Kodaikanal is situated at a distance of about 465 km from Bangalore. The hill resort is popularly known as the âPrincess of Hill Stationsâ and is well-connected to Bangalore by roadways, railways and airways. However, the best way to travel from Bangalore to Kodaikanal is by road that takes about 8 hours. The places covered on the way to Kodaikanal are Bangalore - 40km -> Hosur - 53km -> Krishnagiri - 46km -> Gundalapatti - 76km -> Salem - 58km -> Veesanam - 118km -> Thadikombu - 104km -> Kodaikanal. On the route, food joints like KFC and Apoorva Drive Inn can be found. Karanth Speciality Hospital, Narayana Hrudayalaya and Ramee Guestline Hotel are also situated on the way, along with ATMs and petrol pumps at regular intervals.
Transport options from Bangalore to Kodaikanal
Bangalore to Kodaikanal By Car: Take a cab from Bangalore to Kodaikanal which takes about 8 hours. The cost of cabs ranges from INR12 to INR60 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for kids, seniors and group travellers.
Bangalore to Kodaikanal By Bus: Take a direct bus from Bangalore to Kodaikanal that takes about 10 hours. The Kodaikanal bus stand is situated in the heart of the city centre. Ideal for individuals, youngsters and backpackers.
Bangalore to Kodaikanal By Flight: Take a direct flight from Bangalore airport to Madurai, the nearest airport to Kodaikanal, which takes about an hour. The Madurai airport is around 126 km away from the Kodaikanal city centre. You can hire a taxi or an auto from the airport to reach the city centre, which takes around 3 hours. Ideal for seniors and kids.
We had a comfortable journey. We were able to see many sceneries on the way. However I dint like Kodia Station because it do not have much facility and train was also late. However this allowed me and my wife to interact more.
Travelled by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Volvo, bus which came to Shanthinagar at 10.30 pm in place of 9.30 pm and we reached around 8.30 am. Had a 5 minutes halt before starting the Kodai Hills (around 6 am). Left side of the bus will give better view of the valley.
Bangalore to Kodai halt place was good near Krishnagiri at Saravana Bhavan but return travel was not good via Dindigul. Since it goes around the mountain please have plastic covers in case you are prone to vomit. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) online facility is good and follows timelines and guidelines.
I went alone so it was an adventurous experience. For couples itís a nice place. There are plenty of shops and people who enjoy shopping will like it. There is no privacy for couples other than their hotel.
Special trip to Kodaikanal happened because of my honeymoon with my wife. It was a nice journey and a place to enjoy and relax with your loved ones. Lots of places are there to roam around to have a fun.
We boarded the sleeper bus to Kodai from Bangalore via VRL tourism and it was good. I preferred travelling by sleeper coach since the journey was long and you would also be relaxed in the morning after reaching the destination. Prefer to select lower birth since it was a ghat section.
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