The greater Western Ghats mountain range holds an amazing peak, over the lap of Enchanting Tamil Nadu, known as Perumal Peak. Best known among the trekkers as the heavenly trail & as one of the best snapshot spots among the photographers. Elevated at a height of 2,440 m from the sea level, this scenic beauty speaks for itself among the visitors. Especially in the morning when the atmosphere holds humidity and the breeze hits you with a subtle chill, it gives you Goosebumps along with an unforgettable piece of memory.
This product of nature’s craft is located at a distance of 18 kilometers from Kodaikanal, at Perumalmalai Village between Kodaikanal and Palani. The accessibility mode to this destination is quite flexible as one can choose between Bus, Taxis or any private vehicles. Buses are regular here so there is nothing to be worried about getting annoyed waiting long for the wagon to paradise. Meanwhile, the transport arrives, get yourself mentally prepared to witness one another heaven on the earth and believe this, you won’t be disappointed. It takes around 4 hrs to slide up and back down this hill.
The place is wide open from 6 to 6, morning till evening, all week long. Yes! No one is missing the dawn & the dusk. Now, though the suggested period to visit this peak generally is from December to April, there are two different timings for visiting this place depending on your aimed activity. Visitors with adventurous intentions like hiking, trekking, mountain biking and camping should visit this place from December to April & the visitors with photographic and nature watching interests should visit this place by May or June as the summer fades out and the autumn fades in.
Photography in monsoon has its own signature touch to the snaps but considering the trails, one may have to be cautious as it would be slippery at that period. There is no eligibility criteria or prior trekking experience required for this trail. The difficulty level of this trek is normal but the experience is exquisite.
One another saying less known by the distant public but the natives state that this hill was once a volcano which stopped erupting around 1000 years ago. Now it stands there like frozen cold peak decorated with the best of nature’s garlands in form of falls, mountainous curves, trees and many other natural organics overwhelmed to welcome and embrace human presence. The higher you climb, the closer you get to the sky and the closer you get to the sky the cozier it gets.
The closest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai, at about 120 kilometers. Apart from that Trichy and Coimbatore airport is also there to switch as per individual convenience, at 150 & 175 km away, respectively. From the airport, you can easily get a bus to Kodaikanal.
Bus services are available from the cities of Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Chennai and other major cities.
By rail, one can get down at Kodai Road, which is about 100 km away from the town. From Kodai, you can take a taxi. There is no other alternative for this section of the journey as the taxis are the only way of transport.
From Chennai, Kodaikanal is 439 kilometers and from Bangalore, it is 305 kilometers. Its 3.5 kilometers away from Madurai, keeping the tank full would be smartness as there are limited gas stations or petrol pumps on the way.