Bear Shola Falls
Bear Shola Falls that lies in close proximity to Kodaikanal is an exemplary picnic spot. Earlier, many bears used to drink water from this fall, hence the name Bear Shola Falls.
An important hill station in not just Tamil Nadu but the whole of India, Koadikanal offers an assortment of picnic spots inclusive of the magnificient Berijam Lake.
One of the most popular botanical gardens in Kodaikanal, the Brayant Park is known for its fauna, rafts and hybrids. The best time to visit this marvelous park is during the annual horticulture show that is held during the month of May.
One of the most spectacular and eye catching attractions of Kodaikanal is the Coakers Walk. It is basically a pathway that has been carved out on steep mountains, and walking here is not just a bliss but also allows you to enjoy some of the best views of the city.
Devil’s Kitchen,which lays in between the Green Valley View and Pillar rocks, is a deep cleft that strikes to one as a small gutter. The Devils Kitchen is however,an extremely dangerous deep fall.
Green Valley View (Suicide Point)
Green Valley View,or the otherwise known Suicide Point, is a magnificient spot in Kodaikanal, popular mainly for its enroute fun. One must walk through misty woodlands and panoramic walks to reach this heaven like spot.
Kodai Lake that lays in the heart of Kodaikanal, is a star shaped man made lake that is draped on an area of 60 acres. Boating, horse riding, cycling and angling are a few of the adventure activities tourists can appease themselves with, near the lake.
Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
Established in the year 1899, the Kodaikanal Observatory is a part of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and was earlier known as Solar Physics Observatory.
Kurunji Temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Murugu and is dexterously based at a distance fo 3 kms from the lake. Providing delightful views of small villages, Palani Hills and Northern plains, and carrots plantation on the terraced slopes,the temple is also associated with the Kurunji Flower which blooms once in 12 years carpeting the whole area with purple flowers.
The famous Pillars Rocks of Kodaikanal are located around 8 kms from the lake and are an exquisite picnic spot. Constituting of a beautiful mini garden, the place is so named as it has three vertically positioned boulders reaching up to a height of 400 feet.
Silent Valley View
Silent Valley View is located in close proximity to the Pillar rock garden in Kodaikanal. The point is famous for proffering some astounding and stunning views of the Silent Valley.
Silver Cascade Falls
Just 8 kms from Kodaikanal town, is the scenic Silver Cascade Falls, known for its celestial and exquisite flow of silvery waters. It is a delight to see the the pure crystalline water flowing down from a 180 ft tall cliff.
Subrahmanya Temple (Kartikeya Temple)
At a distance of 65 kms from Kodaikanal lies the holy Subramanya temple, also known as Kartikeya Temple. Dedicated to Lord Subramanya, the temple is located at a height of 135 meters and the pilgrim needs to undertake a 659 step climb to reach the temple.
Located around 35 km from Kodaikanal, Thalaiyar Falls or Rat Tail Falls drops from a height of 975 feet (297m) and is the third highest waterfall in India.
What to Eat in Kodaikanal :
Local Food and CuisineChocolates, Sandwiches, Brownies, cheeses and some hot ‘chai’ are the most sought after eateries of Kodaikanal. Other than these, there is a lot that stands out in this town such as locally produced organic foods, a rich and spicy dash of Punjabi cuisine, popular items of Tibetan cuisine, an absolutely lip-smacking variety of Biryanis, as well as an elaborate Gujarati platter. Find local and traditional platters here too, with essentials like Dosas, idilis, Upma, Parota, Sambhar, Rasam, Paysam, Kesari, Sweet pongal and lots more.