Kodaikanal – Princess of Hill stations
Situated on the southern ridge of Palani Hills in the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal is around 120 km from Madurai It is sitting on an altitude of 6,854 feet above sea level and is among the most visited tourist destinations of South. The ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ is how sometimes Kodaikanal is referred. It also has the distinction of being the only hill station in India to be established by Americans.
Star Shaped Lake
The star-shaped lake or the Kodaikanal Lake is located in the central point of the Kodaikanal and is one of the major tourist attraction of town. It is the brainchild of former Collector, Sir Vere Levinge, who transformed a marshy land into a breathtaking star shaped water body. Apart from enjoying the relaxing view of the lake, you have an option for boating courtesy the Boat Club or you can savor a small horse ride along the sidelines.
From the Kodaikanal Lake, it is just 3 km away. It is one of the three solar observatories in the world that were built more than 75 years ago. It is situated at an elevation of 2343 meters which is the highest point of the town. You have to book a ticket for the scheduled shows to get an experience of the solar system, which surely will be worth the money and time you spend on it.
Kodaikanal is famous among travelers for the most scintillating viewpoints from where you get the most Rocks, panoramic glances of the entire Kodaikanal hill station. The best viewpoints here are Green Valley view point, Pillar and the Dolphin’s Nose. A visit to these viewpoints and a glimpse of the nature’s marvel from them can be the best memory that you take from here.
Situated just 5 km away from the town center, Fairy Falls have become a famous destination for picnics among localities. Another fall named Glen falls is just around the corner and is equally famous. These falls are nothing short of a destination blessed by nature itself. A swim on the foot of these falls is very refreshing and is not to be missed.
By Air : The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is in Madurai and is around 120 km away. Flights operate to all major cities of India.
By Rail : Kodai Road Railway station is the nearest rail head which is 80 km away from Kodaikanal. All major passenger trains passing through this network have a halt at this station.