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.