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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R V

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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews
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R V
4/7
Posted Jan 29, 2016 Jan 29, 2016
Mode of Transport:Train
We boarded the Pandian Express from Chennai and got down at Kodai Road early in the morning next day. There are several fruit shops and tea stalls opposite the station. We had hot steaming tea and bought some fruits. There are several buses from there to Kodaikanal. We boarded the bus, it got really crowded after a certain point. The view up was awesome. We could see Vaigai dam on the way and several water falls. Good journey.
Train name (Train no): Pandian Express (12637)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
This train has:
  • On-time
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 5.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 2.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
Trip Includes:  | Kurinji Andavar Temple
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Aadil alikhan

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Aadil alikhan
5/7
Posted Nov 5, 2015 Nov 5, 2015
Mode of Transport:Flight
We travelled by Air through Chennai to Madurai, myself & my family members very much enjoyed the air travel experience. Our family visit to Kodaikanal was memorable experience. We travelled from Madurai to Kodaikanal sight scenes are very excellent and we enjoyed a lot.
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Airline name: SpiceJet
Boarding airport:Chennai
Rating:
4.5/7
Last airport:Chennai
Rating:
4.5/7
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The hotel room was very convenient to our family. Hotel staff services are excellent. Restaurant food also good. Housekeeping of the hotel as well as our room is also very good.

Need to upgrade the sophisticated model of Television.

Providing refill water can is good, if...more »
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Giri raj

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Giri raj
5.5/7
Posted Oct 24, 2015 Oct 24, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
Journey is comfortable and we had good experience in travelling in hill's, first time to Kodaikanal makes us happy, feel to travel again.

Bad experience : inside the bus the plug point was not working, as we spent more than Rs. 3000 for 2 sleeper, we got only blanket, that we have it has own.
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Bus operator: Shama Sardar Travels
Bus Type:
  • Sleeper
This bus has:
  • Blanket
Trip Includes:  Apple Valley
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Ansar

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Ansar
6.3/7
Posted Oct 17, 2015 Oct 17, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
The journey was comfortable. There were enough rest stops during the journey. The seats were in great condition and they provide on-board entertainment like movies. The bus have ample charging points and they provide water & blankets.
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Bus operator: Parveen Travels
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
This bus has:
  • TV/Entertainment
  • Comfortable seats
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Vijay

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Vijay
4/7
Posted Oct 13, 2015 Oct 13, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
Journey was better in train. It would have been good if the train reached on time. It got delayed by 5 hrs, horrible. As it was a special train to tirunelveli to accommodate the rush. Toilets were good. Our travel was the next morning after the guruvayur exp derail near villupuram. So that too delayed all trains movement. Other than that the travel was good as we travelled a group of 20 members with fun filled activities.
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Train name (Train no): Nellai Express (12631)
Tickets booked:
  • 7 days prior
This train has:
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 5.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 4.00/7
This station has
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  • Prepaid auto/taxi
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The hotel was really located in pleasant location that too within the city limits. Basic amenities were good except for hot water which was provided on time but the water colour was bit odd. Maybe same condition at all other hotel not sure though. We booked couple of 3 bedroom, family room. It...more »
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Chennai to Kodaikanal By Train (435 Km)

Chennai ––› Kodaikanal
By Train 435 Km
Chennai to Kodaikanal by Train (435 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 (435 Km)

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica A/C 11 4785
Toyota Qualis 11 4785
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 5220
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 5220
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 5655
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  • Trains
    • Best trains to take:Kannyakumari Express (12665), Pearl City Exp (12693)
    • Last station:Kodaikanal
    • Total distance:435 km
  • Taxi
    • Total distance:435 km
    • Duration: 7 Hrs by car
    • Price:from Rs. 9 per km
  • Bus
    • Total distance:435 km
    • Duration: 7 Hrs by Bus
  • Flights
    • Total distance:435 km
    • Nearest Airport:Madurai
  • Hotels
    • Hotels: 159 Hotel |
    • Hotel reviews: 15251
    • Awards: 60 of 275 hotels won Best of 2012 award

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