Leisure Places

Berijam Lake is the most attractive picnic spot which is situated about 21 km from the local bus stand.Berijam Lake is a must see place as sighting of bison, leopard and other chirping birds are very common here. The lake is ideal for those who are seeking a place for fun filled family picnic. It is a major source of water for the people of Periakalam town and proffers great natural ambiance. A calm serene lake surrounded by mesmerizing nature.Boating is prohibited as the lake is a source of water for villages.

This park is situated on the eastern side of the lake and 500 metres from the bus stand, is a wonderfully maintained 20.5 acres botanical garden. The park was planned and built in 1908 by a forest officer from Madurai, H.D.Bryant, and named after him. With 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses, the park is a rainbow of stunning flowers during the peak season. A large section is dedicated to nearly 740 varieties of roses. There is a 1857 Eucalyptus tree and a Bodhi tree which adds a religious significance to the park. Ornamental plants are cultivated in a nursery for sale. The park organizes horticultural exhibits and flower shows every summer, to coincide with the peak season.

It is 3.2 kms from the Kodaikanal bus Stand.Chettiar Park, is a small precise garden park placed in the north east crook of the Kodaikanal town under the maintenance of the township, on the way to the Kurunji Andavar Temple. Being distinct from other areas, Chettiar Park is very silent. People who love peace this would be the best place for time passing. A huge variety of fascinating flowers can be seen here. The beautifully designed bushes adorn the garden. The amazing purple bloom of the Kurinji Flowers can be seen here once in every twelve years. It last bloomed in 2004. The well developed grass meadow and cool trees make the ambiance fresh and calm making Chettiar Park a pleasing tourist spot.

It is a narrow pedestrian path, constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872, a one kilometer mountain road which runs along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai road which is 1/2km away from Kodai. The walk winding around mt. St. Peter's Church provides a wide-angle spectacular view of the plains. On a cloudless, clear day one can have interesting sights, such as Dolphin's nose in south, valley of the pambar river in South East, birds eye view of Periyakulam and even city of Madurai.

Dolphin's Nose is sited 8 km far from the Berijam Lake. A smooth protruding rock at the edge of the cliff, above an immense depth of close to 6600 feet seizes your breath away on the occasion. Seven kilometers since the Kodaikanal Lake, a inquisitive natural configuration of rock, alike the nose of a dolphin jutting out above a deep valley. The vicinity of Periyakulam town and Vaigai Lake are evidently noticeable on clear days. You can get to this point by a one kilometre trekking from Vattakkanal.The summit is 1960 metres above sea level.

It is formerly called Suicide Point and located at 5.5 kilometres from the bus-stand and near the golf course, has an excellent panoramic view of the plains and a sheer drop of 1,500 metres (4,900ft) overlooking the vaigai Dam to the south. The stairway leading up to it is highly commercialized and lined with rows of shops to tempt tourists.

The Devil's Kitchen is found to be lying between the Green Valley View point and the Pillar Rocks.Devil's Kitchen is a 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. 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.

Kodaikanal Lake is also known as Kodai Lake is a manmade lake.The 24-hectare lake skirted by a 5 km long is the focal point in Kodai. This lake was created in 1863 by Sir vere Hendry Levinge (1819-1885).He was previously the Collector of Madurai, who retired and settled in Kodai. He constructed the bund to form a lake and stocked the lake with fish. He brought the first boat from Tuticorin. In 1890, a boat club was formed and members of the club set sail. In 1910 a new boathouse was constructed. The boat service was opened to the public and tourist as well in 1932. Boating Time- 9.00 am to 5.30 pm

Point provides a lovely view of the valley. It is just 3 kms from the Pillar rocks Berijam Lake road.Another View point after the Devil's kitchen on the Kodaikanal to Cochin road, present am amazing view of a steep valley, the opposite hills and a few hamlets Chinnoor, Periyoor located in the mountains or sometimes a herd of hibex grazing in the mountains. After you get past Pillar-Rock, the road goes around the cliff, and then there is a junction where you get down for Moir Point. Its a small hike up and down to the view point. The forest check-post here prohibits unauthorized entry beyond this point through the road leading to Munnar via Berijam Lake. Also, a road leading to the Goshen road this road originates from Observatory Road and stretches to many small hamlets like Poombarai, Kavunji, Mannavanur, Kookkal etc. meets at this point completing the famous 14 miles round.

It's on the way to the guna cave. A great view of long, pine trees. You can go a little deep into the forest and be surrounded with numerous pine trees one after the other. The pine plantations in Kodaikanal Pine forest are one among the preserved treasures of Kodaikanal.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.

There are a set of 3 rocks which stand 122 metres high.Three granite boulders each vertically measuring a height of 400 feet stand shoulder to shoulder. It is located 8 Kms from the lake tower over the panoramic view. In the shadows of the pillars are shady woods that invite picnickers. The chamber between the two pillars is called Devil's kitchen.

Silent Valley Viewpoint also known as Cap's Valley View which provides a breathtaking view of Silent Valley .Silent Valley View, situated at a short distance from Pillar Rocks, can be seen on the Berijam lake road. The best time to make a visit to this valley is during early morning and late afternoon. Since the valley is deep, children visiting this valley have to be accompanied by their parents.

Museums & Art Galleries

It is about 5.6 kms the lake.The Sacred Heart College maintains this museum. It is a Theological Seminary founded in 1895 and devoted to preserving certain archaeological remains and the flora and fauna of the hills. It houses one of the best Orchidariams in the country. It has over 300 species of exotic orchids are housed here. Father Ugarthe, a Spaniard contributed his many private collections to the museum.

It is situated 3.2 kms from the lake and 6 kilometres from the bus-stand on Observatory Road at 2,343 metres is the highest location near Kodai. Kodaikanal solar observatory was found in 1899 as a Solar Physics Observatory. The first observations were commenced here in 1901. The Kodaikanal Observatory is one of the four centres of Indian Institute of Astrophysics. There are atleast three spectro-heliographs which incarcerates photographs of the sun called spectro-heliograms. This has been in use since 1904 and is known as the oldest in use capturing the solar disc and prominences every day.Former Director john Evershed, discovered the phenomenon of radial motion in sunspots, now known as the Evershed effect. The Kodaikanal Terrestrial Telescope can view a grand panorama including: Sothupparai Dam, Vaigai Dam, Periyakulam and Varaha river. This Indian institute of Astrophysics facility has a comprehensive AstronomicalScience museum with organized public tours, access to the astronomy library, and scheduled night-time telescopic sky viewing. It is open daily to the public during peak season, and a few hours each Friday the rest of the year.

Places of Worship

Kurinji Andavar temple situated 3 kms from the lake is a famous shrine dedicated to lord Muruga. This temple is associated with the kurinji flowers that bloom once in 12 years. Kurinji means the hill region in Tamil literature and andavar means god. Therefore Lord Muruga is referred to as the God of the Hill here. From this temple one can have a view of Palani and Vaigai Dam.

Kodaikanal, is a hill station memorable for its attractive and antique churches.One of the first churches is the "Mother Sallette" church, which ages close to 133 years. Its affluent Christian conventions and culture, still stands distinct. An extraordinary celebration takes place at La Sallete church every year on the 14th and 15th of august. This brings about the conclusion of a Nine-day festival. This celebration attracts worshippers from entire south India, irrespective of religion, creed or faith. The festival is distinct by means of extraordinary services and a special procession.Father Louis Saint Ceer holds the fame of being the first catholic priest of Sallete Mada church. Father Louis is a part of the Christ Church. He visited Kodaikanal in 1852 for the first time