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Mannavanur Lake, Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal Lake, also known as Kodai Lake is a manmade lake located in the Kodaikanal city in Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu, India. Sir Vere Henry Levinge, the then Collector of Madurai, was instrumental in creating the lake in 1863, amidst the Kodaikanal town which was developed by the British and early missionaries from USA. The lake is said to be Kodaikanal's most popular geographic landmark and tourist attraction.Over the years a boat club, boathouse and boat service (with rowing boats and pedalling boats and a public ferry) for the public and tourists has become fully functional and is of aesthetic significance for tourism. Boat Pageant and Flower Shows are a regular feature in the summer season which attracts tourists.AccessA railway line extended from Chennai to Tirunelveli with an intermediate station at Ammaianayakkanur (later renamed Kodai Road) was built in 1875, to provide a gateway to Kodaikanal town and there on to the lake through a foot trek of 18 km from the railhead. The nearest railheads to the lake presently are the Kodai Road railway Station at 80 km and the Palani Railway station at 64 km distance, from the town. Madurai (at 121 km) and Coimbatore (at 135 km) airports are the closest to the Lake. Kodai Lake is well connected by road with regular bus services operating to Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Thiruchirapalli, Kumili, Erode, Bangalore and Coimbatore.
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  • The Mannavanur Lake is about 35 kilometers from Kodaikanal and we can reach there by road in 90 minutes to two hours.The real beauty of the lake and surroundings were visible when we started driving d...  more »
  • Mannavannur is a small beautiful village with grasslands.There is a lake .now not much water..coracle rides are there .they charge 75 rs per person..just take u few metres then it stops and then drop ...  more »
  • Visited at the time of August and found not much of water in the lake, even then the place looked wonderful and calm and very fewer tourists. Its a must place to visit if u go to Kodai.  more »