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Discovering the Hidden Gems of Kodaikanal: A Complete Travel Guide and Itinerary for Trekking and Hiking Enthusiasts

Are you planning a trip to Kodaikanal and looking for the best itinerary, places to visit, trekking and hiking options, and the best time to go? Look no further, as this guide will provide you with all the information you need to plan your trip to this picturesque hill station in Tamil Nadu.


Kodaikanal, also known as the "Princess of Hill Stations," is a popular tourist destination located in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Nestled in the Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal is a picturesque town with pleasant weather, beautiful landscapes, and a serene atmosphere. The town is known for its natural beauty, scenic views, and peaceful ambience, making it a popular destination among tourists.

Whether you're planning a solo trip, a family vacation, or a romantic getaway, Kodaikanal offers something for everyone. From trekking to boating, and sightseeing to nature walks, there are plenty of activities to keep you engaged during your stay. In this guide, we'll provide you with a comprehensive itinerary and information about the best places to cover, trekking and hiking options, why it's famous, and the best time to visit.

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Best Time to Visit Kodaikanal

The best time to visit Kodaikanal is from September to May, as the weather is pleasant and mild during this time. The monsoon season starts from June to August, and the town experiences heavy rainfall during this time. The winter season starts from December to February, and the temperature can drop to as low as 8°C during this time.

Kodaikanal Itinerary

Here's a suggested itinerary for your Kodaikanal trip:

Day 1

  • Reach Kodaikanal by the afternoon
  • Check into your hotel and take some rest
  • Visit the Kodaikanal Lake in the evening and enjoy boating
  • Visit Coaker's Walk and enjoy the scenic views
  • End the day with a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant

Day 2

  • Start the day with a visit to the Pillar Rocks viewpoint
  • Trek to Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint
  • Visit the Berijam Lake and enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Visit Bryant Park and Green Valley Viewpoint in the evening
  • End the day with dinner at a local restaurant

Day 3

  • Visit the Silver Cascade Waterfall in the morning
  • Trek to the Vattakanal Falls
  • Visit the Guna Caves and enjoy the scenic beauty
  • End the day with dinner at a local restaurant

Best Places to Cover in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a beautiful town with many natural and man-made attractions. Here are some of the best places to cover in Kodaikanal:

Kodaikanal Lake

The Kodaikanal Lake is a star-shaped lake that was built in 1863. It's a popular spot for boating, cycling, and horse riding. The lake is surrounded by green hills, and the serene atmosphere makes it a perfect place for a relaxing evening.

Coaker's Walk

Coaker's Walk is a 1-kilometre-long pedestrian path that offers scenic views of Kodaikanal town, Hills & mountains.

Pillar Rocks

Pillar Rocks are three giant rock pillars that stand at a height of 400 feet. The rocks are located in a dense forest and offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape.

Dolphin's Nose Trek

Dolphin Nose is a famous viewpoint in Kodaikanal, located around 8 km away from the town. It is named after its resemblance to a dolphin's nose and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The point is situated at an altitude of 6,600 feet above sea level and is a popular spot for trekking and hiking. Visitors can witness the panoramic views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and Catherine Falls from this point.

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Silver Cascade

Chettiar Park

Lake View Point


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