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Kodaikanal

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===By train===
Nearest railway station is Kodai Road at a distance of 80 100 km. From Kodairoad station, one has to travel only by road. Taxis are available for hire up to Kodaikanal but since these might the only mode of transport here, the prices are often not negotiable. Another Railway station that is quite close is Dindigul Railway station. It is easier to come to kodaikanal using this station as it is a much bigger city. Once you get down at the Dindigul Railway station, you can get an autorickshaw for around Rs. 50 to come to the Dindigul bus stand. And from there, there are frequent buses to Vathlagundu from where there are many buses to Kodaikanal. Straight buses are available from Dindigul to Kodaikanal as well, but you might have to wait for an hour or so. It takes around 1 hour from Dindigul to Vathlagundu (Batlagundu) and then about 2 hours from Vathlagundu to Kodaikanal by bus.
===By bus===
From Dindigul city, kodaikanal is located at a distance of 90 kms approximately and there are plenty of buses plying from various parts of the state.
Buses ply from [[Chennai]], [[Pondicherry]], [[Trichy]], [[Madurai]], [[Dindigul]],[[Palani ]] and [[Coimbatore]]. buses available from Madurai (Arapalayam) to kodaikanal at regular timings.Enquiry Details : 0452-2361740
===By car===
Reach Kodaikanal from Kodai Road (80kms) for Rs.1300/- approx, Dindigul or Madurai and then take a cab/taxi to Kodaikanal. You can arrange for pickups from nearby places with the few Kodaikanal cabs (Check out kodaicabs.com) websites available. The drive from Kodai road takes approximately 2 hrs while the drive from Madurai takes approximately 3 1/2 hours and from Dindigul it takes about 2 hrs.
From [[Cochin]]/Kochi(kerala) it is 295 kms via the hill station of Munnar(kerala).The route to be taken is Kochi-[[Muvattupuzha]]-Kothamangalam-Adimali-Munnar-Devikulam-Poopara-Bodi-Theni-Kodaikanal which is the NH49 Kochi-Madurai.
From [[Alappuzha]] or [[Kottayam]], the route is via Kumily along Kottayam-Kumily road, KK Road
 
* For Detailed report and photos of '''Munnar to Kodaikanal''' Route go to [[Munnar to Kodaikanal]]
* For Detailed report and photos of route to Palani from Kochi thru '''Valpara''' goto [[Kochi-Valpara-Palani]]
==See==
* '''Shanthi Valley''' - another pine forest nice place.
* '''Silver Cascade''' - it's a nice waterfall on the road side from kodai road to kodai kanal, just before 4-5 kms from kodai kanal. The cold water flows and it's really super to bathe in the cold water and travel in between the eucalyptus trees. If you are going to kodai kanal by private vehicle on the way, you can visit the place. Buy fresh carrots and some exotic veggies around here.
* '''Old Suicide Point''' This place is about 5 minutes before the pine forest (the main/old pine forest I mean. In recent days tourists get down to see the pine forest in many places as an entire stretch is full of pine trees) while driving from the observatory side. You need to get down and walk towards the cliff. Here you will see a small pathway on the left side. If you take this path and walk for about 10 minutes you will reach the old suicide point. The view from there is simply breathtaking.
* '''Bear Shola falls''' This is a really beautiful water falls. But during some seasons there may not be any water there. But climbing up the falls is a good trek.
* '''Wax Museum''' Recently opened wax museum is situated near Green Valley View/Suicide Point.
==Do==
* '''Watch a Tamil movie''' - go down the PT road, continue to S-road. Then turn left, after the petroleum station. Just ask which way is to cinema, almost every local knows it. Vellaiyappan cinema theatre - is old building with relatively big screen and cheap tickets - great experience. Ticket cost 30 rs (15 may 2009)
*<do name="fun park" alt="" address="near fairy falls" directions="via peter school" phone="094871447131" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></do>
*<do name="Kodaikanal Yoga Center" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.kodaikanalyoga.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Located in an ecological farm, Kodaikanal Yoga Center is a space for spiritual practice in nature. The center hosts regular weekly Yoga and meditation workshops. Complementing these are courses, lectures and trainings that include: healing arts, ecological lifestyle, meditative art and more.</do>*<do name="fun park" alt="" address="near fairy falls" directions="via peter school" phone="094871447131" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">experience unique games like, Archery, Knife Throwing,Cricket ball throwing machine,trempoline and lot more including some carnival games.</do> 
==Learn==
* '''Kodaikanal International School (KIS)'''.
* '''Kodaikanal Christian College''' - Prakashapuram, Kodaikanal.
* '''Bhavan's Gandhi Vidyashram''' - part of the Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan.[http://www.gandhividyashram.com/]
* '''keypeeyes
* '''St. Peter's Matriculation School
* ''' South Indian Zen Meditation retreats with Master Ama Samy '''. [http://www.bodhizendo.org/]* '''kodaikanal Institute of Technology'''(KIT)'''.
==Work==
There is a State Bank of India (SBI) ATM near the petrol pump at the Seven Road Junction which accepts other banks cards as well.
*<buy name="The Potters Shed" alt="" address="PT Road" directions="near seven roads junction" phone="+91 4542 240244" url="www.ruralpreventures.com" hours="09:00-19:30" price="" lat="" long="">The Potters Shed produces a wide variety of handmade stoneware pottery ~ both crockery and artefacts. All products are microwavable, dish-washer safe and oven-proof. The factory is located in a village 7 kms outside Kodai.
 
The Potters Shed was born from a dream. It all started about 20 years ago in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, when a teacher at the Kodaikanal International School happened to see a village potter at work. Enchanted by the beauty of the teenaged potter's hands, as they shaped the clay on his rustic wheel, the germ of an idea sprouted in his mind. The realization that village potters lead a hand-to-mouth existence, always on the verge of dire poverty, and his commitment to help disadvantaged children prompted him to begin turning his dream into a reality. Quite ignorant of the technicalities of training a village potter in the intricacies of glazed stoneware production, he boldly asked master potters in Pondichery, India, if they would take on the young man, Subramaniam, as a trainee. For them it was a bold experiment and an act of extraordinary generosity. Four years later, Subramaniam was ready to move to Kodaikanal, and the Potters Shed Trust came into being. The production unit and sales outlet are both located in the hill station of Kodaikanal, in South India.
 
The trustees who manage the production and sale of pottery are all committed to keeping the dream alive, and ensuring the success of the experiment. More village potters have been trained since then, and they have lifted themselves out of poverty, into a life of self sustenance and dignity. Since its creation the trust has changed the lives of other rural children by providing financial assistance for their education and health. Each year, the number of children who benefit from the profits generated by the production and sale of pottery, increases.
 
Today more than 147 children are educated by the Potters Shed. The children are all from economically disadvantaged families. Parents of these children are either employed as unskilled or part-time workers, or unemployed due to illness or disability. The trust provides tuition and an annual medical examination for children ranging in age from 3 to 18 years in ten different local schools. Once a child is admitted into the programme, the Trust funds her/his education through school.
 
The trust is aided in its efforts by donations from people who want to make a difference in the lives of children. It appreciates this assistance because, with it, the trust is able to increase the number of young people who benefit from the advantages of a formal education.
 
For more information on how you can contribute visit www.ruralpreventures.com
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==Eat==
* '''Pastry Corner''' - Cakes, Pastry, Coffee and Tea are excellent in this place. People here are well educated and kind. Located near bus stand and Astoria Veg Restaurant. Never miss this small but a good place.
* '''Rasoi''', 106 Maratha Shopping Complex, Annasalai. Serves excellent gujarati and veg. Punjabi thali. The Chola batora and alu paratha are their specialities.
* '''Tibetan Brothers''' - PT Road. The food is mouth watering and authentic Tibetan and Chinese. Try the steamed pork momo momos or the Thukpa. The owner who doubles up as a waiter is very courteous - and very passionate about his country. So the restaurant walls are plastered with photos of Lhasa, Potala palace and the Dalai and Panchen lamas.*'''The Royal Tibet''' -PT Road. In this restaurant you will get best momos specially potato cheese momo for vegetarian, for non-veg you can choose beef,chicken and mutton. Noodles are freshly made everyday and you get fantastic soups. It gets bit noisy when restaurants gets jam packed with kodaikanal international school students.
*'''Tava''', 7 road junction. Outstanding Sindhi food, express service.
*'''Pine & Petals''', JC Residency,Convent Road,Naidupuram. Multi-cusine restaurant.
*<eat name="Sree Krishna Restaurant Bhojanalaya" alt="" address="Nellai Nadar Bazaar, Fairy Falls, Pambarpuram" directions="Kodaikanal, 624103" phone="9047856670" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">100% pure veg Bhojanalaya, serving North Indian, Rajashthani & Gujarati food</eat>
*<eat name="PotLuck" alt="" address="PT Road" directions="Opposite the milk union" phone="" url="" hours="10:30-7:00" price="Rs.40-70110" lat="" long="">A cute little European style cafe with outdoor seating on the verandah(balcony); PotLuck serves fresh food and off-the-shelf delicacies carefully cooked in Kodai kitchens. The fresh food consists of an international menu including pastas, quesadillas, sandwiches, Spanish omelettes and waffles/pancakes. A great place to hang out for either a meal or a snack - and be sure to order either their special cappuccino or Mayan hot cocoa! You can take away off-the-shelf items like coffee-bean chocolates, lemon curd, Mexican salsas, burgers, fresh thin crust pizzas, garlic pickles and marmalades. All profits go towards providing scholarships for needy children.
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*<eat name="Cloud Street" alt="" address="PT Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="8:30-8:30" price="" lat="" long="">Serves pasta, sizzlers, Continental food and other international cuisine. The barbeque chicken sizzlers, pastas, lemon cake and the chocolate biscuits are really yummy.</eat>
*<eat name="Chocolate factory" alt="" address="" directions="Near Petrol Station" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Chocolate factory - Good collection of home made chocolate. They also have a good varieties of fruit syrup filled chocolate. Try the hot chocolate, Rs 60 per cup.</eat>
*<eat name="The Potters ShedBata Shoe Store" alt="" address="PT RoadAnna Salai" directions="close Next to seven roads junctionIndian Bank" phone="+91 4542 240244" url="www.ruralpreventures.com" hours="09:00 - 19:30" price="" lat="" long="">The Potters Shed was born from a dream. It all started about 20 years ago in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, when a teacher at the Kodaikanal International School happened to see a village potter at work. Enchanted by the beauty of the teenaged potter's hands, as they shaped the clay on his rustic wheel, the germ of an idea sprouted in his mind. The realization that village potters lead a hand-to-mouth existence, always on the verge of dire poverty, and his commitment to help disadvantaged children prompted him to begin turning his dream into a reality. Quite ignorant of the technicalities of training a village potter in the intricacies of glazed stoneware production, he boldly asked master potters in Pondicherry, India, if they would take on the young man, Subramaniam, as a trainee. For them it was a bold experiment and an act of extraordinary generosity. Four years later, Subramaniam was ready to move to Kodaikanal, and the Potters Shed Trust came into being. The production unit and sales outlet are both located in the hill station of Kodaikanal, in South India. The trustees who manage the production and sale of pottery are all committed to keeping the dream alive, and ensuring the success of the experiment. More village potters have been trained since then, and they have lifted themselves out of poverty, into a life of self sustenance and dignity. Since its creation the trust has changed Bata shoe store is the lives largest retailer of other rural children by providing financial assistance for their education and health. Each year, the number of children who benefit from the profits generated by the production and sale of pottery, increases. Today more than 110 children are educated by the Potters Shed. The children are all from economically disadvantaged families. Parents of these children are either employed as unskilled or part-time workers, or unemployed due to illness or disability. The trust provides tuition and an annual medical examination for children ranging in age from 3 to 18 years in ten different local schools. Once a child is admitted into the programme, the Trust funds her/his education through school. The trust is aided in its efforts by donations from people who want to make a difference footwear in the lives of children. It appreciates this assistance because, with it, the trust is able to increase the number of young people who benefit from the advantages of a formal education.kodaikanal</eat>
=== Budget ===
 
* <sleep name="Cranberry Residency" alt="" address="2/73 ECC Road Naidupuram" directions="Naidupuram Hill Top, 2 Km from Heart of town or 20 Mins walking" phone="+914542 242044" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.Cranberryresidency.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs.900/- onwards"></sleep>
 
 
[[Image:Morning Greenland Hostel.jpg|thumb|right|Morning View from Greenland Hostel]]
Staying in Cottage or a Bungalow is probably better than staying in a closed AC room in some random hotel. If you stay somewhere 3-4 km from main city you might get cheaper cottages and bungalow that too with good view. But it is always preferable to stay near the Lake, where one doesn't need to worry about food and you can have nice walk in the evenings.
=== Mid-range ===
* <sleep name="Elephant Valley Hotel" alt="" address="Ganesh Puram,Perumal Malai, Kodaikanal." directions="Pethupari (Via)" phone="+91-9364455440" url="http://www.elephantvalleyhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Traiff INR 3,300/- to 7,200/-" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Elephant Valley Eco Farm Hotel is a 100 acre nature reserve and organic farm welcoming eco-tourists. If you aspire to embrace nature, revive forgotten traditions and discover extraordinary animal species than Elephant Valley is just the place you need. Build on eco-friendly principles, it offers 24 aesthetic villas plus a Tree House and serve healthy gourmet fusion food, prepared using organic vegetables than you can pick-up with the chef in the garden. Learn about coffee from the plant to the cup. Elephant Valley coffee has already made a name for itself. You can also go trekking and horse riding to discover its amazing biodiversity and landscapes: native birds, leopards, deers, buffalos and elephants.</sleep>
 
*'''Hotel RJ INN''', ([http://www.hotelrjinn.com])located in the Fern Hill Road (10-15 walk able from lake) offers you a memorable stay on suitable budget. Contact - +91 9500645583 [email protected]
* [[Madurai]]
* [[Munnar]]
* [[Munnar to Kodaikanal]]
* [[Kochi-Valpara-Palani]]
* [[Palani]]
 
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