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Paint a picture of a district with divine places of worship on one end and breathtaking hill stations on the other; with a bustling, beautiful town in the centre that is warmly loved by its residents. Dindigul is a district that will surely surprise you with diverse and amazing faces.

Once an ancient settlement that saw the reigns of various kingdoms and empires; now a busy commercial district with booming industries and tourism destinations. Dindigul is a destination where you can get the best of every experience you love to enjoy. The area has great historical significance and a strategic location that has let empires ranging from Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas to the British use it to their advantage.  

Today, Dindigul is a haven of flourishing industries. One of the traditional strongholds of the district is the Lock industry. Iron locks have been produced here under a cooperative manufacturing facility and sold around the world. Leather and handloom industries too have a firm base in Dindigul. The district is also home to something so delicious and famed across the world – the Dindigul Biriyani. Rich in a soothing flavour and soft meat, it’s a delicacy worth relishing for sure. 

Dindigul is also a renowned pilgrimage tourism destination. The Palani Temple dedicated to Lord Muruga is a world-famous centre of pilgrimage and one of the 6 most important Muruga temples in the planet. There are also various other temples that add to the attraction of Dindigul as a temple town. Then there are hill stations – destinations of absolute beauty and joy. Kodaikanal, nicknamed the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, is one of those that brings tourists from all parts of the globe. 

Dindigul is indeed a district that offers travellers some of the finest sights and experiences that can be repeated only on their next trip to this land.

 

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Kodaikanal

Hills and valleys filled with the enigmatic hug of mist, lush mountain ranges that offer a warm welcome to visitors, enjoyment and experiences that proffer beautiful memories for a lifetime – Kodaikanal is a wonder in ways much more than one.

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Thalaiyar Waterfalls

A shimmering silver splash cutting across a thick foliage; there could be no better sight to come across on a road trip than this beautiful image. That's what Thalaiyar waterfall is all about and it is no surprise that it enjoys the distinction of being one of the most loved tourist spots in Tamil Nadu.

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Berijam Lake

Situated in a forest conservation area, Berijam Lake is a haven for all Nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. If a quiet morning or evening by the lakeside surrounded by lush green woods is what you imagine as a place to unwind, then Berijam Lake is the perfect spot for you.

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Pine Forest, Kodaikanal

Pine Forests are cloaked in a rustic charm, and walking under the canopy of these old pine trees will offer much-needed solitude for those seeking it.

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Guna Caves

Situated at an altitude of 2,200 metres, the Guna Caves are a thing of mystery and wonder that attracts travellers in hordes. Known earlier as 'Devil’s Kitchen', the place got its name 'Guna' after the 1992 Tamil blockbuster movie “Guna'' was shot here.

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Sirumalai

Are you someone who loves those hairpin curves? Go on an 18-hairpin drive to explore the calm and silence of lush green forests at Sirumalai. The place with its dense forest along with its mythological relevance is a weekend getaway for the people in Dindigul and Madurai.

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Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple, Palani

Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple in the city of Palani in Dindigul district is one of the richest temples in India. Located 100 kilometres south-west of Coimbatore and north-west of Madurai, the temple is believed to have one of the six idols of Lord Muruga. There are 670 steps downhill of the hills, to reach the temple. Devotees can use the elephant path, winch and ropeway to reach the Lord’s abode.


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Kodaikanal Lake

The fame of Kodaikanal lake or Kodai lake has spread across states and it has become one of the favourite photographic spots and movie locations, even in Bollywood. There are resorts and hotels available around the lake where you can sit and enjoy the tranquillity of the lake and the enticing landscape around it.

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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.

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Pillar Rocks

Are you an adventure lover and want to try out trekking, mountain climbing and rock climbing?! Three to four hours of trekking through the thick fogs and woods before reaching Pillar rocks offer you nothing less than an enthralling adventurous experience!

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Poombarai

Known as Kodaikanal’s best kept secret, Poombarai is another picturesque village in Kodai hills that has stunning terraced landscapes enveloped by green mountains and valleys.

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The Cardamom hills - Kodaikanal

The Cardamom hills denote the entire Western Ghats that lie south of the Palakkad gap. Straddling both Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the crest of the hills form the boundary between the two states.

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