Kodaikanal, the Princess of Hill Stations , is easily reachable by buses. We had covered this journey in two parts – first an early morning train from Nagercoil to Dundigal & then bus to Kodaikanal. The bus takes you through the mountainous terrain. Sit back & enjoy the view. Weather is cold & pleasant.
I had stayed at Lilly’s Valley Resort. It has cozy wooden cottages where you can stay & feel closer to nature. Our room had a porch where we spent our time listening to songs. Our package included complimentary breakfast which was sumptuous each day.
Things to do in Kodaikanal
Roam around this artificial lake & enjoy shopping at small shops around it. One end also has a Tibetan Market where you can find some cool woolens. Shop till you drop 😀
It’s a botanical garden which houses variety of roses. There is a very old Eucalyptus tree & a Bodhi tree here.
There are very old caves. You cannot enter these caves as they are closed for public. When you reach till the end you can see Pillar Rocks just across the valley. For us, this place some how resembled Game of Thrones setting. The entwined roots of so many trees gave it the look I guess. I know I sound crazy. A place where we were going to spend only few minutes turned into an hour. We had started crazy photo session spree.
Trek to Dolphin’s Nose
Kodaikanal has abundance of trekking routes nearby. We went for a trek to Dolhpin’s Nose. Trekking route passes through a village & has small eateries on the way. A detailed post for the trekking experience would be up soon 🙂
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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
How many times do we miss to take that first step ? Planning for a trip & then not going for it. Does it happen with you also ? I have seen most of my trips are sudden ones – the unplanned types. And, I have a crazy friend who has convinced me many times to travel at spur of the moment. So, I got my tickets booked & ran off to Tamil Nadu without a fixed itinerary.
First obvious stop was Chennai as my friend was meeting me there. And, same evening we left for southern most tip of Indian mainland -Kanyakumari. Overnight train journey spent in gossiping reading-sleeping.
List of things to do in KanyaKumari –
Its easier to find a hotel near the beachfront. All hail TripAdvisor for the help! So many places to visit & less time. We were picky about the places to visit. First stop for the day was Vivekanada Rock Memorial. It takes another hour after getting the ticket to boarding the ship for Rock Memorial.We have wait in a queue under a shelter. I have been here thrice & still get the same thrill. There is a meditation room where you can sit & be enchanted by the mantras.Away from land & amidst high winds, you can just let go everything. Watching the waves lash at the rocks for hours.Baby I am addicted 🙂
You can also visit nearby Thiruvalluvar Statue. Tough luck that I have always found it closed off due to tidal waves.Next we went to Bhagvathy Amman Temple(Devi Kanya Kumari), it’s a temple dedicated to Kanya kumari Deity. There are many legends associated with the place.
We also went to Our Lady of Ransom Church. It’s a Catholic church & you get to see Mother Mary clad in a Saree. For photographers all these places are like treasures. Every nook & corner beholds your attention. I am the opposite kind and get dumb on entering such places, thus forget to take beautiful pictures. Does this happen only to me or you too feel the same ?
The fun part of the day was visiting the Wax Museum. I enjoyed being childish and posing for photographs with the statues of Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam & many more.
They also have a room dedicated to 3D paintings, which was most busy place in the museum. The 9D movie show felt like being part of a video game.
All these places are within few kilometers range and we had covered them by walking around on foot. That’s how we discovered small shops with amazing coffee & vada 🙂
The better part of the evening can be spent sitting on the beach and watch the sun do down. Behind us was the Tsunami Memorial & watching it you realize the fierce nature the sea can take. God bless all those souls ! At any given moment in day, people gather at the beach & its tough to see any free space available. Surrounded by many, yet alone with your thoughts.
This was just day one of the trip & I will continue more about the trip in the coming blog series.You can also checkout the photo blog about my Tamil Nadu travel here. Do share your special memories attached with this place. Would love to read your stories.
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