Kodaikanal lake: Kodaikanal is a misty hill station in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is situated approx. 120 km northwest of Madurai. Kodaikanal is known as “Princess of Hill station”. While Ooty is the “Queen”, Kodaikanal is more relaxing and serene in its comparison.
Kodai Lake is in the heart of Kodaikanal. It is the central and focal point for tourists. This lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge [1818-1885] the then collector of Madurai, thus making it 150 years old. The elevation is about 2000 meter above sea level. Kodai lake spreads across 24 hectares and is skirted by 5 km long road, hence creating a circuit.
The 5 km Kodai lake circuit looks spectacularly beautiful in the early hours of the morning. Lake is star-shaped, man-made and is bordered by evergreen forest. Boating, horse riding, and cycling are some of the activities that you may enjoy.
Other major attractions are Byrant Park, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, Moir’s point, lakeBeriLakeand Bear Shola falls.
Best Time to Visit: April-June and September to October are the best time. Although, one can visit this hill station throughout the year.
Climate: In summers, the maximum temperature is 19.8 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is 11.3 degrees Celsius.
In winters, the maximum temperature is 17.3 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is 8.3 degrees Celsius.
Rainfall: Heavy rain occurs during the months of October and December. The average rainfall is 164 cms.