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Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill stations in India. This charming place, situated in Tamil Nadu, is called the princess of hill stations.

This scenic city is also visited by many honeymooning couples. The Kodaikanal Lake is a very popular tourist destination. It is an artificial lake. Row boats and pedal boats can be hired at the Kodaikanal Boat Club.

Bryant Park is a botanical garden in Kodaikanal and is spread over 20.5 acres. It was planned and built by H D. Bryant in 1908 and is also named after him. The garden has various species of trees and has a section dedicated only to roses.


The Green Valley view is a place which offers a spectacular view of the plains and has a drop of 1500 meters.




Nearest Major City(s): Dindigul is 53 km from Kodaikanal, Madurai is 77 km from Kodaikanal and Tiruppur is 97 km from this town.
How to reach:

Kodaikanal By Air

The nearest airport is at Madurai , which is 120 km from  Kodaikanal.

Kodaikanal By Train

The nearest railway stations are the Kodai Road Railway Station which is 80 km away and the Palani Railway Station, which is 64 km away.

Kodaikanal By Bus

Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai which is 520 km away, Ooty which is 264 km away, Trichy which is 197 km away, Coimbatore which is 175 km away, Kumili which is 160 km away and Madurai which is 120 km away.
Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore.

Additional buses ply during the season. Taxis and vans are available for local transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.

Major Tourist Attraction: The Lake, Coaker's Walk, Bryant Park, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Solar Physical Observatory, Telescope House, Shenbaganur Museum, Dolmen Circle, Thalaiyar Falls, Berijam Lake, Chettiyar Park, Palani, Bear Shola Falls, Dolphins Nose, Lutheran Church, Silver Cascade, Pambar Falls.
Speciality(Famous for): It is a hill station.
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Wonders of Kodaikanal - by Satyajit Banrjee Dated : 2012-02-27
The Kodaikanal Lake is a wonder in itself. Try taking a walk around the lake and you will come across many interesting things along the street. You will stumble upon flowers of various hues and trees. You will notice many people playing board games, boating and riding horses. It’s a very good place for couples, children and people in general. It’s a good place for children because there is a playground here.

Berijam, a nice picnic spot, is another major attraction in Kodaikanal. Berijam is about 26 Kms from the city centre and the entry into the forest requires the forest Officer’s permission. You first need to take a token from the forest office and then take the forest Officer’s signature. I was told that during peak season, entries are restricted to 300 - 400 cars per day but at other times there are no limitations. Also note that entry into the forest is not allowed on Tuesdays and days on which animal movement is observed.

Although the notice board on the gate reads that tokens will be issued from 8 am, there is no sign of officials till 10 am. If you want to visit the forest, I suggest that you reach the office by 8.30 am. Kodaikanal, with its various attractions is a paradise for visitors.