OF HILL STATIONS
In a state where scenery and terrain is perhaps more varied than in any other
part of the country, where the forested slopes of the majestic hills of the western ghats
vie with the magnificent beaches of the Coromandel coast, it is indeed difficult to decide
which is the best feature of multi-faceted Tamil Nadu.
Located 120 kms away from Madurai,
Kodaikkanal is a beautiful hill station and is at an altitude of 2133m on the southern tip
of the upper Palani hills in the Western ghats. Kodaikkanal has a bracing climate where
temperature do not vary much from summer to winter. Fruits like plums and plantains grow
abundantly on the wooded slopes apart from a wide variety of flowers, among which is the
famous Kurinji flower which blooms once in twelve years.
Kodai's most enchanting
sights include the star shaped lake, spread over an area of 24 hectares where fishing
allowed and boating facilities are available; one of the world's oldest Solar
Observatories that was built in 1899; and the Orchidorium at the Sacred Heart College
where about 300 species of orchids can be seen. There are also a number of picturesque
walks like Coaker's Walk and Priest's Walk. Kodai's best view points are Pillar Rocks, and
Green Valley View. Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Fairy Falls and Glen Falls are
popular with picnickers while the Perumal Peak is a favourite with trekkers. The Kurinji
Andavar temple 3.2 kms away is dedicated to Lord Subramanya.
Located 120 Km/75 mile away from
Madurai, Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station at an altitude of about 2133 m
on the southern tip of upper Palani hills in Tamil Nadu in the Western Ghats. A well known
feature and the one that attracts a lot of tourists is the blooming of the famous kurinji
flower, which blooms once in12 years.