Kashmir is rightly called the Paradise on Earth. God has been most generous while bestowing this Valley with natural beauty. The Valley is host to beautiful mountains and lakes, springs and rivers, conifers on snow capped mountains and Chinars on plans while the aroma of the flowers in different gardens makes the visits to this place memorable. Besides natural beauty, the rich art and craft, heritages and monuments besides its most hospitable people offer visitors a complete package of a beautiful world.
South Kashmir which is the most beautiful part of the Valley has the highest number of picnic spots. Anantnag is a host to countless springs and boasts of Mughals Gardens and the most popular tourist places like Pahalgam, Achabal, Kokernag, Deksum, Sinthan Pass and Verinag.
Kokernag (Koker means rooster and Nag means springs or snake) is another sprawling garden being developed by the Floriculture department.
Kokernag is known for its spring that bubbles at seven places on foothill and flows in many directions producing an image of claws of a rooster, a trait to which the garden owes its name.
The water of Kokernag in Kashmir is believed to have medicinal and digestive properties and because of these properties only, the spring is also known as Papashudan Nag or the sin-cleansing spring.
The place has beautiful garden maintained by Floriculture department and boosts of fresh springs. The spring of Kokernag comprise of 300 canals, 129 canals for garden and 171 canals for forest area.
There is also Fisheries department near Kokernag with Trout farming project.
Where to eat and stay
JKTDC has the facility of accommodation where all types of catering services are available for visitors. There is a tourist cafeteria and accommodation also for night stay put up by JKTDC at Hotel Alpine. Visitors are advised to confirm the bookings in the JKTDC huts and hotels in Srinagar only.
Health services, police station, and the filling stations are also available in Kokernag.