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Best Time to Visit Kodaikanal - Kodaikanal enjoys a fairly pleasant climate and is perfect to visit throughout the year. These hills experience summer in between the months of April to July, this being the peak season in the hills. The town hosts a Summer Festival during this time with numerous cultural, sports, and adventure programmes along with attractive markets, displays and contests. A number of good hotels in Kodaikanal sell out during this time, so it makes sense to book a week or two ahead. The town experiences heavy rains during the monsoons from July to August and it’s advisable to carry an umbrella and light warm clothes during this time. The town experiences winter during the months of October to March, with the weather being pleasant.
Since the town is mainly dependent on its hospitality industry, there are a number of hotels in Kodaikanal that cater to guests of all kinds. If you’re willing to spend you can choose from posh hotels and resorts that offer spectacular lakefront views, along with impeccable luxury services. There are also a number of two-star, three-star and budget accommodation in Kodaikanal that are ideal for those who visit the town on a budget. These hotels offer basic amenities without compromising on quality. Homestays are another popular option that give guests the chance to experience the town from a local’s point of view.
Places to Stay in Kodaikanal - If you’re on the lookout for places to stay in Kodaikanal, you can be sure that every location here will give you the peace and quiet that you need. Treebo in Kodaikanal are set up in three prime locations to keep you connected to the rest of the town. To stay close to some of the town’s most popular attractions, choose hotels on Convent Road, Kodaikanal. There are a number of restaurants, cafes and budget hotels available on this road. For stunning views of the lake, choose hotels in Observatory Road, Kodaikanal. This busy roadway is close to the Kodaikanal Lake and leads you to the popular Kodaikanal Solar Observatory. If you want to stay away from the bustle of the town, you can opt to put up in hotels Vilpatti, a village that is about 6 km away from the town.
Events in Kodaikanal - The culture of Kodaikanal was influenced by the ancient Paliyar tribe and British settlers. Kodaikanal celebrates a number of festivals with great fervour. Major festivals celebrated here include Pongal, Jallikattu, Mother Salette Festival, Dance Festival, Deepavali and more. The Summer Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in the town and is often held in the month of May. A number of sporting events, cultural programmes, pageants, and competitions are held here every year. This is the best time to see the town in all its grandeur. Be sure to complete your Chandigarh hotel booking in advance during this time as hotels tend to sell out fast. The Tea and Tourism festival is put up every January, where tourists can come taste and buy varieties of tea. The Mother Salette festival is another grand celebration held over nine days in the town.
Experiences in Kodaikanal - Kodaikanal is a romantic refuge for many tourists from the plains with its lush mountains, meadows and many flowers. Hike up to the Bear Shola Falls or take a walk around Bryant Park or Coaker’s Walk to take in the scenic beauty of this town. To witness more of the town’s natural splendor visit Dolphin’s Nose, Berijam Lake, Silver Cascade, Pillar Rocks, Guna Caves, and Green Valley View. You can also find accommodation in Kodaikanal around these attractions. To get an idea of the town’s history, visit the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, and Kurinji Andavar Temple. The town also boasts an 18-hole golf course, if you fancy a trip to the greens. Food in this town is quite diverse, you can sample some of the food at a few Kodaikanal hotels with in-house restaurants. You can sample Tibetan-style momos and thukpa or indulge in Italian pasta at many of its eateries. You can pick up pastries from one of the many local bakeries or eat at Spencer’s or Pastry Corner. Restaurants to visit here are Cloudstreet, Ten Degrees, Altaf’s Cafe, Carlton, and Hotel Astoria. While in town, make sure you pick up goodies like eucalyptus oil, homemade chocolates, local fruit, and aromatic oils. You can also pick up woolen clothes, cheese, herbal tea, ceramic souvenirs, jewellery and walnut-wood items.