We had always wanted to see how the “Princess of Hill stations” looked like. Kodaikanal (in Tamil, the names means the gift of the forest) sees temperature of around 18-19 degrees Celsius in peak summer. When we started planning to visit the hill station, we understood the winding roads through the Palani hills will challenge the motion sickness of our little daughter. We decided to take the bus.
We were completely caught off-guard with the chill winds and the clouds hanging just beside us. After the initial scramble to manage the cold and the light continuous rain, the fun was inescapable.
Our first stop was Croaker’s walk. It is a one kilometre paved pedestrian walkway running along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai. The walk, winding around Mount Nebo, starts in front of the Van Allen hospital, running parallel to the Van Allen Hospital Road and joins the main road beside St.Peter’s Church, providing a stunning panoramic view of the plains. The clouds hung from the railings of the pavement. We were told, on a clear day, one can view as far as Dolphin’s Nose in the south, the valley of the Pambar River in the southeast, Periyakulam town and even the city of Madurai. We had no such luck. There is an observatory with a telescope halfway along the walk. The place is so high and the air so clean during the summers, people lie down on the pedestrian walkway in the evenings to watch the stars.
Pine forests, Bear Shola falls, and the Guna Caves in the cloudy grey weather looked eerie and were full of adventure. Kodaikanal Lake and the parks were full of beautiful orchids.
And in the end, my favourite flower:
Hope u enjoyed them as much I loved making the set.
Meet you all around…