During the British rule in India, Kodaikanal was considered a summer forest. It was previously owned by the British as a retreat to escape the high-handed heat and blood-sucking mosquitos of the plains. Soon after independence, it developed as the second most popular place in South India for honeymoon and holiday destinations.
The nature-lovers describe this place as 7,200 ft. high ode whose beauty is defined by its wooden forests, uninterrupted rivers, astonishing and photogenic views, making it an ideal spot for couples and photographers. It also has some marvelous high points that mesmerize you with the bird-eye views of the town. For trekkers, it has some adrenaline rush trekking sites on the curved and rocky terrain.
But that isn’t the only reason that makes Kodaikanal the most preferred holiday destination
Let’s find out some other specifications such as the places, traditional delicacies, culture, and heritage, etc.
Places to explore
Kodaikanal is gifted with an ample amount of venues to woo you. Let’s highlight a few
- Green valley view: Not exploring this place would make your trip incomplete. Seek natural, organic and wild beauty of Kodaikanal through a panoramic view
- Canopy hill: Climb the hill and watch the clouds moving by your side, listen to the song of birds and let the air fill your lungs with freshness
- Kodaikanal lake: Get mesmerized by the star-shaped water body and fascinating hill views
- Solar observatory: If you loved astronomy in your school, this observatory which surely makes your dreams come true of observing the undisturbed sun and starry night, if permitted by the officials
- Thalaiyar falls: Witness the broadness of the highest outpouring Waterflow that falls from a height of about 297 m
- Perumal peak: Hike the highest mountain range in the Western Ghats which 1,000 years ago was considered an active volcano
- Anna salai market: An explicit place to buy homemade chocolates, crafts, jewelry, bone & walnut items as well as items made of leather and brass
Traditional delicacies to savor
Despite a town in Southern India, Kodaikanal offers distinct cuisines such as Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and even Western. Favorites of the locals include Noodle soups, momo served with dipping sauce, homemade chocolates with fillings of almonds, cashews, strawberry cream, rum, caramel, honey, fruits, etc. homemade jams of gooseberry and Kodai’s pear and honey from the hills consumed with ginger, green chili, amla, etc
Culture & heritage
The temples and churches of Kodaikanal beautifully explain its richness in culture and religion. It has quite a few churches and mosques apart from temples of Hindu deities that highlight secularism.
The town celebrates three crucial festivals Pongal, Natyanjali festival and Chithirai festival. Pongal, as you know, is a harvest festival celebrated in January with great enthusiasm and excitement. Natyanjali, is a 4-day festival celebrated across the state, dedicated to the Lord of dance, Natraj as a tribute in February or March. Dancers from the corners of the world travel here to participate in the festival. Chithirai, on the other hand, is a 10-day festival, where the estate worships Lord Kallazhagar, another name for Lord Vishnu celebrated in April month or Chithirai month according to the Tamil calendar
Best time to visit
You can visit Kodaikanal anytime in the 12 months, even during the monsoon as the coasts get fascinating. Hence, it entirely depends on the tourist to choose convenient weather.