Kodaikanal – Gift Of The Forest

The word Kodaikanal simply means the gift of the forest. Newlyweds love this destination for nature’s bounty. The most popular place is the Kodaikanal Lake. It is half a kilometer from the main bus stand. This charming lake you see here is man-made and it is the product of the diligent effort put in by Mr. Bier Leverage. It was built in the year 1863. This tourist attraction is a landmark here. For a nominal fee you could avail of row boats and pedal boats at the boat club, which is in close proximity to Kodaikanal’s only five star hotel. People desirous of going cycling or horse back riding may hire the services here.

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Bryant Park is a must visit for tourists in Kodaikanal. This too is conveniently close to the bus stand at a distance of half a kilometer. Here you will find a well crafted botanical garden. It is named after H.D. Bryant who designed and executed it in the year 1908. It has an extensive collection of 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses. The park has a spectacular array of flowers in all their majestic glory. You will find an assortment of 740 varieties of roses here. One of the Eucalyptus trees here is almost 150 years old. The plant lovers can purchase attractive plants at the nursery. During the summer festival in May the park coordinates horticultural exhibits and flower shows. It is open all year round and a nominal fee is charged to enter the park.

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Three colossal rock pillars 400 feet high form the Pillar Rocks. This place is a tourist attraction flocked by throngs of sightseers. Guna caves, which were formerly known as Devil’s kitchen is within the confines of the Pillar Rocks. Masses of bats dwell in these caves. The path leading to the caves is narrow and fairly dangerous hence it has been closed to the public. You can only view them from a distance.

You could take a quiet stroll down Coaker’s Walk. This road is basically a path cut out on the periphery of the sheer inclines of mount Nebo. This path offers a view of the astonishing landscape of the plains. If you visit on a clear day you can catch sight of Dolphin’s nose, Madurai, Periyakulam town and even the Pambar River. Here you could witness an intriguing wonder of nature. You could see your own shadow on the clouds with a rainbow halo. This phenomenon is called Broken Spectre. It transpires when the clouds are to the front of you while the sun is behind.

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Silver Cascade is situated in the stretched out meandering Law Ghat Road. You will find a waterfall here 180 feet high. This remarkable waterfall is popular with tourists on their first visit. Beware of the monkeys here!

Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History was established in 1895 and houses more than 300 species of exotic orchids and a marvelous taxidermy anthology of insects, birds and animals. Here you will find primeval artifacts belonging to the Palaiyar tribes.

Bear Shola Falls is at a distance of 2 miles from the bus stand. The waterfall situated in a reserve forest is a sight to behold.

Green Valley View overlooks the Vaigai Dam. The view from here is par excellence. It used to be called Suicide point in the past. This place is close to the golf course.

Dolphin’s Nose is a flat rock ledge overlooking a magnificent abyss, which is 2000 meters deep. This is another fine example of nature’s splendor. The sights of the plains here are breathtaking. The access road to Pambar Falls runs through this place.

If you have the time and inclination you could visit the Annamalai wildlife sanctuary which is not too far from Kodaikanal. This wildlife sanctuary is situated on the slopes of the Western Ghats along the borders of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.  It is now called the Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary. You will find elephants, tigers, spotted deer, wild boar panthers, wild bison, porcupine and civet cats. You could even spot several birds here. Parambikulam Dam is located in this beautiful forested expanse. All in all, Kodaikanal is a must see hill station!

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