Lake / Backwaters
#1 of 20 Places to Visit in Kodaikanal
Distance (From Kodaikanal Bus Station): 1 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto / Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 1 km from Kodaikanal Bus Station, Kodai Lake is an artificial, star-shaped lake situated in Kodaikanal town. It is the most famous landmark of Kodaikanal & one of the top tourist places to visit in Kodaikanal town. The lake is often represented in promoting Kodaikanl Tourism.
Spread across an area of 60 acres, the Kodai Lake was built in 1863. Sir Vere Henry Levinge, then Collector of Madurai, was instrumental in creating the lake. The lake is surrounded by beautiful valleys, boat club, and buildings from colonial period. There is a walk way around the lake that offers wonderful views of the place. The 5 kilometers path that skirts the periphery of this lovely lake is a favorite walk for the locals and tourists alike.
Rowboats and pedal boats can be hired at the Boat Club. Horses and bicycles can be hired beside the lake for short periods. Cycling around the lake is a favorite activity for kids and adults as well. There are several shops around the lake that sell woolen cloths, toys, eateries, etc.
The out flow of lake water runs through Silver Cascade Waterfalls, 8 kms from Kodai town. Bryant Park is situated towards the South-East corner of the lake.
Boat Club Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Boating Charges (for 30 minutes):
2 Seater Pedal Boat - Rs. 60
4 Seater Pedal Boat - Rs. 120
Shikara Boat (2 Persons) - Rs 275
Canopy - Rs. 30 per person + Rs. 40 Boatman charge
Boating is Free for children below 5 years.