referred to as the "Princess of Hill Stations". Kodaikanal
is popularity known as Kodai. It lies in the district of
Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India at an Altitude of 2133 meters above
sea level with an area of 21.45 Sq. Kms. with Population of
32,931 (2001Censes) Annual Rainfall of 165 Cm (average) heavy
rain season is between October and December. The climate
is salubrious with summer temperatures of 19.8°C
(max) and 11.3°C
(min) and winter temperatures of 17.3
History of Kodaikanal Lake:
Kodaikanal Lake which forms the heart of the
resort is a star shaped lake, covering an area of about 24
hectares. Kodaikanal Lake was created in 1863 by Sir
Hendry Levinge. He was previously the Collector of Madurai,
who retired and settled in Kodaikanal. He constructed the
bund to form a lake and stocked the lake with fish. He
brought the first boat from Tuticorin. In 1890, a boat
club was formed. In 1910 a new boat house was constructed.
The boat service was opened to the public and tourists in 1932.
Since then Kodaikanal has been the most popular hill station of
south India. Boat Pageant and flower show held during the
summer festival are now the added attractions for tourists.
Rapid Assessment Survey of Kodaikanal Lake