An expedition to ‘Summer Heaven’


Back again with the same spirits!! 🙂

Well, this post is all about a pleasure trip to Kodaikanal- ‘The Summer Heaven’. The 2-day jaunt was planned for 10th and 11th of April. Every time that I’m all set for a joyful trip, waking up at unearthly hours (hope 5 am is unearthly 😉 ) nettles me a little. Yet, the feeling of heading for the hills from the raging sun was the sole comfort.

Climbing up the hills is total fun, provided you don’t get the feeling of nausea. Cool breeze, hazy clouds and curvy roads would take away your breath. The hotel we checked in was quite neat and pleasant. Soon as I placed my foot on the floor, it literally started freezing. Even in the late morning, the grass remained wet as the sun rays didn’t drive the dew drops off. After breakfast, we set out to visit the following spots.


Run by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), the Kodaikanal Solar Physics Observatory carries out solar surface observations on a regular basis. The museum consists of a rich collection of pictures demonstrating the observations and they depicted us the solar image. It also has the exhibits of traditional pedalling lathe machines. Hmmm, had I visited this place in my school days, it would have fascinated me a bit more!!

Guna caves:

Previously called as ‘The Devil’s Kitchen’, this cave acquired its name after the famed Tamil movie ‘Guna’, a fact that everyone knows. Only after reaching the place I came to know that the caves are closed due to some fatalities that occurred in the past, which almost dashed my hopes 😦 And I could hear voices of guys screaming out the famous dialogues of the movie such as- “Manidhar unarndhu kolla idhu manidha kaadhal alla”!!

Green valley view:

A place that was once a death spot is now a touristic spot!! Yes, I’m talking about the ‘Suicide Point’. I wonder how people had zero percent courage to live but 100 percent courage to jump from such a high altitude!! Deep and dense, covered with fog, the view from behind the grills is enthralling!!

Pillar rock:

Three monolithic rocks standing one after another, wholly referred to as the ‘Pillar rock’ provides a vivid scene. The Guna Cave is sandwiched between the Pillar rock. The garden near the Pillar rock is a good place to relax. A variety of hybrid flowers especially, the Pansy flower caught my eyes.

Kodai Lake:

Kodai Lake is one of the most enchanting places in Kodaikanal, one should never miss to visit. Boating, cycling and horse riding are other aspects of lake visit. We went cycling around the lake blithely for more than half an hour (of course, it takes atleast half an hour to complete cycling the whole lake once!!), which is the best part of my 2-day trip. 🙂

Berijam lake:

I’m not sure if many people visit this place which is situated 21 kms away from Kodaikanal. This is one of the must-visit places, I’d say. After getting permission from the forest office, we started our journey to the Berijam forest. En route to the lake, there stands an observation tower from which one can have a panoramic view of Berijam lake. Wow, that was truly breathtaking!!

That is all about the places I visited in Kodai. But, wait!! Don’t try to escape!! I’ve got a point to convey!!

When we visited the Kodai Lake, my hands naturally pointed to the icecream stall over there 😉 My dad ordered icecreams for everyone. The man simply unwrapped the covers and gave us the icecream bars. He immediately put those wrappers into the biiig trash can that he had. When my dad asked why, the man replied – “Sir, everyone comes here to enjoy.. They never care about preserving the lake. If I don’t do this, in 5 minutes those covers would start flying here and there finally settling on the lake”. I thought he had a valid point. Following that was a short lecture. Not even 2 minutes had passed after this, I saw a person (who was of course listening to him) throwing the icecream stick down. That was awful!! 😦

Some people who read this might think that I’m wasting my time! Let it be.. I’d be happy if the awareness of preserving nature springs up in your nerves atleast for a few seconds!! 🙂

P.S: I realise that this post is too long! Please don’t judge me by this post. I’ll try to make the forthcoming posts shorter. I’ll TRY to! 😉