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How To Reach Kodaikanal From Chennai

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Chennai To Kodaikanal Guide

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Chennai to KodaikanalN/AN/A9.0 hours8.0 hoursN/A

Located in the same state of Tamil Nadu, the distance between Chennai and Kodaikanal is approximately 526 kilometers. Kodaikanal is a getaway destination for the the people of Chennai to escape the bustling city life and find peace amidst the tranquil landscapes of Kodaikanal. There are various means of transport available to travel from Chennai to Kodaikanal. Travelers can reach this beautiful city by air, train, bus, or private vehicle. Here is a brief description of major transportation means available:

Chennai to Kodaikanal by Air

Traveling from Chennai to Kodaikanal by flight is the fastest way to reach the city. Since, Kodaikanal does not have its own airport, therefore, travelers can book flights upto nearby airports like Trichy (150 kilometers), Madurai (120 kilometers), and Coimbatore (175 kilometers) airports. These airports are not too far away from the city centre, and moreover, transportations like buses, cabs, and taxis are easily available to reach the city. Airlines like Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, and Air India, operate regular flights from Chennai to Kodaikanal which take a maximum of one and a half hours to reach the desired nearby airport.

Chennai to Kodaikanal by Train

The city of Kodaikanal is connected to major parts of the country by rail through the Kodai road railway station. Chennai to Kodaikanal distance can also be covered by train. There are numerous Chennai to Kodaikanal trains that connect these cities directly, making the life of the travelers easier than ever. Some of these trains include Tiruchendur Express, Pandian Express, Pearl City Express, and Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express which operate from Chennai to Kodaikanal on daily basis. Another benefit of traveling by train is that it is more cost-effective, and budget friendly as compared to flights.

Chennai to Kodaikanal by Road

If you are planning a road trip from Chennai to Kodaikanal then here’s how to reach Kodaikanal from Chennai via the best transportation means available.  

There are numerous Chennai to Kodaikanal Buses that run on hourly basis. These buses mostly take 10 to 12 hours to reach Chennai. Even though the journey is long but one does not feel tired because of the picturesque landscapes, and the lush green mountains which are a visual treat to the eyes. Travelers can also choose to travel from Chennai to Kodaikanal by car, or can also hire a taxi, or a private cab to reach the city. Apart from the scenic benefit of Chennai to Kodaikanal route, traveling by road is also much more economical than other means of transport.

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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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