also known as Kodai is a hill resort situated 120 kms from Madurai, near
the Palani hills, an offshoot of the Western Ghats. The best season
is in April-June & September-October.
The pride of
Kodai is the kurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years.
The main attraction
is the star shaped lake, with several spots for picnicking on the banks.
There is fishing and boating facilities and also one can hire horses to
ride around the lake.
of flowers is located to the east of the lake.
built in 1899 is located at the highest point in Kodai, 3.2 kms from the
lake, 850 feet above the lake.
The Silver Cascade
falls is located on the ghat road to Madurai 8 kms from Kodai. 5
kms from the town below the observatory is the Fairy Falls, Bearshola Falls
and Glane Falls.
This museum is
located 5.5 kms from the lake. This museum for flora, fauna and archaeological
remains is maintained by the Sacred Heart College. One of the best
ochidariums, with around 300 species of orchids (and other plants of the
Palani hills) is also located here.
Three rocks -
cliff faces resembling pillars juts into the sky to a height of about 400
ft. Located 7 kms from the lake, it serves as a viewpoint for the
Located 5 kms
from the lake, this was originally known as Suicide Point. There
is a great view of the plains below & the Vaigai dam from here.
There is a golf course nearby, where visitors can use the course as temporary
a km from the lake, running along a steep wooded slope with a picturesque
view of the plains below is named after Lt.Coaker who prepared the map
for Kodai. There is a telescope house here to view the valley &
plains through a telescope.
This temple is
dedicated to Lord Muruga & is located 3.2 kms from the lake.