Nestling amidst the folds
of the verdant Pali Hills, is the idyllic retreat of Kodaikanal,
popularly known as Kodai. Apart from being a much sought after
tourist resort, Kodai is also famous for its educational institutions,
which are globally renown.
The resort is, virtually,
a heaven for trekkers and avid nature lovers. Amongst its
other natural attractions is a star - shaped lake, set in
a dreamy locale. The Boat Club offers umpteen pleasure and
racing trips. The splendid Bryant Park, famous for its rare
collection of flowers, graftings and hybrids, is the venue
of great horticultural shows, held every year in May. Another
major attraction of this area, is the country's only Solar
Physical Laboratory, founded in 1898.
The Coaker's Walk offers
some fantastic views of the surrounding plains. Another superb
vantage point, is the Kurinji Andavar temple, dedicated to
Lord Murugan, which provides a panoramic view of the lofty
hills, that embrace Kodaikanal. Some of the popular picnic
spots in the resort, are the Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks,
and Bear Shola Falls. Nature seems to have blessed Kodai in
all her magnanimity, a fact evident from the immense profusion
of exotic flora and fauna of the area. The amazing orchid
collection at the Shenbaganur Museum, has granted Kodai international
fame. Kodai is also blessed with the rare bloom of the highly
elusive Kurinji flower, that makes a dramatic appearance,
once in 12 years. The Kurinji last bloomed in 1992. The resort
is also home to various species of birds, thus rendering it
a bird - watcher's delight.
Kodaikanal promises to be
an ideal getaway, for those craving for an invigorating yet
soothing holiday, away from the madness of the city.