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1. Green Valley View (Suicide Point)

Green Valley View (Suicide Point)
Must visit 3.6 /5

3 km
from city center
1 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Green Valley View, or the otherwise known Suicide Point, is a magnificent spot in Kodaikanal, popular mainly for its enroute fun. One must walk through misty woodlands and panoramic walks to reach this heaven like spot.

2. Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal Lake
Must visit 3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal Lake that lays in the heart of Kodaikanal, is a star-shaped man-made lake that is draped on an area of 60 acres. Boating, horse riding, cycling and angling are a few of the adventure activities tourists can appease themselves with, near the lake.

3. Bear Shola Falls

Bear Shola Falls
Must visit 4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Located at a mere distance of 2 kilometres from the Kodaikanal Lake, the Bear Shola Falls is a popular picnic spot in the region. This cascade is a seasonal attraction that comes to life in its fullest during the monsoons. An interesting legend behind the unique name of this place is that it was a favourite haunt of a bear who used to frequent this water body to drink water, hence imparting it the name Bear Shola Falls.

4. Dolphin's Nose, Kodaikanal

Dolphin's Nose, Kodaikanal
3.2 /5

3 km
from city center
4 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

The Dolphin's Nose viewpoint in Kodaikanal 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, where you can experience Kodaikanal at its best - plunging valleys, rugged terrain, clear skies, and the splendor of green.

5. Pillar Rocks

Pillar Rocks
Must visit 3.6 /5

3 km
from city center
5 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

The famous Pillars Rocks of Kodaikanal are located around 8 km from the lake and are an exquisite picnic spot. Constituting of a beautiful mini garden, the place is so named as it has three vertically positioned boulders reaching up to a height of 400 feet.

6. Thalaiyar Falls

Thalaiyar Falls
Must visit 4.2 /5

12 km
from city center
6 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Also known as Rat Tail Falls, Thalaiyar Falls is located in the lush green slopes of Palani Hill ranges in the Dindigul District, in Kodaikanal. With a height of 297m, it is the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu, the sixth highest waterfall in India. There is a view tower in the park at the Dum Dum Rock, from where you can get a beautiful view of the falls and the Manjalar Dam. There is a hiking route near the waterfall.

7. Vattakanal

Vattakanal

3 km
from city center
7 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

This is the village of Vattakanal, and it’s quite the charming little hill station in the Western Ghats. At a height of about 2011 m and towards the western edge of Tamil Nadu, Vattakanal is a small hamlet at a distance of about 7-8 km from Kodaikanal. In Tamil, ‘vatta’ suggests circle whereas ‘kanal’ translates to the forest. Vattakanal is popular among tourists from Israel and that can be seen in the overall hippie vibe of and the food served in cafes.

8. Mannavanur

Mannavanur

16 km
from city center
8 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Mannavanur is a serene farming village in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu - 35km away from Kodaikanal. This quaint village has terrace farms that are cut into the hill slopes. It offers nature-lovers a chance to experience the farm life, especially spotting rabbits, sheep and other animals. The Mannavanur Lake adds tranquillity to this picturesque town. This is also a stop on many trekking routes in the area.

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9. Devil's Kitchen

Devil's Kitchen
Must visit 3.5 /5

4 km
from city center
9 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

A natural and unique heritage site also known as the Devil's Kitchen, the Guna Caves are situated on the outskirts of Kodaikanal, which can be reached from the Moir Point. This place was earlier not very famous and was visited only by hikers. However, it got famous after a Tamil movie with the name 'Guna' was shot here in 1992. This is a group of caverns located amidst the three huge boulders known as Pillar Rocks. In addition to being a great location for photography, the gorge also remains filled with thick clouds in the monsoon and winter seasons. To reach the hilltop, visitors need to walk 400 meters from the main entrance.

10. Coakers Walk

Coakers Walk
Must visit 4.3 /5

1 km
from city center
10 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Coakers Walk is a beautiful man-made one-kilometre-long walking plaza built on the mountains in the mesmerizing city of Kodaikanal. The lovely path of Coakers Walk that curves by the edge of the gorgeous mountain have been constructed mainly for morning and evening walks. One can also choose to ride a bicycle to explore the scenic location. . It costs INR 30 per hour for adults and INR 20 per hour for children. The sight is breathtakingly beautiful, and it almost makes one feel like they are walking in the clouds.

11. Berijam Lake

Berijam Lake
Must visit 4.3 /5

12 km
from city center
11 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Berijam Lake is a quaint reservoir located 22 km from Kodaikanal main stand. With several activities like fishing, safari tours and bird watching, the lake is nature's unhindered beauty in the midst of a forest conservation area. The lake also facilitates the habitat of many animals such as Bison, Indian Elephant, Nilgiri Langur and Deer, and if you're lucky, you will also be able to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures. Boating has been banned in the lake to preserve the natural freshwater.

12. Kodai-Palani Trek

Kodai-Palani Trek
3.5 /5

16 km
from city center
12 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Known as the Princess of Hill Stations, Kodaikanal is a popular destination for those seeking adventure. The town of Kodaikanal is established on a plateau above the southern escarpment of the Upper Palani Hills at a height of 6, 998 ft.

13. Trekking in Kodaikanal

Trekking in Kodaikanal
3.2 /5

32 km
from city center
13 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

A trekkers delight, Kodaikanal has some exquisite locations to offer to both the professional trekkers and the novice ones. Trekking routes with varying difficulty levels are present and a tourist can select the route according to the fitness, time factor and one's trekking ability.

14. Bryant Park

Bryant Park
3.2 /5

1 km
from city center
14 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

One of the most popular botanical gardens in Kodaikanal, the Brayant Park is known for its fauna, rafts and hybrids. The best time to visit this marvelous park is during the annual horticulture show that is held during the month of May.

15. Silver Cascade Falls

Silver Cascade Falls
3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
15 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Just 8 km from Kodaikanal town, is the scenic Silver Cascade Falls, known for its celestial and exquisite flow of silvery waters. It is a delight to see the pure crystalline water flowing down from a 180 ft tall cliff.

16. Silent Valley View

Silent Valley View
3.2 /5

5 km
from city center
16 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Silent Valley View is located in close proximity to the Pillar rock garden in Kodaikanal. The point is famous for proffering some astounding and stunning views of the Silent Valley.

17. Kurinji Temple

Kurinji Temple
3.2 /5

2 km
from city center
17 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Kurunji Temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Murugu and is dexterously based at a distance of 3 km from the lake. Providing delightful views of small villages, Palani Hills and Northern plains, and carrots plantation on the terraced slopes, the temple is also associated with the Kurunji Flower which blooms once in 12 years carpeting the whole area with purple flowers.

18. Kodaikanal Solar Observatory

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
3.7 /5

3 km
from city center
18 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Established in the year 1899, the Kodaikanal Observatory is a part of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and was earlier known as Solar Physics Observatory.

19. Shembaganur Museum Of Natural History

Shembaganur Museum Of Natural History

1 km
from city center
19 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Shenbaganur Museum in Kodaikanal makes up for one of the most famous tourist spots and is an interesting place to visit. The museum is also one of the best orchidoriums in the country and is located 5.6 km away from the Kodaikanal Lake.

20. Subrahmanya Temple (Kartikeya Temple)

Subrahmanya Temple (Kartikeya Temple)
3.2 /5

54 km
from city center
20 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

At a distance of 65 km from Kodaikanal lies the holy Subramanya temple, also known as Kartikeya Temple. Dedicated to Lord Subramanya, the temple is located at a height of 135 meters and the pilgrim needs to undertake a 659 step climb to reach the temple.

21. Pine Forest, Kodaikanal

Pine Forest, Kodaikanal

2 km
from city center
21 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Situated in the southwest of Kodaikanal, Pine Forest is one of the most famous tourist spots in the city. It showcases the mesmerising nature around which has been preserved to date which is why it is also an important preserved heritage in the town.

22. La Salette Church

 La Salette Church

1 km
from city center
22 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

The Mother Salette church is one of the oldest churches, about 133 years old. Every year on 14th and 15th August, a grand celebration takes place in the church.

23. Kukkal Caves

Kukkal Caves

15 km
from city center
23 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

The now camping site of trekkers was once the earliest settlement of the Paliyan tribals. Situated at the height of 6200 feet above sea level, the Kukkal caves reside on of the highest altitudes in Kodaikanal which is why it receives a yearlong frigid climate along with misty and never-ending rains.

24. Moir Point

Moir Point

5 km
from city center
24 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Situated at the entrance of the forest which leads up all the way to the exquisite Berijam Lake, Moir Point is one of the most significant viewpoints present in Kodaikanal. Since this place offers terrific views of the valleys, it remains one of the most crowded places in Kodaikanal.

25. Christ The King Church

Christ The King Church

1 km
from city center
25 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

A prominent CSI Church situated in Kodaikanal, Christ the King Church has a history of over a hundred years. It is one of the deeply admired places for worship situated in the Queen of Hill Stations.

26. Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls

3 km
from city center
26 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Situated in the beautiful South-Indian station of Kodaikanal, the enchanting Fairy Falls is the source of the Pambar River which joins into the Vaigai River later on. Due to its breathtaking scenic beauty, the Fairy Falls also makes up for a popular picnic spot.

27. Pambar Falls

Pambar Falls

2 km
from city center
27 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Also known as the Grand Cascade and situated at a distance of 4 km from the Kodaikanal Bus Station, the Pambar Falls are formed by the town reservoir flowing towards the south and forming the Fairy Falls which further continue to join the Vaigai River. The falls can be reached by following a steep and slippery path from behind the Pambar house.

28. 80 Mile Round

80 Mile Round

0 km
from city center
28 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

80 Mile Round is an exciting trekking route which begins at the Berijam Lake and lasts at the Poombaral Village of Kodaikanal. If you are an adventure lover, then 80 Mile Round is the perfect place for you to experience the adrenaline rush in your body.

29. Upper Lake View

Upper Lake View

2 km
from city center
29 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Situated 3.2 km away from the Coakers Walk, Upper Lake View is a famous tourist attraction in Kodaikanal and one which is worth visiting. After you reach here, you will get an appealing view of the star-shaped lake situated here and the surrounding lush greenery which looks stunning.

30. Dolmen Circle

Dolmen Circle

0 km
from city center
30 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Dolmen Circle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kodaikanal which promises a unique experience to all its visitors. Situated at a distance of 18 km from Berijam Lake and 8 km from Kodaikanal Lake, the Dolmen Circle boasts about its pre-historic remains which can date back to 5,000 BC.

31. Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church

0 km
from city center
31 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

The Lutheran Church which is located in Lakshmipuram is one of the most iconic structures of the breathtaking hill station of Kodaikanal. The church is visited by a huge population of tourists which not only involves Christians but people belonging to other religions as well.

32. Perumal Peak

Perumal Peak

11 km
from city center
32 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Perumal Peak which is situated at the height of 2,440 meters is the highest peak of the Perumalai Hills. Nestled in the majestic Western Ghats, it is a place that is worth trekking. Situated around 18 km from Kodaikanal, Perumal Peak provides stunning views of the surrounding Western Ghats and the Nilgiri Hills.

33. Vattakanal Falls

Vattakanal Falls

2 km
from city center
33 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Vattakanal Falls situated at a distance of 3 km from the town of Kodaikanal is famous for its rich biodiversity. Surrounded by trees, hills and lush greenery all around, this attraction makes up for a perfect place to observe the wonder that is nature and all its elements closely.

34. Chettiar Park

Chettiar Park

2 km
from city center
34 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Chettiar is a small park which is managed by the Kodaikanal Township and offers a calm and soothing environment to its tourists. Covered with lush greenery and exquisite scenic views all around, this place is worth spending your time at with your loved ones.

35. Poombarai

Poombarai

4 km
from city center
35 out of 35
places to visit in Kodaikanal

Poombarai is a tiny village that is famous for its production of garlic. It is comfortably nestled among terraced fields and lush greenery. It stands at the height of 1,920 m in the Palani Hills and offers a picturesque view of the surroundings. You get to see colourful houses laid out in neverending greenery. Poombarai is as tranquil as it is mesmerising, and makes for a fantastic addition to any Kodaikanal trip.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Kodaikanal?

Day 1: Arrive at Kodaikanal. Check-in at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for local sightseeing after some rest. Visit Coaker's Walk. Afterward, Visit Kurinji Andavar temple. Later, visit Green Valley point, another viewpoint famous for its natural vistas.
Day 2: Trek to Dolphin's Nose: One of the must-visit places of Kodaikanal. Then visit Shola falls and Pillar rocks. Afterward, you can visit Guna caves also known as Devil’s kitchen to complete your day.
Day 3: Leave for Kodai Lake after breakfast. You can also visit Silver Cascades, the waterfall formed by the Kodai lake. Later, pay a visit to the Bryant park, a botanical garden with the vibrant variety of flora. Visit Berijam lake, a freshwater lake located amidst the dense Shola forests of Kodaikanal. You need a special permit from Forest Department to visit this lake.
Day 4: Collect souvenirs from the local market. You can buy various handicrafts, clothes and hand-made chocolates from the market. Back to your respective cities.

How can I commute within Kodaikanal?

Local transport is by means of bus, taxi or auto-rickshaw. Also, being a hillstation, the best way to enjoy its ambience is by travelling on foot.
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How much does a package cost for Kodaikanal?

The packages for Kodaikanal start at INR 10710 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top restaurants in Kodaikanal?

The best places to eat in Kodaikanal are Altaf's Cafe, Pastry Corner, Hotel Astoria, Patel Restaurant, Hilltop Towers, Royal Tibet. You can see all the places to eat in Kodaikanal here

What are the top sightseeing places in Kodaikanal?

The top sightseeing places in Kodaikanal are Green Valley View (Suicide Point), Kodai Lake, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Thalaiyar Falls, Devil's Kitchen.

What are the top activities in Kodaikanal?

The top activities in Kodaikanal are Kodaikanal Organic Farm Camping, Camping with Trekking and Meals, Kurangani Hills, Camping and Trekking in Kodaikanal, Forest Tour in Kodaikanal, Trekking Tour of Kodaikanal, Hill Top Camping in Kodaikanal.

What are the top hotels in Kodaikanal?

There are 169 Hotels in Kodaikanal which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Kodaikanal are Syamantac Villa, Bunglow By The Lake, Kodai Drizzle - A Luxury Villa, Colonial Cottage, Eco Hostel, Romans pod house. You can see all the hotels in Kodaikanal here
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