December 18th was indeed a day to remember: it was a date with nature! Retreating to the Princess of Hill stations (Kodaikanal) was a well-deserved break from school and a lucky escape from Chennai’s scorching heat! My cousin from Trichy accompanied us on his trip to Kodaikanal. Bestowed with abundant beauty and timeless appeal Kodaikanal never fails to please its visitors. Being to Kodai was a blissful experience and to be able to witness nature’s beauty was sheer pleasure.
We started the new day on a spiritualistic note by chanting God’s name in Kurinji Andavar’s temple. From the House of God, one can catch a glimpse of Palani Hills.
Kodaikanal’s pleasant climate paired with some of the famous homemade Kodaikanal chocolates along with a piping hot cup of coffee and a chair to lay back on will never let the holiday-hangover pass by!
More sweet treats came our way, when we dropped by Pastry Corner and left home with a bag full of rich plum cakes, flavoured buns and tea cakes.
We then went over Coaker’s Walk where a gentle spell of rain made me feel like I was in paradise. The jaw-dropping picturesque view ensured that I wouldn’t ask for more. For the adventurer in me, the Kodaikanal Lake had a special surprise for me. Boating. The Kodaikanal Boat Club offers self-rowed boats, paddle boats and motor boats for its visitors. We opted for a motor boat. After boating, we hired bi-cycles and rode happily around the area. Another beautiful surprise in Kodainkanal is the Kurinji, a majestic flower, found exclusively here that is said to blossom only once in 12 years.
The evergreen memories of this Kodaikanal trip will never fade away from my memory. As they say, “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened,” I too continue smiling as I say it was indeed a wonderful date with nature!
Aishwaraya D. Kalro
Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, Chennai