There is little else as refreshing as going away into the blanket of hills, so as to get a respite from the sweltering heat of the plains. And Kodaikanal, also known as ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ in Tamil Nadu, offers just that. The days aren’t as cold there, it’s more like deep spring in early winter, but the nights get quite chilly making you feel the sharp pinch of cold. You could club your trip with Ooty, the big sister, but if you choose to go to just Kodai, that too holds potential of a great trip. Also Read - 22-Year-Old Student Dies After Walking 450km from Wardha to Reach Home in Tamil Nadu Amid Lockdown
Since this misty hill station, 120 km northwest of Madurai in the protected Palani Hills, is more relaxed and intimate, it happens to be a favourite among honeymooners and groups because more than anything, it offers great peace and quiet. And if you want to step out for a nature walk, or sight-seeing, it has plenty of those too. Kodai, in that sense, offers the best of both worlds. Also Read - Watch | This Innovative Tunnel in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur Disinfects As You Walk Along It
Located on a beautiful star-shaped lake, Kodai has patches of shola or virgin forests on its hillsides, and is home to some evergreen broadleaf trees like magnolia, mahogany, myrtle and rhododendron along with the kurinji shrub, whose lilac-blue blossoms appear every 12 years. Interestingly, there’s a temple too after its name called the Kurinji Andavar Temple. It is dedicated to Murugan, and offers beautiful panoramas of the surrounding hills and the plains miles below.
There are many viewpoints in Kodai like other hill stations that make for great attractions during dark and the golden hour. Coaker’s Walk, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks and Moir’s Point – they all make for amazing views of the plains below.
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Amongst the parks, Bryant Park – landscaped by the British officer after whom it’s named, is again a great place for travellers and couples. And Berijam Lake, fringed by forests on all sides, too is worth a visit if you don;tmind traveling 21 km southwest of Kodai.
For the travellers looking for something to feed their intellect, there’s something called the Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum. Almost 4 km downhill, this museum has an uncomfortable yet intriguing miscellany of flora and fauna put together over more than 100 years by priests and trainees. Displays range from bottled snakes, human embryos, giant moths to stuffed animal carcasses and much more. You can also see pressed famous kurinji flowers here.