MY RECENT TRIP TO KODAIKANAL


Kodaikanal is referred as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination.Here i share our trip to Kodaikanal memories.

Kodaikanal is a city in the hills of the taluk division of Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest". Kodaikanal is referred as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. The place Kodaikanal was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperature is secluded situated around 2100 meters above sea level.
Transportation: We traveled through train from Bangalore to Kodaikanal and back to Bangalore. We boarded Tuticorin Express (16732) from Bangalore City station at 9:20 PM on Friday and reached Kodaikanal Road station in the next morning at 7:30 am. The scheduled time for the train to reach Kodaikanal Road station is 6:23 am. But it was late by 1 hr. due to fog.
For returning back to Bangalore we had boarded the same train i.e. Mysore Express (16731), at 8:35 pm from Kodaikanal Road station and reached Bangalore City railway station at 6:40 am.
Ticket cost Rs 197/- for Sleeper classes, Rs 522/- for 3 tiers AC and Rs 714/- for 2 tiers AC for each.

Details of the trip:

Day 1: During our First day trip to Kodaikanal after getting down at Kodai Road Railway, we hired a mini bus from outside of the station to reach Kodaikanal which cost us Rs 4000/-. We were a group of 10 including elderly people and a kid. We didn't want them to face any trouble caused by shared vehicles, so booked the bus. But there were plenty of other options like shared-vehicles, route-busses, and small cars. We had a halt on the way to have breakfast in "Eden Garden Restaurant".The food was authentic South Indian and normal like other roadside restaurants.
We started again for Kodaikanal after finishing our breakfast. We visited Silver Cascade on the way to our hotel. That's a 55-metre (180 ft) waterfall formed from the outflow of Kodaikanal Lake. The impressive waterfall is a popular stop for the first-time visitors. There are a few souvenirs and fruits vendors and many monkeys. We had booked 4 double room cottages which cost us Rs. 1300/-. Each double bed was enough big to accommodate 3 people.The hotel is quite good, clean and hygienic. They have another facility like restaurant, bar, conference hall and parking as well. The amenities they provide in the rooms are sufficient. They provide extra necessary facilities in case you need it in an emergency; we had my 1-year-old nephew with us and for him, we needed a room-heather as it was quite cold in the night. They arranged that for some extra money i.e. Rs 100/- per night.We went to our respective rooms and got freshen up. We had our lunch in the restaurant of the same hotel. By the way it was a family outing for us. We didn't go out that day because it was quite late and the elders were tired too. So we stayed in the hotel and chatted all the evening. From our hotel reception, we got a travel agency's information.
In the trip to Kodaikanal, we had our breakfast in our hotel itself. The Tata Sumo came at 9:30 a.m. and we started by 10:00 a.m. The places we visited were Coaker's Walk is a magnificent gift of Mother Nature to Kodaikanal and its tourists. It derives its name from Lt. Coaker, who had prepared the map of Kodaikanal. The 1 km walk, winding around Mount Nebo, starts in front of the Van Allen hospital, running parallel to the Van Allen Hospital Road and joins the main road beside St.Peter's Church, providing a stunning panoramic view of the plains. On a clear day one can view as far as Dolphin's Nose in the south, the valley of the Pambar River in the southeast, Periyakulam town and even the city of Madurai. There is a telescope house in this place. Ticket for the telescope house is Rs. 20/- per person.Entry fees for this place is Rs. 10/- per person, normal camera Rs. 50/- and movie camera Rs. 100/
Upper Lake View is a view point from where you can get the top view of Kodai Lake and a panoramic view of the city. They have a telescope house in that place as well. Ticket for the telescope house is Rs. 20/- per person. There is a Golf Course in the Kodaikanal but that place is not open for general public and tourists. Only member and their family can go inside the place.
Green Valley View also known as Suicide Point, is near the golf course, has an excellent panoramic view of the plains and a sheer drop of 1,500 meters overlooking the Vaigai Dam to the south. The stairway leading up to it is highly commercialized and lined with rows of shops to tempt tourists. The pine plantations in Kodaikanal Pine forest are one among the preserved treasures of Kodaikanal which would mesmerize the tourists by its ambiance. This place is a gift of Mother Nature for people who love photography. In 1906, Mr. Bryant planned to grow precious timber; hence he started the Kodaikanal pine plantations in the southwest of Kodaikanal. The Pine forest is an impressive spot to visit. The scenery at pine forest is one of the most excellent locations to spend time to experience the most peaceful and memorable moments of life in our trip to Kodaikanal.
Devil's Kitchen, are deep bat-infested chambers between the three gigantic boulders that are the Pillar Rocks. The deep narrow ravines of the caves are now closed to the public due to the tragic loss of twelve youths there who once got deeper into the cave and never returned. These dangerous caves are highly protected now, and tourists can see sections of the cave system from afar. Now this place is also known as Guna cave because of Tamil Movie 'Guna'.This is one major place to visit in Kodaikanal.
The implausible Pambar falls is otherwise called as the "Grand Cascade". Flowing down Pambar River is meandering lively stream dropping over a chain of rock formations. The town water reservoir overflows southwards forming the Fairy Falls which continues to join the Vaigai River forming the Pambar Falls through its course. The Pambar Falls has a pretty glorious view.Chettiar Park is a small precise garden park placed in the north east crook of the Kodaikanal town under the maintenance of the township, on the way to the Kurunji Andavar Temple. Being distinct from other areas, Chettiar Park is very silent. People who love peace this would be the best place for time passing. A huge variety of fascinating flowers can be seen here. The beautifully designed bushes adorn the garden
During our trip to Kodaikanal, we visit Kodai Lake the most popular place in Kodaikanal. It is a non-natural; close to star-shaped widely spread across 45 ha (60 acres) lake developed in 1863. Rowboats and pedal boats are available for hire at the Kodaikanal Boat Club. Horses and bicycles can be hired next to the lake on an hourly rent
Brayant Park, situated at the east of Kodaikanal, is a fantastically maintained botanical garden spread across 20.5 acres (8.3 ha). The Bryant Park was designed and developed in 1908 by a forest officer from Madurai, H.D.Bryant, the same was named after him later. The Bryant Park is a rainbow of dazzling flowers during the peak season having 325 species of trees, shrubs, and cactuses. The major section of Bryant Park is dedicated to nearly 740 varieties of roses.these are the places to visit in Kodaikanal.


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