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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Jeya Raj
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  • 2 Reviews
Jeya Raj
4.5/7
Posted 1 week ago Jan 17, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
It's a semi sleeper bus in good condition and there is no charging point for charging our mobiles. The halt station is not having proper toilet facility and the food they provided is not good. The seats are not in best condition and the road is very good to travel.
Bus operator: SETC
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
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L muthiah
  • L muthiah
  • 3 Reviews
L muthiah
7/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Jan 12, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
It was a good experience for me, a drive with family in the hill stations. Fuel stations are there in Kodai near the lake. You can visit so many places by going in car and route conditions are very good. While going we can purchase so many fruits uphill.
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Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
Route Taken:National Highway 45
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Prabhu M
  • Prabhu M
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
Prabhu M
6.4/7
Posted 3 weeks ago Jan 8, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
We booked in KPN Bus and it was an AC fully sleeper one. AC was good and seats were neat. We boarded in the night and bus took as per schedule and arrived there as per timing. We felt relaxed when we reached Kodai. I wasn't tired but ticket cost was 1100 per head.
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Bus operator: KPN Travels
Bus Type:
  • Sleeper
This bus has:
  • Comfortable seats
Trip Includes:  Pine Borough Inn | Kodaikanal | Kodai Lake
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Sambandan ramachandran
  • Sambandan ramachandran
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
Sambandan ramachandran
4.5/7
Posted 3 weeks ago Jan 5, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
There are many trains via Kodai Road / Dindugal. We chose this train since the timing was convenient. The AC compartment was decent and we got out preferred berth. The TT was friendly and provided assistance to get us dropped at the right station. There are many restaurants near Chennai Egmore that offers good vegetarian food. The Madurai junction was also quite clean and taxi was easily available to reach the hotel.
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Train name (Train no): POTHIGAI EXPRESS (2661)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
This train has:
  • On-time
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 4.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Madurai Junction
 4.50/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
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R R
  • R R
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
R R
6/7
Posted 4 weeks ago Dec 30, 2014
Mode of Transport:Car
It was a pleasant ride with no tiredness and was a single handed drive. On the way we went to Trichy Sri Rangam Temple and then the next day started to Kodaikanal. In return we went to Palani Murugan Temple.

At Kodai we experienced the nice boating experience. We spent an hr with our camera and we can take kids along with us. Lots of shops around the lake. Cost of the things varies from person to person and shops to shop. So be careful while buying things from these shops. Best avoid purchase at these shops. No extra tickets for camera. Horse riding was available around the paths of the lake.
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Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:National Highway 45
Trip Includes:  JC Grant
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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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Road/Route Map For Chennai To Kodaikanal

Driving directions from Chennai to Kodaikanal
  • 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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