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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.