Imagine a few days without your laptop – that irritating sound of the keys being pressed non-stop, without your phone ringing now and then, or reminding you of your meeting in the next 10 minutes. Imagine a life of unhurriedness even if for a few days! If you are the kind who can sit at one place and watch the rains fall for hours, love taking long walks through winding roads, and can brave the morning fog for a misty boat ride in a lake surrounded by forest – then pack your bags, get on the road. Kodaikanal is waiting for you!
Here is how to relax at Kodaikanal:
1. Take A Walk
Walking is an exercise. Think again? Walking can be relaxing too, especially if you are walking while enjoying the beauty of nature. A slow, relaxing stroll can be very refreshing. A trek among the clouds. To catch the picturesque valley go before afternoon. To get the company of the clouds go in the evening. The time is always right. If you are an early riser, catch the sunrise… sacrificing your sleep will be totally worth it!
Location: Start at the Greenfield Hostel or the Villa Retreat near the Church of South India.
Hours: 7 am to 7 pm.
Price: Rs. 2 for entry, Rs. 5 for camera
2. Go For A Boat Ride
The star shaped Kodai Lake is in the heart of Kodaikanal. Early morning or late evening whenever the weather decides to turn foggy, is the best time to go boating. Also, these are the hours to avoid crowds and other tourists.
Location: Kodai Lake Boat house, Kodaikanal
Hours: 9 am to 5.30 pm
Price: Rs 70 to Rs 830 (depending on the number of people, and duration of ride)
3. Get A Spa
Pampering yourself is a part of relaxation, so go ahead indulge in some self-love and get a spa. Kodai has several spa, some in resorts some stand alone places. Our recommendation is the Prana Spa.
Location: Brooklyn, Convent oad, Kodaikanal
Price: Rs. 850 to Rs 4000
4. Satisfy Your Taste Buds At Quaint Cafes
Literally a small town compared to any metropolis, Kodai might still surprise you with its fair share of quaint cafes. Have your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just spend your time talking to friends, families or that stranger you met at the next table.
The ones that made to our hot list are Pot Luck, Cloud Street, Altafcafe, Shola Cafe and Langoor.
5. Practice The Art Of Lingering
In case you are wondering how is this specific to a location, let me tell you it is not! This should be practiced each and every time you are on a trip not just to relax but to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Take out some time in the morning to see your surroundings from the comfort of your room. Enjoy a hot cuppa while you are at it. Talk to the people around you, the locals. Ask about their lifestyle. Ask them for recommendations where to eat, they know best! Indulge in conversations. When taking a walk, follow the road less traveled, stop to admire some wild flowers. Be thankful.