I have lived most of my life in places blessed abundantly with natural beauty. A day outing or a family picnic plan had lot of options to choose from. However since I moved to Chennai, the options are a little limited.
This Pongal holidays, we wanted to move out from the city and spend some quality family time. We chose Kodaikanal as our destination this time and planned to spend 3 days in this mystic hill station. We drove from Chennai covering a distance of 526 Kms, a real fun trip with music, snacks and lots of chatter.
Our visit was in the off season and thus we could enjoy the winters here, a boon for a Chennaite who sweats even in December! The places were not much crowded and we loved roaming around in our hoods and jackets.
Among the many sight seeing places around, I loved the lovely pine forest. Dolly loved picking pine cones which she claims will be her contribution to the Christmas decorations…
The Guna Caves is another destination, although the entrance to the cave has been fenced followed by few accidents, the place has natural beauty scatered all over. The cokers walk is a perfect place for a morning or evening walk.
The best among the experiences that Kodaikanal has to offer, is cycling around the Kodaikanal lake. I re-lived my childhood memories and we thoroughly enjoyed cycling as a family around the lake. Cool breeze,winter sunshine, turquoise water … what more can you ask for.
The place is famous for yummy homemade chocolates that is sold all over the place. You can get a kg of assorted chocolates for Rs 300. One can also find aroma oils and organic food products in Kodaikanal. Stalls and shops selling these products are common around each tourist spot. The elegant silk thread jewellery is another Kodai craft. Apart from these there are a lot of small shops selling gift and souvenir items like wood crafts, key chains, jewellery, baskets.. The list is long.
Another thing that you can grab on your way back is farm fresh fruits and vegetables. The roadsides are dotted with farmers selling their produce. The lovely varieties in different colors is a treat to the eyes you would not want to miss.
There is a wax museum, pretty humble, but showcases some amazing examples of fine craftsmanship.
Indeed, a simple, calm and serene holiday spent very close to nature. As we drove back with a boot full of farm fresh produce, homemade chocolates and few gifts for friends, I could feel the natural beauty blurring behind me. As I moved into the hustle bustle of city life, I realized I left my soul behind in the beautiful hills of Kodaikanal and I sank all my stress in the shimmering lake water. Heading home with loads of peace 🙂
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