About the place:
- Coaker’s Walk: It is next to the gate of “The Villa Retreat. Timings for entry: 7A.M- 7P.M. It is a long walk of almost a kilometre or two. One can walk by admiring the beauty of nature below. It has an entry fee of Rs.10. The walk is surrounded by various vendors who won’t fail to drag your attention. The vendors were selling carrots, colourful showpieces, sugar candy, puffed rice mixture, ice cream and clothing which is a means to their livelihood. There is a telescope house too by which you can have a panoramic view of the city. Entry fee: Rs. 5.
- Bryant Park: The Bryant Park is just opposite to the entrance of the Villa Retreat. The Park charges are minimal, kids: Rs.10 and Adults: 20. The park has exquisite Dahlias, roses, cactuses making the surrounding colourful and magnificent. People of all the ages can be seen spending time with their dear ones. I also got mesmerised by the scenic beauty of the Bryant Park.
- Lake:Once I move out of the Byrant Park, I entered into a vast region all surrounded by an array of shops. One can taste Ginger Tea, Capsicum Pakodas, Corn, Raw Mangoes and chocolates. One can shop for apparels also. Don’t forget to visit the Tibetan corner which one can identify by checking the colourful prayer flags displayed high in the air. The area has a vast Lake in its centre which is Kodai Lake. I desired to roam the lake in an eco-friendly way and hence hired a bicycle. I rode almost 7 kms. And truly speaking I lived my childhood days once again. If you are not a person who enjoys the bicycle then don’t worry you can enjoy a ride on horses back.
- Jain Temple: It is a small temple built in white marbles. It is the only Jain Temple in Kodaikanal. It is situated in Presentation Convent Road, a low crowded place where one can sit and spent some quality time. Sri Vardhamana Mahavira is the main deity and most of the Jain festivals are celebrated here.
- Chettair Park: As the spring season arrives, the vibrant flowers bloom and spread their fragrance in the air. This season, Chettair park is a must visit to soothe your eyes with the beauty of nature.
- Kurinji Andavar Temple: This temple is dedicated to lord Muruga. The temple gives you a splendid view of the Palani hills on one side and city on the other side. The temple is flocked by the tourists every year in the month of May as it is a venue for the summer festival and people seek the blessings of Lord Murugan.
- Pine Forest: The Pine Forest was one of the most dramatic places I had ever been. I wished to built a house in midst of the pine canopy. The pine fruits were all spread over the moors. After few meters of walking, I saw a small flowing water body known as “Neptune Pool”. The water was as clear as crystal and was sparkling bright under the blazing sun.
- Poombarai Village View: After the Pine Forest, I was being driven towards the Poombarai Village. Before proceeding towards the village, my cab driver stopped and showed me the village view from the highway. Wow! What a view! Numerous small houses were seen spread within a limited area and a road passing by with local buses loaded with various passengers.I finally reached the village hoping to have a glimpse of the deity for which most of the tourists and local people are eager about. The temple is known as lord Kuzhanthai velappar temple. The inner space of the temple is a very small area where hardly 10 people can fit. The priest present there was attending the crowd and the brown lips of him were continuously chanting hymns. He was passing holy water to the devotees. The water is so precious for the locals there that they carry it in their own urn.
While enrouting, I found some pilgrims walking on bare foot with milk filled urn over their head. My cab driver informed me that they came all the way from Kodaikanal city to have a glimpse of the Divine. The unique way of devotion put me into a deep thought. The bare feet must have got burnt by the scorching sun, I thought.
- Mannavanur Sheep Station: This can be another place of interest. Stop by for a couple of minutes before you drive to the Mannavanur Lake. The station works under the famous organisation of Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Delhi and offers diverse range of animals like sheep and rabbit. They are bred in the station for their wool and meat supply.
- Mannavanur Lake: After a drive of another 10 minutes, I checked in as soon as I bought the tickets at the entrance. I was mesmerized as I was thrown into a vast area of fertile land which was covered by patch of green grasslands. There were cows grazing in the field and finally I ended up stepping onto Mannavanur Lake. The lake was calm and peaceful. I felt like jumping into the water however controlled my excitement. My joy knew no bounds when I sat on a coracle for a ride. The person rowed the boat very smooth initially however he thrilled me by rowing the boat as a merry-go round. The water sprinkled over me and the air was beating on my cheeks. It was a great fun!