Monday, December 31, 2012

Walking on clouds – Coaker’s walk at Kodaikanal

Natures paradise, Kodaikanal is a city nestled in the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It was a hill station established by British Government in the year 1845. The economy of the city is mostly based on Tourism. The hill station is famous for its educational institutions of international reputation. This city is situated on the Palani hills at 6998 ft. between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys. Kodaikanal observes cool temperature throughout the year because of the high elevation of the city. Though the city is known as a summer retreat spot among tourist, enjoying winter season here also has its own beauty. The best you can experience during the winter season is an amazing walk on a mountain road known as Coaker’s walk.

View in Winter - Walk on Cloud

Coaker's Walk

The mountain road was constructed by Lt. Coaker in the year 1872. The road runs along the steep slope of the Kodai road. The road starts near Van Allen hospital and winds up at Mount Nebo. The complete stretch provides you panoramic view of the Kodai hills. You could view the valley of the Pamba River, bird’s eye view of Periyakulam, the city of Madurai and Dolphin’s nose in the south. Here you can witness a rare phenomenon known as Brocken Spectre. It is nothing but a person can see his own shadow on the clouds with a rainbow halo. A fascinating and unique experience happens when the sun is behind the viewer and clouds and mist are in the front. Beautiful and scenic beauty can be captured from here though one has to pay admission charges before entering. The stroll is no more than ten minutes but it depends upon the time spent on each attractions. There is also an observatory at the half mark with a telescope. Among other tourist attractions, Coaker’s walk is the one which is worth visiting again and again. There have been many reviews in popular travel sites and blogs about Coaker’s Walk. The fact that nearly all of them are positive reviews clarifies that it is the most visited place in Kodaikanal. Other tourist attractions in Kodaikanal include Bryant Park, Kodaikanal Lake, Bear Shola Falls, Green Valley View, Pine forests, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Pillar Rocks, Guna caves, Silver Cascade, Dolphin's Nose, Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple and Berijam Lake.

Farmers in the neighboring cultivate plums, pears, chile peppers, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, garlic and onions. Apart from Hospitality, agriculture is the secondary source of income for people of Kodaikanal. The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai and Coimbatore and nearest railway station are Palani, Kodai and Dindigul Railway stations. Kodaikanal has seen many inflow of tourist during last few years. Due to the increased tourist inflow, there have been many new hotels and resorts springing up in this city. Kodaikanal was also in news few years back when chemicals from neighboring industries started polluting the environment. Government intervened and ordered industries to shut down their factory which helped reducing the pollution containment.

Amazing facts about Dolmen Circle in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a popular hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. The hill station was established in the year 1845. Tourism is the one of the major source of income for people residing in here. Other source of income includes sale of timber and rubber. This place found a mention in anthropology maps because of the presence of pre-historic remains in this city. The pre-historic remains are nothing but Dolmens and Kistavens which were the dwelling and burial places of the people from stone and iron ages. This is one of the major tourist attractions in this place.

The hill station is on the plateau between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys. There are many waterfalls emerging high from the hills and the rest being covered by meadows and grasslands. April to June is peak season to visit this place. Though one could also visit between October and January as the climate of this place is chilly throughout the year. There are many hotels operating here and one could find hotels even dishing out continental as well as other international cuisines. There is even a local market wherein tourists could get souvenirs and other items like woolen clothing, handicrafts, medicinal herbs and oils. Apart from sightseeing, tourists could indulge in shopping and with varieties of items up for sale; one could spend a good time in the local market for shopping. For most of the visitors, Dolmen circle in Kodaikanal is a must visit place. Also known as portal tomb or grave can be viewed either in Perumal peak or Shenbaganur Museum. Excavators have found many brass and copper ornaments along with other artifacts and now it also attracts many tourists. Dolmen Circle dates back to as early as 5000 BC so this is an important archaeological site. Archeologists are still unsure why this Dolmens or kistavens were used as dwelling and burial places from the Stone and Iron Ages. It is an incredible piece of historic artifacts where historians are still unsure as why and how did this culture came in to existence.

Other places of tourist interests include Kodaikanal lakes, solar observatory, Berijam Lake, Guna caves, Pillar rocks, Green valley view, Bear Shola Falls, Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple, Organic Farmer's Market, Kodaikanal Yoga Center, Chettiar Park, Coakers Walk & Bryant parks. It is understood that if you visit any such beautiful place your primary motto would be to visit all the top most attractions of the place. No one would be inside their hotel rooms and spent time watching television. So to visit all the above mentioned attractions would make sure that you have a fabulous outing with your loved ones. There are many accommodation options for visitors, right from budget lodges to star hotels. The cost of the accommodations depends upon the proximity of the hotel from tourist attractions plus facilities extended by the hotels. No one would be pay more if they are not provided with any other facilities other than bed and blankets. So better go for hotels that provide some good facilities other than just accommodation.