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Kurinji Temple

Visit this peaceful temple to see a fine example of Dravidian-style architecture and enjoy sweeping views of Kodaikanal’s rolling green countryside.

The tranquil Kurinji Temple sits on the top of a mound overlooking the picturesque green hills of Kodaikanal. It’s a place to experience welcoming spirituality and admire the colorful Dravidian architectural style, which is common in South India. Kurinji Temple celebrates the Hindu god Lord Muruga and was built in the 1930s. It takes its name from the kurinji, a purplish-blue flower that blossoms once every 12 years on Kodaikanal’s hill slopes.

A major highlight of the temple is its main gopuram (gateway). Take time to appreciate the gateway’s multilevel tower adorned with intricately carved designs and brightly colored god icons. Observe the busy hive of activity outside the temple, where approaching pilgrims purchase flowers and incense from the animated hawkers. Step through the huge wooden doors to feel a sense of serenity and check out the various shrines. Watch respectfully as devotees ask for blessings and lay gifts at the feet of the deities.

Many people come to the temple for its spectacular views. Gaze out across terraced fields and undulating landscapes. Spot the surrounding Palani Hills and the rooftops of small hamlets. Ask a local about the next estimated blossoming of the kurinji flower, when the hills are covered with a carpet of vividly colored blue flowers.

The temple is about a 10-minute drive from the town center of Kodaikanal. Auto-rickshaws, public buses and taxis provide easy and regular access to the temple throughout the day. Alternatively, walk to the temple following the pleasant 40-minute uphill path from Kodaikanal Lake. While at the temple, be sure to browse the cluster of handicraft shops for wooden sculptures and religious paraphernalia, among other souvenir items.

Kurinji Temple is open daily and admission is free. This is an active temple so dress appropriately and be respectful of the worshippers.


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The Carlton

The Carlton

Lake Road, Kodaikanal
4.5
of 5, from 25 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Kodaikanal resort is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bryant Park, Kurinji Temple and Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal. American University of India and Kodaikanal Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$57
Treebo Abirami Residency

Treebo Abirami Residency

3/20 Observatory Road,, Kodaikanal
3.4
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kodaikanal, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bryant Park, Kurinji Temple, and Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal. American University of India and Kodaikanal Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$61
Sterling Kodai Lake

Sterling Kodai Lake

44, Gymkhana Road, Lake View, Kodaikanal
3.4
of 5, from 22 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bryant Park, Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal, and Kurinji Temple. American University of India and Kodaikanal Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$36
OYO 1870 Hotel RT Hill View

OYO 1870 Hotel RT Hill View

Plot No 18/2-18/2-4, Observatory Road, Kodaikanal
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kodaikanal, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bryant Park, Kurinji Temple, and Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal. American University of India and Kodaikanal Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$61
Benzz Park - Kodai

Benzz Park - Kodai

4/8, Sivanadi Road, Kodaikanal
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kodaikanal, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kurinji Temple and Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal. Bryant Park and American University of India are also within 3 mi (5 km).

La Flora Highland Paradise Res

La Flora Highland Paradise Res

Kurinji Andavar Koil Side Road, Kodaikanal
0.0 out of 5.0
$27
OYO 1363 Woody's

OYO 1363 Woody's

4/17/70 Convent Road, Kodaikanal
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kodaikanal, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bryant Park, Kurinji Temple, and Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal. American University of India is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

$17
OYO 8723 Hotel Mount View Kodaikanal

OYO 8723 Hotel Mount View Kodaikanal

Plot No.1, Opp Hotel Kodai International, Kodaikanal
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Kodaikanal, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kurinji Temple and Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal. Bryant Park and American University of India are also within 2 mi (3 km).