There are very little things a man can do when caught in the charms of beauty Kodaikanal offers to him. The name itself means ‘Gift of the forests’, and indeed it is a gift both to the eye and the heart. Adorned as the princess of all hills, Kodai is rather a queen which brings a royal magnificence and spreads it around for the whole world to rejoice. Yet, one feels the economic side of Kodai has pulled her into a place she never wish to tread. You could see plastics all around; rejected carry bags, paper, garbage that the consumerism of the tourism industry leaves her with at the end of the season. Yet the splendor of Kodai still remains etched in time.
There are lot that could be said about the princess. She has a history of being owned by the Palaiyar tribes in the very distant past and being visited by a variety of people which include American missionaries and English bureaucrats during the time of colonization. She has an exploding tourism industry that she holds ever so well on her back. Being a hotspot, I would rather warn you not to be mislead into what guides would offer you with, cause the beauty of Kodai should be felt by yourself, in her subtle change of skies, in her evil spread of mists, and her calm array of forests. Rather than using the powered transport, I would suggest a visitor to use the bikes available at a very minimal cost and to go out exploring Kodai’s vast beauty on your free will.
I am pretty certain that any of her visitors would find it hard to go away from the alluring force of Kodai. Yet, I had the pleasure of bidding her goodbye in the night. And in my descent the valley beneath offered me a sight to behold. A million lights were spread across, greeting me and my thoughts on that winter night. It pulled me out of Kodai’s prowess, and maybe asked me to continue my journeys into self discovery more so than ever. So anyone who has the pain of bidding adieu to the princess, I would suggest you do it at night, because I assure the charm of the valley at night would wipe away the tears in your eyes.