Shembaganur Museum Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, 6 kilometres 3.7 mi from the bus-stand, founded in 1895, is open to the public except Tuesdays for viewing their outstanding taxidermy collection of more than 500 species of animals, birds and insects and a living collection of over 300 exotic orchid species. The museum is affiliated with Loyola College in Chennai and exhibits artifacts of the ancient Palaiyartribes people whose descendants still live in these hills.
Silver Cascade Falls Silver Cascade, 8 kilometres 5.0 mi from at a wide bend in the long and winding Laws Ghat Road, at altitude 1,800 metres 5,900 ft, is a 55-metre 180 ft waterfall formed from the outflow of Kodaikanal Lake.The water quality is reportedly poor and not good enough for bathing. This impressive waterfall is a popular stop for first-time visitors. There are a few souvenir and fruit vendors and many monkeys here. There is also a smaller but more serene waterfall below the bridge which crosses the stream here
Kookal Cave Kookal is a Panchayat village of terrace farmers at the far western end of the Palani Hills in block of Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu state, South India. Elevation is 1,890 metres 6,200 ft. Kookal is notable for the high biodiversity of the area.Many of these wilderness areas and various wildlife may be seen while trekking in the area of Kookal. It is not safe to trek in the area without a local guide.
â€¢ The Kookal cave are ancient rock shelters that show traces of and are believed to be home to the descendants of the original Palaiyar meaning old ones tribes who used to wear leaf clothing. The caves are overhanging slabs of different types of metamorphic rocks called charconite and granulite. Till the mid-1980s, over 30 families resided on the hill top, where a small temple is located.
To reach Kookal Caves, travel by bus from Kodaikanal to Poombarai and begin walking northwest. After walking through geranium plantations, and pine and wattle forest, the Kookal Forest Rest house can he reached. From there is a 8 kilometres 5.0 mi trail to the Kookal natural rock cave formations on a hill top. This stretch is leech-infested and best avoided during the monsoon.
Tourists are required to get permission from the Forest Department to visit Kookal or trek in the forest areas. Please contact: Government of Tamil Nadu, Tourist Office, Annasalai, Kodaikanal, 624 101, Tamil Nadu, India. PH; 04542- 241675. A trekking map is available from them. Bison Wells Lodge has a panoramic view of the eastern slopes of Kookal ridge.
Pillar Rocks Pillar Rocks, 8 kilometres 5.0 mi from the bus-stand, is a set of three giant rock pillars which stand 122 metres 400 ft high. Managed by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, The viewpoint can be crowded but is not commercialized. There is an excellent public garden adjacent to the viewpoint.
No Entry Fee
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