Wednesday, June 23, 2010



Journey to Kodaikanal was planned suddenly by me Mr Kannan (Jayachandran) since we had to cancel our trip to Thirupathi /Kalahasthi owing to the non availability of reservation in train,which we made two months before.
We, urgently planned our trip to kodai in two Maruthi cars with six members of two families including two kids.I enquired some friends about the best route by road from Trivandrum,most of them recommended Thenmala- Shenkottai- thenkasi route. But in the last moment we changed our way through NH7 Kanyakumari- Madurai High Way .
Started from Trivandrum at 5 am in the morning through Vadasserry (Nagercoil)-Thovali -Muppanthal (you can view some pictures of the scenic beauty of wind mills there which i had previously posted in this blog )-Kavalkinaru then through Thirunelveli- Madurai high Way (NH7)with excellent road conditions .Deviated from this road at Kodai junction near Dindugal. Before entering the highway I was a little confused whether I can drive this above 400 Kms in a single stretch .No strains of driving crept me when we reached the kodai hills ,almost 4.30 pm in the evening .Driving was a pleasant experience through these roads of international standards ,with less vehicles to disturb. At present ,in Kerala i don't think that there is any road maintains such a good condition for such along drive.last 45 kms nearing Kodaikanal is high range journey here the roads are bit narrow and you should be very careful in drive when heavy vehicles come across you
We stayed there in Rosy Internationals for two nights and started the return journey in the same route .Visited madurai meenakshi temple and at home at 8 in the evening

( Watch photos below )

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Silver Cascade

waterfall formed from the outflow of Kodaikanal Lake. The water quality is reportedly poor .

In 1906, , Mr. Bryant started the Kodaikanal pine plantations in the south-west of Kodaikanal.

Suicide Point

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Guna caves ---------A Distant View

Guna caves-- made popular by the Tamil movie GUNA, previously called Devil’s Kitchen, are deep bat-infested chambers between the three gigantic boulders that are the Pillar Rocks. The deep narrow ravines of the caves are now closed to public due to the tragic deaths of twelve youths there. These dangerous caves are highly protected now, and tourists can see sections of the cave system from afar.

Pillar Rock

Three Boulders(large rock) stand shoulder to shoulder vertically measuring to a height of about 122 meters (400 feet), providing a beautiful view.

The chamber between the two pillars is called Devil's kitchen.

Hydrangea Bushes in Kodai Gardens

Hydrangea are beautiful, perennial bushes with huge flower heads. These deciduous bushes profusely produce huge, round flower heads in mid-summer. Hydrangea are native to North and South America, Himalayas, and central and eastern Asia.

Colors include white, pink, blue lilac, purple, varying shades of these colors, and a variety of two tones.

Flower heads have two kinds of florets Sterile, or ray florets, are male and form the large, colorful sepals on the outside of the flower head. The fertile florets bear the male and female parts and are usually found in the center of the cluster.

During the spring through fall, these bushes have attractive foliage. Most varieties of Hydrangea grow from 3 to over 10 ft. tall. Some varieties grow up to 25 feet. Most varieties prefer full sun to partial shade.

Golf course

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bryant Park

The park was planned and built in 1908 by a forest officer from Madurai, H.D.Bryant, and named after him. With 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses, the park is a rainbow of stunning flowers during the peak season. A large section is covered by 740 varieties of roses. There are large number of Eucalyputs and a Bodhi tree which adds a religious significance to the park. The park organizes horticultural exibitions and flower shows every summer.