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    They say “the best things in the world are free”, and you begin to realize/believe it as soon as you set your foot in Kodaikanal. The satisfying, woody, and sharp scent of pine blowing in the air, dewdrops on rose petals, trees stretching their limbs in the morning sun, and the Kurinji flowers turning the upper hills of Kodai purplish-blue, all of these things often leave people at a loss for words, and that’s when the real magic begins. The entire town is made of tiny tourist spots that make it a paradise, and I’m not sure whether this list of 25 places to visit in Kodaikanal can do justice to its old-world charm, but let’s give it a shot!

    34 Best Places To Visit In Kodaikanal

    Looking for the finest Kodaikanal tourist places for your next escapade? Here is a list of some of the most amazing places to visit in Kodaikanal for a fun and memorable vacation with your friends and family.

    • Kodaikanal Lake – A Serene Lake
    • Berijam Lake – With A Refreshing Setting
    • Mannavanur Lake – A Natural Paradise
    • Guna Caves –  Inspired From A Movie
    • La Saleth Church – Become Spiritual
    • Vattakanal Falls – A Grand And Gorgeous Falls
    • Pambar Falls – With Pristine Waters
    • Astrophysical Observatory – A Perfect Spot
    • Kodai Chocolate Factory – Breathe Through Aroma
    • Lutheran Church – Attain Some Peace
    • Perumal Peak – Witness Sweeping Views
    • Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple – Lord’s Home
    • Bear Shola Falls – A Mesmerizing Place
    • Pillar Rocks – A Rich Aura Of Charm
    • Suicide Point – For Stunning Views
    • Devil’s Kitchen – A Unique Heritage Site
    • Thalaiyar Falls – A Beautiful Waterfall
    • Coakers Walk – Take A Lovely Stroll
    • Dolphin’s Nose – Gorgeous Views Of Valley
    • Bryant Park – Cool Down
    • Pine Forest – Hike All The Way
    • Moir Point – Prominent Viewpoints
    • Wax Museum – A Different Experience
    • Upper Lake View Point – Truly Mesmerizing
    • Anna Salai Market – Top Place For Shopping
    • Silver Cascade Falls – Take A Fresh Bath
    • Silent Valley View Point – Calming Views
    • Shembaganur Museum Of Natural History – An Old Significance
    • Subramanya Temple – For Alluring Architecture
    • Kukkal Caves – Great For Hikers
    • Dolmen Circle – With Anthropological Beauty
    • Chettiar Park – An Exotic Flora
    • Poombarai Viewing Point – A Serene View
    • 80 Mile Round – A Spectacular Trek

    1. Kodaikanal Lake – A Serene Lake

    Kodaikanal lake through bushes

    On a fine day when clouds hover above Kodaikanal and cool breeze flows through the forests, visit Kodaikanal Lake. Covering an expanse of 60 acres, this man-made, star-shaped lake has been welcoming countless tourists since 1863. Created by Sir Vere Henry Levinge, the then Collector of Madurai, the lake is fed by the waters that come from Palani Hills. The lake’s outflow creates a breathtaking waterfall, which is called “Silver Cascade”. At a height of 180 ft, the cascade is also one of the popular places to visit in Kodaikanal.

    Timings: 24 hours
    Suggested visiting duration: 1-2 hours
    Entry fee: No entry charges
    Places To Stay: The Carlton, Kodai Resort Hotel, Adhithya Holidays, Sterling Kodai Lake, Wood green cottage

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    2. Berijam Lake – With A Refreshing Setting

    a bridge extending in a lake

    A reservoir located amid non-native trees and vast grassland, Berijam Lake is just a few km from Kodaikanal, which makes it one of the best places to see in Kodaikanal. The lush greenery and refreshing setting of the lake make it a wonderful picnic spot. Since the lake is connected by motorable roads, it is not a difficult task to reach here. However, tourists need a forest pass to enter the area. Those interested in fishing will have to take permission from the Fisheries Department. Apart from this, tourists can also go for a scenic boat ride.

    Timings: Monday to Sunday. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry fee: No entry charges
    Places To Stay: Pine Castle Kodaikanal, Eco Escape, Eco Hostel, Rose Flower Nest, Shreyas, Radiance Art Residency 

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    3. Mannavanur Lake – A Natural Paradise

    Mannavanur Lake under clouded sky

    One of the most serene places to visit in Kodaikanal, Mannavanur Lake is nothing less than a paradise. The drive to the lake is absolutely scenic as the road on both the side is lined with eucalyptus and pine trees. Mannavanur area is blessed with a rich fauna. One can see exotic birds flying and spot wild animals. The lake is located inside a sheep farm where one can see flocks of sheep grazing. The Forest Department of the area offers coracle ride at a nominal fee, one can also go for horse riding.

    Timings: Monday to Sunday. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry fee: INR 10 per person
    Places To Stay: Red Rabbit Guesthouse, Campers Valley Camping, Eco Hostel, Radiance Art Residency 

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    4. Guna Caves –  Inspired From A Movie

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    Located at a distance of 12 km from Kodaikanal, Guna Cave remained unknown for many years, but then came a Kamal Hassan starer movie “Guna” in 1991 and changed the fate of this cave. The cave was discovered by an English officer named BS Ward in 1821 CE. If you’re interested in exploring the hidden wonders in the pine trees of Kodaikanal, you must explore this cave. The list of Kodaikanal tourist places is not complete without Guna Cave.

    Timings: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. All days.
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry fee: INR 5 per person and INR 10 for still camera
    Places To Stay: Premium Cottage stay, Holiday Home, Sunrise Rooms, Pine Castle Kodaikanal, Shreyas

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    5. La Saleth Church – Become Spiritual

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    A highly attractive church with a wonderful architecture, La Saleth was built in 1846 and was expanded over the course of the next century. A right blend of culture and Tamil French architecture, this shrine is located 7,000 feet above sea level. Offering a panoramic view of the lush mountain range, this catholic church in Kodaikanal is one of the most popular churches in Kodaikanal.

    Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
    Suggested visiting duration:
     1 hour
    Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
    Places To Stay: The Tamara Kodai, The Green House, Amherst Cottage By The Lake, Ruban house, Single studio Cottage 

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    6. Vattakanal Falls – A Grand And Gorgeous Falls

    waterfall in a jungle

    Right in the middle of a peaceful forest, Vattakanal Falls is among the most amazing places to see in Kodaikanal. During monsoon season, the waterfall is in full swing making it look grand and gorgeous. Vattakanal Falls is one of those waterfalls in Kodaikanal that are absolutely safe to be around, but you’re still suggested to wear footwear that isn’t slippery.

    Timings: 24 hours
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry Fee: NA
    Places to stay: NA

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    7. Pambar Falls – With Pristine Waters

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    3 km from Kodaikanal Bus Station, Pambar Falls is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the entire hill station. The town’s reservoir overflows creating a waterfall called “Fairy Falls”, which then continues to join the Vaigai River creating the Pambar Falls. Down below, there’s a pond-like formation where you can bath in the cool and pristine water of the waterfall. The green and wild vicinity makes this place absolutely picture-perfect.

    Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. All days
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry fee: No entry charges
    Places to stay: NA

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    8. Astrophysical Observatory – A Perfect Spot

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    One of the oldest observatories in the world, Astrophysical Observatory is perfect for Kodaikanal sightseeing. Located in the rolling hills of Palani, it was established in 1899. The observatory has a 20 cm refractor, which is sometimes used for cometary and occultation observations, and sometimes made available to visitors for night sky viewing. It also has an astronomy museum displaying models and pictures. This observatory deserves to be on the list of places to visit in Kodaikanal.

    Timings:

    • April 1st to June 15th. 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • For the rest of the year, it remains open to the public only on Friday between 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

    Suggested Visiting Duration: 2-3 hours
    Entry Fee: NA
    Places to stay: NA 

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    9. Kodai Chocolate Factory – Breathe Through Aroma

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    Started in 1999, Kodai Chocolate Factory is a leading manufacturer and supplier of chocolates, aromatic oils, coffees, etc. They specialize in making delicious homemade chocolates and their products are 100% vegetarian. If you are a die-hard chocolate fan, it is among the must-visit places to see in Kodaikanal for you. Do pay a visit to Pot Luck, Cloud Street, Chocolate Factory, and SG Cottage Industries to buy and try different varieties of chocolates.

    Timings: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
    Suggested visiting duration:
    1 to 2 hours
    Entry Fee: NA
    Places To Stay: Hotel Jc Grand, Hotel Raindrops, JC Woodville Manor, Hotel Anjay, Sky villa, Pleasant Stay Kodai

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    10. Lutheran Church – Attain Some Peace

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    Built in 1932, the Lutheran Church of Kodaikanal is an impressive Gothic-style structure. The church is adorned with stained glass window, modern paintings, and murals depicting the life of Jesus Christ. Anyone interested in a beautiful piece of architecture must pay a visit to this shrine.

    Timings: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. All days
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 hour
    Entry Fee: NA
    Places to stay: NA

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    11. Perumal Peak – Witness Sweeping Views

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    A gorgeous part of the might Western Ghats, Perumal Peak is for everyone who wants to witness sweeping views of the valley. A trekker’s delight, the peak is located at a distance of 8,005 ft above sea level. The trek may be a bit tedious but you get paid with the breathtaking views. Those trekking the peak can also traverse the gorgeous and quaint Perumal Malai Village on their way or while coming back.

    Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. All days.
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry fee: No entry charges
    Places To Stay: Deluxe Suit, Kodai elegance, Country Club Valley Vista, SaffronStays Nandanvan Estate, ZACS VALLEY RESORT

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    12. Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple – Lord’s Home

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    Whether you’re a religious one or not, Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple is one of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal for everyone. Dedicated to Lord Muruga (the God of hills), the temple is known for the blossoming of Kurinji flowers that grow once every 12 years. One can also witness the mesmerizing views of Vaigai Damn and Palani hills from here, which is why it’s one of the best temples in Kodaikanal.

    Timings: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. All days
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry fee: No entry charges
    Places to stay: NA

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    13. Bear Shola Falls – A Mesmerizing Place

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    Situated just 2 km away from Kodaikanal Lake, Bear Shola Falls is among the most popular Kodaikanal places to visit. Cascading down from a considerable height, this seasonal waterfall comes to life to the fullest during the rainy season when the water gushes down the mountain, making its way through verdant greenery and making a frothy base at the bottom. It is believed that this used to be the favorite place of a bear for drinking water, and that gave it its unusual name. However, now this quiet and peaceful waterfall is among the most favorite places to visit in Kodaikanal for nature lovers, couples, and adventure seekers.

    Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry fee: No entry charges
    Places To Stay: Wood green cottage, Hotel Cliffton, Hotel Sivapriya, Bruton resorts, Maruti Villa, Hill Heaven Home Stay

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    14. Pillar Rocks – A Rich Aura Of Charm

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    The Pillar Rocks in Kodaikanal are 400 meter long boulders naturally positioned in a particular order that has become a lovely picnic spot for families with kids and couples. Also constituting a beautiful mini garden, this place has is said to have a rich aura of affection which makes them visiting them one of the most wonderful and romantic things to do in Kodaikanal. The breathtaking view of the surrounding hills and villages from these rocks is not something you’d like to miss when you’re here. Don’t forget to get yourself a plate of potato and onion bhaji from outside the mini garden.

    Timings: 9 AM – 4 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry Fee: INR 5 | INR 20 for camera
    Places To Stay: The Tamara Kodai, The Carlton, Kodai Resort Hotel, Sss Home Stay, Adhithya Holidays

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    15. Suicide Point – For Stunning Views

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    The Green Valley View, also called the Suicide Point, offers a stunning view of the Kodainakal plains, deep valleys, and hills. The enchanting views of the Vaigai Dam can also be seen from here and leave travelers in awe. The place got its name as a suicide point since the valley is quite dangerous, dense, and deep, with more than 5000 feet drop. Situated at a distance of 5.5 km from the Kodaikanal Lake, this point is one of the most famous Kodaikanal places to visit not only because it offers gorgeous views, but also because it is surrounded by plenty of shops selling homemade chocolates, ornaments, and a wide range of flowers.

    Timings: 7 AM – 6 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 hour
    Entry Fee: Free
    Places To Stay: The Tamara Kodai, The Carlton, Kodai Resort Hotel, Sss Home Stay, Adhithya Holidays, SkyHighVilla

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    16. Devil’s Kitchen – A Unique Heritage Site

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    This is a natural and unique heritage site and cave system in Kodaikanal that is called the Devil’s Kitchen. It’s a group of caverns tucked amidst the enormous Pillar Rocks. It’s a great sight for photography as this unique gorge usually bears thick clouds and mist in the monsoons and winters, giving it a dreamy look. Situated on the outskirts of the city near Moir Point, this place shot to fame after the popular movie was shot here in the 1900s, making it a frequently visited Kodaikanal tourist place. In order to reach this hillock, one needs to trek 400 meters to the top starting from the main entrance, which to is one of the best things to do in Kodaikanal.

    Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 hour
    Entry Fee: INR 5 | Camera – INR 10
    Places to stay: NA

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    17. Thalaiyar Falls – A Beautiful Waterfall

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    Thalaiyar Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kodaikanal and it is located in the lush green slopes of Palani Hill ranges in the Dindigul District. The locals call it the Rat Tail Falls because of its unique appearance. Cascading from a height of over 290 meters, this one is the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu, as well as the sixth highest waterfall in India and 267th highest in the world. There is a view tower located right in this park at the Dum Dum Rock to help photographers click awesome pictures of this awesome Kodaikanal tourist place as well as the Manjalar Dam.

    Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM (Closed on Sundays)
    Suggested visiting duration: 2 to 3 hours
    Entry Fee: No charges
    Places To Stay: Regular Rooms, Estate Bungalow, Tree House, The Hills Views House, Rockstone villa, Kodai elegance

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    18. Coakers Walk – Take A Lovely Stroll

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    Coakers Walk is among the most beautiful Kodaikanal tourist places and is essentially a man-made 1 km long walking plaza that is set on the mountains of Tamil Nadu. The lovely path of Coakers Walk curves beautifully at the edge of the gorgeous mountain and has been built mainly for visitors to catch a glimpse of Paradise on Earth. It is the perfect place to get a morning and evening walk amidst the goodness of nature and with such mesmerizing views to greet you of the lush valleys and hills of Kodaikanal. In fact, taking a leisurely walk on this platform is among the most relaxing things to do in Kodaikanal.

    Timings: 7 AM – 7 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 2 hours
    Entry Fee: INR 10 | Camera – INR 30 | Telescope House – INR 20
    Places To Stay: The Carlton, Kodai Resort Hotel, Adhithya Holidays, Amherst Cottage, Sky villa, Surya Holidays

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    19. Dolphin’s Nose – Gorgeous Views Of Valley

    Take a drive up to Dolphin's Nose ooty

    The Dolphin’s Nose is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kodaikanal. With views of scenic valleys, lush green surroundings, rugged terrain, clear skies, and a soothing breeze, this viewpoint is where you can experience Kodaikanal at its best. The place got its name from the flat, protruding piece of rock here that is shaped like a dolphin’s nose, but it’s famous more for the awesome views it offers than the shape it has. Set at a height of 6,600 feet, this locale is perfect for a lovely picnic where you can sit and chat with loved ones amid serene vistas.

    Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 hour
    Entry Fee: No entry fee
    Places To Stay: Tea Nest, Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Hanging Huts Resorts, Teanest Nightingale, Pear Tree Inn

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    20. Bryant Park – Cool Down

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    Bryant Park is what adds to the charm and elegance of the city of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. Located on the eastern side of Kodai Lake, this beautiful park is bejeweled with a diverse range of plant and shrub species that lures in a huge influx of nature lovers and botany enthusiasts into the park every month. You’ll find everything from flowering plants, hybrids, to grafts in this park. And as it is located right after Coakers Walk, you can enjoy two scintillating activities while visiting this park – a leisurely stroll as well as a rendezvous with nature’s beautiful creations!

    Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 2 to 4 hours
    Entry Fee: INR 30
    Places to stay: Mistycove, Maha Village and Cottage, Kodai Resort Hotel, Hilltop Towers

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    21. Pine Forest – Hike All The Way

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    The Pine Forest of Kodaikanal is probably its most scenic and tranquil attractions that would make you feel you’ve just entered your favorite fairytale! Located in southwest Kodaikanal, Pine Forest is among the most popular Kodaikanal places to visit courtesy its matchless beauty. It is home to the most serene and rare forms of nature that have been preserved to date with strict supervision on the part of the Tamil Nadu government. It also happens to be an essential heritage site in the town that came into existence owing to the tireless efforts of Mr. Bryant who had put the pine plantations in the first place in the year 1906. Offering activities like horse riding, nature walks, hiking, trekking, and camping, it’s the most favorite spot of nature lovers, adventure seekers, and photographers.

    Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 2 hours
    Entry Fee: No entry fee
    Places to stay: The Carlton, The Tamara Kodai, Kodai Resort, Hotel Kodai International

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    22. Moir Point – Prominent Viewpoints

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    Tucked at the entrance of a serene jungle that leads all the way up to the exquisite Berijam Lake, Moir Point is among the most prominent viewpoints in Kodaikanal that you just can’t miss. Named after Sir Thomas Moir who had constructed the Goschen Road in 1929 CE, this monument stands to commemorate his contributions and his efforts in building the Goschen Road, which actually starts from this point on the road joining the Kodaikanal-Berijam Lake. other than being an important historical landmark, this place also offers stunning views of the lush green valleys and hills of Tamil Nadu, bringing a huge crowd of tourists here every month.

    Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry Fee: INR 10
    Places To Stay: Premium Cottage stay, Pine Castle Kodaikanal, Shreyas, SUNRISE ROOMS, Kodai-Home Stay

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    23. Wax Museum – A Different Experience

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    India’s first Wax Museum is among the tourist places in Kodaikanal situated near Green Valley. It is a small museum which displays the Crib, the Last Supper, and some internationally known personalities. In Addition to these, there are some highlights which include Indian saints and personalities such as Adi Shankara, Sai Baba, Gandhiji, Lord Krishna with Gopikas, Indian musicians, and Veerappan, the sandalwood smuggler.

    Timings: 10 AM – 5:30 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry Fee: INR 30
    Places To Stay: Holiday Home, Sss Home Stay, SUNRISE ROOMS, campers abode, The Green House, Ruban house

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    24. Upper Lake View Point – Truly Mesmerizing

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    From the Upper Lake View Point, the star-shaped lake looks amidst the greenery which was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Henry Levinge. Tourists say that the contrast they find between the lake and lush greens is just appealing to the eyes. It makes this place very much close to perfect for a good photography session. Other activities you can expect in the lake are boating, cycling, and horse riding on the top of the hill.

    Timings: Open all the time
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 to 2 hours
    Entry Fee: Free entry
    Places To Stay: Sterling Kodai Lake, Kodai-Home Stay, Wood green cottage, campers abode, Shreyas, Pine Castle Kodaikanal

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    25. Anna Salai Market – Top Place For Shopping

    Anna Salai Market

    Anna Salai Market is one of the definite places to visit in Kodaikanal. It is an impression of the metropolitan culture of Kodaikanal where there is a rainbow of people. It is a loaded market where you can hop from shop to shop and buy one thing for everyone in your family.  You can pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of homemade chocolates, craftworks, shawls, jewelry, bone and walnut items, and other products made of leather and brass. It is one of the top places for shopping in Kodaikanal.

    Timings: 10 AM – 7 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 3 to 4 hours
    Entry Fee: Free entry
    Places To Stay: Hablis, Le Royal Meridien, Grand Tiara Hotel, FabHotel NK Courtyard, Klase Hotels, SRI GANESHA PALACE AND BHAVAN

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    26. Silver Cascade Falls – Take A Fresh Bath

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    Welcome another of the great places to see in Kodaikanal which is a picturesque natural area located in a lush landscape. The resultant of the Kodai Lake, the waterfalls fall from a height of 180 feet. Get a refreshing break, enjoy the views of the frothy water, or take a fresh bath which has some medicinal value. If you like Instagram, then you are going to love capturing pictures at this place. And if you want to visit the waterfalls near Kodaikanal during the rainy season, then expect a heavy flow of water.

    Timings:  9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 2-3 hours
    Entry fee: Free entry
    Places To Stay: Hotel Kodai International, Jehovahs Tent, Pine Tree View Stay, Isolated Family Home, Jem Valley

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    27. Silent Valley View Point – Calming Views

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    Almost anything that you do in Kodaikanal will give you an experience of a lifetime. So, one of the best Kodaikanal travel tips that we can give you is visiting the Silent Valley. Apart from the tranquil environment that you find, you will be really amazed by the lush green trees around, so much so, that you will want to camp here. But an astounding place here is a hillside observation area otherwise popular as a viewpoint. Visit here for a calming natural session, see the cloud touching mountains, and embrace one of the best places to see in Kodaikanal for natural therapy.

    Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 1-2 hours
    Entry fee: Free entry
    Places To Stay: Hotel Kodai International, JEHOVAS TENT, Isolated Family Home, Jem Valley, The Tamara Kodai

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    28. Shembaganur Museum Of Natural History – An Old Significance

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    If you miss out on a museum tour to Kodaikanal, then you have surely missed a peaceful time. One of the most unique places to visit in Kodaikanal is the Shembaganur Museum Of Natural History. It is obviously a lesser-known place that has won the hearts of historians and travelers, alike with its 123-year-old collections. With an unbelievable collection of 500 animals (taxidermy), an orchidarium of 300 species, and specimens of wildlife creatures like snakes, butterflies, and moths. Another great collection are the remnants of the Paliyar tribes, the former nomadic people living in lower Kodaikanal

    Timings: 10 AM – 11:30 AM; 3 PM – 5 PM, closed on Tuesdays
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 hour
    Entry fee: INR 20 for adults; INR 10 for children below 10 years of age
    Places to stay: Queen Annes Bungalow, Marian Villa, Hilltop Towers

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    29. Subramanya Temple – For Alluring Architecture

    Subramanya Temple View

    This Kodaikanal temple deserves a mention in the list of top Kodaikanal tourist places due to its rising popularity and its alluring architecture. Located at a high altitude, you have to climb approximately 650 steps to reach the temple. Not to worry, you don’t have to climb at once. In fact, you can sit, relax, and feel the spiritual aura of the temple with the scenic beauty that the area has to offer. Try visiting in January as the Thaipusam festival is celebrated in the month. You can feel a whole lot of vibrancy and enthusiasm around the time. 

    Timings: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM; 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 2 hours
    Entry fee: Free entry
    Places To Stay: Shesha Kuteera, Hotel Akshayadhara, Hotel Adhithya Nest, SLR Residency, Hotel Sheshnaag Aashraya

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    30. Kukkal Caves – Great For Hikers

    Kukkal Caves

    If you are trekking, hiking, or camping in Kodaikanal, it does not matter as the archaeological site called Kukkal Caves will be your preferred destination any which way. Considered as one of the top places to visit in Kodaikanal for adventure, the caves are made up of rocks and located at an altitude of 1500 meters and post-exploration reveals traces of the Paliyan tribes that used to live in the region. You can have an exciting view of the Manjampatti Valley and the nearby forests. And if you are not exploring adventure, you can plan to stay at the best Kodaikanal guest houses here.

    Timings:10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 1-2 hours
    Entry fee: Free entry
    Places to stay: NA

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    31. Dolmen Circle – With Anthropological Beauty

    Ancient Rocks In a Field

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    Dolmen Circle is a popular Kodaikanal sightseeing destination that promises pre-historic and anthropological beauty. As you gaze through the site, you realize them to be the burial grounds of people belonging to the Stone and Iron age. Due to their ancient nature, you will find many to be destroyed with time and some few to be standing. Kodaikanal is not just a place for admiring natural beauty. The historic and archaeological significance can be very well visible in attractions like the Dolmen Circle.

    Timings: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 1-2 hours
    Entry fee: Free entry
    Places To Stay: Tropical Rain Farmstay, Sachinhomestay, StaySimple Spicefarm, Double Occupancy room, Standard Room

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    32. Chettiar Park – An Exotic Flora

    Chettiar Park In Kodaikanal

    Visiting Kodaikanal in Summer is a gratifying experience rather than challenging when you are to visit attractions like the Chettiar Park. A very small park that has a soothing vibe and pleasant surroundings will let you enjoy a sustainable picnic when you spend some time with your family or loved ones. You will be impressed with the amazing flora, in particular the Kurinji Flowers, which bloom every 12 years. An awesome Kodaikanal sightseeing attraction, it has been featured as a major shoot location in many feature films.

    Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Suggested visiting duration: 3-4 hours
    Entry fee: INR 10 per person; INR 20 for cameras
    Places To Stay: SaffronStays Kurinji Estate, Lilly’s Valley Resort, Green Woods Homestay, Pears Tree Suite, Le Poshe

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    33. Poombarai Viewing Point – A Serene View

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    Poombarai is a scenic village located about 18 km from Kodaikanal. The inspiring hike and breathtaking views of the valley makes it one of the top Kodaikanal tourist places. Nestled between the terraced hills, the village is very popular for garlic farming. The combination of tranquil mountains and that breadth of fresh air with a view of the tiny colorful houses would be like a dream come true for you. Eat the local food in an open-air restaurant to give you a memory of a lifetime.

    Timings: Visit any time of the year
    Suggested visiting duration: 1 day
    Entry fee: None
    Places To Stay: Radiance Art Residency, Red Rabbit Guesthouse, Campers Valley Camping, K Camp, Leaf inn blossom Kodaikanal

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    34. 80 Mile Round – A Spectacular Trek

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    80 Mile Round is an amazing trekking route that starts from Berijam Lake and finishes at the Poombarai Village of Kodaikanal. This is the perfect trek for adventure lovers and those who love a good adrenaline rush. The trek can be confusing for the first time, so you can take a local guide along the way. The trek takes around 2-3 hours, but requires 3-4 days to visit the places along the way. It offers great views along the way. Scenic views of cliffs, peaks, mountains, valleys, villages, and more can be enjoyed while on this trek. During the trek you can stay at the jungle resorts, however, you need permissions beforehand.

    Timings: NA 
    Suggested Visiting Duration: 3-4 days
    Entry Fee: NA
    Places To Stay: jungle resorts

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    How To Reach Kodaikanal

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    Kodaikanal by bus: Regular buses from Dindigul, Chennai, Pondicherry, Trichy, Madurai, Palani and Coimbatore run to Kodaikanal.
    Kodaikanal by train: Kodai Road at a distance of 100 km is the nearest railway station from Kodaikanal. From the station, one has to take a taxi for about INR 1,300, so the train is not a comfortable way of traveling to Kodaikanal.
    Kodaikanal by air: At a distance of 120 km, Madurai airport is the nearest one. From there you can either hire a taxi or take a regular TNSTC bus.

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    Already in love with the gorgeous Kodai? Pack your bags and let the charm of this rustic and old town amaze you with its incredible vistas. Plan your trip to Kodainakal and don’t forget to visit these best places to visit in Kodaikanal. 

    Frequently Asked Questions Related To Places To Visit In Kodaikanal

    Q. What is Kodaikanal famous for?

    A. The beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty which includes gorgeous waterfalls, rivers, viewpoints like Moir viewpoint.

    Q. What are the places I can visit in Kodaikanal in 2 days?

    A. Some of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal on 2 days trip are:

    1. Kodai Lake
    2. Silver Cascade
    3. Bear Shola Falls
    4. Dolphin’s Nose
    5. Bryant Park

    Q. Is Kodaikanal good for honeymoon?

    A. Kodaikanal is a great honeymoon destination in India. The place has pleasant weather throughout the year. You can enjoy the romantic breeze with your loved one and also go trekking if you are an adventurous couple.

    Q. When is the best time to visit Kodaikanal?

    A. Although Kodaikanal experience pleasant weather throughout the year, an ideal time to visit the place is from March to early June.

    Q. How many days are sufficient to visit Kodaikanal?

    A. 2 days are sufficient to visit Kodai. You can cover all the amazing things this hill station has to offer in this duration.

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