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.
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.
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.
If you wish to travel to Kodaikanal for vocation from Chennai, I strongly suggest you travel in your own car. Start early and reach by late evening or if you are late raiser like me stop over at Dindukkal for night. Book a A/C room sleep overnight star by morning after breakfast and reach in afternoon for the lunch. Do not forget to sip a tender coconut while taking turn from the main road to hill road and taste the sweet jack fruit on the hill road.
It was nice drive with family. But you have to make frequent stops to refresh yourself :-). But helps a lot for people who have no boundaries for time line to reach. We make sure that we cover all key places on the way so you feel more enjoyed. Moreover NH45 have enough food restaurants that you can plan.
Need to ensure you are travelling in AC coach and better to take a cab from Dindugal to hill top. We booked our cab from Dindugal through a source out there for much cheaper. The train was actually well-maintained. Palani Express from Chennai Central would be a best option to go.
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