Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station with numerous enchanting picnic spots and magnificent view points strewn all around. If you are willing to travel a bit more from Kodaikanal there is lots more to see near Kodaikanal. The forest drive via Theni to Munnar is an experience in itself although the roads aren't the best!
Munnar famous for Neelkurinji, like Kodaikanal, is by far the most popular hill station in Kerala. Munnar is lush green all through the year, the tea estate gives Munnar the look of a green blanket cover. About 15kms from Munnar is Eravikulam National Park famous for the Nilgiri Thar. Mattupetty, which is 13 kms from Munnar is popular for the indo-swiss livestock project and landscape
There is a route through dense forest that connect Kodaikanal to Munnar via Theni
Trek to Thalaiyar Falls
Thalaiyar Falls is considered inaccessible as there is no road leading to it. It is possible to trek to the bottom of the falls in summers. The day long 15 km trek starts at the Manjalar Dam.
The trek route passes through Amma Machhu beyond which its a climb up along the stream. The trek can get very tricky and difiicult with increasing size of the boulders to reach the magnificent pool at the bottom of the falls.
Berijam Lake - Kodaikanal
Berijam Lake is a big artificial lake in the upper regions of palani hills. It is a fine picnic spot offering beautiful scenery. It is 21 Kms from the Kodaikanal lake, Periyakulam town gets drinking water from the lake.
Pillar Rocks & Devil's Kitchen - Kodaikanal
Located 8 kilometers from the Kodaikanal town, Pillars Rocks is one of the most popular short excursions from Kodaikanal. 400 gt high these three boulders are awe inspiring. One can trek upto the summit of the rocks around the hillside. The dark, deep chambers between the rocks are infested with bats and are perhaps aptly called Devilís Kitchen.