Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill station in Tamil Nadu, Southern part of India. Kodaikanal is also known as "Princess of Hill Stations", shortly called as "Kodai". A summer festival is held every year in May in which boat races, flower and fruit shows are specially organized. Cultural programs are also conducted during the festival.
Kodai is famous for Kurinji flower. It is an endemic species in South India growing only in Anamalai, Nilgiris and Palani hills in Tamil Nadu. It does not grow in any part of the world. Though there are about 50 varieties of Kurinji (a bell-shaped flower), blue colored variety alone would bloom once in 12 years, and that is known as NeelaKurinji. The plant is usually 30 to 60 cms high on the hills. The Kurinji bushes are also found in some hilly tracts of Kerala like Munnar and Iduki. The peak season to visit Kodaikanal is April-June.
Places to visit in Kodaikanal:
- Silver Cascade
- Bryant park
- Coaker's walk
- Pillar Rocks
- Green Valley
- Guna Caves
- Bear Shola Falls
- Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple
- Berijam Lake
A British forest officer by the name Bryant was the one who landscaped this park in the year 1980 and hence it is named after him. This is the place where the annual vegetable and flower show is held during the month of May and is the most visited place by many during the summer months. A glasshouse in the park contains wide varieties of flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants.
Other general information :
- The famous schools here are Kodaikanal International School, kodaikanal Public School, Zion Matriculation School.
- The colleges in are Kodaikanal Christian College and Sacred Heart College.
- The 2 major medical facilities are the Van Allen Hospital and the Government Hospital.
- Trekking lovers also find Kodaikanal interesting.
- Kodai is famous for plums, Kurinji flower, chilli bajji, pears, carrot, cauliflower, cabbage, garlic, onion, handicrafts, medical herbs, eucalyptus, horse riding, cycling, walking, boating and homemade chocolates.