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Kodaikanal Tourism 2022 - Kodaikanal Tour Packages

KODAIKANAL - TAMIL NADU



Kodaikanal is a hill station which is located in Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in the Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest". Kodaikanal is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and tourist destination.

Kodaikanal was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. Much of the local economy is based on the hospitality industry serving tourism. As of 2011, the city had a population of 36,501.

The word Kodaikanal is an amalgamation of two words: kodai and kanal. The Tamil language has at least four possible interpretations of the name Kodaikanal. By pronouncing the first syllable of Kodaikanal with a long Tamil 'O', as in koe-dei, it means "summer", whilst the final two syllables kanal  means "to see", rendering Kodaikanal as a "place to see in summer". Kodaikanal is a summer forest, and it is a place that the first missionaries used as a refuge to escape the overbearing and mosquito-ridden heat of the plains – a place that they would have counted on seeing in the summer.

Kanal, in Tamil, can mean dense or closed forest. In this case, Kodai can have at least four meanings. By pronouncing Kodai with the long Tamil 'o' and short 'e', Ko-dai means "the end". Kodaikanal could mean "the end of the forest" which makes poetic and geographical sense – Kodaikanal is at the crown of the Palani Hills and is effectively surrounded and protected by thick forests.

By pronouncing Kodai with the short Tamil 'o' (as in Kodi), it means "creepers" or vines. Kodaikanal could mean "forest of creepers" or the forest of vines. "The forest of creepers" is thought to be the English language meaning given in 1885 during the early western habitation of the place and is still accepted.

By pronouncing Kodai with a short Tamil 'o', and a long 'e', it might be interpreted to mean "gift", rendering "Kodaikanal" as "gift of the forest". Keeping the short Tamil 'o' but adding a long 'a', Kodai could be understood as the Tamil word for umbrella, where Kodaikanal is a forest fashioned like a protecting umbrella.

Another Tamil word for creeper or vine is valli, the honey collecting daughter of the chief of the Veddas mountain tribe. The chief and his wife prayed to the Mountain God for a girl and their prayers were answered when the chief found a newborn girl child during a hunting expedition. As she was found among creeper plants, they named her Valli and she grew up as princess of the tribe in Kurinji and became the consort of lord Murugan. The romantic traditions of Murugan in Sangam literature are thus associated with the name Kodaikanal.

The earliest residents of Kodaikanal were the Palaiyar tribal people. The earliest specific references to Kodaikanal and the Palani Hills are found in Tamil Sangam literature of the early Common era. Modern Kodaikanal was established by American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats in 1845, as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. In the 20th century a few elite Indians came to realise the value of this enchanting hill station and started relocating here.

Tourism has been impacted by industrial pollution issues including the closure of a mercury factory owned by Unilever's Indian subsidiary Hindustan Unilever after evidence of widespread mercury pollution. To date no proper clean-up operation has been mounted.



Elevation: 2,133 m,
Area: 21.45 km², .
Area code: 04542


KODAIKANAL TOUR PACKAGES



Package G N G RRKDK 1 : 1Night 2 Days Stay in Hotel in Kodaikanal   + Sightseeing Kodaikanal Lake + Boating + Breakfast + Dinner

Package G N G RRKDK 2 : 1Night 2 Days Stay in Home Stay in Kodaikanal + Sightseeing Bryant Park + Breakfast + Dinner

Package G N G RRKDK 3 : 2Night 3 Days Stay in Hotel in Kodaikanal + Sightseeing Silver Cascade Falls + Bathing + Swimming + Breakfast + Dinner

Package G N G RRKDK 4 : 2Night 3 Days Stay in Hotel in Kodaikanal + Sightseeing Kurinji Andavar Temple + Darshan + Aarti + Breakfast + Dinner

Package G N G RRKDK 5 : 2Night 3 Days Stay in Hotel in Kodaikanal + Sightseeing Coakers Walk + Camping + Breakfast + Dinner

Package G N G RRKDK 6 : 2Night 3 Days Stay in Hotel in Kodaikanal +  Sightseeing Vattakanal Water Falls + Bathing + Breakfast + Dinner

Package G N G RRKDK 7 : 3 Night 4 Days Stay in Hotel + Sightseeing Kodaikanal Hill Station + Camping +  Breakfast + Dinner 



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BANGLORE KODAIKANAL MADURAI OOTY MYSORE COORG



 Package G N G RRBKMOMC 1: 1 Night Stay in Bangalore + 2 Night Stay in Kodaikanal + Sightseeing Places + Morning Tea + Breakfast + Dinner
 Package G N G RRBKMOMC 2: 3N/4D Madurai To Kodaikanal Tour + Sightseeing Places + Morning Tea + Breakfast + Dinner
 Package G N G RRBKMOMC 3: 2Night Stay in Ooty + 2Night Stay in Kodaikanal + Sightseeing Places + Morning Tea + Breakfast + Dinner
 Package G N G RRBKMOMC 4: 2Night Stay in Kodaikanal 2Night Stay in Ooty + Sightseeing Places + Morning Tea + Breakfast + Dinner
 Package G N G RRBKMOMC 5: 1Night Stay in Bangalore + 1Night Stay in Mysore + 2Night Stay in Ooty + 2Night Stay in Kodaikanal + Sightseeing Places + Morning Tea + Breakfast + Dinn
Package G N G RRBKMOMC 6: 1Night Stay  in Mysore + 2Night Stay in Coorg + 2Night Saty in Ooty + 2Night Stay in Kodaikanal + Sightseeing Places + Morning Tea + Breakfast + Dinner



KODAIKANAL DAY PACKAGES



Package G N G RRKDK 1: 1 Day Kodaikanal Local Sightseeing Tour Package by Car + Sightseeing Places Covered +  Pickup and Drop from Kodaikanal Hotel 
Package G N G RRKDK 2: 1 Day Madurai to Kodaikanal Trip by Cab + Sightseeing Places Covered +  Pickup and Drop from Madurai Hotel
Package G N G RRKDK 3: 1 Day Coimbatore to Kodaikanal Trip by Cab + Sightseeing Places Covered +  Pickup and Drop from Coimbatore Hotel 



HOW TO REACH DANDELI



BY AIR



Located around 120 km away, Madurai Airport serves as the nearest airport to Kodaikanal. Daily flights from Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy and Mumbai arrive here. On arrival at the airport, passengers can board a cab or local train to reach Kodaikanal. Flights till Trichy and Coimbatore can also be availed to reach Kodaikanal.


BY TRAIN



Kodai Road, situated around 80 km away from the main town of Kodaikanal, is the nearest railway station. Mostly trains from Madurai and Trichy run to Kodai Road. Another nearest and important station is Coimbatore Railway Station, which withstands the arrival and departure of all major trains connecting important Indian cities. 



BY BUS



Kodaikanal is connected by road with important towns like Madurai, Palani, Theni, Dindigul, Thiruchirappalli, Kumuli, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Chennai. Regular bus services at frequent intervals are available from these cities. State and private operators run buses in this route. Cabs or private cars serve as alternative for road trip to Kodaikanal.



WHEN TO VISIT KODAIKANAL



MARCH TO MAY : During summer, Kodaikanal has a very pleasant climate with warm days and cool nights. The warm sun gently melts the mist of winter and everything looks so fresh and verdant. It’s a great time for long sightseeing trips and adventure sports. If you’re planning a trip to Kodaikanal in summer, don’t miss out on the Summer Festival (May-June) with a flower show and competitions. Book rooms in advance as summer is peak tourist season. Mango showers are likely, so keep an umbrella handy. Explore the town on foot, sip a special piping hot Masala Chai at a roadside stall. Temperature averages 20°C - 36°C.

JUNE TO SEPTEMBER : It’s quite rainy in July and August, with anything from a light drizzle to occasional heavy rainfall. But the weather is good nevertheless and the region gets more abundantly green and fertile during the monsoons. Kodaikanal turns into a virtual carpet of Kurinji flowers that bloom from July-November, though they might bloom earlier in Kodaikanal. But sightseeing and outdoor sports may be cumbersome. Heavy rainfall might cause landslips and floods in forest streams. Monsoon is off season for a trip to Kodaikanal, but the region looks most enticing for the romantics at heart. You are likely to get discounts and deals in accommodations, a perk for the off peak season. Temperature averages 16°C-23°C.

NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY : The season turns cold and misty, especially as nights set in and its better you carry along woollens and jackets. But it’s a great time to go trekking or sailing across the lake on a boat, in fact just about any kind of sightseeing is cool during winter. Visit the waterfalls and streams that are swollen with the monsoon rains. Photoshoot the Cherry blossoms on the trees! The cool wintery nip in the air is so appealing! Check out the Tea and Tourism Festival in January and of course the traditional Pongal Festival. Average temperature ranges from 8°C-25°C. 



 TOP PLACES TO  VISIT IN KODAIKANAL



1. Coakers Walk
2. Mannavanur Lake
3. Kodaikanal Lake
4. Berijam Lake
5. Pine Forest
6. Poombarai Village View
7. Kurinji Andavar Temple
8. Pillar Rocks
9. Vattakanal Waterfalls
10. Chettiar Park
11. Thalaiyar Falls
12. Dolphins Nose
13. Silver Cascade Falls
14. Silent Valley View Point
15. Canopy Hill, Vattakanal
16. Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
17. Shembaganur Museum of Natural History
18. Camping Amidst Pear Orchard
19. Subramanya temple (Kartikeya Temple)
20. Kumbakkarai Falls 



 BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KODAIKANAL



1. Sterling Kodai Lake
2. The Kodai Heaven
3. Villa Retreat
4. Suryaholidays kodaikanal Priderock
5. Great Trails Kodaikanal by GRT Hotels
6. Zostel
7. The Tamara Kodai
8. Kodai Resort, Kodaikanal | Luxury Staycation Deal
9. Luxury Stay in Kodaikanal
10. Villa Retreat
11.  Hotel Kodai International
12.  The Tamara Kodai
13. La Flora Highland Paradise Resort
14. The Carlton
15. Kodai Sunshine Hotel 



 WHERE TO EAT IN KODAIKANAL



1. Aromas of Kodai
2. Mann Manam Restaurant
3. Tibetan Brothers
4. Muncheez
5. Altaf's Cafe
6. The Royal Tibet
7. Aby's Cafe
8. Cloud Street
9. Al Baiq Family Restaurant
10. hotel new imran briyani
11. Sanjay Home Food
12. Astoria Veg Restaurant @ Hotel Astoria
13. Hilltop Woodlands
14. LakeView
15. Anifa Restaurant Kodaikanal
16. Hotel Welcome Non-Veg 



 HOMESTAY IN KODAIKANAL



1. A Countryside Stay Amidst Coffee
     Plantations In Kodaikanal
2. A Lake View Vacation Retreat In Kodaikanal
3. A Getaway Amidst Serene Woods In Kodaikanal
4. Boutique Homestay In Kodaikanal
5. Cottage Homestay In Kodaikanal
6. Nature Retreat Homestay In Kodaikanal
7. Lillys Valley Resort, Kodaikanal | Luxury Staycation Deal
8. Holiday Home Resort, Kodaikanal | Luxury Staycation Deal
9. Altius Nest
10. Kodiakanal Jungle Villa Homestay
11. Homestay Near Misty Fountain, Kodaikanal
12. The Garden Homestay 



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OF DANDELI



QUESTION: What is the famous of Kodaikanal?



ANSWER: Situated at about 7,000ft above sea level, Kodaikanal is famous for its breathtaking views and unsurpassed beauty. Also known as Princess of Hill Stations, it lies in the hills of Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. In Tamil, Kodaikanal means 'Gift of Forest'.



QUESTION: Which month is best for Kodaikanal?



ANSWER: The best time to visit Kodaikanal is during the most intense summer months, between April and June. This does not mean that Kodaikanal loses allure during the rest of the year. The contrast of the heat in the plains with the refreshing coolness of the mountains seems to provide more respite during summer.



QUESTION: Which is better Kodaikanal or Munnar?



ANSWER: Kodaikanal is better if you visit Berijam lake and poondi village. If you have a 4x4 shall hit top station which will lead you to munnar. Munnar is also good but because of low altitude MUNNAR IS NOT SO CHILL like Kodaikanal or Ooty.



QUESTION: Which is the coldest month in Kodaikanal?



ANSWER:  December - Coimbatore / Peelamedu is 62 miles from Kodaikanal, so the actual climate in Kodaikanal can vary a bit. Based on weather reports collected during 2005–2015.



QUESTION: Does Kodaikanal have snow?



ANSWER: Winter sets in during the month of early November and continues till late February or early March. This is the coolest season of the year when temperature hovers between 8°c and 17°c. In the month of January the city even experiences slight snowfall and the temperature considerably drops down at night.




QUESTION: How many hairpin bends are there in Kodaikanal?



ANSWER: The gravitas of each of the 21 notorious hairpin bends en route to Kodaikanal via Palani below was beginning to take its toll as I battled the ensuing waves of nausea.



QUESTION: What is the best time visit Kodaikanal?



ANSWER: Kodaikanal in Summer: (April to June)
Summer is also the best time to visit Kodaikanal as the temperature ranges between 30ºC to 20ºC. The pleasant, refreshing breeze blowing on your face makes it perfect for sightseeing, trekking, cycling, boating, and other outdoor activities.



QUESTION: Who found Kodaikanal?



ANSWER: In 1863, Kodaikanal Lake was created by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge, who was then the Collector of Madurai District, by damming three streams flowing into a valley. He stocked the lake with local fish and brought Kodai's first boat from Tuticorin. He lived in Pambar House after his retirement.



QUESTION: Are there snakes in Kodaikanal?



ANSWER: The Large-scaled Green Pit Viper (Trimeresurus macrolepis), whose venom is mildly toxic, is another resident reptile of the Upper Palnis. Recently a new species of snake was discovered in Tiger Shola. The Krait (Bungarus caeruleus) and the Saw-scaled Viper (Echis carinatus) are found in the lower reaches.



QUESTION: Is there any beach in Kodaikanal?



ANSWER:  If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a break from your everyday tasks, Kodaikanal beach holidays are the perfect getaway option for you. The picturesque view of turquoise waters lapping over the passive shores and breathtaking sight of the sun setting below the.



QUESTION: Are there wild animals in Kodaikanal?



ANSWER: Faunal diversity. Elephants, barking deer, Indian Gaur, sambar, common langur, wild dogs, leopard and sloth bear, were some of the wildlife one could see in the Kodaikanal Forest division.



QUESTION: Is Kodaikanal worth visiting?



ANSWER: Yes, absolutely! Whether it is for the scenic views, the pleasant weather, the scrumptious food or the peaceful atmosphere, Kodaikanal is worth visiting! There are many things to do and places to visit in Kodaikanal that can make your holiday more fun and memorable.



QUESTION: What is Kodaikanal known for?



ANSWER: Kodaikanal is also popularly known as the princes of Hill Stations. The cool and misty weather, the scenic beauty of the rolling hills and the wooded forest of Kodaikanal and its surroundings will mesmerize any visitor throughout the year.



QUESTION: How many bends are there in Kodaikanal?



ANSWER: The gravitas of each of the 21 notorious hairpin bends en route to Kodaikanal via Palani below was beginning to take its toll as I battled the ensuing waves of nausea.



QUESTION: What is the Speciality of Kodaikanal?



ANSWER:  Kodaikanal is known for its rich flora. Of the big trees, cypress, eucalyptus and acacia are the dominant varieties. Pear trees are numerous and the fruits are of high quality.


 

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