Top 12 Places To Visit in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal, in the state of Tamil Nadu, is one of India’s most popular honeymoon locations. As soon as you step foot in Kodaikanal, you realize/believe what they say: “the best things in life are free.” The pleasant, woody and strong aroma of pine in the air, dewdrops on rose petals, trees stretching their branches in the early sun, and Kurinji flowers coloring the upper slopes of Kodai purplish-blue, all of these things frequently leave people speechless, and that’s when the real magic begins. The entire town is built up of amazing tourist attractions that make it a dream come true. Here is the list of some of the best places to visit in the city. Check it out!

1-  Kodaikanal Lake

Visit Kodaikanal Lake on a beautiful day when clouds float above Kodaikanal and a nice breeze blows through the trees. This man-made, star-shaped lake, which spans 60 acres, has welcomed many travelers since 1863. The lake was created by Sir Vere Henry Levinge, the Collector of Madurai at the time, and is fed by the Palani Hills’ waters. The lake’s outflow forms a stunning waterfall known as “Silver Cascade.” The cascade, which reaches a height of 180 feet, is a renowned tourist attraction in Kodaikanal.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

2- Mannavanur Lake

Mannavanur Lake, one of the most tranquil spots to explore in Kodaikanal, is nothing short of a paradise. The trip to the lake is very beautiful, with eucalyptus and pine trees lining both sides of the road. The fauna of the Mannavanur area is diverse. Exotic birds can be seen flying and wild creatures can be seen. The lake is situated within a sheep pasture, with herds of sheep grazing nearby. The local Forest Department offers coracle rides for a small price, and horseback riding is also available. For a fantastic holiday, try these Kodaikanal activities.

Timing- 9:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Entry Fee- INR 10 Per Person

3- Green Valley Point

The Green Valley View, formerly known as Suicide Point, offers a stunning view of the plains, deep valleys, and hills. The breathtaking vista of the Vaigai Dam is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Because of the perilous valley, which is dense and deep; below the point of more than 5000 feet drop, it was once known as a suicide point. The Green Valley View located 5.5 kilometres from the Kodaikanal Lake, not only offers a beautiful view, but it is also home to a large number of monkeys. There are various stores on the route to the point that sell homemade chocolates, trinkets, and a large variety of flowers.

Timing- 7:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

4- Guna Caves

Guna Cave, located 12 kilometres from Kodaikanal, was unknown for many years until the 1991 release of Kamal Hassan’s film “Guna,” which changed the cave’s fate. In 1821 CE, an English officer named BS Ward discovered the cave. This cave is a must-see for anyone interested in discovering the hidden treasures of Kodaikanal’s pine forests. Guna Cave is not included in the list of Kodaikanal tourist attractions. Hiking, camping, and other adventure activities are among the greatest in Kodaikanal, and are a must-try for all adventure aficionados.

Timing- 9:00 AM To 4:30 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

5- Berijam Lake

Berijam Lake is a reservoir set among non-native plants and broad grassland just a few kilometres from Kodaikanal, making it one of the best spots to visit in Kodaikanal. The lake’s abundant flora and refreshing surroundings make it an ideal picnic location. It is not difficult to get here because the lake is accessible by motorable roads. Tourists, on the other hand, will require a forest pass to enter the region. Those who wish to fish must first obtain authorization from the Fisheries Department. Aside from that, visitors can take a lovely boat cruise.

Timing- 9:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

6- Kodai Chocolate Factory

Kodai Chocolate Factory, founded in 1999, is a renowned manufacturer and seller of chocolates, aromatic oils, coffees, and other confections. They specialize in manufacturing delectable handcrafted chocolates that are completely vegetarian. If you are a chocolate connoisseur, this is one of the must-see attractions in Kodaikanal. To buy and try different kinds of chocolates, go to Pot Luck, Cloud Street, Chocolate Factory, and SG Cottage Industries.

Timing- 9:00 AM To 9:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

7- Perumal Peak

Perumal Peak, a beautiful section of the mighty Western Ghats, is a must-see for everyone who wishes to see sweeping views of the valley. The peak, at an elevation of 8,005 feet above sea level, is a trekker’s dream. Although the hike is strenuous, you will be rewarded with beautiful vistas. On their way to or from the peak, hikers can pass through the beautiful and charming Perumal Malai Village.

Timing- 6:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

8- Bear Shola Falls

Bear Shola Falls, located approximately 2 kilometres from Kodaikanal Lake, is one of the most popular Kodaikanal tourist attractions. This seasonal waterfall, which cascades down from a substantial height, comes to life to the fullest during the rainy season, when the water gushes down the mountain, passing through lush flora and forming a frothy foundation at the bottom. This is thought to have been a bear’s favorite spot for drinking water, hence the strange name. However, for nature lovers, couples, and adventure seekers, this serene and peaceful waterfall is currently one of the most popular sites to visit in Kodaikanal.

Timing- 10:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

9- Devil’s Kitchen

The Devil’s Kitchen is a natural and unique historical monument and cave system located in Kodaikanal. It’s a series of caverns nestled among the massive Pillar Rocks. During the monsoons and winters, this unusual gorge is often shrouded in dense clouds and mist, giving it a beautiful appearance. This location, on the outskirts of the city near Moir Point, gained prominence when a successful movie was filmed here in the 1900s, making it a popular Kodaikanal tourist destination. To get to this hillock, walk 400 metres from the main entrance to the summit, which is one of the nicest things to do in Kodaikanal.

Timing- 9:00 AM To 5:30 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

10- Coakers Walk

Coakers Walk is a man-made 1 km long strolling plaza nestled in the Tamil Nadu mountains and is one of the most attractive Kodaikanal tourist attractions. Coakers Walk, a magnificent walk that curves gracefully at the edge of the picturesque mountain, was designed primarily for visitors to capture a peek of Paradise on Earth. It’s the ideal spot for a morning or evening stroll in the company of nature, with breathtaking vistas of the lush valleys and hills of Kodaikanal to meet you. In fact, strolling along this platform is one of the most peaceful activities in Kodaikanal.

Timing- 7:00 AM To 7:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

11- Bryant Park 

Bryant Park contributes to the city of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu’s charm and elegance. This magnificent park, located on the eastern side of Kodai Lake, is bejeweled with a broad range of plant and shrub species, attracting a large influx of nature lovers and botany aficionados every month. This park has everything from floral plants to hybrids to grafts. And, because it’s situated next to Coakers Walk, you can combine two exciting activities in one visit: a leisurely stroll and a meeting with nature’s gorgeous masterpieces!

Timing- 9:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

12- Moir Point

Moir Point, tucked at the entrance to a tranquil jungle that extends all the way up to the beautiful Berijam Lake, is one of Kodaikanal’s most notable overlooks. This monument, named after Sir Thomas Moir, who built the Goschen Road in 1929 CE, commemorates his achievements and efforts in the construction of the Goschen Road, which begins at this point on the road connecting the Kodaikanal and Berijam Lakes. Aside from being a significant historical site, this location also provides breathtaking views of Tamil Nadu’s beautiful green valleys and hills, attracting a large number of visitors each month.

Timing- 10:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Entry Fee- INR 10 Per Person

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