Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,000 meters above sea level, the town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest. Rowing boats can be hired, and hikers and cyclists follow the 5k Lake Road path around the shore.
To the west of the lake, Bryant Park’s renowned dahlias and roses are on show at summer horticultural events. Nearby Coaker’s Walk, on the slopes of Mount Nebo, and to the south the Green Valley View area both have panoramic views over the plains. A viewpoint gives access to the Pillar Rocks that are massive, 122m pinnacles, frequently topped with mist. Founded by missionaries in the 19th century, Kodaikanal has many Christian churches, including the Anglican Church of St. Peter. At Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple, the rare Kurinji flower blooms just once every 12 years.