Gift of the Forest

“If you’re not travelling, you’re not living actually”

Travelling is something that keep me alive, keeps me motivated. As the summer started heating up the Chennai, I was seeking for the cool & calm place. So the journey begins from the 31 degrees to 13 degrees, to the picturesque place situated at 2133 meters above sea level in Palani hill range on the western ghats – Kodaikanal, which is popularly known as Princess of Hill stations. The lush green forest over the blue mountains & the cold breeze made us to appreciate the creation of god.

Bicycle riding in Kodaikanal

Bicycle riding in Kodaikanal

A mesmerizing ride

Few moments ago it was raining  & after that everything was clear & fresh. The climate was so romantic & there was some magic in the air. We got our bicycles & ready to paddle through the steep ups & downs of the hills. Nothing can compare the simple joy of riding a bicycle. While going up the hill, it’s tiresome & sometimes frustrating but the pleasure of coming down over the steep winding road was overwhelming. Same applies to our life; to get the pure joy & happiness we have to overcome the difficulties & sorrows. If we push ourselves to the limits, we are getting closer to the god.

Life is like a riding a bicycle, to keep our balance, we must keep moving.

Coaker's Walk

Coaker’s Walk

Coakers Walk

On the southern side of Kodai, running along the edge of steep slope, there is a beautiful 1 kilometer pedestrian path was constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872. The walk over there provides a stunning panoramic views of the plains. When we visited, the rain was just stopped so the city was covered in the mist providing a poor visibility. But anytime, walking over this place is enjoyable. There is an observatory & telescope halfway along the walk. This place is very near from the town.

“That was a walk to remember, when I was walking above the clouds, above all like in heaven.”

Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal Lake

Built in 1863 amidst the kodaikanal town, this beautiful star shaped lake is a popular landmark & tourist spot. Boating facilities are available here. Visiting the lake in the evening is amazing because you can witness the fog is settling down on the lake. When sun abandons the sky & the whole town is covered under the thin blanket of mist, the calm & serene view of the lake is enchanting. The walking around the lake was a nice experience.

Pine Forest

Pine Forest

Pine Forests

The Pine trees were mesmerizing by there ambiance, which is truly a gift of mother nature. The time spent in Pine forest was excellent & I was just lost in the beauty of the scenic views. It is best place to spend time to experience most peaceful & memorable moments of life. In 1906, Mr. Bryant planned to grow precious timber & he started Pine plantations here. Still its ever green forest & please don’t destroy it for god’s sake else next generation will never forgive us.

“While walking through the gigantic trees made me feel smaller & protected by the mother nature.”

View of fields over the valley

View of fields over the valley

Beautiful Farm Fields

While descending on the slopes down into the nearby villages over the winding roads, the scenery over the valley was breathtaking. Its like someone covered the earth with the beautiful blanket. The farmers were working in the fields & the animals gazing around. The things looks very small when you see from above, but you get the bigger picture, a better meaning. We visited a small cattle farm there. The location was perfect for the family picnic. Rain was playing a hide & sick with us and we were running with our cameras here & there. Anyway it was fun, it doesn’t happen everyday.

“Looking down from high altitude showed us how small are the things we care about.”

Pillar Rocks

Pillar Rocks

Pillar Rocks

The set of three gigantic rocks which stands 122 meters high are knows as Pillar rocks. For the view it is worth visiting even though it’s crowded. On the same route we can find the green valley view, suicide point and guna caves. These places offers just views over the valleys & there is nothing much to do rather than taking photographs.

So these moments were truly amazing.. I filled my lungs with fresh oxygen. Now I was ready to come back to Chennai. Even though we missed some of the places, even though we had lots of things to do, I was happy & content to leave it. There is always next time.

“Kodaikanal means gift of the forest. I just figured it out” 🙂

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