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Lush green forests, fauna, dangerous cliffs and waterfalls! These are some of the highlights of Kodaikanal, a beautiful place in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most sought-after destinations for honeymooners in India, apart from attracting other types of tourists as well. You can reach Kodaikanal via bus by booking tickets using various Paytm offers. Earn cashbacks on the purchase of bus tickets with Paytm Bus coupons.
To make your trip more interesting, we have listed down a number of things you can try while vacationing here.
Things to do in Kodaikanal
11. Spend A Day At The Mannavanur Lake
This beautiful lake is located inside a sheep farm, 34 km away from Kodaikanal. Reconnect with nature while you walk amidst tall eucalyptus trees and pine trees. You can also indulge in horseback riding, a coracle ride in the lake or even a quiet picnic with your dear ones.
10. Splurge in Shopping
Other than checking out the stunning places, visitors always look for something they can bring back home. Some of the things you can shop from Kodaikanal are glazed stoneware, pottery and decor items from The Potter’s Shed, homemade delicacies from The Eco-Nut, homemade chocolates and marshmallows, Eucalyptus oils, shawls, bone and walnut wood articles from Handicraft Centers and Handloom Co-operative Stores.
9. Experience Kodaikanal During a Festival
Pongal is one the most important festivals celebrated down South. It is a four-day long harvest festival dedicated to Sun God and usually falls in the month of January. Feasts and celebrations take over the entire place and add more excitement to your journey.
Chithirai festival is simply grand and celebrated over a period of 10 days. People come together to worship Lord Kallazhagar (Lord Vishnu) and a huge procession can be witnessed during this time. The festivities add a dose of enthusiasm and light up any traveler’s mood.
Natyanjali Festival is dedicated to the god of dance — Lord Natraj and is celebrated over a period of four days. It takes place around February–March. This period can be one of the most entertaining ones to visit Kodaikanal.
8. Don’t Miss the 80-Mile Round Trek
80-mile round is a scenic trek route that covers mist-covered hills, forests, waterfalls and streams. Local guides can help you see some major attractions along the way like the Berijam Lake, Poondi, Kerala Border, Kukkal caves and Poombaral village. For the ones who love nature and seek a little adventure, this trek is a must!
Poombarai is a small village located 18 km from Kodaikanal. In this quaint village, you will find the Kulandai Velappan temple whose history dates back 3,000 years. The current structure is a simple complex but it is believed that the original idol was installed by Bogar, a mystic who lived there between 500 – 300 BCE. He later traveled to China to teach about enlightenment.
6. Travel Back in Time in Dolmen Circle
Dolmen Circle is an anthropological site that takes you back in time. Attracting history buffs and other visitors from all over India, this place gives an insight into the lives of pre-historic men who lived in Kodaikanal. Dolmen, which are structures made of stones, artefacts and unique ornaments constitute the site.
5. Visit a Strawberry Farm
If you want to experience a laid-back time, it is suggested that you visit a strawberry farm or stay at the Cinnabar Farm which gives you a chance to try activities like farming, harvesting, cheese making, etc. The place is calm and the green surroundings give you much needed peace from the concrete jungle of the city.
4. Kodaikanal Yoga Center
Kodaikanal Yoga Center is surrounded by trees and offers perfect harmony for your senses. This beautiful ecological farm brings you in tune with nature and your spiritual side by providing yoga and meditation sessions.
3. Couple Day Outing in Kodai Estate
Couples can spend a wonderful time together at the Kodai Estate. Pine, orange, coffee, avocado, passion fruit and other trees surround the place adding to its beauty. You can also visit other attractions like Kovilaaru waterfalls, Silver falls and more.
2. Trek Your Way to Perumal Peak
The Perumal peak is a part of the greater Western Ghat mountain range and has an elevation of 2,440 m. The trek gives a splendid view of Nilgiri hills and is every trekkers dream.
Location: Perumal Peak
1. Night Safari and camping
There are various camping sites in Kodaikanal where you can be in sync with nature and observe it in its purest form. You can also take a thrilling Night Safari that makes for an unforgettable experience. If you are lucky, you might spot animals like bisons, wild boars, porcupines, etc.
How To Reach Kodaikanal
- Madurai International Airport 115 km
- Coimbatore International Airport 170 km
- Tiruchirapalli International Airport 197 km
- Tuticorin Airport 262 km
Nearest Railway Station:
Kodaikanal Railway Station
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Where To Stay In Kodaikanal
These are the most popular hotels to stay in Kodaikanal:
Hotel Kodai International | The Carlton | Kodai Resort Hotel