Kodaikanal Lake, a man-made lake, is located in the Kodaikanal city of Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu. Considered as one of the most popular geographic landmarks and tourist attractions, this lake is located at a distance of 3 km from the bus stand. Perched at an elevation of 2,285 m above sea level, this lake is star shaped.
Pillar Rocks, located at a distance of 8 km from the lake tower, is one of the famous tourist attractions. At this attraction, tourists can see three granite boulders that are standing vertically shoulder to shoulder. Measuring a height of around 400 ft from the ground, these pillars are known for offering bird's eye view of the surrounding beautiful vistas. The chambers that are between the two pillars are also known as Devil's Kitchen.
Bryant Park, a botanical garden, is situated on the eastern side of 'The Lake'. Conceived and landscaped in 1980 by a British Army Officer, Glenn Bryant. At this botanical garden, every year in the month of May, an annual flower and vegetable show is organised. In addition, it is one of the most visited attractions during the summer months. The garden also houses a glasshouse, which comprises a wide assortment of flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants.
Silver Cascade Falls
Silver Cascade Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls, is the first attraction that unfolds to tourist, located on the Madurai - Kodaikanal road, on way to Kodaikanal. This waterfall is the result of excess water in the Kodai Lake, which comes down as a fall. Silver Cascade Falls is located at a distance of around 8 km from Kodaikanal.
Berijam Lake, located at a distance of 21 Kilometres from the heart of the city, the lake is one of the most popular attractions of Kodaikanal. This lake was introduced to the public by European settlers. Known for its serene beauty, the area on which the lake is present was originally a swamp, which was cleared so as to discover the lake.
Bear Shola Falls
Bear Shola Falls, located at a distance of 2 km from the Kodaikanal Lake, is another popular tourist spot within the destination. Owing to the fact that in earlier days bears used to come to this fall for drinking water; thus, the falls has got its name as Bear Shola Falls. Situated at a distance of 1.5 km, the fall is one of the most ideal picnic spots in Kodaikanal town. The best time to a visit this lake is during the rainy season. This is because during this season, the beauty of the falls is at its fullness.
Flora and Fauna Museum
Flora and Fauna Museum was formed in 1895 and is an educational and tourist location and is also known as Shenbaganur Museum. A variety of specimens of flora and fauna with preserved fossils of various ancient floras can be seen. There is an Orchidarium with over 300 species of exotic orchid.
Kurinji Andavar Temple
Kurinji Temple, located at a distance of around 5 km from the bus station, is also known as Kurinji Andavar Temple. Dedicated to Lord Muruga, the God of Hills as per the Tamil literature, tourists visiting this temple can enjoy beautiful view of Vaigai dam and Palani hills.
Dolphin's Nose, perched at an altitude of 6,600 ft, is located at a distance of 8 km from the main city of Kodaikanal. The place is one of the major attractions of the destination as it offers bird's eye view of the beautiful landscape of the hilly region. Endowed with the scenic beauty, the best time to make a visit to Dolphin's Nose extends from the month of October to March.
Green Valley View
Green Valley View, located around 5.5 km from the Kodaikanal Lake, is the point from where tourists can enjoy the beautiful view of the Vaigai Dam. The place is formerly known as Suicide Point owing to facts that it is deep, dangerous and dense.