Chennai to Kodaikanal Distance

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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Sundar Anderson
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  • 3 Reviews
Sundar Anderson
7/7
Posted 3 days ago Jul 20, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
The bus is good and comfortable with travel and the travel time between Chennai to Kodaikanal is huge. The night travel was very good. We enjoyed sleeping in the bus. Have good foods in the travel time and saw mountains the sunrise. There were too good places between the destinations.
Bus operator: SETC
This bus has:
  • Comfortable seats
Bus Type:
  • Sleeper
Trip Includes:  Mount View Hotel | Kodai Resort
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Antony Churchil
  • Antony Churchil
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews
Antony Churchil
5/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Jul 9, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
We boarded from Chennai bus terminus in the evening and we reached at the morning 6 am and it was full of mist. Very decent bus with push back facilities and others like semi sleeper, very neat, staffs were well behaved and indeed they are one of the most popular travels in India.
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Bus operator: Parveen Travels
This bus has:
  • TV/Entertainment
  • Comfortable seats
  • On-time
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
Trip Includes:  Raahat Inn Hotel | Kodai Lake
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Sagar
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  • 2 Reviews
Sagar
7/7
Posted 3 weeks ago Jul 3, 2014
Mode of Transport:Car
We had a very good travel experience and it is not the first time but we always prefer car travel in which we take our own time to travel and enjoy the ride and stop where ever we like in ghats and click pictures. Spend time on the way and play our favourite songs which suit the situation and sing together and will have lot of fun with ride.
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This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
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Murugan
  • Murugan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
Murugan
4/7
Posted 1 month ago Jun 12, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
Bus was good and had TV and music systems. Driver did drive carefully and we reached on time and safely. They stopped on the way for tea and food. The places were good and neat. While going up to the hills the view from the bus is attractive.
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This bus has:
  • TV/Entertainment
  • Comfortable seats
  • On-time
  • Good halts
Bus Type:
  • Sleeper
Trip Includes:  River View Hotel | Kodai Lake
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Mahesh Kumar
  • Mahesh Kumar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
Mahesh Kumar
4.5/7
Posted 1 month ago Jun 11, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
Had such a great time. I really had a great time. This is a journey that everyone should take - a bus ride to Kodaikanal from Chennai. The roads are good and the uphill road is really thrilling when you go past it. On the say you get south Indian eateries where they serve idly and dhosa so it was fun!!
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Bus operator: Shama Sardar Travels
This bus has:
  • Good halts
Bus Type:
  • A/C
Trip Includes:  Gurupriya Hotel | Coaker's Walk
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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
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