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Kurisadimeth: A place every nature lover must visit in Kodaikanal

When the surroundings where I exist most of the time starts to distract me, I gear up for a retreat. And that will be a journey to some unknown destinations. I often prefer going somewhere the air is fresh and cold. Kodaikanal is one such place where I go more frequently these days. Over the time I explored many such places here and that experiences brought me more close to this beautiful hill station. Kookal, Vattakanal, Manavannur, Poombarai etc are few of them.Β I am very grateful that each place visited here was unique and has given me some of the best travel experiences. So this time also, I was searching for such a place in Kodaikanal and one of my friends suggested me to visit Kurisadimeth. After visiting Kookal village last time, never expected I could find another better place in Kodaikanal.

Kurisadimeth is very near to the main town. So on the way, I was wondering how it is possible to find such a quiet place closer to the town. When I asked for taxi drivers to drop me at Kurisadimeth, some of them refused and some pointed their hands upwards to show where the place is. Though I was not able to see anything in the direction they pointed, I was happy that I am surely going upwards again. After few minutes of intense talk about the taxi fare, started my journey. As we left the town and started our climb, the driver realised that he has to go more than he expected. He kept asking me how I found out this place after each and every steep climb.

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view of Kurisadimeth from the guest house

Kurisadimeth is not a known place in Kodaikanal. It is a small area, with few people living around. Most of the people depend on agriculture. This place is very near to the forest. The only people coming to Kurisadimeth are those coming to one guest house situated here. So it is less crowded and not much polluted by the hustle and bustle of the nearby city.

The taxi driver asked for some extra money since the place is much far and higher than his expectation. I was glad about the view from the place as soon as I am out of the taxi. Went to the guest house and checked into the room. After a cup of tea, the next plan was to hike into the forest. A guide was waiting outside. I asked the guide to show me the best places he knows. He just smiled and started walking. I just had to follow him. He clearly understood what I was looking for and the best things were waiting for me on the way.

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the trails

Some of the most precious moments of life are when we are in a conversation with ourselves. When we are calm, undisturbed by unwanted thoughts, when our eyes open to the magic of nature, we feel connected to our surroundings, we will slowly start hearing our inner voice. That’s the best moment any person who loves to explore look for. And each place will reveal a different perspective of our existence. The connection we feel at that moment will make you realise the oneness of whatever exist in this universe.

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nothing better than the silence here

We walked through the forest for hours, until night. We walked past the pine forest, jumped over many small streams, visited villages, saw many wildflowers, collected pine cones and explored many trails that lead deep into the wild. That day, I was a kid dancing to the rhythm of nature.

How to reach?

Kurisadimeth is about 4 km from Kodaikanal bus terminal. From the town, you have to take the Observatory Road. Taxis are available from the town itself. They will normally charge around 400-500 INR. If they are not aware of the name Kurisadimeth, tell them Misty Mountains (either of it will work most probably).

Accommodation

Other than the only guest house I mentioned before, there is no other option for accommodation. Either you can stay there or come back to the town.

The guest house has some basic rooms and it is located on the top a hill, from there you can have a good view of the entire area. Tents can also be pitched inside the property.

Things to do in Kurisadimeth

This place is picturesque and serene. If you are a person who enjoys the quietness and wants to spend some time simply looking at the mountains, this is the place for you.

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the misty mountains

Guides are available, they will take you inside the forest and to the nearby villages.

The night sky is very beautiful, so go outside at night, sit somewhere and just look up. You will see many wonders up there.

Also read about Kookal, another picturesque village you must explore in Kodaikanal.

If you like to tell your friends about this beautiful place, feel free to share on social media.

All your suggestions, feedbacks and queries can be shared in the comment section below.

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53 comments
  1. It looks like the perfect place to explore and stay in when you want a secluded getaway. I love that there is only one place to stay and there is so much beautiful nature around!

    1. Thanks Claudia..Am glad that you liked this small village in Kodaikanal. Kurisadimeth is a must visit place if you like offbeat destinations.

  2. Absolutely beautiful!

    1. Thanks Emily.

  3. Misty Mountains sounds perfect. Bookmarking it for our next vacation πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Nandita, You should definitely visit Kurisadimeth on your next visit to Kodaikanal. It is such an amazing place.

  4. I’m not a big outdoor person but this looks amazing. When I lived in Oregon, it was soooo easy to enjoy the outdoors because it was just beautiful!

    1. Thanks Candy

  5. Kurisadimeth looks like a great place to have a digital detox and just relax

    1. Thanks Odette..You are absolutely right. The magic of the place will give you a different experience.

  6. Your photos are great! Kurisadimeth looks like a beautiful place.

    1. Thanks Samantha

  7. I love that forest! I am a real tree lover and live in the woods now. I could just pitch a tent and never leave.

    1. Thanks Alicia

  8. Kurisadimeth looks like a great place to enjoy a nature hike or walk. I think it would also make for a great place for nature photography!

    1. Thanks Jennifer…Am glad that you liked Kurisadimeth. The forest here is a good place for short hikes. A must visit place in Kodaikanal.

  9. This looks like a fun site .. I love the greens and blues you captured.
    I’m a panoramic fan that makes my eyes stare at it.

    Do Visit : Natural Tour

    1. Thanks Musanna

  10. It is amazing finding such a peaceful enviroment so near the city. I have sometimes experienced similarly here in Switzerland.

    1. Thanks Nati. Am glad that you liked the place and were able to relate to it.

  11. I had never heard of this location, but it looks great! Thank you for showing us a new place in the world.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth, Am glad that you liked the place

  12. There’s nothing better than being able to go to a quaint area off the beaten path and enjoy the peace that it brings. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Tali…Happy that you liked the place.

  13. Oh how beautiful Jithin. No wonder they call it the misty mountains, the scenery is surreal. I’m not sure I’d ever want to leave. So stunning

    1. Hi Michelle, I am sure you will not feel like leaving this place once you are here.

  14. I have never heard of Kodaikanal before, but the pictures you have taken make me want to visit. It seems like a great place to find some inner quiet and reflect.

  15. What a great place to get away and enjoy nature at its finest! I can’t imagine how relaxing it would be to stay out there with the busy world out of reach I was admiring the beautiful flowers that lined part of the hiking trail as well!

    1. Thanks Clair. Am very glad that you liked the place.

  16. The place has really a large forest reserve. It would really be refreshing just being surrounded by nature.

    1. You are right Frank, Kurisadimeth is nearby forest and the place is so beautiful

  17. There’s nothing like connecting and grounding oneself with nature. Beautiful place.

    1. Thanks Ty, Am glad that you liked the place.

  18. To be frank, I am rather wary of very remote areas like this. I would probably go back to the main town while there is still daylight. Thank you for the virtual tour there.

  19. What an absolutely wonderful place. I too find that getting out in nature is very good for my spirit. Kurisadimeth sounds like it is well worth the effort to get there.

    1. Hi Regina, I completely agree with you. Kurisadimeth is well worth for the effort to get there.

  20. wow, this looks like a lovely off-the-beaten-track kind of place.

  21. The whole thing seems so calm and peaceful!

  22. The forest looks great! Is this in India or Sri Lanka? Happy travelling

    1. Hi Lee, This place is in India. Kodaikanal is one of the major hill station in the southern part of the country.

  23. Kurisadimeth looks like a great place to visit! I like how there are many outdoor activities one can take from going to the forest to the mountains.

  24. What a beautiful place! It looks like the perfect place to explore and also relax. I would love to spend a few days or even a week there just taking it all in.

  25. I like how you put things simply as it is (extra charges) and focuses on the peace and serenity of the location. I’m sure this is a place for one to meditate n look at life.

  26. This is a beautiful place! In what country is this located? πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Jennifer, It is India.

  27. I actually never heard of Kurisadimeth, but it looks so amazing! A great place for the outdoor fans! I read a lot of unknown stuff about India lately, I think it is becoming more and more popular!

    1. Thanks Jo

  28. Looks like a wonderful region to explore, I totally love misty mountains and their mysterious atmosphere. I think every trip needs a stop in such a pretty and relaxing place!

    1. Hi Julien, you are right. Kurisadimeth is such a pretty and relaxing place. Am glad that you like it.

  29. Such a beautiful place. I am a huge nature lover. It is important to me to find nature especially near big cities. This is just a fantastic escape.

    1. Thanks Joella, am glad that you liked it

  30. The view of those misty mountains in the back is breath taking! πŸ™‚
    It’s so lovely when you find such a place, like Kurisadimeth in your case, that it’s not far, but it seems like kilometers away. So serene, not crowded, with lush nature… A perfect spot to go and rest, to take it slow for few days.
    Love it, thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Danijela

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