KodaikanalIndia

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Head into the hills of the Dindigul district to walk through forests, explore botanical gardens and enjoy dramatic views.

Kodaikanal was founded in the first half of the 19th century to provide missionaries with a sanctuary from the heat and tropical diseases that plagued the plains below. Since that time it has evolved into a major tourist destination.

There are many ways to experience Kodaikanal’s scenic charms. Rent a rowboat or peddle boat for a trip across the star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake. Alternatively, take the ferry across the 60-acre (24-hectare) man-made body of water. When you are back on dry land, cycle or walk along the path that encircles the lake.

Stroll through several acres of flowers at Bryant Park. This extensive botanical garden is home to hundreds of varieties of trees, flowers and shrubs. Don't miss the eucalyptus tree that dates back to 1857. During the summer, attend one of the park’s flower shows or horticultural exhibitions.

Hike through dense forests and valleys and pass by waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. Take in the views from Dolphin's Nose, a large flat rock that juts out over a chasm that is 6,600 feet (2,011 meters) deep. Enjoy a picnic in the shadow of Pillar Rocks, three massive vertical rock columns.

Learn more about the Kodaikanal’s environment at the Shembaganur Museum of Natural History. There are hundreds of stuffed birds, mammals and reptiles on display as well as a dried collection of insects and living orchid species.

Along with its scenic and natural attractions, the town has a scientific institute known for its research of the sun. At the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory in the Palni Hills, tour the astronomy museum that concentrates on the work of the observatory's astronomers.

The closest international airport is in Madurai, 71 miles (114 kilometres) away and the nearest train station is Kodai Road, at a distance of 50 miles (80 kilometres). Rent a car for the freedom to explore Kodaikanal's mountainous scenery. The roads leading into the town offer beautiful views of the Ghats mountain ranges.

Where to stay in Kodaikanal

Vattakanal, Kodaikanal, India
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Vattakanal

When in Vattakanal, you can plan a visit to Pillar Rocks and Bryant Park, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Vattakanal

Top hotels in Kodaikanal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Tamara Kodai
The Tamara Kodai
5 out of 5
#22, La Providence, St. Mary’s Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
£127
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated in Kodaikanal, this luxury resort is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Bryant Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kodaikanal Golf Club and Kurinji Andavar Temple. ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Service, and staff were amazing! Special mention of Mani along with all staff (Parismita, Ramika, Priya, & guy from Darjeeling!!) in the kitchen for his efficient, friendly & prompt service, is worth noting!!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020

The Tamara Kodai
Sterling Kodai Lake
Sterling Kodai Lake
4 out of 5
44, Gymkhana Road, Lake View, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
£40
per night
Mar 18 - Mar 19

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bryant Park, Kurinji Andavar Temple and Kurinji Temple. Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal and American University ...

3.5/5Good! (25 reviews)

"Great rooms and good walking areas. Childrens play area is good and liked the cycles on rent feature."…"

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2019

Sterling Kodai Lake
Kodai Resort Hotel
Kodai Resort Hotel
3 out of 5
Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal
£39
per night
Mar 19 - Mar 20

Situated in Kodaikanal, this resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bryant Park and Kurinji Andavar Temple. American University of India and Kurinji Temple are also ...

3.6/5Good! (5 reviews)

"Good location and well laid out. Shortage of staff affects the service"…"

Reviewed on 20 May 2019

Kodai Resort Hotel

Popular things to do in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal Lake
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Kodaikanal Lake

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Rent a boat and explore the calm water of this manmade lake, tour its perimeter on foot or by bike and visit religious landmarks. 

Silver Cascade
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Silver Cascade

Gaze in wonder at the rushing water of this attractive waterfall and spot troops of monkeys playing on the rocks.

Pillar Rocks
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Pillar Rocks

4/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Pillar Rocks, a lovely green space in Kodaikanal. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Top activities in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal City Tour (Pickup from Hotel)
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Kodaikanal City Tour (Pickup from Hotel)

£43
Per adult
Munnar Jeep Safari
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Munnar Jeep Safari

£8
Per adult
Skip the Line: Munnar Tea Factory Visit Ticket
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Skip the Line: Munnar Tea Factory Visit Ticket

£2
Per adult
Private Luxury Tour to Periyar National Park & Thekkady Spice Plantations
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Private Luxury Tour to Periyar National Park & Thekkady Spice Plantations

£112
Per adult
Munnar Mountain Jeep Safari
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Munnar Mountain Jeep Safari

£5
Per adult
Spice plantation visit
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Spice plantation visit

£4
Per adult