A hotel in the hills ~ Hotel Villa Retreat, Kodaikanal…

When we visited Kodaikanal a few years ago we stayed at the charming and atmospheric Hotel Villa Retreat. This darling hotel is positioned right at the top of the hill overlooking Kodaikanal and the valley below. It is an uphill walk from town … Continue reading

The princess of hill stations ~ Kodaikanal…

India is not all sweeping plains and flats. It has some lovely places to visit in the hills too. One such wonderful destination is the hill station of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. It is known as the princess of hill stations because of its beauty and serenity.

Winding up the narrow roads and hairpin bends that lead to Kodaikanal you immediately notice the temperature getting cooler. This is why hill stations have been so popular for years ~ they provide a welcome respite from the heat of the plains. We stayed at Kodaikanal in January and the day would start off sunny and clear but by 2pm the fog would start to roll in and the temperature plummet. We even had to ask for more blankets at our hotel…something we had never had to do before in India.

The town of Kodaikanal centres around the beautiful Kodaikanal Lake. Here you can hire boats to discover and enjoy the lake or bikes to ride right around its circumference. Kodaikanal is also famous for its delicious chocolate and its numerous shops stocking it are hard to resist. There is also a lovely lookout above the town which gives you a perfect view down over the plains.

Do pop the princess of hill stations ~ Kodaikanal on your next itinerary to Tamil Nadu.