Located in the south end of western ghats at 6855ft above the sea level, the place is blessed with a sweet freshness in the breeze and a divine beauty in the hills with lush green grasslands, patches of thick ever green forests and wild flowers in yellow, purple, magenta and other exotic colors.
About 5.5 kms from the bus stop is a popular tourist attraction originally known as “Suicide Point” and now changed to ‘Green Valley View”. It is an awe inspiring view from the edge of the immediate slope of a cliff which goes almost vertically straight down for about 5000ft. A few kms trek from here is the “Pillar Rocks’, 3 gigantic granite rock boulders in a shoulder to shoulder formation rising from the green valley. Here you don't look up to see the clouds, you look down!
Don’t even consider coming here after dark. You can find many small holes which look like dark ditches. Slip into one of them and you’ll fall for about 500ft before landing in the ‘Devil’s Kitchen’. Throw a stick in it and you’ll see it disappear in the darkness and hear it crash after 10 seconds.
Devil’s kitchen is an infamous dark bat-infested cave formed between the boulders of the pillar rocks due to erosion of the soil from the top of the cliffs. Vicious as it sounds, Devil’s Kitchen is known to have taken many lives. Once a group of 12 went exploring this cave and never returned. Hundreds of thousands were spent in searching their bodies but not one was found. Some localities say every week someone goes missing here. Not sure about the credibility of this information though. Some might even tell you it is haunted. But a dark creepy cave and 12 deaths makes it easy for an average believer to assume so. All said and done this a must visit for an adventurer in Kodai. It’s not as suicidal as it sounds. Some people have gone there and made it back alive including me and a friend of mine.
The entrance for the cave can be found in less than an hour of trekking downwards along the back side of the pillar rocks. The place is fenced and closed for tourists after the deaths, but there are 3 openings in the fence. You can find people walking in and out of the fence and it doesn’t seem to be guarded. Most people go inside the fence only to a have a look at the cave from the entrance. Don’t freak out if you see a bunch of people at the entrance, looking into the cave and shouting “Abhiraami” at the top of their voices. ‘Abhiraami’ is not someone lost in the cave. This is an imitation of a popular scene from a Tamil movie, ‘Guna’, which was shot in this cave. Abhiraami is one of the lead characters in this movie! In fact the movie made this cave so famous that Devil’s Kitchen was renamed to Guna caves.