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Destinations in this region: Palani Hills
Kodaikanal’s history goes back to the pre historic times. The Dolems home, from the Chera Dynasty, made of great stome slabs found in the city, speaks of the city’s pre historic connection. The first inhabitants of Kodaikanal were Palaiyar, who were tribal and flourished before the current era i.e. BCE.
Sangam Literature, belonging to the early Christian era also includes some details about the city. The Pulyans ruled here during the 14th century. The fear of invasion of Tipu Sultan forced the people of Palani Foot hills to leave the village and settle in the Kodi hills.
The first British identity to set foot on the land of Kodiakanal was Lt. B.S. Ward in the year 1821. For them, Kodaikanal became the safe haven for the scorching summers of other parts of Tamil Nadu. Some of the renowned British personalities to have visited this scenic town were - C R Cotton Judge who was a sub collector and Dr. Weight. Dr.Fane, who got two houses constructed here.
Koidakanal got its first church in 1860 and further a lot many developments were taken place in event of the visits of the prominent leaders like Governors of Madras Sir Charles Travelyon and Lord Napier during 1860 and 1871.
The first train service was started in 1875 when the route from Chennai to Madurai and Tuticorin was extended.
Travel within city
Travelling within Kodaikanal is very easy, as the town is very small and every part of the town can be easily accessed through walk. There are buses available from travelling from the foothills to the hill station. The hill station region is very well planned out and all regions lie close by.
You can also opt for bus travel from the Kodaikanal foothills to the main hill station area. Bus fares in Kodaikanal will range around Rs 10 to 20, depending on the class of travel (luxury or semi deluxe).
Cycles are also available in Kodaikanal for rent, and these are much preferred by tourists and locals alike. You can rent out a cycle or a bike for a day in order to travel around Kodaikanal and charges for renting a bike will be around Rs 300 to 350. This is the generally preferred mode of travel.
While travelling within Kodaikanal, you can walk to all the destinations easily. This is one of the advantages of spending your vacation in Kodaikanal. Almost all the major attractions, including Guna Caves, the Kodaikanal Lake
and the central street where all shops are present can be easily reached through walk.
Kodaikanal is a safe haven for all tourists, and you can walk around during night time without any qualms whatsoever.
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