Kodaikanal – The Gifted RegionKodaikanal is an absolute green paradise in the truest sense of the term. The region is adorned with dense woodlands, meadows, lush greenery, lakes, waterfalls and much more. The natural beauty of the region is further accentuated by the serene and peaceful surroundings of the region, which transform the region into a tranquil region and an ideal destination to relax and rejuvenate.Located in the Palani Hills of the taluk division of the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a popular tourist destination drawing in large number of tourists from all quarters. Kodaikanal meaning ‘Gift of the Forest’ is actually a summer forest than a hill station; however, the salubrious climate of the region leads to the confusion.Fondly, referred to as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, Kodaikanal is one of the finest hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal also has an interesting history behind its foundation. The hill station was established in the year 1845 by American Christian Missionaries and British Bureaucrats to escape the scorching summer heat and the various tropical diseases of the plains. Kodaikanal offers to its tourists the right blend of fun and activity, thus proving to be an ideal holiday destination for both fun and relaxation. Kodaikanal is home to plenty of interesting tourist destinations. Some of which include Bryant Park, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, Coaker’s Walk, Guna caves, Green Valley View, Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple, Dolphin’s Nose, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Silver Cascade, Berijam Lake and much more. Along with sightseeing, the rich surroundings of the region offer the perfect setting for a variety of sports like nature walks, trekking, hiking, camping, bird watching, etc. A trip to the local markets is also a must, which is famous for its homemade chocolates, cheese, spices, eucalyptus and other herbal oils, etc.There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Kodaikanal offering a plethora of accommodation options for tourists to choose from. The various accommodation facilities of Kodaikanal are found across all budget sections ranging from the luxury hotels and resorts to the budget and economy hotels along with the various home stays. Kodaikanal enjoying salubrious weather is a year round destination and can be visited throughout the year for an equally enjoyable and pleasant time. Kodaikanal is also well connected to the rest of the country. The nearest airport lies in Madurai located approx. 120 km away while, the nearest railway station lies in Kodai approx. 80 km away.