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Top 10 - Kodaikanal Sightseeing / Attractions
Berijam Lake

Another scenic spot is the panoramic Berijam Lake about 23 km from the bus stand. There have been sightings of leopard, bison and numerous birds. However, Berijam cannot be visited by general public and the permission is required from the District Forest Officer to visit. However, a boat ride and excursion around the scenic lake is a mind blowing experience

Bryant Park

Situated on the eastern side of the Kodai Lake, Bryant Park is of special interest to those visitors who are keen gardeners. Being a botanical park, there is a lot to observe and learn here about flowers, growing hybrids and grafting. The flowering species here yield beautiful cut flowers which are exported to various continents.

The park has a glass house which shelters exotic varieties of flowers. The flower show conducted every year during May, as a part of the summer festival, attracts large crowds.

Green Valley View

Earlier named as Suicide Point, today it is popular as Green Valley View. The scenic views and panoramic locations with clouds coming down are an awe inspiring experience. The drop from the point is a straight 5000 ft and is mist covered in the evenings. It is frequented by monkeys providing entertainment for the children.

Dolphin?s Nose

About 8 km from the city, through the forest regions and 3 km downhill is Dolphin’s Nose, a projected rock formation that looks similar to the nose of the dolphin. To reach the breathtakingly beautiful part that encompasses this unique rock formation, one needs to trek through the dense forest.

Kodai Lake

Kodai Lake is an artificial star shaped lake which covers an area of almost 60 acres. Built in 1863, it is situated at an altitude of 2285 m. Located close to the centre of town, it is the favourite hang-out of locals and tourists alike who like to take long, leisurely strolls around its well-maintained 5 km peripheral path. Row boats, pedal boats and riding horses can also be hired here.

This serene and picturesque lake owes much to one Mr.Vera Levinge. He transformed the marshy lakeside into a spectacular lake by strengthening its banks and bringing beautiful boats from Tuticorin.

The lake is close-by to most hotels, shops and eating places. Adjacent to the lake is Bryant Park, a botanic garden.

Shenbaganur Museum

Situated at a distance of about 5.6 km from the Kodai Lake, the Shenbaganur Museum is a popular tourist destination because of its impressive collection of stuffed birds and butterflies.

This Flora and Fauna Museum, maintained by the Sacred Heart College, has one of the best Orchidoriums in the country. It houses more than 300 species of orchids. A Theological Seminary devoted to the archaeological remains and the flora and fauna of the hills was founded in 1895.

The wide ranging collection of birds seen at the Shenbaganur Museum can be classified into ground birds, water birds, tree birds and large high flying birds such as Black Eagle, Bengal Vulture, and Honey Buzzard.

Pillar Rocks

Situated at a distance of about 8 km from the Kodai Lake, Pillar Rocks are three large boulders which vertically measure upto a height of about 122 m. It is 8 km from the lake.

The rocks offer breathtaking views of the surrounding forests and plains. There is a small garden with lovely, colourful flowers. At the bottom of the pillars are shady woods that make for a wonderful picnic spot.

The scooped out chamber between the two pillar rocks is called Devil's kitchen.

Kurinji Andavar Temple

The Kurinji Andavar Temple dedicated to Lord Muruga is at a distance of 3 km from the Kodai Lake.

According to Tamil literature, "Kurinji Andavar " means God of the Hilly region. This famous temple is associated with the Kurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years and carpets the hillside giving it a unique blue colour. Hence Lord Muruga is referred to as God of Hills here.

The Palani and Vaigai Dam can be seen from the Kurinji Andavar Temple.

Silver Cascade Falls

The first tourist spot that comes on the Madurai - Kodaikanal road is the Silver Cascade Falls which is sourced from the Kodai Lake’s excess water. Numerous stalls of fruits and souvenirs are sold here. The waterfall falls from a height of 180 feet through rocks. It is a popular picnic spot and known for its scenic beauty.

Bear Shola Falls

A popular tourist and picnic spot in Kodaikanal is Bear Shola Falls as in early days bears used to inhabit the area and came to drink water here. The road that approaches meanders through the hills and is a scenic drive. Set amidst lush green surroundings and rugged landscape.

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