An Enthralling Kodaikanal Safari Experience

Nicknamed the ‘Princess of Hills’, the hilly town of Kodaikanal is set amidst grassy hills, beautiful lakes, forested valleys, stunning waterfalls and granite cliffs. Situated at an elevation of 2000 m above sea level, it is centrally located around the star-shaped man-made Kodaikanal Lake, which is bordered by the lush green forests.

Kodaikanal is among the most beautiful tourist places in Tamil Nadu and attracts thousands of tourists every year. One of the top tourist activities that you can try out in the hill station is an adventurous Kodaikanal safari.

Away from the confines of everyday life, the Kodaikanal wildlife safari explores the wilderness of the hill station. If you are a wildlife enthusiast and nature photographer, the wildlife tours and jeep safaris in Kodaikanal will surely give you a taste of the rich biodiversity that the hill station has to offer.

Wildlife Safari in Kodaikanal

Palani Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park

Established as a protected zone in 2008, Palani Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park span a massive 736.87 km. The wildlife sanctuary houses several hills and mountains within its premises. The Wild Ox, Nilgiri Tahr, Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Royal Bengal Tiger and Indian Elephant can be spotted at Palani Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park.

The sanctuary also proffers 26 stunning waterfalls that are a delight to the eyes. These waterfalls serve as the source of nourishment for the wild in the national park.

a tiger

a monkey on a branch

Berijam Lake

Created by a dam with sluice outlets, Berijam Lake is a reservoir near the town of Kodaikanal in the upper Palani hills. The reservoir is bustling with a wide variety of flora and fauna, making it a perfect place to go on Kodaikanal wildlife safaris. The enamouring Berijam Lake draws several animals to its shores. At the lake, you can even hear the eerie calls of the Nilgiri Langur and spot many species of birds.

Some of the unique species of birds at the reservoir are Pale-rumple Swallow, Pariah Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle, Blyth’s Reed-warbler Stock and Edible-nest Swiftlet. Among the animals, keep an eye out for the Malabar Giant Squirrel, Nilgiri Langur and Barking Deer.

Apart from safaris, visitors can try out a number of different activities at the reservoir, such as bird watching and fishing.

Night Safari in Kodaikanal

The night safari is among the most thrilling activities in Kodaikanal. Even though the experience is not recommended for the faint-hearted, it is still one of the preferred activities among visitors. The Kodaikanal night safari is a one-of-a-kind experience and gives you a peek into the lives of the nocturnal creatures. Apart from observing the animals in their natural habitat, you also get a chance to soak in the astonishing views of Palani Temple!

a pride of lions in the dark

On your visit to the hill station, pamper yourself to a pleasant stay at the 5-star hotel in Kodaikanal - The Carlton. The resort is stationed on the banks of Kodaikanal Lake. It offers spacious rooms and suites, delectable dining outlets and other grand facilities. It is also located close to several tourist attractions in Kodaikanal.