We crave for long weekends, don’t we? The occasional Friday or Monday that just happens to be a holiday is one of the best times to go on a short weekend trip to a really awesome location to relax and unwind. India’s 67th Independence Day falls on a Friday this year and this could well be the weekend you’ve been waiting for to go on a nice soothing holiday.
The best part about this trip is that you’re going to be vacationing during the monsoon. India comes alive during the rains, and few places offer a better experience than Kodaikanal. The popular hill town located in the State of Tamil Nadu is called the ‘Princess of Hill stations,’ and for good reason! Lush green forests surround you on sides and the view from the hill top is simply amazing.
Kodaikanal was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. The name in fact means ‘The Gift of the Forest’ and was an immensely popular with the officers of India’s erstwhile rulers, the British. Hence, you’ll find a lot of English-influenced architecture around you.
The great thing about traveling to this really quaint town is that transport is not a problem; thus, you don’t have to take a treacherous journey through mountains to reach this exotic location. In fact, the drive from the nearest airport is quite amazing. As you climb the ghats, you’ll see the amazing beauty of this part of India that lies in store for you with lovely views of valleys. Flowers in different shapes, sizes and colours blossom from all sides and you start to soak in the aura of this magical destination.
Things to Do:
Bryant Park is one of the most popular places in Kodaikanal and a must-visit. This park is located next to a lake and we recommend taking a boat ride in the lake. The locality looks really beautiful with a lot of trees, flowers and greenery around.
One of the most visited places in Kodaikanal is Coakers walk. It is a beautiful walkway with enchanting views of the valleys, the distant hills and floating clouds. It also offers a telescopic view of the beautiful valleys and is one of those places that you just can’t get enough of. The place also has a lot of hawkers selling different memorabilia and paraphernalia so you have some souvenirs to take back home.
Pine trees constitute a large percentage of all the trees found here. The cool climate is perfect for the tall deciduous trees and the forests here have been the backdrop of many filming locations. When you visit the forests, it’ll be obvious why – it’s a truly spiritual experience to become one with nature.
Because it’s monsoon season, you can be sure that the waterfalls around this amazing hill town will be bustling with activity. Bear Shola falls and Pambar Falls are the two most famous waterfalls here. Pambar falls was made famous by the ‘Liril advertisement in the 90′s when the Liril girl danced under the waterfall promoting the brand.
An Amazing Experience:
Kodaikanal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The amazing scenery around you, Lush green forests, waterfalls, trekking options and a splendid lake offer something unique and magical. It’s one of the best places you can visit to relax and let go of all your worries, we recommend you do just that this Independence Day.
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