Chennai to Kodaikanal Distance

Chennai To Kodaikanal

(Kodaikanal To Chennai)

Best way to travel from Chennai to Kodaikanal

Total distance 514 km
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Kodaikanal is located at a distance of 529 km from Chennai. The hill station is popular for eucalyptus oil and plums and is well-connected to Chennai by roadways and railways. However, the best way to reach Kodaikanal from Chennai is by train, which takes about 8 hours. The important stations covered during the journey include Chennai - 56km -> Chengalpattu - 76km -> Tindivanam - 173km -> Ariyalur - 267km -> Kodaikanal. There are several facilities like rest-rooms, drinking water and snack corners available at the Kodaikanal railway station.

Transport options from Chennai to Kodaikanal

Chennai to Kodaikanal By Train: Take a direct train from Chennai to Kodaikanal, which takes around 8 hours. Kodaikanal railway station is situated at a distance of 80 km from the city centre and can be covered by taxi, auto-rickshaw or bus. Ideal for families, kids and seniors.

Chennai to Kodaikanal By Car: Take a cab from Chennai to Kodaikanal, which takes around 9 hours. The cost of cabs ranges from INR15 to INR45 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families, seniors and groups.

Chennai to Kodaikanal By Bus: Take a bus from Chennai to Kodaikanal, which takes around 10 hours. Kodaikanal bus station is located in the heart of the city and can be reached on foot. Ideal for individual travellers and backpackers.

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Ganesh Sooriyamoorthy
  • Ganesh Sooriyamoorthy
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
Ganesh Sooriyamoorthy
7/7
Posted 5 days ago May 19, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
Need to ensure you are travelling in AC coach and better to take a cab from Dindugal to hill top. We booked our cab from Dindugal through a source out there for much cheaper. The train was actually well-maintained. Palani Express from Chennai Central would be a best option to go.
Train name (Train no): Palani Mas Exp (16002)
Tickets booked:
  • 60 days prior
This train has:
  • Veg. Food
  • Non-veg food
  • On-time
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Chennai Central
 7.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Madurai Junction
 6.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Trip Includes:  Altius Nest Hotel
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Karthi
  • Karthi
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
Karthi
6/7
Posted 6 days ago May 18, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
Overall, good travel. Very clean, staff behavior is good and polite, will advise for safety travel and cleanliness. Sleeper coach, has mobile charging facilities, bus maintained in good condition. Attended the call when we asked for boarding point.
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Bus operator: SRS Travels
Bus Type:
  • Sleeper
Trip Includes:  Richwin Hotel
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Richard John
  • Richard John
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
Richard John
6/7
Posted 2 weeks ago May 9, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
We travelled from Chennai to Kodaikanal on our XUV 500. It was a wonderful experience. We never felt the duration long, as we enjoyed the entire way, chatting, playing, singing and another family was with us in the car and we enjoyed every bit of the way.
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Car Type:
  • SUV
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:National Highway 45
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Pine Borough Inn our second home. It was always wonderful experience at Pine Borough Inn.

We originally booked a big bungalow in Kodaikanal, however we felt it was too weird, damp and dirty and wanted to cancel our trip and go back. We asked our guide for an alternate place to...more »
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Vaishnavi Kavinath
  • Vaishnavi Kavinath
  • Lives in Pollachi
  • 3 Reviews
Vaishnavi Kavinath
6/7
Posted 2 months ago Mar 25, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
The travel experience was good in the bus. Also while going on the hills the scenery was a beautiful experience which cannot be described. The bus was comfortable and the drive was safe. Seats were in good condition. Also had pleasant sleep since it was a night journey. The timings were promptly kept.
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Bus operator: KPN Travels
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
This bus has:
  • Comfortable seats
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Akash singh Chauhan
  • Akash singh Chauhan
  • Lives in Satna
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Akash singh Chauhan
6/7
Posted 2 months ago Mar 20, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
We opted night journey so that we could save time. Although it was a night journey but we enjoyed a lot like playing cards, antakshari and etc. We arrived at our destination station early morning at 3 am from there we boarded a bus which was arranged for us by the hotel authorities. The bus took us to one of the famous waterfalls on the way to hotel which was very refreshing. Finally we reached our hotel.
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Train name (Train no): PANDIAN EXPRESS (2637)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
This train has:
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 6.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 4.50/7
This station has
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  • Books/Newspaper to buy
Trip Includes:  Hotel Hill View | Kodaikanal
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Chennai to Kodaikanal By Train (436 Km)

Chennai ––› Kodaikanal
By Train 436 Km
Chennai to Kodaikanal by Train (436 Km)
Train No. Train Name Origin Dep. Arr. Days Of Run
Che... Kod... M T W T F S S
16723 Anantapuri Exp Chennai Egmore 19:35 04:19 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
16735 Tiruchendur Express Chennai Egmore 16:05 02:11 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12637 Pandian Express Chennai Egmore 21:20 05:05 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12642 Thirukkural Exp Chennai Egmore 18:30 02:38 Y N N N N Y N
12665 Kannyakumari Express Chennai Egmore 20:20 05:26 Y N N N N N N
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Chennai to Kodaikanal By Car/Taxi (436 Km)

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica A/C 11 4796
Toyota Qualis 11 4796
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 5232
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 5232
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 5668
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  • Trains
    • Best trains to take:Kannyakumari Express (12665), Pearl City Exp (12693)
    • Last station:Kodaikanal
    • Total distance:436 km
  • Taxi
    • Total distance:436 km
    • Duration: 7 Hrs by car
    • Price:from Rs. 9 per km
  • Bus
    • Total distance:436 km
    • Duration: 7 Hrs by Bus
  • Flights
    • Total distance:436 km
    • Nearest Airport:Madurai
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