Timings : Sunrise to Sunset
Time Required : 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Kodaikanal is well-known as the Queen of Hill Stations in India. The Dolphin's Nose viewpoint is where you can experience Kodaikanal at its best - plunging valleys, rugged terrain, clear skies, and the splendour of green embellishing the scene. As the name suggests, this viewpoint is based on a flat, protruding piece of rock that is shaped like a dolphin's nose. This forms a visible cliff at the height of 6,600 feet, with the best part being that it is accessible to the public. This destination is perfect for those who desire an adventurous addition to the otherwise laidback trip that Kodaikanal offers.
The caveat is that reaching this heavenly spot requires a moderate level 3 km long trek through the pines and rocks of the Palani Hill Range. It is possible to explore a nearby waterfall and a local village along the way. Perhaps the most captivating scenario would be if you happened to visit Dolphin's Nose when a mystical fog has covered the mountains and surrounding valley. A quiet retreat into the mountains is a splendid way to engage in some soulful introspection or wonder while the experience itself can be enhanced multi-fold during a sunrise or sunset. The peace and tranquillity in the atmosphere are second to none. It is possible to explore a nearby waterfall and a local village along the way.
Fruit juice vendors and food stalls occasionally dot the landscape, but the items are relatively expensive up here. Overall, Dolphin's Nose constitutes a half-day trip into the mountains for a rejuvenating morning (or evening!). Dolphin's Nose viewpoint is a must on the itinerary of those looking for an adventurous add-on on their visit to Kodaikanal. Photography enthusiasts may also enjoy taking some landscape clicks from this beautiful viewpoint.
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