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Kodaikanal is one of's finest hill stations. It is situated 7,200 feet above sea level amongst the picturesque western ghats of India. Kodaikanal is located in the palani hill range and is under the administrative control of Dindigul district of Tamilnadu. Kodaikanal is called the “Princess of Hill stations". The renowned 'Kurunji'(StrobilanthusKunthanus) that blooms every 12 years is an attraction here whenever it blooms.

There are several tourist attractions, among which Kodai Lake, Berijam Lake, Coakers Walk, Bryant park, Kurinjiandavar Temple, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, Bear Shola Falls,  Silent Valley View, Guna Caves, Pine Forests, Dolphin's Nose,Silver Cascade, are must see places.

There are many internationally renowned educational institutions like Kodaikanal International school, Kodaikanal Christian College etc, in and around Kodaikanal. Mother Theresa University, which is India’s one and only women’s university, is located in Kodaikanal.

A brief about the places of interest in Kodaikanal

Silver Cascade, at a wide bend in the long and winding Laws Ghat Road, at an altitude of 1,800 meters is a 55-metre waterfall formed from the outflow of Kodaikanal Lake will welcome you before you enter Kodaikanal.

Kodaikanal Lake is an artificial lake built in 1863. It is recognized as Kodaikanal's most popular geographic landmark and tourist attraction. Rowboats and pedal boats can be hired at the Kodaikanal Boat Club with its main entrance. Horses and bicycles can be hired beside the lake for short periods. The 5 kilometers path is a favorite walk for everyone. In winter evenings, it's an amazing experience to boat through fog settling on the lake.

Bryant Park is just east of the lake and 500 meters from the bus stand, is a wonderfully maintained 20.5 acres botanical garden. The park was planned and built in 1908 by a forest officer, H.D.Bryant, and named after him. The Park has 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses.  Also there are nearly 1000 varieties of roses. There is also a Bodhi treeein the park. The park organizes horticultural exhibits and flower shows every summer.

Coaker's Walk, was constructed by Lt.Coaker in 1872, is a 1-kilometrepaved pedestrian path running along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai. The walk, thru the pathway provides a stunning panoramic view of the plains. On a clear day one can view as far as Dolphin's Nose in the south, the valley of the Pambar River in the southeast, Periyakulam town and even the city of Madurai.

Pillar Rocks, is a set of three giant rock pillars which stand 122 meters high.Managed by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, The viewpoint can be crowded but is not commercialized.  Watch out for the cross at the top of the mountain.

Guna caves, made popular by the Tamil movie Guna, previously called Devil’s Kitchen, are deep bat-infested chambers between the three gigantic boulders that are the Pillar Rocks. The deep narrow ravines of the caves are now closed to public due to few tragic incidents.

Green Valley View, (formerly called Suicide Point) is near the golf course and has an excellent panoramic view of the plains and a sheer drop of 1,500 meters overlooking the Vaigai Dam to the south.

Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, founded in 1895, is open to the public (except Tuesdays) for viewing their outstanding taxidermy collection of more than 500 species of animals, birds and insects and a living collection of over 300 exotic orchid species. The museum is affiliated with Loyola College in Chennai and exhibits artifacts of the ancient Palaiyartribes people whose descendants still live in these hills.

Bear Shola Falls, is a waterfall in a Reserve forest. The final approach to this quiet area is a gently climbing foot-path.

Pine forests, In 1906, with a view to growing valuable timber, Mr. Bryant started the Kodaikanal pine plantations in the south-west of Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory,is the highest location near Kodai. The first observations were commenced here in 1901.The Kodaikanal Terrestrial Telescope can view a grand panorama including: Sothupparai Dam, Vaigai Dam, Periyakulam and Varaha river. It is open daily to the public during peak season.

Dolphin's Nose, is flat rock projecting over a breathtaking chasm 6,600 feetdeep. Beautiful views of steep rocky escarpments rising from the plains can be seen.

Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple, is famous for its Kurinji flower which blossoms in the area only once every 12 years. The deity here is called Sri KurinjiEaswaran, who is in fact Lord Murugan. This temple was built in 1936 by a European lady, who converted to Hinduism from Christianity.She changed her name to Leelavathi. The temple is now under the maintenance of ArulmighuDhandayuthapaniSwamyThiruKovil, Palani.

Berijam Lake: A calm serene lake surrounded by mesmerizing nature at a distance of around 20 km from kodaikanal.Boating is prohibited as the lake is a source of water for villages.Forest department permission is required and limited number of vehicles are allowed to enter forest area where the lake is situated.Bison, deers,panthers and snakes are often spotted in this area.Fire tower, silent valley, medicine forest,are other attractions around the lake.