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.
Few months back I planned a trip to Kodaikanal with my family. I boarded a bus operated by SRS travels from Bangalore at night and reached the destination in morning just before breakfast time.
When you wake up early in the morning, you can find yourself in mesmerizing hilly area. Way to Kodaikanal is very curvy and unusual. You will find steep roads with sharp turns and passing by vehicles almost touching yours.
About SRS travels, as usual, their service was acceptable. Bus type was a non-AC sleeper which was comfortable enough for the entire journey. Bus was cleaned before being boarded and driver as well as assistant were polite.
The train was on time. We hired a taxi and came to Kodaikanal Hotel. We reached at 10.00 AM. Immediately we have been taken for breakfast. The breakfast was good. The accommodation was arranged by our Tuticorin Office. We travelled in 2nd A/C. In our view, considering overall journey was pleasant and good.
The bus left from Madiwala around its normal departure time. I was provided with a complementary mineral water bottle. The staff were patient and well-behaved. Necessary stuffs like pillows and blankets were provided. The bus halted at Stations for food and toilet during regular intervals. The road trip was scenic and it reached the destination a bit late than its scheduled arrival time around 1-2 hrs delay.
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