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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Jegan
  • Jegan
  • Lives in Agra
  • 3 Reviews
Jegan
6/7
Posted 1 month ago Dec 29, 2014
Mode of Transport:Car
Trip was fantastic and throughout the trip we experienced the best climatic condition. Especially while travelling from Bathalagundu to Kodaikanal the views were stunning. We started at 10.30 pm from Chennai, had great dinner at Mamandur and reached Dindigul Byepass at around 4 am.

Travelling from Dindigul to Kodaikanal was not a double way road as NH-45. So it's better to take rest and start your travel again after 6 am. It was a nice experience travelling with our own vehicle.
Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:National Highway 45
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Jeyakar Chandrabose
  • Jeyakar Chandrabose
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
Jeyakar Chandrabose
4.1/7
Posted 2 months ago Dec 6, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
I took SETC government bus while climbing up the Kodai mountain and the roads were broken due to rain. The curves were really bad and journey was terrible. The Holiday Resort is located in a nice place by lake view but little faraway from the bus stand and shops.
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Bus operator: SETC
Bus Type:
  • Sleeper
This bus has:
  • Comfortable seats
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Ponguru Mani
  • Ponguru Mani
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews
Ponguru Mani
5.5/7
Posted 2 months ago Dec 3, 2014
Mode of Transport:Car
We started from Chennai early in the morning and reached Kodaikanal by 2 pm. Although it was raining in some areas on the way it didn't hamper our journey in any way. Enroute we had food in a good hotel. On the whole the car ride was without any trouble. We also stopped at Srirangam to have Darsan of Lord Ranganatha Swamy. But we could not get the Darsan since there was a huge rush at the temple and we felt we will not be able to reach Kodai if we wait for the Darsan.
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Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:National Highway 45
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Balaji
  • Balaji
  • 4 Reviews
Balaji
7/7
Posted 2 months ago Nov 20, 2014
Mode of Transport:Train
We started by train and we reached Kodi Road and from there we caught a bus and we reached Kodaikanal by bus. Trip was by road and cost wise it's cheaper. In Kodaikanal we booked two days package in some travel and also we booked a cab from them only for return to Madurai. Overall travel was good.
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Train name (Train no): Palani Mas Exp (16002)
Tickets booked:
  • 7 days prior
This train has:
  • Veg. Food
  • On-time
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Chennai Central
 6.50/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Medical facility
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 7.00/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
Trip Includes:  Jai Hotel | Kodaikanal
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Raja
  • Raja
  • Lives in Achalpur
  • 2 Reviews
Raja
5/7
Posted 2 months ago Nov 19, 2014
Mode of Transport:Flight
Reaching Madurai and returning on the same day or next the option is Jet. It is an short trip with small aeroplane made our kids happy. Mostly on time and first flight to reach Madurai from Chennai. It is always pleasure to reach Madurai in shortest time.
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Airline name: Jet Konnect
Boarding airport:Chennai
Rating:
6/7
Last airport:Madurai
Rating:
4/7
Trip Includes:  Richwin Hotel
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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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Road/Route Map For Chennai To Kodaikanal

Driving directions from Chennai to Kodaikanal
  • 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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    • Hotel reviews: 8633
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