Kodaikanal (near Madurai)

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December 10th 2005
Published: December 18th 2005
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Kodaikanal (or by its nickname, Kodai), is a beutifull hill station in Tamil Nadu, but Munnar is still my favourite. Anyhow, all those hill stations are not the Himalaya (or as is it written in the book: Himalaya for the poor) but they have their own charm and beutty.
After Munnar, Orna and me decided to go to Kodai with the local bus since it went at day time where the private bus went at night time. You really don't want to do all the steep curving road down from Munnar and up to Kodaikanal by night. And also, you can't see the scenary by night.
It appeared that we needed to take 3 buses all the way to Kodai. We started our way on afternoon knowing that we should spend one night at Thenni, a city on the way. After the serenity of Munnar, we were excited to feel again a a real big Indian city. It was our first time to stay in a place that is not mentioned in the guide book. A real adventure!
Thenni indeed fullfilled our expectations. When we arrived, at around 20.00, it was still very busy, very noisy, lots of people on the steets, not a single foreigner beside us. We had to find ourselfs a guest house, without any quotation in the guide book.
Eventually, we have found a very cheap one. Cheap, but my first time in India with room service, not by order. At around 7.00 AM, a knock on door, announcing: "tea, coffee". We did not accept the suggestion, however. The guy did not wake us up, since we woke up much earlier by the beginning of the day at this very busy Indian city.
I have stayed about 3 days in Kodai, having a great weather, until the rain caused me to flee to the beach at Varkala, Kerala, hoping for a more shining weather.


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19th December 2005

Good Pics
Hey the place looks really good. Never wanted to visit Kodai but i guess now shall add it in my places to visit list. Geeta
30th January 2007

Thanks for sharing these pictures.I had been to these places as a child and it really brought back some great memories.

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