Kodaikanals culture is a great mix of tribal background and impact of British as well as American culture, which was inherited by the missionaries who arrived here in historic times. Beauty of this region was noticed by these foreigners, who offered a large share in the development of Kodaikanal turning it into an exclusive summer retreat and romantic tourist destination. Beauty of kodai is no doubt hidden in its natural wealth and attraction of the destination is centered on its festivals as well as events organized and celebrated through out the year like tea and tourism festival.
Religious festivals of Kodaikanal like pongal, Chitirai and Natyanjali are dominated by the influence of majority Tamil population. Where as summer festival, as well as Tea and tourism festival Kodaikanal are popular in many countries outside India. Kodai being a famous summer retreat and an escape from the heat of the plains summer festival is specially meant for those who come here to enjoy the exclusive weather of this region. The festival started during the British era is still celebrated with same enthusiasm in the month of May. You have many options of celebrations like flower exhibitions, fruit show as well as boat races. Tea and tourism festival Tamil Nadu prompts influx of large number of tourists from many countries to this place, which is tucked beautifully on the Palani hills. This three day festival which is organized by the tourism department of Tamilnadu, displays large variety of tea, which is produced in the vicinity of Kodaikanal. Many tour operators take this opportunity and bring groups of tourists to this place in the month of January. The fun of the Tea and Tourism festival kodai is doubled by various cultural programs and most popular South Indian cuisines.
Once you are in Kodai there is no scarcity of places to stay. The accommodations range from traditional private villa accommodations to some of the most modern budget hotels and resorts. United-21 resort in Kodaikanal offers luxury stay at kodai during this festival time at affordable rates.