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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Vasanth

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Vasanth
6.5/7
Posted 1 week ago Aug 25, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
Very pleasant to travel by road to Kodaikanal. It took 10 hrs to drive from Chennai. Climate was very pleasant to drive in the early morning. Do not miss Dindugal biriyani en-route to Kodaikanal. Please do not pollute hill station with plastics. Drive safe during hill road being same is very narrow some times.
Car Type:
  • SUV
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
Route Taken:National Highway 45
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Vijayakumar Chakra

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Vijayakumar Chakra
5/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Aug 21, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
We took train in night journey in 3 A/C. It was comfortable and pleasant journey. As it was night hours, we were able to sleep well and relaxing. The services in coach were good. The train maintained its schedule and reached Madurai next day early morning. Then we hired taxi to travel by Road to Kodaikanal. It was really excellent experience amid-st cool breeze and green on Ghat Roads with dark clouds keep appearing. We enjoyed nice forest fruits varieties on way. It too about 3 hrs to reach hotel.
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Train name (Train no): KANYAKUMARI EXPRESS (2633)
Tickets booked:
  • Tatkal
This train has:
  • On-time
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 5.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Mandurai
 5.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
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Deepa

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Deepa
6.5/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Aug 20, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
Train travel was good. We travelled by three tier AC. As always Pandian Express will be on time and the train was in good condition. We got down at Kodai Road by 04. 30 Am and we hired a taxi. We reached Kodaikanal at 7 Am. On the way we covered two to three places like Silver Cascade Falls etc.
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Train name (Train no): Pandian Express (12637)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 6.50/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 5.00/7
Trip Includes:  | Kodaikanal
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Vishwanadan

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Vishwanadan
4.5/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Aug 19, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
You must start early to reach before it becomes dark, if your travelling first time to this destination. The roads need touch up in certain places. Sign boards should be displayed in more places. After Trichy we had to enter the town because the fly over was not ready. This is a by pass bridge.
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Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
Route Taken:Grand Southern Trunk Rd/தேசிய நெடுஞ்சாலை 45
Trip Includes:  | Kodaikanal | Kurinji Andavar Temple
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Timothy
5/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Aug 19, 2015
Mode of Transport:Flight
The journey was good but both ways SpiceJet did not keep up the timing. Flight was clean and staff were courteous. It was a regular flight travel nothing much to comment. Chennai to Madurai flight was like a mini bus. Checking in the counters were easy. Boarding process was okay.
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Airline name: SpiceJet
Boarding airport:Chennai
Rating:
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Last airport:Madurai
Rating:
5/7
Trip Includes:  | Kodaikanal
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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
  • Flights
    • Total distance:436 km
    • Nearest Airport:Madurai
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