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About Kodaikanal Tourism

Kodaikanal “Princess of Hill Stations” is located above the southern escarpment of the upper Palani Hills at 2,133 meters (6,998 ft), between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys. These hills form the eastward spur of the Western Ghats on the Western side of South India, and also buffer zone of Anamalai Tiger Reserve. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. The unique forests, grasslands located near Kodaikanal.

In 1906 the first proper Reserve Forest was created and presently the notification of a 736 sq. kms The Sanctuary is highly diverse in its topography, altitude, rainfall, climate and temperature. Despite the prevalence of exotic flora the Kodaikanal home to a variety of animals such as gaur, sambar, leopard, wild dog, muntjac and several smaller mammals. The bird life is also abundant comprising of over 200 species and the area is particularly rich in reptiles and amphibians several of which are endemic like the uropeltid snakes. The insect life is also extremely rich. Diversity of landscape and its components enchants one and all alike be he a tourist, a trekker, an anthropologist, a ecologist or a naturalist.

Reaching Kodaikanal

Reaching Kodaikanal from Palani and then by road to Kodai 65kms. There are regular buses from Palani. The bus returns to Palani also available.

Reaching Kodaikanal from Vathalakundu driving distance  is 61 kms. There are regular buses from Vathalakundu to Kodai. Some special buses from Madurai, Theni and Kodairoad is available.

Nearest Hillstations of interest

Valparai  (Anamalai Tiger Reserve – ATR)

Valparai is a small Place near by (958 km2) Anamalai Tiger Reserve (formerly Indira Gandhi National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary) lies in the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. At the southern part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Anamalai Hills.

Ooty

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam, is a hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu, in southern India. Surrounded by trees, central Ooty Lake is a huge artificial expanse of water with pleasure boats.

Sholayar Dam

Sholayar Dam is one of the attractive lesser known scenic tourist spots in Tamil Nadu. Near by Valparai. It is located above 3,500 feet from the sea level on the Annamalai mountain range. It is a small town located on the western ghats, 125 km away from Coimbatore. In Sholayar Dam, there are several tea and coffee estates, dams, water falls and Accommodations. Sholayar Dam totally gives us a wonderful natural scenery,

Topslip

Topslip “The pollution free heavenly land” Topslip is located above the 800 feet from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain range and in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. The unique teak forests, Bamboo forest also located near Topslip.

Aliyar Dam

Aliyar Dam is located in the Anamalai Hills of the Western Ghats. It is about 65 kilometres from Coimbatore in Valparai Mainroad. From Pollachi is about 25kms. and From Valparai is about 40 Kms.

Parambikulam

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the most protected ecological piece of Anamalai Mountain sub part of Western Ghats, surrounded on all sides by protected areas and sanctuaries of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the sanctuary is endowed with a peninsular flora and fauna which are excellently conserved due to total protection and minimal human interferences. 

 Munnar

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.