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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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

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Dolphin's Nose view point demands a moderate level trek of about 20 to 30 mins.

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Beautiful path en-route Dolphin's nose

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The whole path is surrounded by tall pine trees which added a lot more beauty to my sight

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Finally reached Dolphin's nose which is a flat rock projecting over a breath-taking chasm of 6,600 feet deep.

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Dolphin's Nose is usually opened to the tourists between 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM all the week.

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Dolphin's Nose provides a bird's eye view of the scenic landscape of the surrounding mountainous area.

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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.

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An evening Tea at my stay in Vattakanal which offered the best of views nature was throwing at me.

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My trials on capturing some flora around the place

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An early morning shot, That is no Skyscraper but just a telephone tower :D

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No morning can get better than this. I have experienced the best of nature during this hour

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Overlooking a beautiful landscape in Vattakanal

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Good morning Universe!

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Mannavanur is a small village whose sole mode of income comes from farming. On the way towards the lake you would find a lot of carrot fields.

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Mannavanur lake, Vattakanal - A sojourn to paradise

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Few pictures of the Kodai Lake at Sunset - Most commercial place in Kodaikanal

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The Market place of Kodai

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Silent valley village is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Kodaikanal

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Bear shola waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kodaikanal and closest to Chennai.

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Well, you cannot go atop the 'Pillar rocks' and shout in earnest joy, but you could stand at a view point adjacent to the Pillar Rocks and drench by the beauty of the nature.

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Monsoon, Mist and madness are a perfect combo especially with the fog surrounding the rocks will make you rethink if this holds any mystery with nature.

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Silver cascade falls, Kodaikanal

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Uprooted trees of Banyan at Devil's Kitchen, Guna caves.

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Having spent 2 nights and 3 days in Vattakanal, Kodaikanal, I set my drive back to the base 

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Hope this helps our fellow travel enthusiasts to a certain extent in making their travel a glorious one. Cheers!

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Beautiful pictures, eye feast and refreshing.
Visited Kodaikanal in 2010, never got a chance to visit again,

 

11 hours ago, arifismyname said:

Number of days required to do Hyderabad - Kodiakanal - Hyderabad : 6 days (must)

 I feel this place is much better compared to Ooty(over crowded), but driving from Hyderabad to Kodaikanal in a single day is going to be hectic.

Agree that 6 day plan