Kodaikanal is called the Princess of Hill Stations. It has a long and cherished history of being a popular tourist retreat that offer myriad choices for the outdoor person and nature lover alike. Kodaikanal is nestled in the lap of nature that houses many unique natural offerings, such as the Kurinji flower, a rare flower that blossoms only once in 12 years.
If one were to venture outdoors to absorb the scenic beauty of the place, then you ought to visit these attractions when you are in Kodaikanal -
20km from Kodaikanal is the tranquil Berijam Lake. Since it is a vital source of water for nearby villages, the Forest Department has banned boating and has allowed limited access to vehicles. Also this lake is open to public only from 3 pm to 7 pm. The environs of the lake is dotted with wild animals such as bisons, deers and panthers.
Shaped approximately like a star, this man-made lake was built in 1863. The Boat Club at this lake provides rowboats for pedaling or rowing in the lake water with your loved one. One can also ride horses or bicycles rented out on the edges of the lake.
Located just east of the famous lake, this 20.5 acres botanical garden is a botanist's delight and is open year round. IT houses more than 300 different varieties of shrubs and trees, including a 150 year old eucalyptus tree and a Bodhi tree.
Situated 8 km from the town bus stand, it is a flat rock plateau surrounded by breathtaking deep ravines. However reaching the place itself is quite a task with a 1 km long steep rocky trail.
It's just the name that's frightening! The actual place is sure to take your breath away with its sheer drop of 1500 meters overlooking the Vaigai Dam to the south.
Kurinji Andavar Temple
Those who wish to experience spirituality can go to this famous temple devoted to Lord Murugan or the Kurinji (Hillocks) Andavar (God).