The beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal at an altitude of 2,133 meters,
covering an area of 21.45 sq.km. is located 120 Km away from Madurai,
in Dindigul district. Known as the Princess among Hill Stations, Kodaikanal
is an ideal place for trekking. The Kurinji flower which blossoms once
in 12 years is the pride of the place. The star shaped lake in Kodaikanal
famous for boating and fishing is surrounded by mountains. About 3kms
from this lake is the Kurinju Andavar Temple, dedicated to Lord Muruga.
The major attractions of Kodaikanal include the Wooded hills, Pillar rocks,
Coaker's Walk, Suicide point, Brynt Park, Chettiar gardens, Guna caves
etc. The solar Physical Observatory built in the year 1898 is situated
on top of a hill. The Shenbaganur Museum has a collection of different
varieties of birds, butterflies, moths, snakes and mammals. The museum
also houses a herbarium having 2500 plants and an orchidarium and a mass
garden having 300 species of trees and flower gardens. (Open from 10 am
to 12 noon and 3 pm to 5 pm daily (except on Sundays)).