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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Arun raj

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Arun raj
6.3/7
Posted Oct 7, 2015 Oct 7, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
We booked sleeper AC coach bus in kpn travel from Chennai to Kodaikanal. The outside and inside of that bus was nice. The bed and pillow cover little bit dust. Correct time they get start. There is no water bottle and no stand in our berth for put luggage.
Bus operator: KPN Travels
Bus Type:
  • A/C
This bus has:
  • Comfortable seats
  • Pillow
  • Reading Light
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Kodaikanal is called as the 'Princess of Hill' stations. After marriage plan go to Kodaikanal for honeymoon trip. We went September during 1st week. It was rainy time. So advise you to please go in the time of summer. But summer season more crowd in every place. The local food is not that mush...more »
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Vasanth
6.5/7
Posted Aug 25, 2015 Aug 25, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
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.
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Car Type:
  • SUV
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
Route Taken:National Highway 45
Trip Includes:  Grand Palace Hotel
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Vijayakumar Chakra

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Vijayakumar Chakra
5/7
Posted Aug 21, 2015 Aug 21, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
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.
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Train name (Train no): KANYAKUMARI EXPRESS (2633)
Tickets booked:
  • Tatkal
This train has:
  • On-time
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 5.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Mandurai
 5.00/7
This station has
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  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
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Deepa
6.5/7
Posted Aug 20, 2015 Aug 20, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
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.
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Train name (Train no): Pandian Express (12637)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 6.50/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 5.00/7
Trip Includes:  Grand Palace Hotel | Kodaikanal
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Vishwanadan
4.5/7
Posted Aug 19, 2015 Aug 19, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
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.
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Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
Route Taken:Grand Southern Trunk Rd/தேசிய நெடுஞ்சாலை 45
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Chennai to Kodaikanal By Train (435 Km)

Chennai ––› Kodaikanal
By Train 435 Km
Chennai to Kodaikanal by Train (435 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 (435 Km)

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica A/C 11 4785
Toyota Qualis 11 4785
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 5220
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 5220
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 5655
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  • Trains
    • Best trains to take:Kannyakumari Express (12665), Pearl City Exp (12693)
    • Last station:Kodaikanal
    • Total distance:435 km
  • Taxi
    • Total distance:435 km
    • Duration: 7 Hrs by car
    • Price:from Rs. 9 per km
  • Bus
    • Total distance:435 km
    • Duration: 7 Hrs by Bus
  • Flights
    • Total distance:435 km
    • Nearest Airport:Madurai
  • Hotels
    • Hotels: 161 Hotel |
    • Hotel reviews: 19691
    • Awards: 60 of 281 hotels won Best of 2012 award

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