by the township, is on the way to the Kurunji Temple. It is 3.2 kms from the Bus Stand. Unlike other areas this park is very quite, and those who love calm timepassing can prefer this park.

Upper lake view :-

Upper Lake View is 3.2 Km from Coaker’s Walk on the way to Green Valley View and provides a magnificent view of the Kodaikanal Lake and is worth a couple of snaps. The Star shaped lake with the surrounding hills can be almost fully seen from here. This place has no facilities or amenities, but is worthwhile for a quick stop, few snaps and go on the way to other places.

Lake:-
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A magnificent star-shaped lake glitters like a jewel amidst the emerald green wooded slopes. This 24 hectare lake is skirted by 5 Kms long, black tapped road is focal point of kodai, This lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge, who was the collector of Madurai, retired and settled in kodai.

Bryant Park :-
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The practical utility of this park is, in every May a horticultural show is conducted by the department of Horticulture. On that occasion enormous vegetables and flowers from neighbouring villages compete for the prizes, which draws big crowd. They exhibit flowers, vegetables, fruits and other products. It serves as a practical centre for education on Ornamental Horticulture and as a demonstration centre. The various methods of training, pruning, budding, grafting, potting seed collection etc, are taught to the students of Horticulture as well as to the visitors.