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Kodaikanal is a city and a Taluk division of Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The earliest residents of Kodaikanal were the Paliyan tribal people. The earliest specific references to Kodaikanal and the Palani Hills are found in Tamil Sangam literature of the early Christian era. Modern Kodaikanal was established as a hill station by American missionaries in 1845, as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. In the 20th century a few elite Indians came to realize the value of this enchanting place and started relocating here. Kodaikanal is sometimes referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations". Much of the local economy is now based on the Hospitality industry, serving national and international tourists.

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Pine Forest - Kodaikanal

Pine ForestThe pine plantations in Kodaikanal Pine forest are one among the preserved treasures of Kodaikanal which would mesmerize the tourists by its ambiance. This place is a gift of Mother Nature for people who love photography. In 1906, Mr. Bryant planned to grow precious timber, hence he started the Kodaikanal pine plantations in the south-west of Kodaikanal. The Pine forest is an impressive spot to visit. The scenery at pine forest is one of the most excellent locations to spend time to experience the most peaceful and memorable moments of life. You would love to stand under the gigantic trees and feel small and protected by the nature mother. Exploring the Kodaikanal pine forest on the way to Mannavanur, you can see the forest floor roofed by "magic mushrooms" - allegedly hallucinogenic - you would try to find out! These pine plantations are apparently pretty familiar with the young Israeli people at Vattakanal. These meticulous pine forests are eerie since the majority of the cones and needles had dried out and the pine needles - leafs - covered the forest floor and branches in a weird shade of grey white.

Devil's Kitchen - Kodaikanal

DevilDevil'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. Devil's Kitchen is found to be lying between the Green Valley View point and the Pillar Rocks. It stand as an excellent spot for taking pictures and film making, on the other hand, some tourists skip the visit to this place considering the deep fall. Devil's Kitchen got the name Guna Caves after it turned to be a romantic hijacker's lair for the Tamil movie Guna.

Pillar Rock - Kodaikanal

Pillar RockThree Boulders stand shoulder to shoulder vertically measuring to a height of about 122 meters (400 feet), providing a beautiful view. It is 8 Kms from the lake. It has a mini garden with lovely flowers. In the shadows of the pillars are shady woods that invite picnickers. The chamber between the two pillars is called Devil's kitchen.

Green Valley View - Kodaikanal

Green Valley View"The place was earlier known as the suicide point and now it is known as the green valley view. It is about 5.5 kms away from the Kodai lake. It provides an excellent panoramic view of the hills, valley, plains and the Vaigai dam. The valley below this point is about 5000 feet deep. The point can be best visited between 10 am and 3 pm because mist will be covering the valleys during the early morning and evenings. The presence of several monkeys at this place provides interest to both the children and adults visiting the place. It is on the way to the Pillar rocks and is near to the Kodaikanal golf club. The suicide point is well fenced and it is not advisable to go beyond the fence. The pathway to the green valley view is loaded with shops selling home made chocolates, ornaments and evergreen flowers."

Bryant Park - Kodaikanal

Bryant ParkBryant Park Towards the east of Kodaikanal lake a 500 meters (1,600 ft) away from the Kodaikanal bus stand, is a fantastically maintained botanical garden spread across 20.5 acres (8.3 ha). The Bryant Park was designed and developed in 1908 by a forest officer from Madurai, H.D.Bryant, the same was named after him later. The Bryant Park is a rainbow of dazzling flowers during the peak season having 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses. The major section of Bryant Park is dedicated to nearly 740 varieties of roses. There is a Eucalyptus tree since 1857 and a Bodhi tree which adds a spiritual importance to the Bryant Park. Decorative plants are cultivated in the nursery for sale. The Bryant Park arranges for horticultural exhibitions and flower shows every summer, which coincides with the peak season. Enormous vegetables and flowers from neighboring villages compete for the prizes, on this occasion which draws big crowd. The exhibition comprises of flowers, vegetables, fruits and other items. It serves as a practical education centre for students on Ornamental Horticulture providing a clear illustration. The students are taught about the different methods pruning, budding, grafting, potting seed collection etc, at times to the visitors too.

Kodai Lake - Kodaikanal

Kodai 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 Henry 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.