Kodaikanal tourist places are mainly located around the city centre with the most popular attraction being the Kodaikanal Lake.
The main city is built around Kodaikanal Lake. Beyond the city centre are a number of scenic places to visit in Kodaikanal, such as Pillar Rocks, Silver Cascade and Green Valley View (originally known as Suicide Point), which offer enchanting picnic spots and views of the deep valley. If you’re looking for things to do in Kodaikanal, there are many opportunities for cycling, riding and long, rambling walks. There are some wonderful hiking trails particularly through pockets of forest, including Bombay Shola and Pambar Shola. Bear Shola Falls, named because it once attracted bears, is a favourite picnic spot about 2 km from the bus stand. These falls and others around Kodaikanal have been reduced to a trickle. The view over the plains from Coaker’s Walk can be magnificent; on a clear day you can see Madurai. Near the start of Coaker’s Walk is the beautifully landscaped Bryant Park.
There are many internationally renowned educational institutions like Kodaikanal International School and Kodaikanal Christian College in and around Kodaikanal. Mother Teresa University, which is India’s only women’s university, is located in Kodaikanal.
Some 3 km (2 miles) north-east of Kodaikanal Lake is the Kuruni Andavar Temple, dedicated to Murugan. It is named after the amazing kurunji flowers, associated with the god. The Chettiar Park nearby, laid out along the hillside, is where the kurunji blooms every 12 years; next due date is 2018. If you don’t feel like waiting, the many treks nearby around dark rock faces and white waterfalls are still rewarding.
Kodaikanal is famous for eucalyptus oil, home made chocolates, plums and pears so do not leave without some souvenirs from one of the several shops around the city. If you start to freeze, woolen clothing is also available at cheaper rates in the Tibetan refugee bazaar.
Below is a list of the best Kodaikanal tourist places.
The primary attraction around which the town of Kodaikanal is built is Kodaikanal Lake. The walk around the lake takes about one hour and is a popular activity for locals and tourists alike. Kodaikanal Lake forms the heart of the town and is hard to miss. It’s easy to see why it’s the primary attraction in Kodaikanal.
Coakers Walk is a must for any tourist interested in a morning walk in Kodaikanal. The trail following the hillside provides a panoramic view of the hill station. Assuming it’s not cloaked in opaque mist, Coakers Walk provides picturesque views of the plains as well as scenic valleys. The stroll takes about five to ten minutes and the scenery is stunning.
Near the start of Coaker’s Walk is Bryant Park Kodaikanal. It is a wonderfully maintained 20.5 acres (8.3 ha) botanical garden that must not be missed by tourists visiting Kodaikanal as it houses plenty of different varieties of flowers, rafts, as well as hybrids. Bryant Park is famous for its plant collection (including over 740 varieties of roses) and its annual flower show held in May.
Silver Cascade Falls is the first attraction that greets a visitor to Kodaikanal as they arrive into town on the Madurai – Kodaikanal Road. It is especially popular in the summer months when interstate tourists bathe on the rocks under the waterfall. Look out for the cheeky monkeys on the prowl.