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Discovery of Kodaikanal 
Kodaikkanal  Here is a story Lieutenant Ward, an Englishman, who climbed up from the Kunnavan village of Vellagavi to Kodaikanal in 1821 to survey the area on the hilly ranges of Palani. In 1834, the Madurai collector
Kodai Temple
climbed the hill from Devadanapatti and built a small bungalow at the head of Adukkam pass near Shenbaganur. In 1836, Dr.Wite visited Kodaikanal and recorded his observations, and these were very useful to botanists later. In 1845, American Missionaries built the first two bungalows “Sunnyside” and “Shelton”. Later, six American families came up the hill and stayed for the first time in Kodaikanal. Following this, the British also built houses here. The hill station Kodaikanal was created to serve the needs of the British and Europeans in India. The 20th century saw elite Indians enteri Kodaikanal to enjoy its charm and beauty and to harness its natural wealth for development.

Stages of development In 1875, the Indian railways extended its line from Chennai to Tirunelveli and a station was created at Ammaianayakkanur and this was later renamed Kodai Road, to provide a gateway to Kodaikanal. Tourists started their journey at Ammaianayakkanur Railway station upto Krishnamma Nayak Thope. This trek was undertaken to Kodaikanal, 18 kms distance away using horses and palanquins, with coolies for assistance.

Today, the charm of Kodaikanal lies in its wooded slopes and gigantic trees. The mighty rocks, bowers, creeks and slopes captivate the visitors. The meadows, the long stretches of forests, beautiful spots and the flocks of sheep grazing on green pastures are a source of joy, delight and thrill to onlookers. The climb to the various jutting rocks at Kodai is rewarding. The arduous climb to the Pillar rocks, to a height of 400 ft, is a must for every visitor to this hill resort.

Places of Interest

The Lake The 24-hectare lake skirted by a 5 km long black tar road, is the focal point in Kodai. This lake was created in 1863 by Sir vere Hendry Levinge (1819-1885).He was previously the Collector of Madurai, who retired and settled in Kodai. He constructed the bund to form a lake and stocked the lake with fish. He brought the first boat from Tuticorin. In 1890, a boat club was formed and members of the club set sail. In 1910 a new boathouse was constructed. The boat service was opened to the public and tourist as well in 1932.

Bryant Park
Bryant's park  This park is situated on the eastern side of the lake. It is noted for its flowers, both hybrids and grafts. Cut flowers are exported from here. A glass house which shelters fine varieties of flowers can be seen here. The Flower Show conducted every year during May, as part of the Summer Festivals, should be seen by everyone.

Solar Physical ObservatoryIt is situated 3.2 kms. from the lake. This observatory was founded in 1989, and it is located at an elevation of 2343 mtrs. This observatory is the highest point in Kodai. Visitors can observe the stars and the planets.

Check out visiting hours and make a prior appointment.


Coakers Walk
Coakers Walk Er.Coaker identified this hill-edged pathway in 1872. About a kilometre from the lake, Coaker's Walk runs along a steep slope on the southern side of Kodai. It offers some of the best views of the plains Entry fee is collected here.


Kurinji Andavar Temple  temple situated 3 kms from the lake is a famous shrine dedicated to lord Muruga. This temple is associated with the kurinji flowers that bloom once in 12 years. Kurinji means the hill region in Tamil literature and andavar means god. Therefore Lord Muruga is referred to as the God of the Hill here. From this temple one can have a view of Palani and Vaigai Dam.

Telescope House at Coakers Walk was constructed to enable visitors to have a panoramic view of the valley and nearby towns. A fee is collected to use the telescope.

Green valley View :  It is located a little over 5 kms from kodaikanal lake and close to the golf club from here,you can get a magnificent view of the vaigai dam below.

The Pillar Rocks :There are a set of 3 rocks which stand 122 metres high.It is located 7 kms from Kodai lake.

Moier Point  Moier Point provides a lovely view of the valley. It is just 3 kms from the Pillar rocks Berijam Lake road.


Silent Valley View  Just a little away from the Pillar Rocks and the Berijam Lake Road, is Silent Valley View, which provides a breathtaking view of Silent Valley. Children are advised to walk carefully.

lakeBerijam Lake View  This place provides a panoramic landscape view of Berijam Lake. This viewpoint is 19 kms from Kodaikanal Lake.

Chettiar Park 
Tucked away in the northeastern corner of the town on the way to Kurinji Andavar temple, the Chettiar park is a charming place.

Shenbaganur Museum The Sacred Heart College maintains this museum. It is a Theological Seminary founded in 1895 and devoted to preserving certain archaeological remains and the flora and fauna of the hills. It houses one of the best Orchidariams in the country.


It has over 300 species of exotic orchids are housed here. It is about 5.6 kms the lake. Father Ugarthe, a Spaniard contributed his many private collections to the museum.


Entrance fee is Rs 2/- per head.Visiting hours - 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.


Silver Cascade It is 8 kms from Kodai lake. The overflow of Kodai Lake comes down here as a 180 foot high waterfalls. Those interested can have a bath here.

churchLa Saleth Church Kodaikanal,the hill country is no exception to this and she too hosts our lady of la saleth shrine possessing the traditional heritage of 150 years and it is one of the two shrines dedicated to our lady of La saleth in the whole world,one in french and the other in kodaikanal. it is near to Coaker's walk.



Dindigul Kodaikanal lies in the district of Dindigul. Dindigul is the district headquarters. A fort can be found here.


Dolmen Circle Located at a distance of 18 kms from the lake, pre-historic remains can be seen here. Original burial urns that were unearthed in this region during archaeological excavations and models of dolmens can be seen in the Shenbaganur Museum.


Thalaiyar Falls  Also known as the Rat-Tail Falls, this is one of the highest waterfalls in the world. It is 975 foot high. It can be seen while climbing the Ghat Road to Kodaikkanal from Kodai road. It is not possible to visit this spectacular waterfall, as there is no approach route to this site.


Kukkal Caves For those looking for an adventurous holiday, this is an excellent campsite. It is 40 kms from Kodaikanal. The caves here show traces of the earliest known inhabitants of the region - the leaf-clothed 'paliyans.'


PalaniThis is one of the six abodes of lord Subramanya and this is a famous pilgrim centre of the south. It is just 64 kms from Kodaikanal. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Dhandayuthapani. Direct and frequent buses are available from Kodaikanal to Palani.

Facilities in this Hotel Inculde: Restaurant and Permit room. Room service and Laundry service. Travel Facilities. Medical assistance. Parking Facilities. Satellite TV channels.Conference hall.

Hotel Name Address Phone Numbers (STD  : 04542)
Carlton Hotel Boat Club Road. 240056-71.
Hotel Astoria Bus Stand. 240524-525.
Kodai Resort Hotel Near, Coaker's walk 240632/633.
Sterling Lake View gymkhana Road. 240313/314.
Kodai International Ghat Road 240767/40771.
Sterling valley View Vilpathy 240635/637.
Villa Retreat Coaker's walk 240940.
Hotel Zion Sivanadi Road 240744.
Hotel Cliffton Bearshola Road. 241094
Hotel Sivapriya Fern Hill Road 241226
Golden Parks Inn Anna Salai 246181.
Valley View Post Office Road 240181/240182.
Hotel Palace Anna Salai. 240411/240412.
Hotel Sangeeth Woodwill Road 240456.
Hotel JC Grand Woodville Road, Kodaikonal 241143, 242312, 242313
Hill Top Towers Boat Club Road 240413
Hotel JC Woodwill Manor Woodville Road, Kodaikonal  240456
Hotel Bala Woodville Road 241214, 243070
Hotel JC Residency Convent Road, Kodaikonal 245224,245225
Grand Palace Fern Hill Road 243388
Hamedia Lodge Anna Salai 240108

How To Get There

Air Airport at Madurai (121 kms) and Coimbatore (135 Kms).
Rail Kodai Road railway Station (80 kms) and palani railway station (64 kms)
Road Kodaikanal is connected by road with all-important towns. Regular bus services are available from Kodaikkanal to Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dinidigul, Thiruchirapalli, Kumili, Erode, Bangalore,Coimbatore, Chennai,Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli.
Local Transport Taxis and Vans are available. Limited city buses are available.

Khadi Emporium.
Poompuhar Emporium.
Kurinji Mini Super Market.
Spencer & Company.
Kairali Kerala Handicrafts.

Recreation Activities


Cycling: Cycles for children, men and women are available on hire to ride around the lake. A cycle for an hour costs for Adults Rs 30/- ,for Children Rs 20/-.


Pony Ride: Pony ride is available on hire.


Boating: Boating Facility is available in the lake.

2 Seater Pedal Boat Rs.40 (for half an Hour)
4 Seater Pedal Boat Rs.70 (for half an Hour)
Row Boat Rs.110 (for half an Hour)
(90+20)- Rs 20/- for boat man
Horse Hire hour Rs.100

Angling:  Permitted. Please contact Inspector of Fisheries at Kodaikanal.


Golf Club:The Golf Club is 5 kms from the lake. It has a fine Golf Course.

Tourist Information

Tourist Office (Govt. of Tamil Nadu) Township Bus Stand, Rest House Complex, Kodaikanal. Phone: 04542 - 241675.

Other Information

Library Timings Holiday
The Govt. Library near Govt.Hospital in P.T.Road 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and
3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Book Shops

1.C.L.S Book Shop, Anna Salai
2. Neethi Book Shop,G.D.S. Complex, Post Office Road
3.Carlton Hotel Book Shop
4. Paradise Inn Book Shop


1.Kodaikanal Club
2.Kodaikanal Boat & Rowing Club
3.Rotary Club
4.Princess of Hill Club
5.Golf Club

Tourist Information

Summer Festival


Celebrated in May Every year. Boat Pageant and Flower Show are also held during the summer festival. It is a major attraction for tourists.
August 15th is the Salette Matha Festival.
In May Mariamman festival is celebrated for one week.




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