Bangalore to Kodaikanal Distance

Bangalore To Kodaikanal

(Kodaikanal To Bangalore)

Best way to travel from Bangalore to Kodaikanal

Total distance 438 km
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Kodaikanal is situated at a distance of about 465 km from Bangalore. The hill resort is popularly known as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ 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.

Bangalore to Kodaikanal By Train: Journey by train is not recommended as there are no direct trains from Bangalore to Kodaikanal.

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Suhas Ns

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Suhas Ns
7/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Jan 26, 2016
Mode of Transport:Car
I headed to Kodaikanal in my own vehicle self driving. The highway drive was not at all tiring. Except for the hefty tolls which we feel its all through the way. The ghat section drive was of awesome experience. Good weather during the ghat drive. Cool breeze. Good restaurants are available. For breakfast, had been to a restaurant where also CCD, McDonald's and a fuel station was available. It is just before Krishnagiri. Overall, good driving experience.
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Route Taken:AH 43/NH 7 and AH 43
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The hotel hospitality was good. Service is good. Vegetarian food was good(I'm vegetarian ). The hotel pricing is slightly high. Little bit of parking difficulty. Other than that, everything was good. If you need access to internet, available only at the lobby and not in the rooms. Overall,...more »
Trip Includes:  | Kodaikanal | Coaker's Walk
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Nithin

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Nithin
6/7
Posted 3 months ago Nov 13, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
Took us 6 hours to reach Kodi from Bangalore, excellent road with no traffic jams. Sign boards on the road are also informative and help travelers. I want to make a few more trips as the road and scenery was very good. There are plenty of Dhabas and eating joints on the side of the roads. Route was Bangalore - krishnagiri, salem, dindigul, kodai road. Took the bypass road at Dindigal.
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Route Taken:NH7
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I went along with my wife and two daughters aged 12 and 7. We stayed in a triple bed room. The room was comfortable, spacious with a double bed and extra single bed. Room had an LCD TV, sofa, hot water good bed linen, towels, etc.

The restaurant food was also very good and reasonable...more »
Trip Includes:  | Coaker's Walk | Kodai Lake
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Sanjay Bhatt

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Sanjay Bhatt
6.5/7
Posted 3 months ago Nov 2, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
Its very good highway between Bangalore to Kodaikanal. We went by Tata Safari and covered the distance in around 9 hours while we took 3 breaks. The only thing we felt is there are very few good restaurants in the route. We were expecting at least we will get few CCDs but we got disappointed.
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Vinod N

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Vinod N
7/7
Posted 3 months ago Oct 30, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
We (me, my spouse, kid, and my friend's family) planned our vacations to Kodaikanal. Though the distance of 460km was daunting, we still decided to travel by car than bus (which most people suggested). Google and most other travel portals (like Team BHP) suggested to take the regular route via Salem. But I was totally against it as I always believed that the journey itself has to be more colorful and should be enjoyed before even reaching the final destination.

Hence I decided to explore alternate routes to reach Kodai. The first Option was via Ooty > Coimbatore > Palani > Kodai. This would have increased the distance by almost 70+ kms and also the route was scenic only partially.

Hence I experimented with another route and here it is:

Bangalore > Kanakapura > Malavalli > Kollegal > Yelandur > Chamarajanagar > Punjanur > Hasanur > Dhimbam Ghat > Sathyamangala > Kolappalur > Thingalur > Perundurai > Chennimalai > Kangeyam > Dharapuram > Palani > Kodaikanal

The journey was really pleasant, road was excellent, less traffic, no tolls :) and amazingly scenic except the stretch between Sathyamangala and Palani.

The distance was exactly 460km, the same if we had taken Salem Highway. To our surprise, the road on the karnataka side was much better than the TN side. (generally its the other way round). that might be because the road on the Karnataka side till Dhimbam ghat was newly laid.

Food:
One thing you have to worry about is the food, specially if you are traveling with kids. Thankfully, one of my colleague who basically is from Yelandur suggested us a good place near Chamarajanagar. Nijaguna Residency. We reached here by 10:30 and it was perfect time for breakfast. Though it was priced on the higher side, the breakfast was good. Since it was a resort, there was ample space for car park, play area and very clean.

We were not as lucky about the lunch though. Since hardly anyone takes the Sathyamangalam > Dharapuram route, no one was much aware about good restaurant on that route. So we had to explore and had lunch at one of the typical restaurants in Dharapuram as it was quite late. you have to be little adventurous here. Or try to reach Palani little early so that you can have lunch there. You will find lot of tea stalls on the way, so no problem for pit stops.

If you have time, you can visit the Bannari Amman temple and Murugan Temple in Palani.

Caution:

Just ensure that we drive a little slowly while alighting from Dhimbam ghat towards Sathyamangalam. You would encounter oncoming trucks out there. But that is nothing compared to what we deal on a regular highway.

Also, you will hardly see any shops between Chamarajanagar and Sathyamangalam, so ensure that you carry adequate water and tyre repair kit. if you are brand concious about snacks, do carry good amount of snacks from Bangalore itself. Since this is not a regular route, most shops would not have stocked the brands one is used to in places like Bangalore. Not that you wouldn't find if you really want to.

Another not so good point to note here is that the ghat road from Palani to Kodai is not as good as Kodai to Dindigul, you will encounter a lot of potholes there. Infact, this was the worst stretch in the entire journey. We realized why people prefer the Bangalore Dindigul route while returning to Bangalore. But that is no way comparable to the beauty of the route we took earlier.

I would anyday take the route we had taken via Sathyamangalam to go to Kodai, in fact I might just drive down till Dhimbam and return, such was the beauty of this route.

After such a beautiful journey, we reached Kodai and checked into Kodai - By the Lake. it was a very good resort in its own right, but that story I will write in my next article.
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I have been to Kodai couple of times and the place doesn't stop amazing me. The weather is always pleasant and is maintained very clean. Not as crowded as Ooty or Mahabaleshwar. The one place you should not miss out is Berijam lake. You need special passes to visit this place and only 50 are...more »
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Raghava

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Raghava
6/7
Posted 3 months ago Oct 30, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
I Started from Bangalore on saturday evening 12:30 noon and reached Karur around 6:30pm with a break of 15mins. As I was first time to Kodai, I and my wife decided not to drive up the hill in the night, so we decided to visit Madurai and stay there overnight and start to Kodai in the morning to enjoy the hill drive and scenery around.

So started bit late next day morning around 9:30am and reach Kodai afternoon. The entire drive was pleasant and even climbing the hill was very good. As I am not aggressive driver, it took me almost 9hrs to reach from Kodai to Bangalore on my way back.

Happy driving.
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Route Taken:AH43/NH7
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My visit was personal and short break from routine job. I like to travel and drive my self. Booked the club before day I arrived, the follow up from the club side and the hospitality at the entrance was good.

I booked for single room, but me being with my kids they offered double bed...more »
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Bangalore to Kodaikanal By Train (304 Km)

Bangalore ––› Kodaikanal
By Train 304 Km
Bangalore to Kodaikanal by Train (304 Km)
Train No. Train Name Origin Dep. Arr. Days Of Run
Ban... Kod... M T W T F S S
16339 Nagarcoil Express Krishnarajapuram 10:30 20:14 N N Y Y Y N Y
16732 Tuticorin Express Bangalore Cantt. 21:33 06:33 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
16236 Tuticorin Exp Bangalore Cantt. 21:33 06:33 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
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Bangalore to Kodaikanal By Car/Taxi (304 Km)

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica 8 2432
Toyota Qualis 9 2736
Chevrolet Tavera 9 2736
Tata Indica A/C 10 3040
Toyota Qualis A/C 10 3040
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  • Taxi
    • Total distance:304 km
    • Duration: 5 Hrs by car
    • Price:from Rs. 6 per km
  • Bus
    • Total distance:304 km
    • Duration: 5 Hrs by Bus
  • Flights
    • Total distance:304 km
    • Nearest Airport:Madurai
  • Trains
    • Best trains to take:Tuticorin Exp (16236), Tuticorin Express (16732)
    • Last station:Kodaikanal
    • Total distance:304 km
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