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Kodaikanal – The Place Known as the Princess of Hill Stations
History behind Kodaikanal:
Major Places of Tourist Interest
Green Valley View: Also known formerly as the Suicide Point, the place if famous for providing a beautiful view of the Vaigai Dam. Located at a distance of nearly 5.5 kms from Kodaikanal Lake, the Green Valley View is also somewhat feared for being deep dangerous and dense. Green valley is about 5.5 km from the Kodaikanal Lake. It is that point from where the tourists can tale a glimpse of the excellent view of Vaigai Dam. The place was earlier called as Suicide Point. This place is very deep (nearly 5000 ft), which is why visitors generally come to this place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Another major attraction of this Valley is its huge population of monkeys
Bryant Park: This is a botanical garden which was designed and landscaped by Glenn Bryant, an officer in the British Army, in 1980. Located on the eastern end of Kodaikanal Lake, the garden features a glass house, where visitors can see a great collection of various flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants. Every year vegetable and flower show is also organized in the month of May, to attract a greater number of tourists.
Pillar Rocks and Devil’s Kitchen: This major tourist hot spot of Kodaikanal is located nearly 8 kms away from main Lake. The place features three boulders of granite standing in a position from shoulder to the shoulder in the vertical direction and going up height of about nearly 400ft from ground. Standing on the top of the pillars, enables visitors to get a magnificent bird’s eye view of the surrounding areas. The dangerous and deep ravines that are almost hidden between the Pillar Rocks are known as Devil’s Kitchen. Although the ravines look similar to small dark gutters they are extremely deep, and should be visited with the help of the local people, who are quite familiar with the area.
Bear Shola Falls: Just two kms away from the main Kodaikanal Lake is the famous tourist destination of Bear Shola Falla, The place is named such because during the ancient times, it was frequented by Bears for drinking water. It is a favored popular picnic spot among both tourists and locals. However, the best time to visit the place is during the rainy season as that is when visitors can experience its beauty at its peak.
Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple: Located at a place 4 kilometers away from the main bus stand of Kodaikanal region. This place is well known for the Kurinji flower which shows its beauty by blossoming after a gap of every twelve years. The deity present in the temple of Kurinji Andavar Murugan is Sri Kurinji Easwaran. It was built in the year 1836 by a lady of European origin, who later converted to Hinduism.
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