Lush green valleys, terraced plantations and a pleasant climate make Kodaikanal one of Tamil Nadu’s most popular hill stations.
Located in the famous Palani Hills in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal (Kodai) is referred to as the “Princess of Hill Stations” and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. Its name means “The Gift of the Forest” in the Tamil language.
Kodaikanal is situated 7,200 feet above the sea level. The climb up is one of the most rapid ascents anywhere across the Western Ghats and the views are stunning. In the lower reaches of the climb you look down over the Kambam Valley, the Vaigai Lake and across to the Varushanad Hills beyond, while higher up, the scene is dominated by the sawn-off pyramid of Perumal Malai.
Lush green valleys, terraced plantations and a pleasant climate make Kodaikanal one of Tamil Nadu’s most popular hill stations and one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in South India. Its scenic beauty has the ability to leave any nature lover mesmerised by its charms.
Kodaikanal was first “discovered” by American missionaries in the 1840s. Drawn by its bracing climate and clean environs, they created a sanatorium-cum-retreat here. They also established Kodaikanal International School in 1901.
Set around a small artificial lake, Kodaikanal has crisply fresh air, even at the height of summer, and the beautiful scent of pine and eucalyptus make it a popular retreat from the southern plains. Today Kodaikanal is a fast growing resort, yet it retains a relatively low-key air that many feel gives it an edge over Ooty.
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