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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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Shembaganur Museum of Natural History

Want to see the exotic species of animals and birds of Kodaikanal? Head to the 127-year-old Shembaganur Museum of natural history, where various species of animals and birds of Kodaikanal are preserved. The extensive lab-like museum also has one of the best orchidariums in the country, and fossils of wildlife creatures.

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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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Soundararaja Perumal Temple

Do not miss to offer prayers at the centuries-old Soundararaja Perumal Temple located off the Dindigul – Salem highway, in the Dindigul - Karoor route. The temple has much architectural value and has a magnificent five-tiered Rajagopuram. It is believed to have strong connections with Lord Kallazhagar of Madurai.

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Moer Point

Of all the viewpoints in Kodaikanal, Moer Point stands out for its simplistic charm and ease of access. Located on the way to various other attractions, this view point is located on the way to Berijam Lake and is only 3 km away from the Pillar Rocks.

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Devil’s Kitchen

This picturesque heritage site, also called the Guna Caves is located on the outskirts of Kodaikanal. Devil’s Kitchen is a favourite with hikers and is located near Moer Point. This group of spooky caves gets the name “Devil’s Kitchen” because of the bat colonies that reside in the warmth of these structures.

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Green Valley View

The Green Valley view point is true to its name as it offers a splendid view of the valley that is 5000 ft. deep from this peak. Earlier known as the "suicide point" because of the dangerous slope, this area has now been transformed into a safe space where you can take in the beauty of not just the greenery sprawling through the plains and valleys, but also the Vaigai Dam.

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Dolphin’s Nose

A scenic drive along the winding ghat-roads of Coonoor will take you to Dolphin’s Nose, a viewpoint that offers an enthralling view of the blue mountains of Nilgiris and the lush green tea estates on its slopes. Let your eyes and mind freely wander along the marvellous view of unending plains and lush green hillocks from the vantage point Dolphin Nose offers.

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Bear Shola Falls

Just a stone’s throw away from Kodaikanal Lake is Bear Shola Falls, a cascading seasonal waterfall that reveals its true beauty during the monsoon months. Set amidst the lushness of the Nilgiri forests, Bear Shola Falls is a popular destination to be lost in the wild and enjoy the tranquillity offered by the serene ambience of the falls.

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Bryant Park

Every summer, the lakeshores or lakefront of Kodai Lake burst into an explosion of colour and fragrance as the annual flower show in Bryant Park commences. Bryant Park, on the eastern front of Kodai Lake, is a picturesque botanical garden that boasts a collection of rare and exotic plants and trees that is almost as old as the hill station itself.

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Kodaikanal Solar Observatory & Museum

The story of the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory starts with a famine that happened almost 130 years ago. Head to the museum on its campus to learn about the turn of events that led to the establishment of a solar observatory that is operational even today and was instrumental in some of the milestone discoveries in astrophysics.

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Dolmen Circle

Dolmen Circle in Kodaikanal is where you should head if a quick lesson on ancient history is what you crave on your weekend getaway. The Dolmen Circle offers a glimpse into the rich history of the land, and you will find magnificent archaeological evidence that dates back to 5000 BC.

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Fairy Falls

Near Kodai Lake, the monsoon months turn the Pambar River into a truly magical waterfall, appropriately named Fairy Falls. Hidden away from the clamour of the city and located amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats, Fairy Fall is a serene picnic spot just 5 km away from the gorgeous Kodai Lake.

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Kukkal Caves

The Kukkal Caves are amongst the oldest carved caves in South India and were once home to the Paliyans, the oldest settled tribes in the region. The Kukkal Caves are a must-have in the travel itinerary of any traveller looking for an expedition into the natural world, trekking the hillocks and exploring the caves.

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Silent Valley View

There is no shortage of breathtaking views in Kodaikanal, but the Silent Valley View on Berijam Lake Road may be the best. With its mind-blowing panorama of the deep valleys and floating clouds, the Silent Valley View is a popular destination among travellers seeking a shot of thrill and adventure

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Silver Cascade Falls

On your long journey along a winding ghat road, there is no better spot to pick as a stopover than one with a majestic waterfall. Cruise along the zigzagging ghat roads for about 8 km from Kodaikanal and you will find Silver Cascade Falls, one of the most beautiful treasures of the princess of hill stations.

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Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary is home to countless wildlife and shola forests unique to the Western Ghat biome. This paradise of biodiversity is the best avenue for you to explore the raw beauty of nature and learn about the wonders of the wilderness.

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Pambar Falls

With countless butterflies dancing to the soothing music of crashing waters and chirping birds, Pambar Falls in Kodaikanal is a paradise on Earth. If you are a nature-lover in search of a calm, picturesque spot to be lost and undisturbed in the natural scenery of Kodaikanal, Pambar Falls is the best destination for you.

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Mannavanur Lake

While on a scenic drive along the village roads of Poombarai, you will be excused for thinking a piece of blue sky has fallen down on to the slops of the Kodaikanal. The pristine crystal blue waters of Mannavanur Lake and its serene surroundings are an ideal picnic spot for families and holiday-makers.

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Manjalar Dam

Manjalar Dam is a veritable paradise, a wondrous sight to behold that will transport you to a realm of unadulterated beauty. Nestled in the lush greenery of the Western Ghats, this man-made masterpiece is a symbol of mankind's potential to create wonders that astound the senses. With its breathtakingly picturesque landscapes, serene blue waters, and lush greenery that exudes vibrancy and life, Manjalar Dam is a haven where you can escape from the frantic pace of urban life.

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Rose Garden Kodaikanal

For nature lovers, flower enthusiasts, and photography buffs alike, gardens have always been an irresistible draw. Whether you're looking to unwind with loved ones or simply bask in the beauty of your surroundings, there's no better place to be than amidst the lush greenery of a serene garden.

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Golf Club

The Kodaikanal Golf Club is a centre of history and heritage. For nearly 130 years, the Kodaikanal Golf Club has been a favourite destination for visitors looking to unwind with friends while playing some fun golf. Add the golf club to your list of destinations while visiting Kodaikanal and enjoy a relaxing day of golf and drinks with your companions.

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Blogs

Of forts, faith and food

Replete with a unique history and heritage, nature and nuance, culture and cuisine are the town and district of Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. Part 9 of an Outlook Special on lesser-known tourist spots takes you on a tour of this unforgettable destination.

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