Kodaikanal is a famous hill station located in Tamil Nadu, India. Kodaikanal is popularly known as the Princess of Hill stations and it is one of the popular tourist destinations and hill stations in South India.

The Kodaikanal hill town is located at an altitude of 2,133 meters (6,998 ft) above the sea level. The town is renowned for its famous spots, lakes, fruits, Golf Club, Eucalyptus and medicine value trees, educational institutions and more.

I’m basically from Tamil Nadu and I have visited the place for more than 10 times, since from my childhood and everytime it gives me a fresh feel of nature and atmosphere.

During childhood, we would enjoy watching the placing and climate, but now we are matured and recently I visited the place for 2 days and here I would like to share a photo story explaining the beauty, locations, attractions and more about the Kodaikanal.

In this trip apart from seeing the main center of the town attractions and spots, I have decided to visit the nearby villages and spots in Kodaikanal. Hence you will miss some of the main places and attractions in this post. No worries, I will be doing more stories on Kodaikanal.


Kodaikanal Lake:

This is the main lake located at the center of the city. This is an artificial lake and which is roughly star-shaped. The lake is approximately 60 acres and built in the year 1863. 

Rowboats and Pedalos – facilities are available in the lake to attract the tourist.
Horse Riding and Cycling – are available beside the lake and it can be hired for a short period of time.
Walk Around the Lake – The 5 kilometers path of this lovely lake is the favorite walk place for the locals and tourists.

Sunrise in Kodaikanal:

The early morning sunrise in a hill station will be one of the attractive scenes.

Poombarai Village:

After visiting the lake and the spots near the lake, I decided to travel to Poombarai Village which is nearly 18 kilometers from the main city Kodaikanal. It is located at an altitude of 1,920 meters (6,300 ft).

During the journey to Poombarai Village from the main town, the road path to the village was amazing and it was filled with trees on either side of the road.

You will also have a spot to see the Palani Hills. During my visit, the hills were covered by the clouds and unable to see the clear view of the Palani Hills.

Poombarai is a small village and the main attraction of the village is the Kuzhanthai Velappar Temple and the village is famous for its Garlic (Poondu in Tamil). I have purchased garlic for my home.


After visiting the Poombarai Village and the famous temple, I started to Mannavanur, again a small place located at 35 kilometers west of the Kodaikanal main city. It is located at an altitude of 1,880 meters (6,170 ft).

Mannavanur is a farming village famous for the shooting spot, lake, goat and rabbit farm. Many wildlife animals like Bison, sambar, barking deer, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri tahr and jungle cats are spotted here. The place is also known for its 165 species of butterflies, 15 types of dabchicks, wood pigeon and the Nilgiri Pipit.

I have captured this photo before 2 kilometers from the spot and it looks amazing from the point.

It is an amazing view of the hills and lake combined. The Shooting spot looks amazing along with the goats. Many movies songs and few other scenes were shot on this location.

The Central Sheep and Wool Research Institution along with farm and Rabbit Farm are located in this village.

Many varieties of Rabbits are spotted in the farm.

Horse Riding is also available in Mannavanur for the tourists.
Mannavanur Lake – where the tourists can explore the beauty of the village and the surrounded hills.

I will be covering more stories about Kodaikanal in coming days. I have gone for a short 2 day trip to Kodaikanal to spend my weekend. Hence, there was a chance to explore only a few places and spots. Still, a lot more to explore in and around the Kodaikanal Hills – I will cover new locations, attractions and more after my next visit. Stay tuned.