Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Ten incredible places to visit in and around Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is one of those fortunate hill stations which retain the old-world charm despite the growing popularity and commercialisation. Here you can still see beautiful flowers blooming on roadsides and feast your eyes on lush greenery. Add to these delights, numerous gardens, walks and sights, and you have all the trappings of an ideal getaway, either for a short break or for a longer, more leisurely holiday.

In this excerpt we recommend the top sights and experiences for visitors.

Bryant Park
Located on the eastern side of the lake is the 20 acre Bryant Park, a lovely botanical garden with a mindboggling variety (740) of roses. There’s also a greenhouse for orchids, ferns and other plants. The park is popular with fitness enthusiasts who frequent it for their morning or evening walks, lovers who get cosy in the shade of one of the many ancient trees and also families with children. There’s a separate play area with swings.

Kurinji Andavar Temple
The Kurinji Andavar Temple commands a great view of the hill station, the Vaigai Dam and the Palani hills. Built in 1936 by a European lady who converted to Hinduism, the presiding deity of the temple is Murugan celebrated here as the Lord of the kurinji flower, that blossoms once in 12 years. There are several kurinji shrubs in the compound too. On the way to the Kurinji Andavar Temple is Chettiar Park. It is small but full of flowers, paved paths and swings – a perfect hang-out place for the whole family.

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Kodaikanal Lake


via Lonely Planet India

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