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Kodaikanal - Places of Interest

lakeKodaikanal Lake, also known as Kodai Lake is a manmade lake located in the Kodaikanal city in Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu, India. Sir Vere Hentry Levinge, the then Collector of Madurai, was instrumental in creating the lake in 1863, amidst the Kodaikanal town which was developed by the British and early missionaries from USA. The lake is said to be Kodaikanal's most popular geographic landmark and tourist attraction.Over the years a boat club, boathouse and boat service (with Rowing Boats and Pedalling boats and a public ferry) for the public and tourists has become fully functional and is of aesthetic significance for tourism. Boat Pageant and Flower Shows are a regular feature in the summer season which attracts tourists.

lakeBerijam Lake - 21 kms from Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is the most beautiful lake in all of South India. The lake has very pure water and is the main source of water for a town called Periyakulam which is located in the valley below Kodaikanal. In 1864, Douglas Hamilton wrote: - "The Vicinity of this lake is in my opinion by far the best sight on the Hills". Berijam Lake is protected by Forest laws and the immensely beautiful forest. Tourists need special permission from the forest office in Kodaikanal to go there. It is better to be an early bird to get the permission, as the forest office closes by 11:30 am. Tourists are allowed to stay in Berijam till the evening. This viewpoint is 19 KMs from Kodaikkanal Lake.

lakeSilver Cascade Falls is the first attraction that welcomes the tourists to Kodaikanal on the Madurai - Kodai road, situated on the main Ghat road. Silver Cascade Falls is 8 kms before Kodaikanal as you approach Kodai from Kodai Road. Silver Cascade Falls, a picture perfect spot to explore in Kodaikanal was famous for its clean, pure and glittering water once and resulting in the name Silver Falls. The spillover of Kodaikanal Lake takes a 180 ft dive over a vertical cliff, to sprint into a pool adjacent to the Ghat Road. The excess water from the Kodai Lake flows downward as a fall at about 8 kms from Kodaikanal. This waterfall is pleasing and stimulating during the monsoon when the water is in full flow. There are few shops selling fruits and other forest products making this point a pit stop for travelers and tourists crossing this road.

lakeThalaiyar Falls: This is also called as Rat tail falls. One of the tallest falls in Asia with a 975 ft sheer drop, it can be viewed from 13th kilometer on the Ghat road to Kodaikanal. As soon as you ascend the Kodai Ghat road, there is a place called 'Dum Dum Rock' View point, that provides a panoramic view of the Rat Tail Falls and the Manjalaar Dam below. There is a view tower near the small park, from where you can have a real good view and is worth a few snaps. It is mythical belief that Lord Muruga used to visit the Rock on his entourage to Palani. Local people still have rituals corresponding to this belief and regularly offer prayers in this rock, and create drum-noise during the prayers, hence the name 'Dum Dum Rock'. The falls is located on the opposite hill from the Ghat Road, and has no access road or path. So it is best viewed from the road side benches only.

lakePambar Falls: This magnificent falls is also popularly called as the 'Grand Cascade'. It can be reached by a steep, slippery path behind Pambar house. Racing down Pambar Ravine is the zig-zagging Levinge stream that cascades over a series of rock formations. The Pambar Ravine showers down the Waterfall and a series of steep and precariously slippery rocks during its meandering course. Pambar Falls is a splendid surprise that awaits tourist as they journey across the rigid paths fringed by rugged hills. It is 4 Km from Kodaikanal Bus Stand.

lakeBear Shola falls is an elevated waterfall in the reserve forest sited 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) away from Kodai bus-stand. Bear Shola falls is a wonderful touring spot in Kodai within 2 Kms from the lake, which was drinking resource of the bears in the forest once. The final sketch close to this hushed Bear Shola falls is a restfully hiking trek. It is quite ideal for a day's outing. It is the base of the river which takes the name of Parappar and later Tevankarai Aar as it streams downhill. The Bear Shola Falls is a supreme place to visit through the showers to take pleasure of the nature and god's creation.

lakeDevil's Kitchen is an exceptionally treacherous subterranean veiled narrow valley that bears a resemblance to a small dark trench but is a deep fall in reality. These are consequential peculiar rock formations due to wearing down of the loam from the cliffs. Tiny trekking up on the adjacent hill will give panoramic views of valleys deeper than 1500 feet below. Small wild animals and several birds can be seen here. The Devil's kitchen or Guna cave has become one of the most favorite spots for tourists visiting Kodaikanal. Hope you don't miss exploring this point on your trip to Kodaikanal. The Devil's kitchen is undoubtedly an exciting place to explore mixed with a bit danger. Once a troop of 12 got deeper into the cave and never returned it seems. To reach to this place take a turn from Pillar Rocks at the road leading to Berijam Lake, where you will find a small walk through the pine forest past which you can reach the Devil's Kitchen or Guna Caves.


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