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      29.06.2005 20:33
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      Hello everyone !
      I was searching for topic and When I saw Kodai Kanal I just knew what I am going to write. Hope you will enjoy it .I went to india to visit my parents this April and also visited some places. Kodai Kanal was one of the places I would like to go next time when I go to India.
      Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. It is a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. With its rocks, woods, lovely lake and bracing air, Kodaikanal is an ideal hill resort for everyone visiting India.
      It’s renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste. Berijam Lake, one among the beautiful lakes of South India, spreads over an area of 24 hectares.
      Lakes ~
      One of the main attractions for the tourists of Kodaikanal is the Kodai lake which is at a distance of 3 kms from the bus stand. In 1860s, Vera Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai settled in Kodaikanal after his retirement. By spending his own money he converted the marshy land with several streams of lake by constructing a strong bund and brought boats from Tuticorin.
      it looks magnificent with star shaped glittering water, in the midst of evergreen lush slopes. The hills receive the rainfall during North-East Monsoon months of October, November and December. The lake is spread over 60 acres and surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 kms length,.The average depth is 3.0m. The boat club provides boats for hire. There are luxury boats also. The famous Carlton hotel is facing the lake and the hotel is having their our boats for their customers.
      I walked around, sailed on, ride on horses & cycles and admired the lake. You can also do fishing but need to take permission from local government.(I didn’t bother)
      Falls ~
      Thalaiyar Falls
      This is also called as Rat tail falls. It is one of the highest falls in India, with their around 1000ft sheer drop.

      Bear Shola Falls
      An ideal picnic spot 1.6 km from bus stand and within 2 Kms off the lake, where once bears came to drink water. Hence the name of the falls became Bear Shola falls. Cross the lake bund, pass the Telephone exchange on your right, and at the junction take the lower road there comes Clifton Hotel. The approach is rugged hill path. The falls are at the best in rainy season
      Pambar Falls
      "Grand cascade" is another name for this magnificent falls. It can be reached by a steep, precipitous path behind Pambar house. Racing down Pambar Raivine is Zig-zagging leving stream that cascades over a series of rock formations. It is about 4kms away from Kodaikanal
      Silver cascade
      This water fall is located on the main ghat road, about 8 kms away as you approach Kodai from Kodai Road..
      Dolphins nose ~

      To reach Dolphins nose at a distance of 8 kms from the bus stand. You will have to follow the route given here.There is an old road after crossing Pambar Bridge near levinge stream. A rough curve rounds the hillside which leads to a point where a flat rock projects over an awful chesm of 6600 feet deep. This is Dolphins nose. On the way, beautiful views of plains and steepy rocky eascarpeints called rolling hills can be seen. The old village of vellagavi can be reached through the rugged bridle path.

      40 Miles Rounded ~
      For the visitors enjoying long hiking and trekking, a wonderful 3 to 4 days trek is available with delightful path. The usual trek follows from Berijem lake to the Kerala border Vandaraw and will be back via 'Poondi' , Kavunji, and Kukkal. Wyoucan see the big Mannavanur sheep farm while trekking via this route.

      Palani Hills ~
      The Palani hills are at eastern offshoot of the Western ghats covering an area of about 2400 Sq. Kms, and the town of Kodaikanal is centrally located. There are 2 main divisions of Palani - the Upper Palaniand the Lower Palani The Palani is the main watershed for the Vaigai (South) and Amaravathi (Cauvery) (North) Basins. The climate of the Palani varies with altitude from the typical climate of the Tamil Nad.
      Something interesting ~

      One of the most interesting features of the Vegetation is the ever green shola forest (wet, temperate) from which originate many perennial streams. Sholas are probably one of the most valuable treasures of the hills as prime watershed and as shelter for wildlife.

      Kodaikanal - Coaker walk
      It is a narrow pedestrian path, constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872, a one kilometer mountain road which runs along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai road which is 1/2km away from Kodai. The walk winding around mt. Nebo starts near van Allen hospital and joins the main road above St. Peter's Church provides a wide-angle spectacular view of the plains. On a cloudless, clear day one can have interesting sights, such as.... Dolphin's nose in south, valley of the pambar river in South East, birds eye view of Periyakulam and even city of Madurai.
      One must be aware of a fascinating phenomenon called 'Brachem Spectre' . A very lucky person can see his shadow on the clouds with a rainbow halo, when sun is behind and cloud and mist is in his front.

      Solar Physical Observatory ~

      This oldest world famous institution was built in 1898. It is nearly 6 kms from the bus stand and situated at the highest point in Kodai hills at about 7700 ft. It has a well equipped productive laboratory doing quality research work.

      How to get there ~

      By Air
      The Airport to Madurai is 135 kms, Coimbatore 170Kms and Trichy 195 Kms.


      Train
      Many Passenger trains pass through Kodaikanal road. Kodairoad Station is nearly 80 kms.

      Road

      Kodaikanal is connected by Road with all important towns. Regular bus services are available from Kodaikanal to Madurai, Palani, Kodai Road, Theni, Dindigul, Thiruchirappalli.

      Best time to visit ~

      April to June, and September to October

      Shopping ~

      No major place to shop but you can buy tourist viz, Souvenirs, gifts and momento and routine life stuff.

      It will be best to go in groups and have a local guide. So, you can have a better look at the heavenly heaven.
      If this review is successful than I would like to give few reviews on some other places I visited in India and around.

      Thank you for reading


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        16.08.2000 06:04

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        Kodaikanal is one of those spots that exist in your dreams. Lush meadows. deep chasms. long walks amongst the clouds.Silvery water falls. It is one of those hidden delights that many south Indians know but little known to the outside world. It is a hill station not far from Madurai in South India. You can reach there by bus or train. Kodaikanal literally means 'Summer stream'.It is a popular summer resort for the locals as it is cool and lush. First settled by Colonial British officers, it forms a magnificent summer retreat. The focal point of Kodai is the star shaped lake skirted by a 5km long road. The lake has a boat club and boats are available for hire. You can row away your blues amidst the crystalline reflections. There are little stalls that sell knitwear around the lake and also horses for hire if you fancy a ride. Another mode of travel is cycling. But beware, while it maybe exhilarating downhill, remeber you have to wheel it uphill on the way back. There is a quite tree lined walks called Coaker's walk if you are in a thoughtful mood. then there is the observatory, pillar rock, shola falls to pick a few spectacular sights. Kodai may only be a tiny tourist spot, but it packs more sightseeing per sq mile than many other resorts. There are some very good hotels around the lake. (Lake view is essential if you want to spend a few days) Carlton is probably the best. Kodia international is another.There are other log cabins and hotels much cheaper too. Food is mainly south and north indian but I remember a Tibetal restaurant last time I was there. Don't miss it if it is still open. All in all well worth a visit if you prefer a quite ,relaxing break . Especially if you are into breathtaking views.

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