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Timings : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

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Pine Forest, Kodaikanal Overview

Situated in the southwest of Kodaikanal, Pine Forest is one of the most famous tourist spots in the city. It showcases the mesmerizing nature around which has been preserved to date which is why it is also an important preserved heritage in the town. Pine Forests came into existence due to the efforts put in by Mr. Bryant as he was the one to state the pine plantations to grow the timber in the year 1906. The sight of pine trees present in abundance and welcoming you to their world is nothing but nature's wonder with the forests appearing grey with dried cones and leaves. The forests are surrounded by a vegetation of mushrooms popularly known as the magic mushrooms, which are believed to be hallucinogenic.

The Pine Forest is not a place with scenic views but is also perfect for long walks and unwinding. Spending some relaxing moments in the natural surroundings amongst the beautiful trees around is a charm and worth it. The Pine Forest has become one of the most famous sightseeing attractions due to the enjoyable atmosphere around. One can opt for horse riding, nature walks or taking photographs. An exciting camping experience can be looked forward to at the forests after you obtain permission from the local authorities about the same. Therefore, in case you wish to break away from your daily routine and relax for a while, this is the place to be.

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Flora at Pine Forest

Pine trees, in addition to Shola and Eucalyptus trees, are found in abundance in many parts of Kodaikanal. However, only two sites have become popular as a tourist destination amongst the travellers namely Pine Forest- 1 and Pine Forest-2.

Pine Forest 1 
Situated on the road near the Solar Observatory, the pine forest is crowded with tourists flocking here to enjoy the place. There are also numerous local vendors selling fresh carrots and fruits who can be spotted right at the entrance of the forest.

Pine Forest 2 
Situated near the Moir Point, the Pine Forest 2 does not remain crowded like Pine Forest 1. Vendors are usually hard to spot in this forest. Also, some horse riding options are available here which is why this place appears much more attractive than Pine Forest 1.

Activities at Pine Forest

Photography is one of the best things to do in the Pine Forest. This place with its captivating beauty of densely grown pine trees in the background should be visited by each and everyone who loves to spend quiet time in natural surroundings with scenic views. Also, movie shooting keeps on taking place here so if you get lucky you might come across some of the famous stars in Bollywood. The forest is absolutely the place to be at for long walks while admiring the unique beauty around in a tranquil atmosphere. One can also partake in the thrilling camping experience here after obtaining permission from the local authorities.

Best Time To Visit Pine Forest

The perfect time to visit the Pine Forest is from January to July since the climate remains pleasant during this time and pretty much enjoyable.

How To Reach Pine Forest, Kodaikanal

The forest remains well-connected by roads from Kodaikanal. One can easily hire a cab or drive a private vehicle to reach the place. The best way of reaching the Pine Forests is asking the locals for directions. You can also inquire at the reception desk of the hotel you're staying at, and they will tell you the exact route to follow.

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