|Palani Murugan Temple
The Palani Murugan Temple is a
major attraction of Palani which can be reached by climbing
around 670 steps, on the hilltop. There is also a Haulage
Winch or a small rope train along with a rope car for
travelling to the top of the hill. The entire town of
Palani is visible from the top of the hill, which is
accessible from Madurai and Trichy.
It is believed that this temple was built by Cheraman
Perumal of the Chera Dynasty. The temple was later
expanded between the 8th and the 13th centuries by
the Cholas and Pandyas, who added new mandapams and
gopurams at the site. Some of the sculptures at the
temple were added by the Nayaka kings who ruled the
region for a brief period.
|Kannadi Perumal Temple
The Kannadi Perumal Temple, devoted
to Lord Vishnu, is located on a hillock which is around
9 km south of Palani. The temple derives its name from
the Sanskrit word 'dhrishti', which means ‘casting
an evil eye’.
|Silver Cascade Falls
Silver Cascade Falls, one of the
most famous waterfalls, is the first attraction that
unfolds to tourist, located on the Madurai - Kodaikanal
road, on way to Kodaikanal. This waterfall is the result
of excess water in the Kodai Lake, which comes down
as a fall. Silver Cascade Falls is located at a distance
of around 8 km from Kodaikanal.
Considered to be an ideal location for nature lovers,
this falls is 180 ft high. Owing to the presence of
various minerals in the water of this fall, taking
a bath in this fall is refreshing. In addition, this
fall also serves as a halting point for vehicles and
tourists as there are several shops dotted around,
which sell fruits and other forest products.
|Green Valley View
Green Valley View, located around
5.5 km from the Kodaikanal Lake, is the point from where
tourists can enjoy the beautiful view of the Vaigai
Dam. The place is formerly known as Suicide Point owing
to facts that it is deep, dangerous and dense.
The valley is around 5,000 ft deep and the ideal
time to make a visit to this valley is between 10
am and 3 pm. The major attraction of this valley is
presence of plenty of monkeys.
|Silent Valley View
Silent Valley View, situated at
a short distance from Pillar Rocks, can be seen on the
Berijam lake road. The best time to make a visit to
this valley is during early morning and late afternoon.
Since the valley is deep, children visiting this valley
have to be accompanied by their parents.
The beautiful Gothic structure,
Lutheran Church was built in 1932. The adorned Church
was adorned with stained glass window while detailed
paintings and murals depict the life of Jesus Christ
on the Church walls.
Berijam Lake, located at a distance
of 21 Kilometres from the heart of the city, the lake
is one of the most popular attractions of Kodaikanal.
This lake was introduced to the public by European settlers.
Known for its serene beauty, the area on which the lake
is present was originally a swamp, which was cleared
so as to discover the lake.
Surrounded by green pine population, this lake is
the main source for Periyakulam Town, which is located
in proximity to Kodaikanal. Tourists visiting the
lake can spot bison and leopard along with chirping
birds. This lake can only be visited after obtaining
the permission from the District Forest Officer, as
it is not open to general public.
Berijam Lake is a place where tourists can enjoy
plethora of activities such as boating, walking and
trekking. Boating is one of the most popular activities
that tourists can enjoy at this lake. Water of this
lake is abode to several known and unknown species
of fish, which makes it angler's heaven.
Bryant Park, a botanical garden,
is situated on the eastern side of 'The Lake'. Conceived
and landscaped in 1980 by a British Army Officer, Glenn
Bryant. At this botanical garden, every year in the
month of May, an annual flower and vegetable show is
organised. In addition, it is one of the most visited
attractions during the summer months. The garden also
houses a glasshouse, which comprises a wide assortment
of flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants.
Kodaikanal Lake, a man-made lake,
is located in the Kodaikanal city of Dindigul district,
Tamil Nadu. Considered as one of the most popular geographic
landmarks and tourist attractions, this lake is located
at a distance of 3 km from the bus stand. Perched at
an elevation of 2,285 m above sea level, this lake is
Enclosing an area of around 60 acres, the lake has
an average depth of 3 m. The lake was created in 1863
by Sir Vere Hentry Levinge, who was the collector
of Madurai. He came to this place after his retirement
and converted this marshy land with several streams
Tourists visiting this artificial lake can take a
walk around this lake or can enjoy several activities
such as cycle rides and horse rides. In addition,
fishing can also be done at this lake; however tourists
need to obtain permission from Inspector of Fisheries.
Boating can also be enjoyed on this lake, for which
boats are provided by Tamil Nadu Tourist Development
Corporation and Kodaikanal Boat & Rowing Club.
Pillar Rocks, located at a distance
of 8 km from the lake tower, is one of the famous tourist
attractions. At this attraction, tourists can see three
granite boulders that are standing vertically shoulder
to shoulder. Measuring a height of around 400 ft from
the ground, these pillars are known for offering bird's
eye view of the surrounding beautiful vistas. The chambers
that are between the two pillars are also known as Devil's
|Bear Shola Falls
Bear Shola Falls, located at a
distance of 2 km from the Kodaikanal Lake, is another
popular tourist spot within the destination. Owing to
the fact that in earlier days bears used to come to
this fall for drinking water; thus, the falls has got
its name as Bear Shola Falls. Situated at a distance
of 1.5 km, the fall is one of the most ideal picnic
spots in Kodaikanal town. The best time to a visit this
lake is during the rainy season. This is because during
this season, the beauty of the falls is at its fullness.
|Kurinji Andavar Temple
Kurinji Temple, located at a distance
of around 5 km from the bus station, is also known as
Kurinji Andavar Temple. Dedicated to Lord Muruga, the
God of Hills as per the Tamil literature, tourists visiting
this temple can enjoy beautiful view of Vaigai dam and
In Tamil Language, Kurinji means hilly region, while
the word Andavar refers to God. In addition, this
temple is also a venue for summer festival, which
is celebrated in the month of May every year. During
this festival, tourists flock the temple so as to
seek the blessings of Lord Muruga.