Mission and Vision

The Kodai Chronicle was created by the residents of Kodaikanal and neighbouring areas. It was founded in June 2021 and launched digitally, as a monthly.

The Kodai Chronicle aims to inform locals and visitors about developments within the community. We seek to inspire a sense of community, and support local produce, services, and initiatives. We also seek to increase awareness of the environment and habitat of the Palani Hills, and the value of sustaining it.

We publish coverage of current affairs and features that highlight what is special about Kodaikanal, from culture to natural history.

Currently, we have eight main sections: Community, Environment and Wildlife, Farming and Gardening, Food, Children, Culture, Around Town, and Nostalgia.

Community: Reportage, perspective, and commentary around ongoing concerns

Environment and Wildlife: Flora and fauna native to the Palani Hills—stories about wildlife, and environmental concerns such as dwindling sholas and pollution

Farming and Gardening: Matters of cultivation, both personal and commercial—profiles of specific crops or plants and guidance for local growers and gardeners

Food: Local recipes and ingredients, recommendations for Kodai’s best dishes and where to get them, and the best of new restaurants, home cooks and takeaway services in the area

Culture: Books, art, and music connected to Kodai, through interviews, book extracts, reviews, essays and profiles

Children: Personal essays and opinion pieces from the children of Kodaikanal and their parents, as well as reportage around the education field and guidance, online and offline

Around Town: Kodai characters and places, an Agony Aunt column, offbeat parts of town cherished by locals

Nostalgia: Memories and reminiscences from locals and former residents

Lastly, the publication will feature an online Message Board for notices, Letters to the Editor, and Classifieds.

Our Values and Principles

The Kodai Chronicle aims to be a trusted community resource for our town. Errata will be announced and remedied.

The Kodai Chronicle values inclusivity. We seek to present diverse points of view, from all walks of Kodai life, with sensitivity to both subject and reader.

The Kodai Chronicle seeks to create awareness around our natural heritage and build a connection with our habitat. Sustainable change is one of our objectives.

The Kodai Chronicle seeks to support local produce, businesses and services, and inspire a sense of community.

The Kodai Chronicle is an open and objective forum, offering a critical eye when it is required. We offer a respectful space for conversation and interaction, and seek to create a forum for the voices of Kodai’s people.