Kodaikanal Lake, a man-made lake, is situated 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 star shaped.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 of lake.
Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal:
Coaker's Walk, discovered in 1872, has been named after Lt. Coaker. Situated at a distance of 1 km from the lake of Kodaikanal, this place is known for its long winding paths, forests and flowers present. Situated on the southern slopes of this beautiful hill station, Coaker's Walk is a paradise for nature lovers. Travellers visiting this place are mandatory to purchase a ticket for entering Coaker's Walk. The major attraction of this place is the Telescope House that offers beautiful view of valley and its nearby towns. The ideal time to make a visit to Coaker's Walk is before 2:30 in the afternoon. This is because after 2:30 pm, the mist starts setting all over by the late afternoon.
The place turned out to be a popular holiday destination and now lures multitudes of visitors to it from all over. The Pine Forest was cultivated by one Mr Bryant in Kodaikanal in 1906 with the idea of having a timber forest for valuable wood. Kodaikanal brings respite to visitors from the heat of the adjoining cities with its pleasant climate throughout the year. This hill station, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is 2000 metres above sea level, set in the Ghat section of granite cliffs which are completely covered with Pine forests, waterfalls and lakes and grassy slopes. The star-shaped lake is a man-made one and the town is situated around it.
Kurinji Andavar Temple:
Dedicated to Lord Muruga, the God of Hills as per the Tamil literature, visitors visiting this temple can enjoy beautiful view of Vaigai dam and Palani hills. Kurinji Temple, located at a distance of around 5 km from the bus station, is also known as Kurinji Andavar Temple. In addition, this temple is also a venue for summer festival, which is celebrated in the month of May every year. In Tamil Language, Kurinji means hilly region, while the word Andavar refers to God. During this festival, tourists flock the temple so as to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga.
At this botanical garden, every year in the month of May, an annual flower and vegetable show is organised. Bryant Park, a botanical garden, is located on the eastern side of 'The Lake'. Conceived and landscaped in 1980 by a British Army Officer, Glenn Bryant. 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.
This lake was introduced to the public by European settlers. 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. 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. This lake can only be visited after obtaining the permission from the District Forest Officer, as it is not open to general public. Tourists visiting the lake can spot bison and leopard along with chirping birds.
Green Valley View :
The place is formerly well-known as Suicide Point owing to facts that it is deep, dangerous and dense. 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 main attraction of this valley is presence of plenty of monkeys. 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.
A dazzling, breath-taking viewpoint of the Kodaikanal Lake, the Upper Lake View is a definite stop for the travellers and visitors to the verdure that Kodaikanal is. The star-shaped lake of Kodaikanal is a manmade one that was created in 1863 by one Sir Vere Henry Levinge. The lake has, since then, been the most popular geographic landmark of Kodaikanal. From the vantage point of the upper plateau, the panoramic view offers tourists a picturesque and dreamy view of the Kodaikanal Lake and allows for a beautiful contrast of the lake against the sullen green of the surrounding hills. The route to the Upper Lake View is about 3.2 km from the Coaker’s Walk, through to the Green Valley.
Shenbaganur Museum, situated at a distance of 5 km from Kodaikanal Lake, is also known as Flora and Fauna Museum. Established in 1895, this museum is managed by Sacred Heart College. This museum also houses an orchidarium, which has a collection of around 300 species of exotic and indigenous orchids. In addition, the museum also preserves fossils along with wide varieties of flora and fauna. Moreover, it is one of the best places to visit by those who want to gain knowledge about the traditional culture of South India.
Located on the southern escarpment of the Palani Hills, Kodaikanal, is a rock formation called Pillar Rocks: three massive rocks about 400 ft. tall, standing adjacent to each other and protruding out of the cliff face. Legend has it that the Pandavas once stopped in Kodaikanal and cooked their meals here while they stayed in this area. The caverns in between these rocks and the cliff face were formerly known as the Devil’s Kitchen, due to the visual effect of fog passing the cave, rising up and coming out of an opening that resembles a chimney. The region was a little known hiking spot prior to the 1992 Tamil movie ‘Guna’. Several scenes from the movie were shot within this Cave, and this ended up making it a famous tourist destination and later being named Guna Caves. Entry into the deeper ravines of the cave is restricted and cordoned off due to mysterious rumoured disappearances of inquisitive explorers in the recent past. The cave system can be safely seen from a distance as well. There are good trekking trails that lead to the caves and the surrounding region is covered by lush green forests and breath-taking views of the valley often covered in fog.