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Coaker’s Walk

Enjoy a mystic walk among the clouds at the Coakers walk, near Kodaikanal Lake. Nature enthusiasts and shutterbugs should not miss the place, for the view and ambience it offers are indescribable. Open from 7 am to 7 pm, the walkway is very near the Kodaikanal Lake.

A kilometre-long stretch or pathway is an ideal destination for sightseeing and a stroll. Tourists come here to enjoy the sunrise and the sunset. The pathway starts from Van Allen hospital and passes the vicinity of St Peter's church. For security and safety reasons, there are fences on either side of the way. This walkway was constructed in 1872 by Lieutenant Coaker on the steep mountain slope. The Pambar River valley is situated towards the south-east side of the walkway. If the day is clear, tourists can see the Dolphin's nose point in the south and also Periyakulam town and Madurai city from the viewpoint.  If luck favours, you can see your shadow on the clouds with a rainbow halo. This phenomenon is called the Brocken spectre.

For enjoying a clearer and wider view of the landscape, there is an observatory along the walkway. It is better to visit the place before 2.30 pm for a clear view before the mist sets in. Entry fee is Rs 10 per person and Rs 20 for the telescope observatory. You need to pay an extra Rs 30 for still photography. 

There are eateries near the walk that serve you sliced mangoes and chaats like bhel. There are also shops that sell warm clothes at an economical price and also  mementoes and souvenirs.

Bicycles are available on rent at Rs 30 per hour and there are also lockers to keep your belongings safe. Since the road is steep, it is best to wear sports shoes, rather than slippers or heels,  for a comfortable walking experience. You can carry water with you to keep yourself hydrated.


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