Princess of Hill Stations: Kodaikanal
June 29, 2019
by Swarnambal John
Kodaikanal famously called the Princess of Hill Stations is a beautiful hill city in Tamil Nadu, India. The ancient Tamil literature talks about this city. But the modern Kodaikanal was established by the British Bureaucrats and the American Christian missionaries in 1845.
This stunning hill city consists mainly of grasslands and meadows. Trees such as cypress, acacia, eucalyptus, and pear form a thick forest cover. The climate is usually cold throughout the year. Summer is the best season with temperatures not going above 20 degrees.
Kodaikanal is home to the rare Kurinji flowers which bloom once in 12 years. We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of these beautiful purple Kurinji flowers in 2018; these pretty little flowers were in full bloom carpeting the green valleys. It was a sight to behold.
Listed below are some of the stunning places to visit in Kodaikanal.
Vertically positioned boulders towering up to a height of 400 feet stand as an untouched miracle greeting tourists and locals alike. The pillars give you the bird’s eye view of the surroundings.
The chambers between these rocks are known as the Devil’s kitchen. Sometimes the rocks are gently covered by clouds and mist; when it moves away, you get the majestic view of the lush green hill ranges and the blue sky.
Developed by the British and the early missionaries from the USASA the Kodai lake is a star-shaped lake that’s located centrally in Kodaikanal. The place is a bit crowded with a buzz of activities like horse riding, boating, cycling, and food carts all over the place. You could do plenty of shopping as this place is the heart of Kodaikanal.
Pine forest is a natural wonder and is a crucial preserved heritage in the town. These forests appear grey with dried cones and leaves. As you enter it you’ll be surrounded by mist; it’s one of those best moments in life.
The forest is surrounded by a vegetation of magic mushrooms which are believed to be hallucinogenic. You can enjoy horse riding, and nature walks along this mysterious pine forest. With permission from the local authorities, you could even have a thrilling camping experience.
Renowned worldwide as a diversity hotspot, these old rock shelters are believed to be the home of the Palayar tribes. These ancient caves are made up of metamorphic rocks, such as granulite and charnockite. Kukkal caves are found at the height of 6200 feet above sea level.
More than 30 tribal families lived here until the mid-1980s. They even had a small temple as a place of worship. Presence of old hand paintings of the tribes explains their living practices. If you love trekking then be sure to visit this site, you can have a closer view of some of the exotic plants and animals.
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If you’re an explorer interested in ancient artifacts, then make sure you visit this place. The Dolmen Circle contains pre-historic remains, which dates back to 5000 B.C. The Dolmen are made of two erect slabs that are covered with a big flat stone. These Dolmens offer fantastic insights into pre-historic living. Researchers have found copper and brass ornaments along with utensils in this place.
Kodaikanal is best for shopping, organic products; you can get the best natural essential oils, spices, and homemade chocolates in this magical hill city. Visit Kodaikanal and find a new meaning for your life.