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Kodaikanal Lake is also acknowledged as Kodai Lake stands as one of the major attractions in Kodaikanal and is situated at a distance of 3 km from the main bus stand of the station. It is a manmade lake nestling in the district of Dindigul of the state of Tamil Nadu.
Sir Vere Henry Levinge, the then Collector of Madurai, after his retirement came to the town for settling there. He put in his efforts and creative ideas and turned out the marshy land into the streams of lake by creating a strong bund and brought boats from Tuticorin. It was also used as a swimming pool for the foreign residents.
The lake was constructed in the year, 1863, amidst the Kodaikanal town, which then had been developed by the British and early missionaries from USA. The lake is considered as the Kodaikanals most popular geographic landmark and tourist attraction.
With the time, the lake has established into a famous and a popular tourist destinations providing the facilities such as boat club, boathouse and boat service having rowing boats and pedaling boats and a public ferry, for the tourists and locales. The lake possesses an aesthetic significance for tourism. The lake also hosts quite a few vents like Boat Pageant and Flower Shows that take place in the summer season.