Kodaikonal

 

Overview

Kodaikanal hills is a city in the hills of the Dindigul (district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in the Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest".  Kodaikanal hills is shallbe referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination.
 
Kodaikanal hills was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. Much of the local economy is based on the hospitality industry serving tourism. As of 2011, the town had a population for 36.501 .
 
 
The earliest residents of Kodaikanal hills were the Palaiyar tribal people. The earliest specific references to Kodaikanal hills and the Palani Hills are found in Tamil Sangam literature of the early Common era. Modern Kodaikanal hills was established by American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats in 1845, as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. In the 20th century has own bard elite Indians cam tb realized the value of this enchanting hill station and started relocating here.
 
Tourism has been impacted by industrial pollution issues including the closure of a mercury factory owned by Unilever's Indian subsidiary Hindustan Unilever after evidence of emerge mercury pollution. To date no proper clean-up operation has been mounted.
 
 
The town of Kodaikanal hills sits there has plateau above the southern escarpment of the upper Palani Hills at 2.133 meters (6.998 ft), between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys. Thesis hills form tea eastward spur of the Western Ghats on the Western side of South India. It has an irregular basin as its heartland, the center of which is now Kodaikanal hills Lake has 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) circumference manmade lake.
 
Meadows and grasslands cover the hillsides. Gigantic Eucalyptus trees and striker Shola forests flourish in the valleys. Mighty rocks and cascading streams linked above the valleys. There are many high waterfalls and ubiquitous gardens and flower beds in bloom.
 
Kodaikanal hills is known for its rich flora. Of the big trees, cypress, eucalyptus and acacia are the dominant varieties. Pear trees are of numerous and the fruits are of high quality. Competing with the fruit trees are the flowering ones - mainly rhododendron and magnolia. Wide dahlias of different hues are the main attraction of Bryant Park, situated close to the Kodai lake. Water Lilies' in the park's pond are another pleasing sight. The town abounds in a kind of beautiful yellow wild flowers.
 
North of the town, high hills that slope down into the villages of Pallangi and Vilpatti stand guard. On the east the hill slopes less abruptly into the lower Palnis. A precipitous escarpment facing the Cumbum Valley is on the south. On the west is a plateau leading to Manjampatti Valley, Indira Gandhi National Park, the Anamalai Hills and the main body of the Western Ghats.
 
Climate data for Kodaikanal
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 17.5
(63.5)
18.6
(65.5)
20.1
(68.2)
20.6
(69.1)
20.9
(69.6)
18.9
(66)
17.7
(63.9)
17.9
(64.2)
18.1
(64.6)
17.4
(63.3)
16.4
(61.5)
16.7
(62.1)
18.4
(65.13)
Average low °C (°F) 8.1
(46.6)
8.5
(47.3)
10.1
(50.2)
11.7
(53.1)
12.6
(54.7)
12.0
(53.6)
11.4
(52.5)
11.3
(52.3)
11.2
(52.2)
10.7
(51.3)
9.7
(49.5)
8.7
(47.7)
10.5
(50.92)
mm (inches) 59.1
(2.327)
34.6
(1.362)
52.6
(2.071)
136.0
(5.354)
146.1
(5.752)
97.7
(3.846)
122.1
(4.807)
153.1
(6.028)
185.6
(7.307)
253.9
(9.996)
235.0
(9.252)
141.4
(5.567)
1,617.2
(63.669)
 

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Dindigul
Location
Kodaikanal
Address
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Nearest Bus Terminal
Kodaikonal
Nearest Railway Station
Kodaikkanal Road (KQN)
Nearest Airport
Madurai Airport
IN
latitude : 9.834509850 longitude :78.093399050
Corporation : Madurai
GPS Code : VOMD
Open Year
1845
Height
2,133 metres (6,998 ft)
Visiting Hours
full time

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  • Kodaikanal hills is a city in the hills of the Dindigul (district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in the Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest".  Kodaikanal hills is shallbe referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination.

  • Silver cascade falls is the first attraction that welcomes tourists in Kodaikanal on 'Madurai - Kodai Road, situated on the main road Ghat. Silver Falls Cascade Kodaikanal is 8 km before you approchez of Kodai of Kodai Road. Silver consecutive falls, a picture perfect for exploring in Kodaikanal was famous for its own, pure and water flashes once and involving the name of Silver Falls. The overflow of Kodaikanal Lake takes a 180 ft dive on a ve


  • Devil’s Kitchen is located on the southern escarpment of the Palani Hills where weathered charnockite pillars protrude out of the cliff face. Historically these cliffs were covered in a mix of native grasses and shola forest. Guna Caves is the local name for Devil’s Kitchen, a deep bat-infested chamber between three naturally arranged imposing boulders, 1990s the caverns and gnarled shola of Devil’s Kitchen were a favorite, yet little known, hi

  • Poondi Falls is located near Poondi, Kodaikanal Taluk in Dindigul District.

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