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.
Kindly improve the bus quality for the passenger comfort. Seats are not cleaned properly. It was dusty and some of the seats push back lever was not working properly. It can be improved. Only driver is availed on that bus, no other attenders or like helpers for the bus is not available. it can be improvised in the future.
I had preferred car travel to make my trip convenient in means of comfort and time. I can stop wherever I want and enjoy the trip, no need to hurry, it helped me lot on decision making for tour plan. We have swapped the spot visits based on our convenience.
Overall, we had a secure tour/trip with car travel.
Chose the Airline for timing convenience and lower fare. However there was delay which had overturned our travel plans. Though the staff were courteous, the purpose of choosing air travel is defeated due to these delays. However was protected by spice assurance, hence compensated by vouchers for delay. Hence no worries.
Flight journey was excellent. We started our journey by Jet Airways. It took 50 minutes to reach from Chennai to Madurai. We had a wonderful experience travelling by air. Flight service was good, food was served in the flight. We hired a cab from Madurai to Kodaikanal. We had wonderful experience traveling on the hills. We had see many view point on the way.
We were on the way to Tirunelveli. Since it's hot summer in month of May, we had a sudden plan to travel to Kodaikanal. Since we are first time travelling to kodaikanal, as my car entered into the bottom of hills, we enjoyed the cool breeze from Kodai hills. As our car faced the hairpin bends my family member closed the eyes except me since I am driving. I felt sudden change in weather as we reached Kodai. The driving in mountains had a very different experience for me.
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