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Kodaikanal Weekend Trip on 5,6 June 2010   (published in India)

June 22, 2010 by   Comments(0)


This past weekend, several volunteers hopped on a van to escape the Madurai heat and headed into the cool and breezy Western Ghats, the mountainous region between the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We stayed in Kodaikanal, the most popular of the “hill stations”, where we spent 2 nights trekking and touring the natural scenery.

Saturday, volunteers trekked for either 3 or 5 hours across the hills, learning about the local fauna and witnessing the spectacular views over the mountain range from the Pillar Rocks. In the afternoon, a van was hired to bring everyone around to local sightseeing areas and lakes.

Sunday morning, volunteers walked Coaker’s Walk, a small trail with beautiful views of the mountain villages and mountains set up by British colonists. We spent the afternoon at the site’s biggest tourist attraction, the town’s lake and its adjacent gardens at Bryant’s Park. While some of us rode horses around the lake, others enjoyed the gardens or rented a paddleboat to explore the lake. Local traders and craftsmen provided great shopping; from the small stands and vendors surrounding the lake, one could buy chocolate, dried fruit, tea, or woodcrafts.

Overall, the weekend was a perfect respite from hustle, bustle, and heat of the city of Madurai – volunteers took in gorgeous views of the mountains, made tracks across one of the most picturesque areas of southern India, and learned about the nature of the area in the process.

Contributed by John Qua


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Kodaikanal Weekend Trip on 5,6 June 2010
Kodaikanal Weekend Trip on 5,6 June 2010