Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station located on top of the Palani Hills at an altitude of 2100 meters or 7000 feet. Kodaikanal was developed by Christian missionaries in the 19th century. Today it’s a tourist favourite. Some tourists go to Kodaikanal for a day with a prescribed list of sightseeing places and visit each site and take photographs put it on their facebook and instagrams and speed down the mountain before the day is done. Others stay many days and explore the small lanes that surround the slopes around the pristine lake and enjoy the old rustic buildings that remain. Then there are tourists that don’t spend much time in the Kodaikanal town and focus primarily on the mountains with the lush grasslands and clusters of green rainforests known as sholas. In Tamil the word Solai means forest.
So if you are a quick fire tourist on a day’s visit or the more investigative person, or the educated aware traveler, the attraction of Kodaikanal, the contrasting cool temperature that is a welcome change from the searing heat of the plains, the lovely drive up the mountain on a curvy road between dense forests, and the pale mist that soars from the still lake on a chilly morning – continues to be as alluring as its been since the dawn of its inception in June 1845.