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Kodaikanal: The Call of the Pine-Scented Hills

The misty town of Kodaikanal or Kodai, sits snugly in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu. Perched at an altitude of 2,133 m, the dense forests and the cool pine-scented air draws travellers who seek respite from the scorching heat of the plains. Meandering forest paths amidst tree covered slopes present ample options for those who love walking, hiking and trekking.

Endowed with a variety of flora, Kodai boasts of abundant cypress, eucalyptus and acacia trees, in addition to scenic waterfalls, lakes, old churches and colonial-era villas. Another speciality of Kodai is the Kurinji shrub, whose lilac-blue blossoms make an appearance every 12 years. (2018 was the latest year of bloom.)

Our Resort(s) at KODAIKANAL

Important Information

State: Tamil Nadu

Destination Type: Hill Station

Destinations Nearby: Madurai 115 km, Munnar 163 km, Coimbatore 180 km, Kochi 312 km

Nearest Sterling Resorts: Sterling Kodai- Valley, Sterling Kodai- Lake, Sterling Munnar

Languages: Tamil and English

Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Road 

Nearest Airport: Madurai 

Summer: March to May. Temperature ranges between 20°C and 34°C.

Monsoon: June to August. The region receives average rainfall and the weather remains very pleasant.

Winter: December to February. Temperature remains in the range of 8°C to 17°C.

1. Buy homemade chocolates, they are a delicacy.

2. Do carry an umbrella because rains can be unpredictable.

3. It’s better to pack warm clothes when visiting Kodaikanal. 

4. Light woollens for summers and raincoats during monsoons.

5. Don’t forget to taste the delicious tea varieties available locally.  

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