Chennai to Kodaikanal Weekend Holiday Packages
Kodaikanal holiday packages from Chennai for your weekend trip
What to See
Lakes: The most defining feature of this hill retreat is the star-shaped Kodai Lake situated amidst the emerald green wooded slopes. This lake is flanked by a black road. Another artificial lake in the upper regions of Palani Hills is the Berijam Lake. It is a beautiful picnic spot allowing you to catch some striking scenery.
Coaker's Walk: Located a kilometer away from the lake, it derives its name from Lt. Coaker, who is credited with preparing the map of Kodai. Built along a steep, green slope, this walk offers you breathtaking views of the plains below.
Parks: The Bryant Park is situated on the eastern side of the lake and is noted for its flowers, hybrids and grafts. A Flower Show is hosted every year in May as part of a summer festival. Another well-maintained park is the Chettiyar Park, which is located en route the Kurinji Andavar Temple.
Green Valley View: Located close to the Golf Club, it offers a beautiful view of Vaigai Dam.
Pillar Rocks: Located about 7 kms from the Lake, the name is derived from the three boulders that stand next to each other. It also houses a mini garden within it.
Kurinji Andavar Temple: One of the well-known temples of the area, it is dedicated to Lord Muruga, Lord of the Hill. This temple also offers a view of the Palani and Vaigai Dam.
Solar Physical Observatory Its foundation was laid at the topmost point in Kodai. Prior appointment is needed to observe the planetary movements.
Shenbaganur Museum: This museum houses the archeological remains and the flora/fauna of the hills. It also houses more than 300 species of orchids.
Falls: Thalaiyar Falls is credited as being one of the highest waterfalls in India with a 975 feet drop. One of the more popular picnic spots is the Bear Shola Falls, which owes its name to the fact that bears once came to drink water. These falls are best visited in the rains. The Pambar Falls or Grand Cascade Falls, it is more of a criss-cross stream that flows over a series of rock formations and precipices.
Palani: Located a little away from Kodaikanal, it is a popular pilgrim center and one of the six abodes of Lord Dhandayuthabani. Direct buses ply between Palani and Kodaikanal.
Dolphin's Nose: This is one of the most important locations in Kodai to explore the forest around. Make sure you don your most comfortable walking shoes. There are a number of small shops en route that sell snacks, tea and coffee. Catch breathtaking views of the landscape as you stand on the edge of the rock. The mountains around are covered with clouds most of the time, so it's an enthralling experience indeed.
Churches: The Lutheran Church, is situated close to the Kodai School and is a gothic-style stone building with stained glass windows and modern paintings that portray the life of Christ. Another famous church in the region is the Christ the King Church, another gothic and granite structure with stained glass windows.
Weekend Getaways in India