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.
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.
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.
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.
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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