How to Prepare for a Family Vacation in Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal is a magnificent hill station situated in Palani hills, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu peaking at 2,100 m (6,900 ft) from MSL. This place has clear water lakes, serene sceneries, misty mountains, diverse flora, and fauna, so it is very fitting that Kodaikanal is known as the princess of hills. Kodaikanal is the most famous for Kurinji flowers. These flowers bloom once in 12 years and turn the slopes into carpets of colour giving it brilliance and grandeur.

Typically,Kodaikanal is considered a honeymoon destination, but it is also a prominent place for a family vacation. There are several activities to participate in, and sites to visit as a family or as couples. From hiking to buying homemade chocolates to visiting gardens- Kodaikanal has a lot to offer to anyone who is traveling. Though Kodaikanal proper is crowded with tourists and bit commercialized, there are still other places around Kodaikanal which still preserve the natural beauty and serenity.

There are numerous family-friendly top resorts in Kodaikanal and in surrounding undisturbed areas to choose from- hence travelers need not worry about that part.

There is no need to vigorously prepare to visit Kodaikanal, as people here are friendly and will help you with many things. But still, it is basic etiquette to research about the place. Also, figure out what to pack and how to travel with a family smoothly.

There are wide range of wild animals (wild buffaloes, wild boars, hare, ant catchers, wild elephants, deers, peacocks and several unique birds) which can be spotted only in areas outside Kodaikanal proper.

Here are some points that might help you prepare for a peaceful family vacation in Kodaikanal.

Preparing an Itinerary

If you are booking through a travel agent, then you get an itinerary catered to your taste automatically. But if you are planning this trip on your own, then it is necessary to have a proper travel plan to visit the right places at the right time.

There are several places and viewpoints in Kodaikanaland nearby areas that have a time limit; limited by weather and other natural aspects. Hence, it is better to plan an itinerary when traveling with a family.

Food Options

When it comes to food, try local dishes in local restaurants when visiting places. While you are out and voyaging, try the unique south Indian cuisine that Kodaikanal has to offer. Don’t forget to buy some of those delicious homemade chocolates.

Even some of the best places to stay in Kodaikanal, such as The Bala’sResort which is away from proper Kodaikanal, provide you with daily package with three homemade meals per day along with rooms. You can use this option to save money. You may even decide your menu in advance.

Weather and Packing Clothes

Kodaikanal is a hilly station. So obviously, it will be cold. You can visit this gorgeous place throughout the year. So, check the weather updates when visiting Kodaikanal and pack the clothes accordingly.Average summer temperature: 19.8 °C (67.6 °F) and winter temperature: 8.3 °C (46.9 °F).

Also, be prepared for sudden climate changes, especially in the summers. It can get pretty cold at night, even if it’s entirely sunny throughout the day. Seasonal rains could give rise to new waterfalls, but extreme caution is necessary while venturing to new waterfalls as they could be dangerous and fatal. Always be guided by hotel/resort staff. Rain could disturb your itinerary sometimes; so be prepared.

Place to Stay

Choosing a suitable cottage or resort to stay in with your family is necessary when touring anyplace. After a long draining day, comfortable and homely places are best to stay in Kodaikanal. You will get home-like food and great views from such places. One of the best resorts in Kodaikanal for a family is The Bala’sResort (away from Kodaikanal but in an undisturbed natural coffee garden)-for comfortable rooms, great food, and outstanding scenery and some wild/bird watch. Bring your mono/binoculars.

Kodaikanal is considered one of the best tourist places in India. So, to make your experience even better, you can follow these simple travel guidelines. If you are in search of the best resorts in Kodaikanal, then check out The Bala’sResort for great rooms at affordable deals.

The Bala’s Resort is located at Kuppammalpatti Village, KilakkuChettipatti, Kodaikanal Taluk at an elevation of 1500 m (4500 ft) offering a pleasant weather at all times of the year with natural undisturbed beauty. Located in a 40 acres spread of coffee/pepper plantation with its own lake and waterfall is fully contained within itself. Facility is backed up by solar and diesel generator to meet power outages due to bad weather.


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