Having done my studies in South India(Bangalore), I had heard great reviews about this place and being a travel enthusiast wanted to go there so much. When I got a chance, I really enjoyed my experience there.
In South India almost all Hill Stations are same. It will have a Echo Point, a Point From where you can see the whole city and plains, few waterfalls, probably a sunrise/sunset point, some zoo. Kodai is almost similar except that there is this huge lovely lake within the city, where you can cycle around, which is simply beautiful and adds to your experience.
I have been to Ooty, Munnar, Wayanad(which is so not a hill station), Coorg, Chikmagalur but Kodai is my favorite. I had heard great things about Munnar too,but my experience was not so good. WHY?? Weather. See weather is the most important thing while visiting any hill station in south India. You might not believe ,but these so called hill stations are actually little hot in summers. These are not the hill stations with snow clad mountains rather they offer you lush greenery and pleasant weather. I somehow prefer to visit them in starting of rainy season, unlike most people. I just love the blooming flowers, the washed out feel, clouds passing through you, the perfect chilly weather, enjoying those hot samosas, sipping a cuppa tea and taking a light walk around. This is my idea of holidaying 🙂
Kodai has a huge lake within the city and you can rent a bicycle and paddle around the lake. Not that typical rent a boat types. With the lake in between, you cycling around, enjoying the awesome weather the experience is quite great. I just loved it. If your timing is right, you can actually feel as if you are paddling among the clouds. Once you are done, you can enjoy the local home made chocolates or whatever you prefer, there are quite a lot of eating options around.
There is not much to do in the city, so a day or two is fine if you are planning to be only in Kodai. Apart from the lake, there’s Coakers Walk where you can take a walk along the hill side and enjoy the lovely sunset if sky is clear. Pine Forest is another place worth a dekho. Rest all places are just ok,s o don’t waste much time roaming around small places and getting bored. I would suggest that rather book a nice hotel, stay within the city, enjoy the rides along lake and just walk around the city and relax.
Hotel Villa Retreat is one very good option and has best scenic view to offer. While having breakfast in morning, I actually felt like having breakfast in lap of nature which was such and beautiful and refreshing feeling. My visit was to Kodaikanal wouldn’t have been perfect without the beautiful stay in Villa Retreat. The food was really yummy there, something that I had not expected from a tourist place. My Trip to Kodai was a wonderful, wonderful break from my regular 9-6 Work Routine.
Let’s Share : Been there? Liked it ? Have something to say? Know any other great hill station down south? Do share your views.