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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Akash singh Chauhan

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Akash singh Chauhan
6/7
Posted 2 months ago Mar 20, 2015
Mode of Transport:Train
We opted night journey so that we could save time. Although it was a night journey but we enjoyed a lot like playing cards, antakshari and etc. We arrived at our destination station early morning at 3 am from there we boarded a bus which was arranged for us by the hotel authorities. The bus took us to one of the famous waterfalls on the way to hotel which was very refreshing. Finally we reached our hotel.
Train name (Train no): PANDIAN EXPRESS (2637)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
This train has:
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 6.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 4.50/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
Trip Includes:  Hotel Hill View | Kodaikanal
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Nishanth Kumar

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  • Nishanth Kumar
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Nishanth Kumar
5.9/7
Posted 2 months ago Mar 16, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
We went to Kodaikanal via Madurai. It took us around 3.5 hr to reach there by cab. The road is good enough with lot of natural sightseeing in between. We reached our hotel by evening. Kodaikanal is a cool and calm, all weather hill station. A good place to relax along with friends and Family. Cost of stay and food is much cheaper than other hill stations across India.
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Bus operator: Prasanna Travels
Bus Type:
  • A/C
This bus has:
  • TV/Entertainment
Trip Includes:  Pine Borough Inn | Kodaikanal
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Suresh

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  • Lives in Chennai
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Suresh
7/7
Posted 3 months ago Mar 9, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
I travelled with my family in Automatic Jetta. Chennai to Kodai is superb highway NH-45 and took around 7 hr with small breaks in between. Over all road drive was mid or less traffic. I recommend road journey in this stretch. One can have one day stop in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) which is on bank of river Kaveri and visit temples around.
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Car Type:
  • Sedan
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:National Highway 45
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Kiruba Karan

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Kiruba Karan
3.4/7
Posted 3 months ago Mar 4, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
The bus journey was not so comfortable. I would suggest a better one. it was a bumpy ride once it reached the hills. Also donít wear jeans during the travel as you will get rashes in your thighs. But the sight you see during travel is awesome you will love to take pictures and the turns in the hair pin curves will take you to your childhood.
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Bus operator: SETC
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
Trip Includes:  Club India Resort
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  • 320 votes

Premkumar Ganesan

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Premkumar Ganesan
6.9/7
Posted 3 months ago Feb 20, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
Had a nice experience in this journey that too with my friends and had a wonderful time that we spent in Kodai. It has a nice whether, moderate cool. Also lot of places to visit. Boat riding, cycling and many more to enjoy and to spent time. One of the best hill station in southern India region. Whether is really awesome and enjoy. Avoid long weekends in Home. Try to spent time in this kable. Have a walk in the early morning to enjoy the whether and scenic beauty Ind of hill station.
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Bus operator: SETC
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
Trip Includes:  | Kodai Lake
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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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