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Kodaikanal off the beaten track

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Look beyond the lake and park and Kodaikanal is a destination that has several sights that will take you on a trajectory of discovery.

Kodaikanal is a popular hill station in the south of India for all the right reasons. While the Kodaikanal Lake sits at the center of the small hill town and has a lot of touristy boat rides and cycling tours available, the real deal is to see the many sights beyond the tourist circuit.

Neelakurunji flowers that bloom once in 12 years
Neelakurunji flowers that bloom once in 12 years

I was lucky to see the city I had been to a few times in the past in a completely different light as I stayed at The Tamara Kodai. Here are some of the places that must be on your to-do list:

  • Trek in the Rainbow forest
  • Mannavanur sheep farm
  • Kookal lake
  • Berijam Forest
  • Church Trail
  • Cemetery Walk and Conservation Cues

Read the full story that first appeared in The Free Press Journal dated May 9, 2021 here:

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