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Kodaikanal - The Destination

  
Kodaikanal

Want to run away from the sweltering heat and enjoy nature at its best? Rush to the kaleidoscopic land of Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal lies in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu. Driving into Kodaikanal from Palani is a dramatic experience as you leave the hot, dusty plains behind and drive up into the cool hills. The vegetation changes gradually from palm-fringed paddy fields to wild brush with flaming blossoms to plantations interspersed with stately silver oaks. The view of the Amaravathi Dam, a shimmering sapphire sheet of water is an unforgettable sight .  Driving  higher , banana  trees  give  way  to  tall

eucalyptus trees, and the whole countryside is dotted with wildflowers in jeweled colors, magenta and purple predominating. There is a marked nip in the air, as one reaches for one's cardigan, or shawl. At a turn in the road, the shimmer and roar of the Silver Cascade waterfall welcomes you.

Arriving in Kodai town, orchards of peach and pear trees with their graceful branches silhouetted in artistic curves against the evening sky welcome. Buildings with gabled roof dot the skyline. Broken fragments of light from the setting sun are caught and kindled in the wind-rippled water appearing like a myriad lamp floating on the lake. Soon, as though on cue, lights start twinkling all over the hillside, and even the stars pick up the message, and heaven and earth are a riot of light, as though beaming messages of goodwill to each other.

The terrific tranquility of the hill resort is simply put awesome. The summer retreat of Kodaikanal literally means gift of the forest. In fact the serenity experienced at Kodaikanal is seldom found in other hill stations across India.

Kodaikanal - Facts at a Glance

State : Tamil Nadu
Area : 21.45 sq kms
Temperature : 11.3 C – 19.8 C (Summer)
8.3 C – 17. 3 (Winter)
Rainfall : 165 cms
Altitude : 2343 mts
Language : Tamil, English
Best Season : April - June; August - September


History of Kodaikanal


Kodaikanal has a history as old as time. Printed in time are the prehistoric stories of this ancient land. There are references to Kodaikanal in the Tamil Sangam literature of the early Christian era. In the historic times, the primitive tribes of Paliyans and Pulyans resided near the Palani Hills and their descendants still live here in scattered villages.

Kodai is the only hill-station in India which was set-up by the Americans, though the Britishers soon joined. American missionaries established a school for European children here in the mid-1840s, the legacy of which is the Kodaikanal International School which is one of the most prestigious schools in the country.
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