Perfectly named as the “gift of the forest” and the “Princess of Hill Stations”, Kodaikanal is easily one of the most popular hill stations in India. It is a place famous for its beautiful scenery and calming charm.
The name Kodaikanal has many meanings. Based on the division of the syllables in the name, there are four interpretations of the name “A place to see in summer”, “The End of the Forest”, “The forest of Creepers” and “ The gift of the forest”. Who used this name first and what the intended meaning of the name was, remains a mystery till date.
Kodiakanal is mentioned in ancient Indian Sangam literature as the place of Lord Murugans romantic traditions. The earliest inhabitants of Kodaikanal were the tribal people of Palaiyar. The modern town was officially established in the year 1845 by Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats.
The perfect retreat, nature lover’s paradise and honeymoon destination
Because of its beautiful hills and sprawling greenery, Kodaikanal is one of the most popular retreats in India. Since most of the country experiences blistering summer heat, the cool climate of Kodaikanal provides the much needed refuge. There are many resorts and holiday inns that tourists can visit for a relaxed and pampered holiday.
Kodaikanal is home to many species of flora and fauna and is paradise to those who love being amidst nature. Sparkling waterfalls and acres of tea estates add to the beauty of the town and make it the best destination for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the urban areas.
The serene hills, the mist and the low temperatures attract couples who want to spend a romantic honeymoon.
The influence of the British and American culture is significant in the architecture and overall ambience of the town. You can find beautiful English churches along Kodiakanal’s narrow streets. Homemade chocolates and spices are extremely popular here. The different varieties of tea, undoubtedly, are tourists’ favorite item of purchase.
Climate and best time to visit
Kodaikanal is cool for most part of the year. Because of its elevated location, it experiences sub tropical conditions making it a popular summer retreat for most tourists.
- Kodaikanal Lake
- Croaker’s Walk
- Byrant Park
- Bear Shola Falls
- Green Valley View
- Pine Forests
- Dolphin’s Nose
- Silver Cascade