One of the most scenic and picturesque location in the hills of Western Ghats , Kodaikanal is one of the most visited tourist places. Often known as the ‘Princess of hill station’, Kodaikanal is famous for its amazing scenic locales. Let’s know more about the tourist places in this hill station situated in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.
Perched at a height of more than 2000m, Kodaikanal has some really alluring tourist destinations to explore. The Kodaikanal tour packages would take you to these major spots, still the thought of taking an offbeat road is always open.
1. Kodai Lake – Constructed in 1863, this artificial lake is built in a shape of a star and is considered one of the most popular tourists spots in the hill station. Spread across 60 acres, apart from having a picnic with family, you can also enjoy boating in the lake. The lake also has a 5 km of pathway along its bank, which is perfect for going on long walks. You can also hire horses and rent bicycles to enjoy the surrounding region. The lake is just half an hour away from the main bus stand.
2. Berijam Lake – Just at the outskirts of the hill station, roughly about 20 km, this fascinating lake is located within a restricted jungle area. You’re required to have a permit in order to visit the lake, which lasts from 9 am to 3 pm. The forest is filled with several animals like bisons, panthers, deers and few reptiles, which also frequent the lake to drink water. So, a steady precaution has to be kept while roaming within the area. You can take a tour guide if you’re new to the area. Other tourist places like lake view, medicine forest, fire tower, and silent valley are also nearby.
3. Bryant Park – Situated about half a kilometer from the bus stand, the Bryant Park, a well preserved botanical garden is a fantastic tourist destination to enjoy. Named after its founder, HD Bryant, the park was established in 1908. The park showcases wide variety of trees, shrubs and other plants. During spring, which is when the park sees the most visitors, the entire garden appears colorful. The park is also home to a Eucalyptus tree which was planted in 1857 and a Bodhi tree, which also carries a religious significance. The park also holds a horticulture exhibition during the peak season, which is great time to learn about the local plant life.
4. Coaker’s Walk – Established in 1872, this picturesque location is named after its founder Lt Coaker. Lying on the southern end of the hill station, this enchanting locating is about a kilometer away from the Kodaikanal Lake. A must visit for nature lovers, the place consists for pathways bordered with trees and flowering shrubs. There’s a vantage point in the Coaker’s Walk with a telescope, which offers a great view of the valley. You need to get a ticket to explore this fantastic place.
With all these amazingly beautiful locations to enjoy, what’s halting you to plan a trip to Kodaikanal?