Bryant Park Towards the east of Kodaikanal lake a 500 metres (1,600 ft)away from the Kodaikanal bus stand, is a fantastically maintained botanical garden spread across 20.5 acres...rEAD MORE
Berijam is located at the end of Pillar Rocks Road (old SR-18), 21 km (13.0 mi) southwest of Kodaikanal Lake. map There were two roads from Berijam, the Kodaikanal–Munnar...rEAD MORE
Silver Cascade Falls is the first attraction that welcomes the tourists to Kodaikanal on the Madurai - Kodai road, situated on the main Ghat road. Silver Cascade Falls is 8 kms...rEAD MORE
Kodaikanal lake is just 500 metres (1,600 ft) away from the Kodai bus stand. It is an non-natural, close to star-shaped widely spread across 45 ha (60 acres) lake developed in...rEAD MORE
Pillar Rocks, located at a distance of 8 km from the lake tower, is one of the famous tourist attractions. At this attraction, tourists can see three granite boulders that are...rEAD MORE
The beautiful Gothic structure, Lutheran Church was built in 1932. The adorned Church was adorned with stained glass window while detailed paintings and murals depict the life...rEAD MORE
Coaker's Walk, discovered in 1872, has been named after Lt. Coaker. Located on the southern slopes of this beautiful hill station, Coaker's Walk is a paradise for nature lovers....rEAD MORE
History of Kodaikanal
In the primordial era Kodaikanal was inhabited by the ethnic Paliyan Tribes. The earliest citations of the names ‘Kodaikanal’ as well as the ‘Palani Hills’ can be discerned in the Tamil Sangam Literature dating back to the 1st century AD. The present day Kodaikanal as a hill station and a summer retreat was incepted and constituted in the year 1845 AD by the American missionaries in India in association with the British bureaucrats from the British East India Co. The main objective behind this endeavor was to avail an asylum where they could getaway during summer escaping the scorching heat of the Deccan Plateau and saving themselves from the tropical diseases of India. A British Lieutenant named B. S. Ward was the first foreigner who climbed up the hilly terrain of the Palani Ranges in 1821 AD and described Kodaikanal in front of his superiors as the vicinity characterized with absolutely salubrious climate and resplendent natural prospects.
Subsequent to B. S. Ward’s reports, Mr. J.C Wroughten; the then Sub-Collector of Medora, Dr. Robert Wight; a preeminent botanist from London and Mr. C. R. Cotton; a member of the Madras Presidency paid a visit to this repository of perpetual grandeur. Six families of American missionaries arrived at Kodaikanal from Madurai and erected the two earliest bungalows of this region; ‘Sunny Side’ and ‘Shelton’. The first human being to actually settle at Kodaikanal was Major J. M. Partridge from the Bombay Army. Partridge constructed a house at Kodaikanal in 1852 AD. Later, with the establishment of a dwelling abode by the Collector of Madurai; John Blackburn, the expansion and development of Kodaikanal picked up the pace. The Anglican Church of St. Peter founded in the year 1853 by a group of Americans and British was the earliest church established at Kodaikanal.
Step by step, the count of American Missionaries and British Officials visiting Kodaikanal and settling down here kept on increasing. Soon after, a lake was built here and the Eucalyptus & Wattle Trees were imported from Australia and introduced to the Kodaikanal highland. Lord Napier; the Governor of Madras paid a visit to Kodaikanal in 1871 and erected a mansion here which was named as the ‘Napier Villa’. Gradually, the fame of Kodaikanal escalated and it came to be commonly accepted as a substitute of Ootacamund (Ooty). Lt. Coaker, who is applauded for contriving the most vivid map of Kodaikanal, built the Coaker’s Walk in 1872 AD. By 1883 AD, Kodaikanal recorded roughly 615 permanent inhabitants and it had grown famous as a regular summer retreat for many British and American residents in India.
In the due course, roads, lakes, bungalows, hospitals, observatory, etc were built and Kodaikanal; a meager summer escape burgeoned into a booming holiday destination. Indian families, exclusively from the upper social strata came to appreciate the worth of this wonderful hill station only in 20th century AD. In the present day, Kodaikanal is acclaimed as a paramount Hill Resort of Tamil Nadu and a thriving tourist destination of Southern India that is frequently visited by millions of domestic as well as international travelers every year.
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