Located at a distance of 120 km from Madurai of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a charming hill stations of South India, which attracts tourists on a large scale. Its enchanting waterfalls, beautiful lakes and picturesque hill plantations mesmerize every visitor. The hill station of Kodaikanal also offers some of the best trekking trails for adventure enthusiasts with scenic forest surroundings. The Kodai Lake is also a perfect place to take pleasurable boat ride. The hills town is now known for various schools of International standards.
Climate of Kodaikanal :
Kodaikanal experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, but the ideal time to visit the hill station is from April to June and September to October. Its summer temperatures ranges between 19.8 and 11.3 degrees C while during winter it varies between 17.3 and 8.3 degrees C. The city receives heavy rainfall during October and December with an average annual rainfall of 165 cms.
Tourist Attractions of Kodaikanal :
Besides the natural beauty of the hill station, there are several tourist points, considered as major source of attractions of tourists.
Kodai Club - Built during the colonial period, the Kodai Club serves to safeguard the colonial legacies within its interiors. There is a library featuring books by different known English authors and a bar with stuffed heads of lions, tigers and bison, clinging on its walls.
Kodai Lake - This is an artificial lake offering boating and fishing facilities for its visitors.
Trekking Routes - Kodaikanal offers some breathtaking trekking routes in the Palani hills. Small treks are also available to the popular tourist points and the nearby villages.
Summer Festival - The Summer Festival, with its cultural programmes, adventure sports, boat races on the lake and various other events attracts tourists.
Bryant's Park - It is named after the forest officer who had planned its layout. This beautiful park houses various plant species including a large number of pine, eucalyptus trees and some exotic varieties of orchids. The nearby lotus pond is also a popular hangout spot.
Accommodation in Kodaikanal :
As one of the best hill station of South India, Kodaikanal has a range of hotels of all categories to cater the needs of its visitors. All hotels offer comfortable accommodation facilities to its tourists with all kinds of facilities according to your needs. Most of the hotels and lodges are located on the centre of the town or near prime tourist attractions. Some of the major ones are : Carlton Hotel, Hotel Kodai International, Kodai Resort, Kodai Lake View, Kodai Valley view etc.
Getting to Kodaikanal :
By Air - The nearest airport is at Madurai and is at a distance of 120km from Kodaikanal. It is linked to Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy and Mumbai by regular flights.
By Rail - The Kodai Road Railway Station to the east and the Palani Railway Station to the north are the two important railheads near the hill station.
By Road - The city is connected to Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Madurai and Trichy by regular bus services. Besides state run buses, there are private operators which provide various luxury and speed buses. Taxis are also available as local transport and is the most comfortable way to travel.