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.
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.
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.
We went to Kodaikanal via Madurai. It took us around 3.5 hr to reach there by cab. The road is good enough with lot of natural sightseeing in between. We reached our hotel by evening. Kodaikanal is a cool and calm, all weather hill station. A good place to relax along with friends and Family. Cost of stay and food is much cheaper than other hill stations across India.
I travelled with my family in Automatic Jetta. Chennai to Kodai is superb highway NH-45 and took around 7 hr with small breaks in between. Over all road drive was mid or less traffic. I recommend road journey in this stretch. One can have one day stop in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) which is on bank of river Kaveri and visit temples around.
The bus journey was not so comfortable. I would suggest a better one. it was a bumpy ride once it reached the hills. Also donít wear jeans during the travel as you will get rashes in your thighs. But the sight you see during travel is awesome you will love to take pictures and the turns in the hair pin curves will take you to your childhood.
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