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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Travelling from Bangalore to Kodaikanal

 By Bus – The distance from Bangalore to Kodaikanal is about 465 km by bus. Bangalore to Kodaikanal buses can cover this distance in anything from 7 to 10 hours depending on the company and the conditions on the road. Some of the popular bus stops along the way include Tiruchirapalli, Velur, Salem and Dharmapuri. Both government run buses and private buses are available.

By Train - Direct Bangalore to Kodaikanal trains are available and some of the most popular trains are the Tuticorin Express and the Nagarcoil Express. The Bangalore to Kodaikanal distance is covered by a train in approximately 9 hours. Many travellers consider this the ideal answer to the question how to reach from Bangalore to Kodaikanal.

 By Flight – Direct Bangalore to Kodaikanal flights are unavailable. The closest airports to Kodaikanal are Madurai (120 Km away), Trichy Airport (150 km away) and Coimbatore (175 km away). Those who are keen on flying can opt to take a flight to one of these airports in place of a direct Bangalore to Kodaikanal flight and then catch a bus or book a taxi to Kodaikanal to cover the remaining distance.

By Car/Cab –The Bangalore to Kodaikanal distance of approximately 467 km can be covered in about 6 hours in a car with a steady, reliable driver. Whether you choose a cab or your own car, Bangalore to Kodaikanal by car is a pleasant trip – especially since this mode of transport allows or breaks at your convenience. The best route involves taking the NH7. Travel to Kodaikanal from Bangalore in a car especially if you are travelling in a large group or with family.

Kodaikanal – The Gift of the Forest

 Kodaikanal is the beautiful city in the hills of Tamil Nadu located in south India. Kodaikanal in the Tamil language means ‘The Gift of the Forest’, and the place is true to the name.

Things to Do

The primary sightseeing in Kodaikanal is its beautiful and elegant lakes. Some of the most popular lakes are Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake and Mannavanur Lake. Waterfalls are also famous as they are a spectacular sight to behold. Vattakanal Falls, Bear Shola Falls and Fairy Falls are few of the popular falls in the region. Kurinji Andavar Temple is a must-visit place emitting a peaceful and divine aura. Pine Forest is the place that gives a Bollywood-style feel and is also a fun spot for friends and family.

 Accommodation

Hotels in Kodaikanal range from humble budget hotels to stunning luxury hotels. Some of the top budget hotels in Kodaikanal are Villa Retreat, Pine Borough Inn, Richwin Hotel and Grand Palace Hotel. The Carlton, Hill Country Kodaikanal, Club Mahindra Kodaikanal and Hilltop Towers are some of the best luxury hotels in Kodaikanal.


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Sukumar Kb

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Sukumar Kb
2.3/7
Posted 3 weeks ago Apr 14, 2016
Mode of Transport:Bus
We booked package trip to Kodaikanal at manish Travels, Madivala. They promised an a/c bus of Manish travel departure at 10.30 pm, Madivala Masjid. We waited from 10.00 to 11.00 pm, but no bus. Then they put us on an auto. Told to get down at Madivala police station and wait. Then received message that bus is Siddaganga travels! Which came at 11. 30 pm and went past us and made all waiting tourists to run behind the bus for 200 metre till Silk Board flyover. Very cold inside bus. A/C at 18 deg C. No blanket, no paper. 1 stop in-between at a hotel with dingy toilet. No TV, no water, charging point not working.
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There is no room service or food served to the room. They get coffee/tea from adjoining Mahaveer restaurant at 15-20Rs. Per paper cup. No food served in hotel. Mahaveer restaurant charges very high. 1 plate Poori Rs. 80. 1 plate chapati with aloo playa and sour chutney. Rs. 80 kitchen is...more »
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Seshram Ravindran

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Seshram Ravindran
7/7
Posted 3 months ago Feb 4, 2016
Mode of Transport:Taxi
Comfortable and safe journey. The taxi driver was so humble and he drove very cautiously at the hilly regions. We felt very safe because of his good driving.

Also the route was good and the driver was very responsible during the complete journey. The taxi was almost new and in very good condition and the driver had good knowledge about the route we took.

Also he suggested us some good locations on the way to Kodaikanal.

We had a very relaxed, enjoyable and safe journey which made our holiday more enjoyable.

Also the route we took was having many scenic locations.
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  • Sedan
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
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  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:National Highway 209
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Rakesh kumar verma

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Rakesh kumar verma
6.5/7
Posted 3 months ago Jan 28, 2016
Mode of Transport:Car
It was wonderful driving without tiring for 470 kms. We have Ghat of 55 kms other than that NH is extremely good. Refreshment and restaurants in between Salem and Dindigul is good. From Hosur to Krishnagiri will have some traffic then once cross Krishnagiri your driving is amazing till Salem then after crossing Salem you can drive again without leaving accelerator pedal.
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Route Taken:NH7 and AH43
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Roopa Raju

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Roopa Raju
5/7
Posted 3 months ago Jan 28, 2016
Mode of Transport:Car
I guess its best to drive down as its quite a distance uphill and then you have to go about 4 km inside to reach Valley Vista which may not be possible if one travels by bus or train. So the route via Dindigul is advisable as the roads are also pretty good.
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Route Taken:AH 43/NH 7 and AH 43
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We went for a 3night /4Days family holiday to Valley Vista, Kodaikanal during the Christmas holidays. It was just the right time of the year to visit the misty Kodai. The journey uphill was a little tiring, but our stay at Valley Vista made it quite relaxing. The rooms were quite comfortable....more »
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Ravi shankar

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Ravi shankar
7/7
Posted 3 months ago Jan 27, 2016
Mode of Transport:Car
Super Road through NH and SH. Completed the travel within 8 hrs from the start with 1 break in between for breakfast. Started at 5:00 am in the morning and had the breakfast at Salem at 8:00AM. Drive carefully in the hilly region as there are turns - roads are maintained very well. Has too many options for shops in case of purchasing anything.
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Route Taken:NH7
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Good location and great view of the valley. The staff was good, cooperative and had maintained the room and place clean and hygienic. The food quality and variety was good. Had the smooth check-in and check-out. This place has easy access to the spots we wanted to visit.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
  • Hotels
    • Hotels: 159 Hotel |
    • Hotel reviews: 14883
    • Awards: 60 of 275 hotels won Best of 2012 award

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