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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Rathikan c

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  • Rathikan c
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Rathikan c
6.5/7
Posted 1 month ago Jun 25, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
The train was on time in Chennai Egmore Railway Station. Since it is May month, we travelled in 3 tier A/C. We got down in Kodai Road Station and the train was late for 45 mins. From there we went by bus to Kodaikenal. We got down from train by 5.45 Am, but we missed the direct bus from railway station since the train was late. So we got bus to Buttalgunda and from there direct bus to Kodaikanal.
Train name (Train no): Pandian Exp (12638)
Tickets booked:
  • 60 days prior
This train has:
  • On-time
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 5.00/7
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 5.00/7
Trip Includes:  Sunrise Hotel
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Viji rajendran

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Viji rajendran
6/7
Posted 1 month ago Jun 24, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
Since we do it all the time, nothing new to say, except its convenient to drive and stop for stretching tired limbs, on the way catch a cuppa! Pick a spot to click a few photos and drive on. A tab on safe driving rules and road courtesy.
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Car Type:
  • Sedan
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:AH 45
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Ajay

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Ajay
7/7
Posted 1 month ago Jun 18, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
Night travel, had a good sleep. Morning the moment you get down from train, run to catch the bus which will waiting to go Kodaikanal city. If you go late you will get no seats and pay huge money to cab drivers. Better go by bus.
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Train name (Train no): Pandian Exp (12638)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 4.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 4.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
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The place was surrounded with Fog. View of Kodai Hills from bed where you lay down was awesome. Having Coffee in the room with a romantic view from window is Awesome. I enjoyed during my stay.

The Hotel is situated in a very good location between hills. To and fro journey you will be...more »
Trip Includes:  | Kodai Lake
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Senthil kumar

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Senthil kumar
0.6/7
Posted 2 months ago Jun 16, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
The mistake was to book the ticket and then read the review. It all begin with boarding with awful welcome from the driver. Just turned back and saw that every other passengers were greeted in the same way. The sleeper seats(berth) were okay. The speed at which the bus operated beyond Trichy was quite annoying. Opt this travels, only if other better travels are filled up and if you dare.
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Bus operator: SRS Travels
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
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Yusuf nihal

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Yusuf nihal
6.5/7
Posted 2 months ago Jun 8, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
I love driving on highways. We drove in our car, self driven. A total of around 600 km from Chennai. We drove for 7 hours. We drove from Chennai towards krishnagiri, salem, dindigul first 100 km was bit annoying till walajapet, from there clean roads. Self drive is preferable to only those who love driving.
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Car Type:
  • Sedan
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
Route Taken:AH 45
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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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