- Tamil Nadu
located at an altitude of 2050 m, is situated along the banks
of the Beas, close to the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley.
It is the main holiday destination in the entire valley. The
raw magnificence of Manali's natural beauty has to be seen,
and experienced, to be believed. Proud, snowclad mountains,
dense forests, emerald valleys, exotic flowers, gurgling streams
meandering through meadows, it is sheer magic.
The resort is, virtually, a heaven for trekkers and avid nature
lovers. Amongst its other natural attractions is a star -
shaped lake, set in a dreamy locale. The Boat
Club offers umpteen pleasure and racing trips. The
splendid Bryant Park, famous
for its rare collection of flowers, graftings and hybrids,
is the venue of great horticultural shows, held every year
in May. Another major attraction of this area, is the country's
only Solar Physical Laboratory
, founded in 1898.
The Coaker's Walk offers some
fantastic views of the surrounding plains. Another superb
vantage point, is the Kurinji Andavar
temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan, which provides a
panoramic view of the lofty hills, that embrace Kodaikanal.
Some of the popular picnic spots in the resort, are the Green
Valley View, Pillar Rocks, and Bear
Shola Falls. Nature seems to have blessed Kodai in
all her magnanimity, a fact evident from the immense profusion
of exotic flora and fauna of the area. The amazing orchid
collection at the Shenbaganur Museum,
has granted Kodai international fame. Kodai
is also blessed with the rare bloom of the highly elusive
Kurinji flower, that makes a dramatic appearance, once in
12 years. The Kurinji last bloomed in 1992. The resort
is also home to various species of birds, thus rendering it
a bird - watcher's delight.
Kodaikanal promises to be an ideal getaway, for those craving
for an invigorating yet soothing holiday, away from the madness
of the city. The temperatures in summer range from a maximum
of 20°C to a minimum of 11°C, and in winter from 17°C to 8°C.
Annual rainfall in the region is around 165 cms.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Madurai, 120 km away. The nearest railhead
is Kodai Road Railway Station, 80 km away. Kodaikanal is linked
by road to all major towns. Taxis are available for hire.