Kodaikanal is a hill station perched atop the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu. That's all I knew about it before I made my way there in August this year. With open eyes and a curious mind, I set out to explore this colonial hill station and fell madly in love with it. Sylvan beauty, a serene lake, misty mountains and some of the most charming cottages makes Kodaikanal an ideal mountain getaway.
It's a place you go to to relax, connect with nature, head out on biking trails and get beautifully lost in the surrounding forests. Parts of the town still remains quaint and untouched by the spree of tourists, where one can really connect with the surroundings and experience the old world charm of this beautiful place. For wanderers who like a bit of hustle bustle, the town has a few charming eateries and boutique shops where one can spend hours relaxing and exploring.
My stay in Kodaikanal was a charming homestay cottage just a ten minute walk from the main town. The space consists of two individual cottages with 1 bedroom, a living area, a kitchenette and a bathroom. The cottages are surrounded by gardens full of beautiful flowers, a small spa and organic fruits and veggies that the hosts use to prepare delicious meals for their guests.
My usual day in Kodi would be like this - wake up in my quaint cottage to a freshly brewed cup of coffee and spend the morning in the garden with sweet birds and ladybugs.
The afternoons were spent working in my room or doodling out in the garden. In the early evening, I would go for a walk around the lake or bike to the forest.
I ended my day in the town, exploring local eateries, cafes and shops before making my way back to the cottage.
My hosts at the cottage were extremely hospitable and sweet. Every time I returned home from my daily wanderings, some local delights like natural fruit ice-cream or freshly baked cakes and pies would be awaiting me in the room :)
One of my favorite things about Kodaikanal were the small, independent run eateries and coffee shops. While walking around town I discovered two such places that were wonderful - Cloud Street and Cafe Cariappa. The former is a restaurant that serves delicious food, from steaks to grills to freshly baked pizzas and Cafe Cariappa is a tiny coffee shop which has brought little Italy to Kodaikanal.
I am super grateful and appreciative to my host in Kodaikanal. Thanks Navin for sharing your beautiful space with me and helping me discover such beauty in Kodaikanal :)
Kodi made me a very happy wanderbug and I can't wait to share this happiness with all of you.