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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Varadarajulu d

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  • 4 Reviews
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Varadarajulu d
6/7
Posted 7 days ago Jul 22, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
It is ideal to travel by train and engage hired car to go to Kodai Hills, to avoid long distance travel on Highway. But youngsters would like to travel by car on the entire tour. The road from Dindigul to Kodaikanal was good except small stretches here and there.
Train name (Train no): PANDIAN EXPRESS (2638)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
This train has:
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 6.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Dindigul Junction
 5.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
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Safi

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Safi
7/7
Posted 1 week ago Jul 21, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
I took this Zoom Drive with my 13 month son for first time to take such a one long stretch drive from Chennai to Kodaikanal. It's so cool and relaxation as the roads leads are really excellent, no hard bumps. All we had a amazing drive. Even the Kodaikanal mountain got nice cool roads with proper signage.
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Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:AH 45
Trip Includes:  Richwin Hotel | Pillar Rocks
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Pillai reji n

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Pillai reji n
5.5/7
Posted 1 week ago Jul 19, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
Good roads, sign boards, have petrol pumps, and road side assistance available. Few shops for dinner, but enough coffee shops. Wide roads and well-maintained. Not many ATM's.
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Car Type:
  • SUV
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
Route Taken:AH43
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Dharunika Ravichandr

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  • 2 Reviews
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Dharunika Ravichandr
6.5/7
Posted 4 weeks ago Jul 2, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
The car journey was damn cool. I enjoyed a lot with my family. The hotels and the food on the way was simply superb. The climate was also damn good on the way to Kodaikanal. One can enjoy the travel by hearing the music with the loved ones. My good tip is go with your family to this place.
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Car Type:
  • SUV
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:Grand Southern Trunk Rd
Trip Includes:  4U Resort
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Subash Singh

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Subash Singh
4/7
Posted 4 weeks ago Jul 2, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
It was a nice trip, we enjoyed our trip nothing special to say all went good. We had train boarded on time and we reached the destination on time. For our surprise the Kodai road was too small however the shuttle bus was available. And it was very early in the morning it was a nice weather and we were happy to see the sun rise.
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Train name (Train no): Pandian Exp (12638)
Tickets booked:
  • 7 days prior
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 4.50/7
This station has
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 3.00/7
Trip Includes:  Hotel RT Hill View
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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
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    • Total distance:436 km
    • Nearest Airport:Madurai
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