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7 Feb 2003

KODAIKANAL

Kodaikanal, a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Astrophysical Observatory (Visiting hours:1000 -1230 hrs. & 1900 - 2100 hrs. during season and 1000 to 1200 hrs. on Fridays only during other months)

Bear Shola Falls, Byrant Park, Chettiar Park, Coaker's Walk , Dolphin's Nose , Fairy Falls (5 Km.)

Green Valley View (5.5 Km.)

Kodiakanal Lake

Kurinji Andavar Temple (3 Km.) , Pillar Rocks (7 Km.)

Shenbaganur Museum (It has a collection of archaeological remains and flora and fauna of the hills. It houses a orchidarium with more than 300 species of orchids) and Silver Cascade (8 Km.).

EXCURSIONS

Doctor's Delight (10.4 Km.): On the way to Berijam lake and commanding a fine view

Kumbakkari (12 Km.): A picturesque waterfall and an ideal picnic spot

Perumal Peak (20 Km.): On a clear day it commands one of the finest views

Dolmen's Circle (22 Km.): Contains remains of the pre-historic period

Berijam Lake (21 Km.): This lake is an angler's delight as it abounds in trout

Kukkal Caves (40 Km.): A camping site and ideal for trekking

Palani (64 Km.): Palani is famous for the temple of Sri Dandayudhapani or Lord Subramanya, on top of a 140 mt. high hill. Accom:Hotel Tamil Nadu (TTDC), West Giri Street, Tel: (04545)41156. (Rs.250-525/-).

GENERAL INFORMATION

Area : 21.45 Sq.Km. Altitude : 2,133 Metres.

Temperature : Summer Max: 19.3 Deg.C. Min: 11.3 Deg.C.

Winter Max: 17.3 Deg.C. Min: 8.3 Deg.C.

Season : April to June and Sept.to Oct. STD Code : 04542.

TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION

Air : The nearest airport is Madurai (120 Km.) connected with major cities. Fare : Mumbai - Madurai : Rs.6910/- (Y).

Rail : The nearest railhead is Kodaikanal Road (80 Km.).

Fare:Mumbai-Kodaikanal Rd:IInd A/c:Rs.1961/-;IInd class:Rs453/-

Road : Kodaikanal is connected by road with Bangalore 430 Km, Chennai 520 Km, Coimbatore 175 Km, Kodai Road 80 Km, Madurai 120 Km, Mumbai 1428 Km, Munnar 180 Km, Ooty 264 Km, Palani 64 Km, Periyar 160 Km, Trichy 197 Km.

CONDUCTED TOURS

Daily sightseeing tours are conducted by TTDC at 0830 and 1300 hrs. Fare : Rs.85/-.

ACCOMMODATION (* Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India.)

Single Double

*The Carlton ***** Lake Road, Tel: 40056/71 Rs.3160/- Rs.5200/-

*Paradise Inn***, Tel: 41175 Rs.800/-

Other Hotels

(i) Hotel Green Mist, Chettiar Park, Tel: 40780 (Rs.600-1600/-); Hill Country Holiday Resort, Tel: 40949 (Rs.1725/-); Hotel J's Heritage, Tel: 41323 (Rs.490-2050/-); Kodai International, Laws Ghat Road, Tel: 40275 (Rs.1625-2225/-).

(ii) The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 500/- to Rs.1000/- for a room :-

Hotel Astoria, Tel: 40524 ; Hotel Cliffton, Tel: 40408; Hotel Garden Manor, Tel: 40461 ; Holiday Home, Tel: 40272 ; Hilltop Towers,Tel: 40413; Jaidevi Apts., Tel: 40712 ; Hotel Jaya, Tel: 41062 ; Hotel Jewel, Tel: 41029; Kodai Resort Hotel, Tel: 40632; Hotel The Nest, Tel: 40514; Hotel Palace, Tel: 40411; Raku Int'l, Tel: 40185 ; Hotel Queens, Hotel Siva Priya, Convent Road, Tel: 41226-7; Sterling Resorts, Tel:41119; Sornam Apartments, Fernhill Road, Tel: 40731.

Other Accommodation Season Off Season

Hotel Tamil Nadu (TTDC) Kurinji Cottage Rs.1400/- Rs. 800/

Fern Hill Road, Family Room(5 beds) Rs.1100/- Rs. 600/-

Tel: 41336-39, Fax: 41340. Std Dbl Rs. 700-850/- Rs.430-500/-

Youth Hostel Double Room Rs. 550/- Rs. 300/-

Fern Hill Road, Tel: 41336-39.Dormitory(per bed) Rs. 125/- Rs. 60/-

For Booking of TTDC Accommodation contact

TTDC, Central Reservation, No.4, EVR Salai, Opp: Central Railway Station, Chennai. Tel : 5389132, Telfax : 5361385. E-mail : ttdc@md3.vsnl.net.in Website : www. tamilnadutourism.com.

TTDC, G-2(A), Royal Grace, Lokmanya Tilak Colony Marg No.2, Dadar (East), Mumbai, Tel: 4110118 / 4154621.

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES

1) Govt. of Tamil Nadu Tourist Office, Charing Cross, Ooty. Tel: 443977.

2) Tourist Information Centre, Govt. of Tamilnadu, Township Bus Stand Rest House Complex, Kodiakanal. Tel : (04542) 441675;

3) TTDC, G-2(A), Royal Grace, Lokmanya Tilak Colony Marg No.2, Dadar (East), Mumbai, Tel: 4110118 / 4154621.

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