Stay: Tamara Kodai - Comfort & luxury at 6500 ft above sea level
Kodaikanal is a sought-after destination for both tourists and parents with children enrolled in its well-known boarding schools. Often referred to as the Princess of the Hills, the name "Kodaikanal" translates to "The Gift of the Forest" in Tamil. The initial inhabitants of Kodai were the Paliyar tribe, joined later in the 1800s by American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats, which is evident in the local architecture. Situated atop a hill at an elevation of 6500 ft, The Tamara Kodai is conveniently distanced from the main market, preserving its nostalgic old-world charm.