Kodaikanal, the 'Switzerland of the East' and the 'Princess of Hill Stations' popularly referred as 'Kodai', nestles at an altitude of 2133 metres, on the southern crest of the Palani hills in the Western Ghats. The road to Kodaikanal winds up through coffee plantations and thick forests giving a perfect introduction of this lovely hill resort. It is the only hill station founded in India by the Americans and is noted for plantains, plums and eucalyptus oil. Discovered by missionaries in 1840's, this town is spread out around a star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste.