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Day 7 - Kodaikanal

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A reasonable start time today at 9.00 and our driver has offered to drive us to a few of the more distant sites around Kodaikanal which is nice because the walk would have had some treacherous roads and hills with blind corners.

Our first stop of the day is a quaint church built by the French in the early 1900's. The pathway up the hill to he church has the stations of the cross - but I can't quite help but notice all the male figures are identical to Jesus which is a little confusing. Other than that there seems to be a malicious troop of monkeys that set up camp around the church - whilst people didn't seem to bother them there was a lot on infighting and a few brawls were had.

Next we head to the lake view point which looks down on Kodaikanal lake which we plan to walk around this evening. The view is spectacular with the mist slowly engulfing the lake area.

From the church we head to Silent Valley Viewpoint. The views do require a silence as it is so picturesque here. The mist crashes against the cliffs like waves breaking over the rocks it is truly an awe inspiring area (minus the Monkeys).

The one place I was looking forward to seeing was Pillar Rocks which stand 122metres high, formed by pressure and temperature and are supposed to be spectacular. When we arrive, the mist is so thick you can barley see 10 metres ahead and sadly there is no view of the rock formations.

Whilst a little disappointed we carry on to Coakers a Walk which is a nice trails against the edge of the mountain and has some great valley views. The walk is pleasant and takes us to our next stop the Solar Physical Observatory which is located at the highest point of Kodaikanal at 2343 metres. The observatory is nice and very basic - however the best bit was the old English style cottage which is converted into a museum.

We end our day of sights at the Kukkal Caves and Bryant Park. The caves which used to be open to the public but are no longer due to 23 school kids getting trapped inside for 3 days. It's now closed to the public which makes this a little disappointing but still worth the visit to see the tree roots formed around cave mouths and on the steep cliff surrounds.

Bryant Park is supposed to have the best display of roses in all of India - but not in flower at this time due to its being around 13 degrees. It's still nice to walk around and we have a little break and rest to just chill.

From here we are dropped to the lake and the driver leaves us to walk the lake which is around 5km in perimeter and services by a great footpath ( which I have sorely missed). The lake is cold and misty and we overshoot the first lap and commence a second before we circle back to the boat house. We get some nice snaps of the trees surrounding the lake which silhouette against the lake and mist.

We walk back to the hotel around 5 and break for a few hours before finding dinner. For dinner we find a nice Pure Veg Restaurant which we order Mushroom Manchurian gravey, Aloo Masala and some naan and parathas. The food is incredible and you can taste all the individual spices - still not used to eating with my hand though.

After a long day time to relax - still hard to find a beer ( so very glad a drank up in Madurai).

Posted by lee_1986 11:25 Archived in India Tagged india mountain lake green mist hill_station kodaikanal

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Sounds so wonderful so far Lee. Interesting about eating with your hand - I'd forgotten about that! Bet your nails are yellow from the turmeric lol.

by Heidi

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