If Ooty is known as the queen of hill stations Kodaikanal is known as the princess of hills. Althogh Ooty and Kodaikanal are almost always spoken about in the same breath Kodaikanal is a good 250 Kms away from Ooty. Kodaikanal is also one of the hill stations which is quite far from Bangalore yet is quite popular with Bangaloreans!
Kodaikanal located at about 475 kms from Bangalore is situated 7,200 feet above sea level in the Palani hill range. A magnificent star-shaped lake spanning 24 hectare is the focal point of Kodaikanal. 3 kms from the lake is the Kurinji Andavar Temple. This temple is associated with the Kuriniji flowers which carpets the Kodaikanal valleys once in 12 years. Berijam Lake is another big artificial lake in the upper regions of Kodaikanal. Its a fine picnic spot offering beautiful scenery 21 Kms from the Kodaikanal lake.
Suicide Point - Green Valley View
Green Valley View which was earlier known as Suicide Point is a vantage point with more than 5000 feet drop. Green Valley View is about 5.5 Kms from the Kodaikanal lake and is located very close to Golf club. Green Valley View commands a beautiful view of entire landscape and provides a picturesque and panoramic view of the plains, valleys, hills and the Vaigai dam. Best time to visit Green Valley View is between 10 am and 3 pm for better visibility.
Thalaiyar Falls - Kodaikanal
Thalaiyar Falls, also known as Rat Tail Falls is a magnificent waterfalls and is the third highest waterfalls in India. A difficult trek from the Manjalar Dam can take one to the base of the waterfallsto enjoy the pool at the base if the falls
Pillar Rocks & Devil's Kitchen - Kodaikanal
Located 8 kilometers from the Kodaikanal town, Pillars Rocks is one of the most popular short excursions from Kodaikanal. 400 gt high these three boulders are awe inspiring. One can trek upto the summit of the rocks around the hillside. The dark, deep chambers between the rocks are infested with bats and are perhaps aptly called Devilís Kitchen.