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Day 6 - Madurai to Kodaikanal

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After having a last look around Madurai early this morning we are going to make our accent of Kodaikanal which as around 4 hours away. Luckily we were able to get a drive through our hotel and he is probably the safest and most cautious driver we have had so far.

The drive up to the top of the hill stations is breathtaking with the mist forming against the steep cliffs. The journey is not without its scares as buses speed and swing around blind corners making our driver swerve and dodge close to the edge of the cliffs. On the way we stop at a few viewing platforms to take in the fresh air and spectacular views. I am starting to think this will be one of my favourite stops of the trip.

After arriving in the township, our driver has trouble finding our accommodation. After a few call and a lot of driving around we finally get there although the driver said when he spoke to our contact she said there was no booking but we arrive finally.

So here is the problem. The hotel's website says they are 2.5km's from the lake which is one of the main attractions in Kodaikanal and is right near the township. The accommodation is more like 6km's outside of the township. We decide to check out the room anyway and then find out that it is self contained, has no linen, no one on site aside from a security guard at the gate. Our driver has said its very far out of the centre and can show us some hotels closer to the main strip with restaurants and is close to the sights and we easily find alternate accommodation for much of the same price.

We head out to the hotel carpark to check out the 'best sunrise view in Kodaikanal' only to find that the valley is completely covered with mist and you cannot see 5 metres in front of you. We spend the rest of the afternoon walking around town, it's so hilly (should have expected as its a 'hill' station) and we grab some dinner and head in for a relatively early night.

Posted by lee_1986 11:23 Archived in India Tagged india mist madurai misty hill_station kodaikanal

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