Last week on Mahanavami day we decided to visit Kodaikanal as my son and nephew were home and were keen to go for an outing. I decided to conduct my pooja in the evening and by early morning we set off to the hill station which is 90 Kms. from my place. It was a great escape for us from the sweltering heat of Dindigul. My son drove, maneuvering the car through the hilly terrain quite effortlessly though it was his first hill ride. My nephew was at his usual best, cracking jokes and all about his hostel life.

When we reached Kodai we didn’t find any crowd and felt happy and duly completed our boat ride which is one of the must do at Kodai. As we were approaching the lake we saw many on the horse back having a ride around the lake. Obviously our two young men wanted to show their macho image and promptly climbed on to the nearest horse they could lay their hands on as soon as we finished the boat ride.

Next visit was to Bryant park which was adjacent to the lake. We enjoyed the freshness of colorful blooms and plants and lush green lawns as we strolled through inside savouring every moment in a wonderful environment. Both my son and nephew were busy clicking away those wonderful sights.

We had already spent a shade over a couple of hours when we decided that we would have a round of Coaker’s walk, Green valley and Pillar rocks before we break for lunch around two in the afternoon. We reached to our next halt, Coaker’s walk in the next five minutes and we walked through the scenic and famous attraction of Kodai slowly enjoying a bite of fresh carrots. The mist was slowly setting in and by the time we were half way through the walk the visibility was becoming poorer and poorer some where around 100 meters. We were how ever fortunate that we could have a peek of the valley and the far off lake and other living tenements in the hills across by the time the mist had set in.

Our next spot in the itinerary was the Green Valley view or the suicide point as it was previously called which was around 6-7 Kms. from Coaker’s walk. As we drove by we didn’t feel that and we were not expecting any surprise. However as we approached the Green valley there was unusual crowd of vehicles buses , cars and vans and a huge traffic jam and we took nearly half an hour to traverse fifty meters hence we thought we would alight near the entrance of the Green valley point asking our driver who accompanied us to get the car parked at a suitable location towards Pillar rocks and we would return after the visit.There is a walk up for about 200 mts. for this view point and the entire path way on either side is surrounded by shops selling various kinds of eats fruits, home made chocolates souvenirs and trinkets. We armed ourselves with juicy pears and delicious chocolates and hot sweet corn and started walking up towards the site in the jostling crowd. When we reached the summit the valley view visibility was less than a meter and we could see only a few monkeys and the wire meshing erected now to avoid that sad suicides from this wonderful scenic spots. We lingered for a few minutes feeding the monkeys with corn and enjoyed the speed at which they devoured the same.

We got down and started looking for our car and walked towards the Pillar rock hoping to get sight of our car close by. There was no movement of traffic and all vehicles were stuck, the only consolation being there were no blaring of horns but there was music, drum beats and Gana songs from the various holiday crowd of students who were enjoying every moment of wonderful trip of Kodai in spite of the traffic congestion. We slowly walked through looking for our car which was not at all in sight and would have walked nearly a kilometer and little over one hour later when it struck us that we could check with our mobile phones but Lo ! there was no tower signal in spite of having five different service providers none had reach.

We donned the thinking hats immediately and decided to split, the youngsters going down the hill towards the pillar rock which was around 2 Kms. away and we elders going back to where we had started. It took another hour of strenuous walk to get back to Green valley and we were so tired that we decided to stop for a drink of hot hill tea. As we were busy drinking our tea we found to our delight our driver anxiously coming towards us from the opposite direction .We later learnt he had been searching for us for about couple of hours, we all wondered how he managed to take a U turn in that traffic and park our car half a kilometer up. Luckily for us the signals for our mobile revived and we could reach our children who were 2 Kms. down. We had no chance of going back to them because of the traffic jam and had to wait for their trek back consuming yet another hour. May be we had some good stars in our favour as well . Just as our children reached back a set of traffic cops came hurrying and cleared the traffic for movement and we reached Kodai town pretty soon. After a quick lunch we returned to our cozy home by 7 p.m. Though we had some anxieties in between all of us thoroughly enjoyed this great outing .

Here are some pictures for all to enjoy

Manjal Aaru (lake) view from Kodai hills

Manjal Aaru (lake) view from Kodai hills

Rat tail falls

Rat tail falls

The enchanting Kodai Lake

The enchanting Kodai Lake

tourists enjoying boat ride

tourists enjoying boat ride

Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Dhalia  in Btyant park

Dhalia

Blooms in Bryant Park

Blooms in Bryant Park

Asoka Pillar in Bryant park

Asoka Pillar in Bryant park

The Candy Man

The Candy Man

A View of Kodai town from Coaker's walk

A View of Kodai town

This is my corn

This is my corn

A Church

A Church

Silver falls

Silver falls

Bell flowers at Coaker's Walk

Bell flowers at Coaker's Walk

A view of mist filled valley from Coaker's Walk.

A view of mist filled valley from Coaker's Walk.

Church, built  by British

Church, built by British

Valley view -Coaker's walk

Valley view -Coaker's walk

Valley View

Valley View

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