Located in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is seated on plateau, ensconced in the Palani hills. Also hailed as The Princess of Hills, this heavenly hill station in South India is ideal for those who crave for respite from sweltering heat of the plains. The hill slopes are carpeted with grasslands and meadows, acacia and cypress, eucalyptus and pine trees; which make this place a heavenly retreat for all.
Summer is the best time to visit Kodaikanal, also known as The Gift of Forests, though throngs of tourists keep visiting this place throughout the year. Here are some of the enchanting sightseeing places for you to see:
• Kodai Lake: This is an ideal place for nature lovers who wish to ruminate, since this star-shaped lake is an abode of various birds. Pedal boats are available for those who wish to go for boating. Tourists love to take strolls along the path beside the lake. Some of them also opt for cycle, or horse rides. The market near Kodai Lake pulls a great deal of crowd as well.
• Bear Shola Falls: The beautiful falls derives its name from the fact that bears used to descend from the hills to drink water. The best time to visit this beautiful spot is during the rainy season, since the falls looks absolutely spectacular at its fullness. Tourists gather here at this time of the year to click photos of this natural wonder.
• Coakers Walk: The winding path runs along a hillock, which offers picturesque views of colorful blossoms and forests. There is a telescope house, from where you could see the valley, as well as some towns. Visitors need to purchase tickets to gain entry here. A rare phenomenon known as Broken Spectre occurs here, when someone casts his or her shadow on the smoky clouds.
• Berijam Lake: This fresh water lake is located amidst serene wilderness on the upper side of the hills. The British had built Fort Hamilton nearby this scenic wonder, which served as a military outpost. The vast stretches of swamps near this lake support dense shola forests, which form an ideal habitat for various species. Free from human intrusion, the potable water serves as home for birds and aqua-marine creatures. Entry to this place is restricted, and visitors need permits from the Forestry Department Office.
• Palani Hills: Covered with wet shola forests, Palani hills form a rich ecosystem for different kinds of species. Tourists take a detour from Kodaikanal town to reach these misty hills. Orchids, and grizzled giant squirrels attract nature lovers, who spend numerous hours in trekking, and capturing the scenic beauty in their cameras.