Picture this. An seemingly unending copse of tall, majestic pine trees, hemming you in and nuzzling you in its wild clasp, as birds chirp away in gay abandon. At the Pine Forests, one of the must-visit locales in Kodaikanal, hundreds of pine trees dot the landscape, making it an ideal spot for travellers to wander about. These 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.
Located in the south-western part of Kodaikanal, these plantations were put up a century ago. They make for an idyllic spot to listen to the whispers of Nature. A British Officer Mr H. D. Bryant has been credited with initiating the move in 1906 to grow timber.
In local parlance, there are two sets of pine forests viz. Pine Forest 1 and Pine Forest 2. While Pine Forest 1 is situated near the Solar Observatory, Pine Forest 2 is located near Moir Point.
One of the most sought-after locations by movie makers, the Pine Forests in Kodaikanal have featured in many famous movies in the country. The forestscape is also a favourite among photographers and travellers alike. Offering a rare sense of quietude and solitude, this is the place to be for Nature enthusiasts. Enjoy a long walk here, where the echo of the forests will keep you company. Apart from photography and Nature walks, you can also enjoy a horse ride along the trail among these lofty, pine trees.
Kodaikanal Bus Stand, about 9 km away.
Madurai International Airport, about 141 km away.
Palani Railway Station, about 74 km away.
Kodaikanal enjoys a cool and pleasant climate round the year. However, the best time to visit the hill station is from April to June when the weather is at its best.
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