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.

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