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Tourism in Kodaikanal

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Located at an elevation of 2,000 meters above sea level, the hill town of Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill resorts in South India. For tourists traveling from nearby places like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, and Trivandrum, a Kodaikanal trip is a tranquil retreat from their busy life schedules. A Kodaikanal visit includes numerous attractions like lush green valleys, charming lakes and waterfalls, mystical temples, and a plethora of adventure activities. Various Kodaikanal sightseeing packages are available online which cater to the needs of the travelers.

Be it a Kodaikanal one day trip, or a week-long vacation, the best time to visit this charming city is between the months of November to February, and June to September.

From nature lovers to adventure enthusiasts, or spiritual seekers, a Kodaikanal tourist places map includes various types of attractions to satisfy the needs of all sorts of travelers. For a one day sightseeing in Kodaikanal tour one can choose to some of these popular places like Kodaikanal Lake, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Bryant Park, Silent Valley, Suicide Point, and Dolphin’s Nose. Kodaikanal tourism is also famous for its temples such as Kurinji Andavar Temple, and Subrahmanya Temple. These temples are the best places to visit for religious travels in Kodaikanal.

A Kodaikanal sightseeing map not only includes popular places to visit but also features some of the best places for adventure activities. Being a hill station, Kodaikanal is famous for numerous thrilling outdoor activities such as trekking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, horse riding, boating, and much more. For best travels in Kodaikanal, one must indulge in these adventurous activities which will make their Kodaikanal trip experience even more memorable.


While Kodaikanal tourism brings you close to nature, it also lets you indulge in activities like shopping. There are various shopping places, and markets where one can purchase the best items of Kodaikanal. Some of the best things that one can buy in Kodaikanal are medicinal oils, balms, homemade chocolates of different varieties, souvenirs, organic food items, and handicrafts.

A Kodaikanal tourist map also guides you through the best nightlife places in the city. Even though Kodaikanal does not have an extremely peppy and dazzling nightlife but there are some places where one can chug down exotic drinks, savor delicious food, and dance to the booming music beats to enjoy the party culture of the city. Some of the best nightclubs in Kodaikanal are End Of The Road, Grammy, and the Oasis.

Traveling to Kodaikanal is not a hassle. There are numerous ways to reach the city. One can book a flight, bus or train tickets to travel to Kodaikanal. Tourists traveling from nearby cities like Chennai, Madurai, Ooty, Coonoor, or Bengaluru can self-drive to the hill town using a Kodaikanal map for proper navigation. There are numerous Kodaikanal tourism buses, and private vehicles which help travelers explore the city in a planned, and hassle-free manner.

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Places To Visit In Kodaikanal

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  • Pillar Rocks in Kodaikanal

    Pillar Rocks are amongst the most sought after tourist spots of Kodaikanal that command a visited. This tourist attraction stands at a distance of 8 km from the heart of the city and comprises of three vertical granite boulders that stand shoulder to shoulder amidst untouched packets of condensed rainforests. Looming high a...

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  • Bear Shola Falls in Kodaikanal

    Bear Shola Falls, a perfect picnic spot is located at a distance of 2 km from the Kodaikanal Lake in the Reserve Forest. As it flows in the forest area, the purity of the falls is unspoiled by human intrusions. There is an interesting legend behind the name of this tourist spot. It says that a bear used to frequent these fa...

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  • Kodaikanal Solar Observatory in Kodaikanal

    Those who are fascinated by stars and astronomy, the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, also known as Kodaikanal Observatory is the place to visit. Initially known as Solar Physics Observatory, this is owned and operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. The observatory was set up in 1899 by shifting the activities of a s...

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  • Silver Cascade Falls in Kodaikanal

    Silver Cascade Falls came into being when in the year 1863 Madurai's British Collector Sir Vere Henry Levinge dammed waters of three streams to construct an artificial lake. The result was Kodaikanal Lake. The overflowing water of Kodai Lake is collected and channeled through a stream that gushes down as these glistening fa...

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  • Thalaiyar Falls in Kodaikanal

    These falls are 975 feet (297m) high and the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu, sixth highest waterfall in India and 267th highest in the world. At a distance of 40 Km from Kodaikanal and 485 Km from Chennai, Thalaiyar Falls gush down in the lush green slopes of Palani Hill ranges in the Dindigul District in Kodaikanal. Commo...

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Things To Do In Kodaikanal

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  • Camping in Kodaikanal

    Blessed by Mother Nature, Kodaikanal is among the most scenic spots of India. Among many other sightseeing attractions and things to do, camping in Kodaikanal is one of the most preferred activities. it is an experience to treasure amidst dense jungles with exotic flora and fauna and a favorable environment. There are sever...

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  • Trekking in Kodaikanal

    Trekking in Kodaikanal is truly a trekker’s delight as the city is blessed by several exquisite locales that offer trekking opportunities to both – beginners and professionals. Also known as Princess of Hill stations, the city’s name in Tamil means ‘Gift of the Forest’. So whether, it is about the Princess of Hill stations ...

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Travel To Kodaikanal

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By Air

Since Kodaikanal does not have its own airport, one might wonder how to reach Kodaikanal by flight, and find it difficult to reach Kodaikanal by air. Even though the city is not facilitated by its own airport but there are a few nearby airports like Trichy (150 kilometers), Madurai (120 km), and Coimbatore (175 km), Madurai being the nearest airport to Kodaikanal.

Now, one might be thinking how to reach Kodaikanal from Madurai. Located 120 kilometers from the city center of Kodaikanal, Madurai airport is facilitated with various transportations. One can hire a cab, board a bus, or take a taxi to reach Kodaikanal from Madurai. Similarly, the answer how to reach Kodaikanal from Coimbatore is the same. Coimbatore airport is 175 kilometers from Kodaikanal, and one can choose from various local transfer options which include buses, tuk-tuks, and private cabs. A Kodaikanal travel guide includes detailed information about Kodaikanal route map and Kodaikanal distance from various cities.

By Train

Planning to travel to Kodaikanal by train? The city of Kodaikanal is connected to other parts of India through rail via Kodai road railway station. It is the nearest railway station to Kodaikanal up to where one can book their train tickets to reach this city. Various trains like Tuticorin Express, Tiruchendur Express, Nagercoil Express, Pearl City Express, and Trivandrum Express are some of the common trains that operate to and from the Kodai road railway station, the nearest railway station for Kodaikanal.

How to reach Kodaikanal from Kodaikanal Road railway station: This railway station is approximately 80 kilometers from the city center, and there are various transportation options available to reach Kodaikanal. One can take a local or private bus, or hire a taxi to reach the desired location in Kodaikanal.

By Road

For people who love long drives or ones who want to save on their budget, traveling to Kodaikanal by road is one of the best options to reach the city. While traveling by road, one can choose various options such as bus, cab, or private vehicle. One must keep a Kodaikanal road map handy while traveling to Kodaikanal by road. A Kodaikanal map is quite useful to carry while traveling by road.

One of the most exciting advantages of traveling to Kodaikanal by bus is that one gets an opportunity to enjoy the scenic Kodaikanal bus route which features greenery all around along with soothing environs and majestic landscapes. On reaching the city, one can board a Kodaikanal sightseeing bus which takes the tourists through the popular attractions of the city.

One can also choose to drive to Kodaikanal on their own. Some of the best driving routes to Kodaikanal, and their distances from respective cities are given below:

Coonoor To Kodaikanal: 232.7 kilometers

Kolkata To Kodaikanal: 2,186.1 kilometers

Distance Between Ooty And Kodaikanal:  kilometers

Kodaikanal And Ooty Distance: 250 kilometers

Dindigul Kodaikanal Distance: 2,627.8 kilometers

Distance Between Coimbatore And Kodaikanal: 171.9 kilometers

Distance Between Madurai And Kodaikanal: 116.2 kilometers

Distance Between Kodaikanal And Munnar: 162.8 kilometers

Ooty To Kodaikanal: 250 kilometers

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      Myself and my wife had an excellent trip to Ooty and Kodaikanal. The service of inspire holidays is awesome. Never feel any difficulty from the starting of the trip to end of the trip. I have to mention about the driver, his name is Tamil. He is really good and have lot of patience. Never hesitated to answer whatever we’ve asked. He is really good. Travel triangle also very good in coordinating all the activities in the process. Please go with inspire holidays, I give ratings 5/5 Jyothi Mishra from travel triangle, she is awesome. I refer her as she has good knowledge on all the things she does.
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      overall ok experience but could have been much better had the cab on day 2 been planned as per need and the situation in Ooty. - nice hotel ( darshan) with courteous staff. - polite and respectful driver from day 3 ( Ooty to Kodaikanal) onwards - support arranged in toy train tickets by driver - Boating at ooty Lake - breathtaking views at Kodaikanal from Coaker's walk, pillar rocks - amazing pictures clicked at Pine Forest Kodaikanal
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      Vikas Bhatnagar

      Delhi, a month ago

    • Trip to Tamil Nadu

      I had a trip to KodaiKanal, Ooty & Coimbatore. Bhargavi from VFM holidays was very helpful. The trip was good but with few hiccups. I did not have idea about which vehicle suits for our needs. Ultimately ended up adjusting ourselves during the trip with the vehicle provided. KodaiKanal accommodation is very good and we enjoyed location and sightseeing etc. Food prepared by them is very good. In Ooty the accommodation is not up to the mark and there are power cuts in two nights during our stay. We did not expect these kind of issues in a tourist place. We thought that toy train tickets will be booked by travel triangle but ended up in missing it as no tickets available for us to get from railway counter also. Next time, I would need to verify all these before planning for a vacation.
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      HARI KRISHNA KASETTY

      Ooty, 2 months ago

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      Kodaikanal trip: Thanks travel triangleand Vfm for making my trip smooth and memorable. Excellent service. Best driver who directed us very well.
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      Rekha Narasingaraj

      Chennai, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Tamil Nadu

      One of the biggest disappointments was Kodaikanal Hotel. In PDF shared with us it mentioned Spring Valley Residency but we were given Hotel Spring Valley which is not at all good. Two days we stayed in Kodaikanal we have to face wait outside of hotel to get another hotel confirmation from Customize trip.
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      Saranya Tammineedi

      Coimbatore, 2 months ago

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      Kodaikanal was awesome. Ooty was okay. Hotels in ooty was okay. It's better to go by flight to Coimbatore. So that one day journey will be less.
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      Lavanya Kompally

      Hyderabad, 2 months ago

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      I am really impressed by the way trip was organized. Right from landing in Kodaikanal railway station to our return to Bangalore every bit was perfectly aligned with respect to cabs and itinerary. The drivers were polite and were open to do pit stops wherever we need. They were also knowledgable explaining the beauty of Kodaikanal. Overall I felt really relaxed during the trip with zero worries on how to visit places or where to have lunch/dinner. Thumbs up to Travel Triangle and Corporate Hosts Destination.
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      Bangalore, 2 months ago

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      We had a good time during our Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal tour. Tootle tour made a good arrangement. The hotels stay and food was good. the porcupine castle hotel in Coorg has good scenic beauty. Teanest nightingale in Ooty is a small property but the food was good. It was my wife's birthday when we were in Ooty. Caretaker helped to arrange the cake and we could celebrate the birthday. We really enjoyed it.
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      Sushant Pawar

      Bangalore, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Tamil Nadu

      Agent: Travel Thrill very professional service they have provided, Agent name is: Mr.Syed Azahar (9535078647), Very transparent/ Transperent in booking Hotels and Services. Very cooperative because Agent has booked hotels what I recommended hotels only. Cab: Very professional cab driver, name is: Mr.Yakoob, Vehicle: Toyota Etios KA 04 AA 7867. I personally recommend him 5* rated driver and cab. Hotels: The Agent has booked hotels what I personally recommended, There is no mistake of the agent. But In Mysore Hotel: Hotel Pai Vistha Rated --- 4*, In Ooty: Hotel Gem Park 3*, Hotel Sinclairs retreat 1* Very Bad hotel. Kodaikanal- Hotel Kodai Resort : 4* Very Nice Hotel.
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      Naresh Chatlaparthi

      Hyderabad, 3 months ago

    • Trip to Tamil Nadu

      Traveltriangle and Carlo Travels planned and executed our south India trip in a perfect manner and supported us well throughout the trip. Thanks to them for continuous assistance throughout the whole trip. Big round of applause for our driver Mahadev for his excellent driving skills, punctuality and humbleness. Sightseeing plan was flawless and hotels offered were also good. The Holiday Home Resort in Kodaikanal was very serene and peaceful, we spent a good time there. However, typical south Indian style food concerned us in ooty initially and we managed with good hotels suggested by Mahadev. Thanks to Carlos Travels and traveltriangle. We look forward to availing your services for our future trips...
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      Hituz World

      Ahmedabad, 3 months ago

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    Kodaikanal to Batlagundu, Kodai to Dolphin's Nose to Vellagavi to Kumbakkarai, Shembaganur to Morappur to Adukkam, Kodai to Green Hut, and Kodai to Thoppi Thooki Parai are some of the best trekking trails in Kodaikanal.

     

     

    Kodaikanal Lake, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Bryant Park, Silent Valley, Suicide Point, and Dolphin’s Nose, and Kurinji Andavar Temple are some of the best sightseeing places in Kodaikanal.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    November to February, and June to September are the best time to visit Kodaikanal.

     

    Tava Vegetarian Restaurant, Hilltop Inn, Aby's Cafe, and Tibetan Brothers are some of the best restaurants in Kodaikanal.

     

    Medicinal oils, balms, homemade chocolates of different varieties, souvenirs, organic food items, and handicrafts are some of the best things to buy in Kodaikanal.

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