Kodaikanal Lake in Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal Lake Overview

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Kodaikanal's star attraction - Kodaikanal Lake is a man-made water body that covers an expanse of 60 acres. Visited and re-visited by countless tourists every year, this star-shaped lake lies in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.

The north-western Palani Hills in the surroundings complement the beauty of the lake. By far the most iconic geographical landmark of the hill station- Kodaikanal Lake was created in the year 1863 by Sir Vere Henry Levinge, the former Collector of Madurai.

The lake is fed by the waters that roll down from the Palani Hills, which receive an annual rainfall of 1650 mm. The surface elevation of the lake is 6911 feet above sea level, and boasts of a shore length of 9 km. The maximum and average depth of this water body is 35.6 feet and 9.7 feet, respectively.

The outflow from this lake forms a beautiful waterfall called Silver Cascade. Measuring 180 feet in height, the Silver Cascade is a captivating attraction.

For the development of tourism, a boat club and boathouse has been set up on the lakeside. During summers, boat pageant and flower shows are common activities at the Kodaikanal Lake.

The aqua fauna of this lake is unique and worth-mentioning. Macophytes of many types can be found in the lake. In addition to these, there are aquatic insects, Danio aequipinnatus, Rasbora daniconius and Gambusia affinis. Among the fishes, rainbow trout and common carp are widely found.

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    For many Bollywood and regional filmmakers, Kodaikanal Lake has been an important setting. In the beginning of the movie Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander (1992), starring Aamir Khan and Ayesha Jhulka, sights of Kodaikanal Lake are shown.
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Kodaikanal Road, Kodaikanal, 624101, Tamil Nadu