Green Valley View
Green Valley View, or the otherwise known Suicide Point, is a magnificent spot in Kodaikanal, popular mainly for its enroute fun. One must walk through misty woodlands and panoramic walks to reach this heaven like spot.
Kodaikanal Lake that lays in the heart of Kodaikanal, is a star-shaped man-made lake that is draped on an area of 60 acres. Boating, horse riding, cycling and angling are a few of the adventure activities tourists can appease themselves with, near the lake
Bear Shola Falls
Located at a mere distance of 2 kilometres from the Kodaikanal Lake, the Bear Shola Falls is a popular picnic spot in the region. This cascade is a seasonal attraction that comes to life in its fullest during the monsoons. An interesting legend behind the unique name of this place is that it was a favourite haunt of a bear who used to frequent this water body to drink water, hence imparting it the name Bear Shola Falls.
Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint
The Dolphin’s Nose viewpoint in Kodaikanal is based on a flat, protruding piece of rock that is shaped like a dolphin’s nose. This forms a visible cliff at the height of 6,600 feet, where you can experience Kodaikanal at its best – plunging valleys, rugged terrain, clear skies, and the splendor of green.
The famous Pillars Rocks of Kodaikanal are located around 8 km from the lake and are an exquisite picnic spot. Constituting of a beautiful mini garden, the place is so named as it has three vertically positioned boulders reaching up to a height of 400 feet.
Also known as Rat Tail Falls, Thalaiyar Falls is located in the lush green slopes of Palani Hill ranges in the Dindigul District, in Kodaikanal. With a height of 297m, it is the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu, the sixth highest waterfall in India. There is a view tower in the park at the Dum Dum Rock, from where you can get a beautiful view of the falls and the Manjalar Dam. There is a hiking route near the waterfall.
This is the village of Vattakanal, and it’s quite the charming little hill station in the Western Ghats. At a height of about 2011 m and towards the western edge of Tamil Nadu, Vattakanal is a small hamlet at a distance of about 7-8 km from Kodaikanal. In Tamil, ‘vatta’ suggests circle whereas ‘kanal’ translates to the forest. Vattakanal is popular among tourists from Israel and that can be seen in the overall hippie vibe of and the food served in cafes.
Mannavanur is a serene farming village in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu – 35km away from Kodaikanal. This quaint village has terrace farms that are cut into the hill slopes. It offers nature-lovers a chance to experience the farm life, especially spotting rabbits, sheep and other animals. The Mannavanur Lake adds tranquillity to this picturesque town. This is also a stop on many trekking routes in the area.
A natural and unique heritage site also known as the Devil’s Kitchen, the Guna Caves are situated on the outskirts of Kodaikanal, which can be reached from the Moir Point. This place was earlier not very famous and was visited only by hikers. However, it got famous after a Tamil movie with the name ‘Guna’ was shot here in 1992. This is a group of caverns located amidst the three huge boulders known as Pillar Rocks. In addition to being a great location for photography, the gorge also remains filled with thick clouds in the monsoon and winter seasons. To reach the hilltop, visitors need to walk 400 meters from the main entrance.
Coakers Walk is a beautiful man-made one-kilometre-long walking plaza built on the mountains in the mesmerizing city of Kodaikanal. The lovely path of Coakers Walk that curves by the edge of the gorgeous mountain have been constructed mainly for morning and evening walks. One can also choose to ride a bicycle to explore the scenic location. . It costs INR 30 per hour for adults and INR 20 per hour for children. The sight is breathtakingly beautiful, and it almost makes one feel like they are walking in the clouds.
Berijam Lake is a quaint reservoir located 22 km from Kodaikanal main stand. With several activities like fishing, safari tours and bird watching, the lake is nature’s unhindered beauty in the midst of a forest conservation area. The lake also facilitates the habitat of many animals such as Bison, Indian Elephant, Nilgiri Langur and Deer, and if you’re lucky, you will also be able to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures. Boating has been banned in the lake to preserve the natural freshwater.
Known as the Princess of Hill Stations, Kodaikanal is a popular destination for those seeking adventure. The town of Kodaikanal is established on a plateau above the southern escarpment of the Upper Palani Hills at a height of 6, 998 ft
Kanyakumari makes for an ideal destination for all those who love travelling. Whether its pilgrims, nature lovers, family vacationers or solo travellers – all kinds of tourists are bound to have a great time in the coastal town.
VIVEKANANDA ROCK MEMORIAL
As the name suggests, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built to commemorate the great religious reformer Swami Vivekananda. Opened to the public in 1970, the rock memorial is a major tourist attraction in Kanyakumari. The rock memorial comprises two main structures-the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam. After you have paid your homage, you can step out to get a splendid view of the tapering end of India from this point.
The gigantic statue of Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar, standing atop an island few metres into the sea is one of the major tourist attractions of Kanyakaumari. Standing tall at 133 feet, the statue of Thiruvalluvar was opened to the public in 2000. The statue stands on a three-tier pedestal, known as the Atharapeedam which is further surrounded by a 38 feet AlankaraPeedam. 10 elephants made of stone mantle the AlankaraPeedam symbolising the ten directions – eight for earth, one for sky and another for hell.
Dedicated to the Shiavaite and Vaishnavaite sects of Hinduism, the Thanumalayan Temple is one of the most revered places of worship in Kanyakaumari. The presiding deities of the temple are Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma in a single form called Sthanumalyam. Constructed in a typical Dravidian style of architecture, the structure is easily visible from a long distance. Do remember to pay home at the temple, while on a tour of Kanyakumari.
SUNSET VIEW POINT
If you are in search of a calm and quiet spot in the southernmost tip of the country, then a visit to the Sunset View Point is a must. One of the most visited places in Kanyakumari, the Sunset View Point is a favourite among all kinds of travellers. Watching the sunset across the horizon-at the confluence of the three seas-Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean is a thrilling experience.
BHAGAVATHY AMMAN TEMPLE
Believed to be over 3000 years-old, the Bhagavathy Amman temple is one of the most revered places of worship in Kanyakumari. Dedicated to virgin goddess Devi Kanyakumari, the temple attracts a lot of devotees round the year. The devi stands tall as a charming young lady on her penance. The Bhagavathy Amman temple is one of the 51 Shakti-peethas, spread all over the Indian subcontinent. A tour of Kanyakumari is incomplete without a visit to the Bhagavathy Amman Temple.
OUR LADY OF THE RANSOM CHURCH
Dedicated to Mother Mary, Our Lady of the Ransom Church is one of the most revered places of worship in Kanyakumari. The religious shrine ends up attracting a lot of pilgrims and travellers round the year. The astounding Gothic architecture of the church always leaves everyone in awe. Attend a mass here or simply offer prayers, a stint at the Our Lady of the Ransom Church will make you feel truly blessed.
The Gandhi Memorial, built in memory of the Father of the Nation, is yet another major tourist attraction in Kanyakumari. After his death, his ashes were immersed in the Triveni Sangam, here in Kanyakumari. The architecture of the memorial closely resembles Hindu Shrines of Central India. Which is why man address it as the Gandhi Mandapam. While in Kanyakumari, a visit to the revered place is a must.
One of the lesser known and quiet beaches of Kanyakumari, the Sanguthurai Beach is a must visit for all travellers who are on a tour of Kanyakumari. While the soft slightly white sands are a pleasure to walk on, the lukewarm waters of the ocean are perfect to go for a swim. You can also observe the Vivekananda Rock and the statue of Thiruvalluvar at a certain distance.
Tired of the sweltering heat of Chennai? Let the Marina Beach be a sweet escape spot for you. Beaches in Chennai along the Bay of Bengal coast, it happens to be the longest beach in India and one of the longest in the world. Got enough time to pay a visit to this amazing place during the morning or evening? We suggest that you should not miss out on experiencing the enthralling view of the sun setting or rising from the beach. You may shop for trinkets such as imitation jewellery, shell mementos from the stalls on the beach side. Among the best places to visit in Chennai with friends, it is perfect to build sand castles or play games like beach volleyball.
Those of you who love literature must have heard or read about the famous Tamil poet and saint, Thiruvalluvar. For the uninformed, Thiruvalluvar is hailed as one of the greatest Tamil scholars. ValluvarKottam is an intricately designed chariot built in his honour. The magnificence of ValluvarKottam can be best experienced early in the morning or when the sun is just setting. Wondering how to reach here? It is located at the intersection of Kodambakkam High Road and Village Road; taxis and buses can be taken from around the city.
With Ashtalakshmi Kovil in its vicinity, Elliot’s Beach is a famous place to visit with friends or family. This beautiful beach, which was named after Edward Elliot (the Chief Magistrate, Superintendent of Madras during the British Era), is one of the cleanest seafronts in India. Sunbathe, relax and unwind, keeping the stress at bay at this extremely calm and scenic place. Featuring in the list of Chennai famous places for couples, this one is great for a moonlight walk.
Literally translating to “a picture of the south”, DakshinaChitra is a living history museum in Chennai. This museum has 18 houses put together to depict the culture, architecture, craft and lifestyle of all four South Indian states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh/Telangana and Karnataka – via more than 4000 artefacts. A quick trip to 4 states under the same roof? Yes please! If you are looking for places to visit in Chennai with family, then this is the right pick as your children will learn a lot about South India Here
Regarded as an abode of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Knowledge, Ashtalakshmi Temple is a few kilometres from Besant Beach. Constructed to worship the eight avatars of Goddess Lakshmi, the divine ambience of this temple is bound to leave you feeling relaxed. The most interesting part of this place? The waves of the ocean echo in the temple complex, which further makes it all the more peaceful. Ideal place to give rest to those worries while spiritually enlightening yourself, isn’t it?
Do you love artefacts? If you do, you will love the Government Museum of Chennai. This place is known for preserving some of the best ancient (10-13th century) and modern South Indian bronzes. What’s more is that the Amaravathi Gallery houses marble sculptures depicting the life of Gautam Buddha dating as back to 2nd century. Truly a gem of a place to visit in Chennai for kids and grownups alike!
Guindy National Park
Feeling a little adventurous? How about visiting a national park? Home to over 300 kinds of trees and plants, 150 bird species and 15 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, Guindy National Park is a forest situated on the grounds that were earlier part of Raj Bhawan and IIT-Madras. If you are visiting Chennai with your family, make sure you bring your kids here too. We assure you that they will love every bit of this place!
The holy shrine of Lord Shiva, Kapaleeswarar Temple was built by the mighty Pallavas which was demolished by the Portuguese explorers and rebuilt during the Vijayanagara Empire. Kapaleeswarar Temple is the best specimen of the Dravidian and Vijayanagara architecture making it look absolutely marvellous!
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Also known as Vandalur Zoo, this park is spread over 1260 acres and boasts 138 species. Wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled at the sight of deer, lions, Indian civet cats, Himalayan brown bears and elephants. The park also has a reptile house.
A trip to the Vivekananda House is a must if you admire the celebrated monk. In 1900, Swami Vivekananda stayed in this double-storey Victorian mansion for 6 weeks. Today, you can explore his bedroom, dining table, kitchen, and the garden where he connected with nature.
B.M. Birla Planetarium
Does the night sky amaze you? Then this large planetarium with its virtual tours and cosmic shows will impress you undoubtedly. There are 8 galleries, including those devoted to Energy, Physical Science, Life Science and International Dolls.
The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust
Apart from being a reptile zoo, this place undertakes herpetology research and aims to protect the endangered saltwater crocodile, gharial and marsh crocodile. Go for an adventurous night safari or watch the crocodiles get fed.