he most crowded tourist season in Kodaikanal is during the summer
mid-April to mid-June. The best time to visit is when the monsoon season
is coming to an end, usually during end-August and early September. December
and January are good too, but you need to have a liking for nippy weather
and plenty of warm clothing to make the most of this holiday town.
nature and glorious landscapes give you a high, August and September may
not be the ideal time due to the mist that rolls around the hills like
an erratic vagabond.
rarely climb higher than 22-24C during summer but drop down to around
4-5C during winter. Officially the off-season is on from June 16 to March
youll need woollies for the evening almost all year round. If youre
keen on doing some trekking in the sholas (forests), pack
sturdy walking shoes and insect repellent.
your car for the 1100km round trip, a routine service would suffice. Key
areas to check are tyre pressures because the road affords high speeds;
brakes, especially for the steep roads 50km before Kodaikanal; and the
lights if you happen to drive by night.
When in Tamil
Nadu . . ....do as the Tamilians
plantations on the road from Kodai to Vilpatty. Watch out for wild
boars darting across.
do, in plain
language speak Tamil. Hindi is treated like an ostracised son and
English is rarely bothered with. So what we bring you is a simple guide
to a few choice phrases in Tamil that can take you places in Tamil Nadu.
can I get petrol?
there a hotel nearby?
do I get to Trichyfrom here?
Trichyku eppadi poradhu?
do I get to Kodaikanal from here?
Kodaikanala eppadi poradhu?
there a place to staythe night nearby?
pakathilley edum kedaikumah?
there a mechanic nearby?
me, are you Veerappan?