|About:Thalaiyar Falls, also known as the Rat Tail Falls is located near Kodaikanal, Dindigul district Tamil Nadu, India. It is 975 feet (297 meters) tall and is the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu, the third highest in India and the 266th highest in the World. On a clear day Rat Tail Falls is visible from a great distance on a cliff face that juts out of the plains. Driving up the Ghat road, it appears across the valley as a long thin white strip of cascading water on a background of black rock. Rat Tail Falls is considered inaccessible to the general public, as there is no road to it, however it is a rewarding and challenging hike destination. The very edge at the top of the Falls has a concrete wall, two parts from either side concentrating the flow of water to focus the falls into a better rat tail shape. One can walk along the wall and get near the center of the Falls. Just below one wall is a large flat rock about 5ft wide. One can get down to the edge of it to look directly straight.|
|Address:Kodaikanal,Dindigul, Tamil Nadu,,India|
|Nearest City:Madurai 121 km|
|Best time to visit: April to June, and September to October, but can be visited throughout the year.|
|Summer – 19.80�C Winter – 17.30�C|
|Interesting places to Visit:|
|Silver falls:This is the first attraction that unfolds in front of a tourist on the Madurai – Kodaikanal road. The excess water in the Kodai Lake comes down as a fall at about 8 kms from Kodaikanal. It is like a pit stop for vehicles and tourists as there are shops selling fruits and other forest products.Kodaikanal – Lake:One of the main attractions for the tourists of Kodaikanal is the Kodai lake which is at a distance of 3kms from the bus stand. In 1863, Vera Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai settled in Kodaikanal after his retirement. He was the man of resource and creative ideas for this lake. By spending his own money he converted the marshy land with several streams of lake by constructing a strong bund and brought boats from Tuticorin. It is reported that the foreign resident’s even used to swim in the lake.|
Docters Delight (3 kms): Beyond the Pillar rocks is an old bluff on the way to Berijam Lake which commands a fine view.
Silver Cascade : The water falls may be seen as the tourist approaches Kodaikanal by the main Ghat road, it lies 8 kms away from the town.
Fishers Seat : (2 kms from Shenbaganur) is a curiously conical now in runis, erched on a precipice. From there one can see clouds raising above the jungle 3000 ft. below.
Dolphins Nose : (8 kms) From where one needs a good nerve to look at the yawning chasm below.
|How to reach?|
|Nearest Railway Station:Kodai Road.|
|Nearest Airport:Madurai (120)|
|Road Transport:Kodaikanal is well connected by road with the major cities and towns of the state.|
|Nearest Visiting places:.Kulkkal Cave : It is a favourite camping site ideal for trekking. It is 40 kms from Kodaikanal.Berijam Lake (21 kms): This lake supplies drinking water to Periakulam Town. It is of special attraction to anglers. The scenery around here is beautiful.Madurai:Madurai or is the oldest and second largest city of Tamil Nadu. This city is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers. The Pandyan king, Kulasekhara had built a gorgeous temple around which he created a lotus shaped city. It has been a center of learning and pilgrimage, for centuries. Legend has it that the divine nectar falling from Lord Shiva’s locks gave the city its name – ‘Madhurapuri’, now known as “Madurai”.Madurai is famous for its Meenakshi Temple, one of India’s biggest Temples which is dedicated to Meenakshi, the consort of lord Shiva. Exquisite sculptures, hall of thousand pillars, icons, photographs & illustrations make this Temple a famous tourist spot. The Temple is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. The Meenakshi temple complex is one of the largest and certainly one of the most ancient.|
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|Petrol Pump Kodaikanal ,Tamilnadu,India|
seven road junction, 14, bender lock road, kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101- 09943942996Kodai Resort
Coaker’s walk, Kodaikanal, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu -04542 240632
Kodai International Hotel
Post Box 33 17/328 Laws Ghat Road Kodaikanal
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|Police Station:Police Station Madurai Police Station Dindigul|