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5 Most Memorable Things To Do In Kodaikanal
Nestled amidst serene and lush green folds of the Upper Palani Hills, Kodaikanal is the most picturesque and popular hill station in Tamil Nadu. Fondly called as Kodai, this is one of the top hill stations in South India and also one of the best places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. Spread across the scenic Western Ghats at an altitude of 7 000 feet, Kodai is blessed with beautiful vast plains, green blankets of gorgeous hills, glittering lakes and enchanting waterfalls.
Kodaikanal Lake, Coaker’s Walk, Bryant Park, Bear Shola Falls and Dolphin's Nose are some popular places to visit in Kodaikanal. Apart from sightseeing there are so many things to do here as part of Kodaikanal Tour Packages.
Here is the list of 5 top things to do in Kodaikanal:
1. Boating in Kodai Lake
Kodaikanal Lake, probably be the first thing you see in Kodaikanal, is an artificial, star-shaped lake situated in the heart of this picturesque hill station. It is the most popular landmark of Kodaikanal & often represented in promoting Kodaikanal Tourism. Spread over an area of 60 acres, the Kodai Lake was built by the then Collector of Madurai Sir Vere Henry Levinge in 1863 CE. Boating in the placid waters of Kodai Lake is a must experience when on holidaying in Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal Boat Club offers various boats on rent making the experience of boating a lot easier and will be a life time memory. A stroll around the lake will probably be one of the best leisure walks of your life.
2.Trekking to theViewpoints
Being a hill station, Kodaikanal has several breathtaking viewpoints. Coaker's Walk, Dolphin's Nose, Silent Valley View, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, and Moir Point are the popular viewpoints and also popular Kodaikanal Tourist Places. Trekking to these viewpoints is a great pleasure as the region offers all kinds of terrain for people to explore from easy to moderate, difficult to extremely challenging. From these vantage points one can get picturesque postcard views of Kodaikanal and its surrounding landscape.
3.Take a cool dip under the Waterfalls
Kodaikanal is also blessed with some magnificent waterfalls in its Ghats. Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Fairy Falls and Pambar Falls are the most famouswaterfalls in Kodaikanal. Ranging from 50-150 feet, the water cascades down from the forested hills form the magical sights during monsoons. Most of these waterfalls situated amidst thick plantations & forests and can only be reached by trekking. Sitting or Taking a dip under these waterfalls is considered as one of the most popular things to do in Kodaikanal.
4. Camp under the Starry Sky
Camping is one of the best ways to explore awe-inspiring natural beauty of Kodaikanal. Dense jungles of Kodai with exotic flora and fauna and a favorable environment make it a popular site amongst campers. The hill town offers once in a lifetime opportunity to travelers to enjoy a camp under the stargazing sky. Tourist can simply set-up a camp and lose themselves in the rejuvenating atmosphere. Vattakanal, places around the Dolphin's Nose and Pine Forest are some of the best places for camping in Kodaikanal.
5. Visit Berijam Lake
Located at the end of Pillar Rock Road, Berijam Lake is an artificial lake and one of the top places to visit in Kodaikanal. Located about 25 km from Kodaikanal, Berijam Lake is surrounded by a beautiful verdant forest. The lake stays absolutely pristine and serene all-round the year and is perfect for a picnic and a daytrip with family and friends. It is also an important conservation center for indigenous flora and fauna. Birds such as serpent eagles, pariah kites, rosefinch, leaf-warblers and pale rumped swallows can be spotted here. One can also spot bisons, langurs, elephants and an occasional leopard.
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