Chennai To Kodaikanal

(Kodaikanal To Chennai)

Best way to travel from Chennai to Kodaikanal

Total distance 517 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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Purush V
  • Purush V
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews
5.5/7 Posted 2 weeks ago
Mode of Transport:Car
We a biker gang from Chennai decided to go for a long bike trip and chose Kodaikanal as the destination. We took NH45 from Chennai and the road is really good. It is clean and you can hit your top speed on this blindly. We had fun riding on this road. But carry food and enough drinks because you hardly find good hotels or even small shops. And till Bathalagundu the road was fantastic but some stretches in hill has the worst road ever making it difficult to ride and some stretches are extremely good. It was fun to ride in the hills.
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Clear Signages
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
Route Taken:National Highway 45
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Ganesh
  • Ganesh
  • 3 Reviews
4.5/7 Posted 2 weeks ago
Mode of Transport:Bus
Sleeper is the good option to travel from Chennai to Kodaikanal. Pillow in the bus is little concern, it is very small. During the journey they stopped the bus for dinner and morning tea. They do not provide water or blankets. Since the fare is so cheap, it is acceptable. More »
Bus operator:SRS Travels
This bus has:
  • Comfortable seats
  • On-time
  • Good halts
Bus Type:
  • Sleeper
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I stayed in Sterling with my wife during our honeymoon trip. Our check in time is 12:00 pm but we reached the hotel early at 9:00m am. Front office people are so kind, they arranged the room immediately without any hesitation. All the staffs of the resort greeted us. Facilities and the neatness...more »
Trip Includes:  | Kodaikanal
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Mohamed
  • Mohamed
  • 2 Reviews
6/7 Posted 1 month ago
Mode of Transport:Car
It is a national highway and only the road near Kodaikanal needs immediate attention and some parts of the village roads are in pathetic shape as well. Some of the roads are not that green as it used to be. However, the route has petrol pumps, service centres, restaurants, rest rooms, etc. so you need not worry at all. Have a happy journey! More »
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Car Type:
  • Sedan
Route Taken:National Highway 45
Trip Includes:  Kodai Resort
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Praveen kumar
  • Praveen kumar
  • 3 Reviews
6/7 Posted 1 month ago
Mode of Transport:Train
Travelled in 3rd AC. Got blanket and white sheets. Reached on time. And then we got into a Indica car from Coimbatore railway station, it was booked in advance. Thankfully the driver was very helpful. It was a good ride with nice mountain views on the way. Enjoyed the journey completely. More »
Train name (Train no): Nilgiri (Blue Mountain) Express(12672)
Tickets booked:
  • 7 days prior
This train has:
  • On-time
Boarding Station: Chennai Central
 5.50/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Coimbatore Main Junction
 5.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Trip Includes:  The Carnival | Kodaikanal
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Chithra
  • Chithra
  • 2 Reviews
7/7 Posted 2 months ago
Mode of Transport:Bus
- On time pick up and on time arrival \r\n- 100 % Comfort zone \r\n- Good driver and hospitality \r\n- Normal speed allows us to sleep peacefully\r\n- Pit stop are really good with nice food \r\n- A/C was mid and awesome\r\n- Overall it was nice experience in bus to Kodaikanal with families \r\n- Chatting and relaxing time it was we had in the bus More »
Bus operator:KPN Travels
This bus has:
  • On-time
Bus Type:
  • Sleeper
Trip Includes:  The Carnival
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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 Express Chennai Egmore 19:35 03:34 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
16735 Chendur Express (Chennai Egmore – Tiruchendur) Chennai Egmore 16:05 02:11 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12637 Pandiyan Express Chennai Egmore 21:20 05:05 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12642 Thirukkural Superfast Express Chennai Egmore 18:30 02:38 N N N N N Y N
12665 Howrah-Kanyakumari 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
Mahindra Xylo A/C 13 5668
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Road/Route Map For Chennai To Kodaikanal

Driving directions from Chennai to Kodaikanal
  • Trains
    • Best trains to take:Howrah-Kanyakumari Express (12665), Thirukkural Superfast Express (12642)
    • 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
  • Hotels
    • Hotels: 105 Hotel |
    • Hotel reviews: 4657
    • Awards: 15 of 181 hotels won Best of 2012 award
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