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Magical Kodaikanal-An Enchanting Tale Of South India

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Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

There are a few places in my bucket list from South India I wanted to visit since forever and Kodaikanal was one of them. Not just because of its scenic beauty but because it is a place of contrasts. I feel this cute little town is somewhere confined between the developing world and the ancient era. The colourful culture here has attracted so many travellers all over the world, and the friendly bunch of people here in Kodaikanal are more than happy to help you, always.

I don’t really remember after how many monsoons my birthday fell on a weekend. Hence, I kept the tickets, hotel reservations and backpacks ready for the long awaited trip to this colonial destination.

 Note: Evening bus services (like KSRTC and Redbus) are available from Bengaluru to Kodaikanal, which according to me is very convenient, to avoid traffic and mountain sickness for a few. For me it saves a lot of time. Next day, early morning, a freezing Kodaikanal welcomed me with a cold, breezy hug.

Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

  • I had planned my stay at VILLA RETREAT, a boutique property in Kodaikanal, located in the heart of the town, right at Coakers Walk, a tourist retreat. VILLA RETREAT compliments this mesmerising city in every way possible. They provide the best view in town and mouth-watering food.
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Prabhat Pradhan

  • This town, though tiny in size, has a lot to provide if you are really looking for something magical !! ( no, I am not talking about the mushrooms! *chuckles*)
  • Kodaikanal has marvellous architecture, lush greenery, magical meadows, hilly passes, cute cafes, old alleys and scenic routes all over. Here, everything has a character of its own.
  • Here are few postcards from Kodaikanal, with information for travellers like me who just don’t want to settle for regular tourist attractions but want to explore or may be discover, with a heart like Columbus.
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Prabhat Pradhan

  • The cute little pine forest close to St Peter’s Church.
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Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

  • A hidden gem behind the alleys of St Lutheran church. Isn’t it straight out of a dream?
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Prabhat Pradhan

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Prabhat Pradhan

  • While walking back from the Kodaikanal lake, I bumped into this small cemetery adjacent to a little stone cottage. The sun and the forest were into some hide and seek play, when I planned to join them.
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Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

  • Meet my little friends, at this cute little countryside farm, on the way to Mannavanur Lake.
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Prabhat Pradhan

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  • The conversation..
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Prabhat Pradhan

  • Few places for great food in Kodaikanal: Cloud street cafe – a Goan restaurant right on Poet Tyagaraja Road, with some great live music and amazing coffee.
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  • A few more places worth mentioning are – The Royal Tibet for their Fuyongs and stir fried veggies (not the Tibetan brother’s kitchen, the food there is unpalatable), Cafe Cariappa, Astoria Veg (Lunching here on a busy Sunday is a different experience altogether), and not to forget Cafe Ten degrees. All these restaurants are located at Poet Tyagaraja Road and Bazaar Street.
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Prabhat Pradhan

  • Do try the coconut pudding and caramel custard at Cafe Ten degrees. Tea lovers like me will get the best here. Goerge, one of the owners of this place is amongst a few interesting chap I met in Kodaikanal. He shared with me fascinating love stories about the locals and the bisons around the place.
  • Eat, roam and do not forget to enjoy watching the sun melt down into the crimson sky with your cup of hot tea/coffee and your favourite book by your side.
Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

Prabhat Pradhan

Here, life is at its own pace, far away from the maddening crowd. All you have here is your time and how you choose to unwind it.

 

Say hello to Arunima. She likes her tea hot and her wardrobe updated. Music, travel and fashion are an extension of her and when she’s not killing it with her creative skills at AJIOlife, she creates super cool articles for her blog, ‘Around The Round’. You can check out more of her cool stuff here: https://aroundtheroundblog.wordpress.com/

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