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I am planning for a south india road trip on late April- 2019. I will be starting from hyderabad and would like to cover madurai, rameswaram, kodaikanal, kanyakumari and anything else across the same route. Need your expert guidance for this trip. I will be travelling with my wife and 7 yr old kid on Tata Nexon. I need help in the best route to follow, hotels to stay etc.. Thanks. Krishna
Kodaikanal - 'Princess of hill stations' Monsoon has just arrived then and I wanted to escape from the city lights and hide myself between the woods to relax. After an intensive brain storming, I have decided to hit Vattakanal in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu which is known as the 'Princess of hill stations'. Wanting to relax more than moving around to places, I decided to stay at Vattakanal which is comparatively quite far away from the commercial crowd. Where : Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu Distance : ~1000 kilometres (one-way) Stay: Edwin's Cottage, Vattakanal Number of days required to do Hyderabad - Kodiakanal - Hyderabad : 6 days (must) Route Taken: NH44 Hyderabad (Gachibowli) - Kurnool - Bangalore - Dharmapuri - Salem - Dindigul - Kodaikanal (Vattakanal). Hyderabad to Kodaikanal Road condition: The road condition is fabulous throughout the drive. Bangalore to Dinidigul stretch is similar to Hyderabad-Bangalore highway. Few kilometers after you cross Dindigul, we need to take a right towards Kodaikanal. The road becomes narrow from there until you reach Kodai, and the ghat was a lot tricky to drive on with blind turns but, scenic views. This ghat is not that steep and the road is good. Small patches while reaching Kodaikanal town. Downward traffic will be more in this route during evening. Preferred journey time would be before 6 pm. Best places to visit in Kodaikanal: It took some time to create GPS links, but I hope this is very important for road trip enthusiasts like us. We often miss the places as we drive on our own. All the places are accurate, as I saved the GPS location at each and every point. Hoping that this would help. Pillar rock Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/b4WMVuxG1kv Mannavanur Lake This like is a little away (30kms) from Kodaikanal which is worth a drive. Beauty of this place is that it is away from the regular commercial crowd and hence calm and peaceful. Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/QH3owjFMjCM2 Silent Valley View Point Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/QNcZaEthao62 Berijam Lake Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/yrPQVm6Wz7y Kodai lake (commercial) Avoid this place, If you don't have time, last priority. Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ez5rn1b34n42 Bear shola falls Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/S5zN2cjkyhD2 Silver cascade falls Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/AQNiSn5YtBH2 Devils kitchen Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/5WYyDkgByWH2 Perumal peak Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/9FVDnesGUPx Dolphin nose Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/4vWywKiKi4n Day :1 (Hyderabad to Bangalore) Distance : 590 Kilometers Route: One and only favourite NH44 Day2: (Bangalore to Kodaikanal) Distance : 500 Kilometers Route: Bangalore --> Hosur --> Salem --> Dindigul --> Kodaikanal Few pictures of the places that I have checked-in during this trip. En-route 'Dolphin's Nose' view point Dolphin's Nose view point demands a moderate level trek of about 20 to 30 mins. Beautiful path en-route Dolphin's nose The whole path is surrounded by tall pine trees which added a lot more beauty to my sight Finally reached Dolphin's nose which is a flat rock projecting over a breath-taking chasm of 6,600 feet deep. Dolphin's Nose is usually opened to the tourists between 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM all the week. Dolphin's Nose provides a bird's eye view of the scenic landscape of the surrounding mountainous area. Got back to Edwin's guest house to spend my rest of the day clicking pictures and reading books which have been my favourite pastimes for long. An evening Tea at my stay in Vattakanal which offered the best of views nature was throwing at me. My trials on capturing some flora around the place An early morning shot, That is no Skyscraper but just a telephone tower No morning can get better than this. I have experienced the best of nature during this hour