The City of Kodaikanal or Kodai is one of the best hill stations in India. The name means "Gift of the Forest" in Tamil and is also known as the Princess of Hill Stations. Kodaikanal was mostly a jungle occupied by the Palaiyar tribal people before the British decided to develop it as a get away from the high temperatures of the plains. This happened long back in the 1800s. At about 7,200 feet above sea level kodai has a cool climate throughout the year and is a very popular destination during the summers.
Bryant Park was built by a forest officer H.D.Bryant from madurai in 1908. It is a mini botanical garden. While it is spread across 20 acres and has flower shows in the summer, when we went it was nothing more than a big park with disproportionate entry fees.
The only face savers were a couple of good photo locations. Otherwise the park had nothing to offer at all. So I would suggest to visit the Park only if you are sure that the flowers are blooming or a flower show is going on.
There was only one tree that surprised me which was the Rose Tree. I haven't seen a rose tree yet, I didn't even know they existed.
Rose Tree In Bryant Park Kodaikanal
Roses In Bryant Park Kodaikanal
Trees in Bryant Park Kodaikanal
Bushes In Bryant Park Kodaikanal
Green House In Bryant Park Kodaikanal
Brocolli Like Plant In Bryant Park Kodaikanal
Green Plants In Bryant Park Kodaikanal
Bird Nests In Bryant Park Kodaikanal
The Greenhouse was a bigger disappointment. Its never a good experience inside the hot humid glass structure, and one can only bear it to see something unusual. But the green house here didn't have anything worth a second look. To top it, photography wasn't allowed in the Green House.
I will try and plan a trip during the flower show and visit Bryant Park, otherwise I am not going here again.
Bryant Park - A Travelogue
A Thorough Dissapointment
Lower Shola Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101 India
Reviewed by Sougata Khan on .