Famous Treks in the Area in Kodaikanal
Famous Treks in the Area in Kodaikanal

Bear Shola Trek

BriefA very short trek.The trail is simple but uphill
DistanceFromOtherPlace3.1 KM from Kodaikanal Lake, 2.7 KM from lake view point
ExtraSince the trek is only 1 km long, it is frequented by families and amateur trekkers all year around.
FactsThe forest trail is narrow, winding and filled with rich biodiversity. Small streams will cross your path now and then.
OpeningHours10.00 AM- 6.00 PM
PeopleLoveForPlacePleasant and scenic view once you reach the top, short uphill trek
TipsBest experienced during monsoons when the Bear Shola Falls are in full flow. It’s a good trek during other parts of the year for its scenic trail.
TrekInfo1 KM

Pine Forest Trek

AverageTimeToSpend1-2 Hours
BriefA fairly easy trek, also a major sightseeing spot, the Kodaikanal pine forests are thick, lush, and very well-maintained.
DistanceFromOtherPlace2.3 KM from Silver Cascade Falls 2.1 KM from Sacred Heart College Museum
ExtraMany movies of the south are shot here and the place is cited as a photographer’s heaven
FactsWhile trekking, along with pine trees, one can find shola and eucalyptus trees and pretty mushrooms
OpeningHours10.00 AM- 6.00 PM
PeopleLoveForPlaceLots of pine trees lined up. Calm and scenic place
TipsYou can also camp here after obtaining necessary permissions.

Dolphin’s Nose & Echo Rock

AverageTimeToSpend2-3 Hours
BriefOne of the most popular treks in Kodaikanal where the summit is a flat rock that resembles the nose of a dolphin.
DistanceFromOtherPlace5.7 KM from Pillar rocks viewpoint 1.6 KM from Vattakanal Water falls
ExtraTrail is rough at the start but first-time trekkers can navigate the trail with considerable ease.
Facts The views include Periyakulam town and Vaigai Lake. Echo Rock which is a little ahead is also another great viewpoint.
OpeningHours6.00 AM- 5.30 PM
PeopleLoveForPlaceSpectacular view from dolphins nose and echo point as well.
TipsThe trek should be taken at 8.00 AM or 2.00 PM. Best time to go is in any season except monsoon
TrekInfo2 Km

Pillar Rocks Trek

AverageTimeToSpend3-4 Hours
Brief Trek that will lead to the top of vertical pillar-shaped boulders, navigating through the fog and semi-difficult route
DistanceFromOtherPlace2.3 KM from Wax museum, 1.8 KM from Green valley viewpoint
ExtraDuring the whole trek one can see fogs and mist covering up entire area making it spectacular.
FactsLocated in the midst of the valley stands three big rocks called as “Devil’s kitchen” as it is known to be dangerous for anyone to sit on top of it.
OpeningHours9.00 AM- 4.30 PM
PeopleLoveForPlaceQuite adventurous, amazing atmosphere and weather
TipsStart early in the morning and walk through slippery rocks and thick forests to reach the summit.
TrekInfo3 Km

Vattakanal Trek

AverageTimeToSpend3-4 Hours
BriefScenic trek where the cliff is in the south of Palani Hills
DistanceFromOtherPlace6 KM from Kodaikanal
FactsTrail includes walking through dense forests, Shola Nursery and the Pambar Falls
PeopleLoveForPlaceExcellent scenery around the falls for photo enthusiasts. Tiring trek but brilliant views
TipsStart the trek early in the morning or by mid-day.Return by evening and eat fresh snacks in the food shacks along the way.

Silent Valley View and Caps Fly Valley

BriefModerately easy treks to high mountains that provide spectacular views from their summits.
DistanceFromOtherPlace16 KM from Kodaikanal
ExtraTrails are visible, although fog may block your views oftentimes
FactsCaps Fly Valley is famous for its atmospheric pressure, where any light object when thrown in the air, returns to you
PeopleLoveForPlacePlace is surrounded with hills, mostly surrounded by mist
TipsOne can trek this route while visiting Berijam Lake

Elephant Valley Falls Trek

AverageTimeToSpendA day
BriefLesser-known but truly exhilarating trek which starts from Kodaikanal, passing through the village of Vilpatti.
DistanceFromOtherPlace25 KM from Kodaikanal
ExtraTrails are visible, although fog may block your views oftentimes
FactsThe area is an important elephant corridor.
OpeningHours6.00 AM-6.00 PM
PeopleLoveForPlacePlace is surrounded with hills, mostly surrounded by mist
TipsTake a detour to visit the Kurunji Andavar Temple, head on to Ganesh Puram and then reach the final destination, the scenic Elephant Valley Falls