The literal meaning of Kodaikanal is the gift of the forest and the beautiful hill station stands true to it. One of the most popular tourist spots of South India, Kodaikanal is blessed with thrilling trekking routes, pristine waterfalls, serene lakes, ancient caves, exquisite temples and grand churches. Its densely wooded jungles and lush green valleys make it a perfect spot for all. Kodaikanal was developed into a retreat by British missionaries in the mid-19th century and since then, it has emerged as one of the most visited tourist destinations of India. Nestled in the Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal is also famous for the kurinji plant, whose lilac-blue blossoms grow once in every twelve years.

The two most popular lakes in Kodaikanal are the Berijam Lake and the Kodai Lake. Set amidst natural wilderness, the calm and tranquil waters of the Berijam Lake are a delight for nature lovers while the Kodai Lake offers boating opportunities for visitors which makes for a truly memorable experience. Tourists can also take enjoyable pony rides around the Kodai Lake and have a rejuvenating experience. The picturesque hill station provides great opportunities for adventure lovers who can trek to Pillar Rocks and the Dolphin Rocks or go hiking at the hilly terrains of Kodaikanal. The Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan, is the most famous site of Kodaikanal. The temple also offers great views of the Palani and Vaigai dams.

The picturesque Byrant Park is another attraction. The waterfalls of Kodaikanal offer a refreshing environment to visitors and must be visited during a trip. Some of the popular waterfalls in the hill station include the Silver Cascade Falls, the Bear Shola Falls, the Pambar falls and the Thalaiyar Falls. The La Saleth Church and the Christ the King Church are sure to leave you smitten by their old world charm. Kodaikanal is located at a distance of 120 km from Madurai.

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