A large part of the state being on the coastal edge of the country, the weather is tropical and sultry for most part of the year. The summer months of April, May, June are hottest where temperature ranges to 40 degrees.
December and January are the peak months for Chennai. The temp ranges from 20-22 degrees. To avoid peak rush October is better. The weather in these months is pleasant and easy to bear the humidity.
Kodaikanal-Dolphin's Nose-Vallagavi-Kumbakkarai (8-km/5 mile) - It takes 5 to 6 hours. The return trip would be very rough and the hiking needs strong physique.
Kodai-Thopi thokki parai-Periyar Periyakulam - Roughly a 5 hours and 19-km/12 mile trek, includes steep rise and one can have a glimpse of Guar. Coffee plantations are in abundance.
Kodai-Vilpatty-Ganesapuram-Puliamarathope-Palani - A 6 hours trek of 16-km/10 mile distance, takes you to Vilpatty village and from there, a zig-zag steep path runs along the river Palar. Elephants may cross. Be alert.
Kukkal-Kudiraiyar Dam - A difficult 13-km/8 mile long trek route takes 5 hours for a trained trekker. Water falls, Sholas and deciduous forests will arouse interest. It is advisable to have a guide.
Pallangi-Poruthalur Dam -A 5-hour trek covering 14-km/9 mile runs through sholas, teak forests and plantations. It is advisable to have a guide.
Tips & Information for the tourists
Its better to hire a vehicle at the start point to pick up from downhill, to travel upwards to Kodai. For Trek details —
The DFO’s office (Ph: 04542-40287) sells a pamphlet called Sholas For Survival, which describes 17 local treks ranging from leisurely 8km walks to 27km full-fledged treks. This handy booklet provides a map and details the degree of difficulty for each trek.
Fishing is allowed at the lake with permits. Those who are interested in angling can contact the Inspector of Fisheries. A visit to Belgium Lake requires permission from the District Forest Officers’ (DFO) office, which is open from 9.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-6.00pm on weekdays. As only 10 permits are given every day, to avoid disappointments get yours the previous evening.