Chennai to Kodaikanal Distance

Chennai To Kodaikanal

(Kodaikanal To Chennai)

Best way to travel from Chennai to Kodaikanal

Total distance 517 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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Shankara murthy
  • Shankara murthy
  • 3 Reviews
Shankara murthy
5/7
Posted 4 weeks ago Aug 7, 2014
Mode of Transport:Train
The train travel was very pleasant since I traveled in an AC compartment. The train compartment was neatly maintained and this train always runs on time. Though pantry car is not available in the train, IRCTC arranges food from the stations.
Train name (Train no): PANDIAN EXPRESS (2637)
Tickets booked:
  • 7 days prior
This train has:
  • On-time
  • Clean toilets
Boarding Station: Chennai Egmore
 5.50/7
This station has
  • Food available for purchase
  • Accomodation
  • Books/Newspaper to buy
  • Prepaid auto/taxi
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 5.00/7
Trip Includes:  Sunrise Hotel | Kodai Lake
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Ashok
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  • 3 Reviews
Ashok
6.5/7
Posted 4 weeks ago Aug 6, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
The bus was very good and it was nice to travel with the bus. The seats were good and the bus was on time and thatís was good.
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Bus operator: Parveen Travels
This bus has:
  • TV/Entertainment
  • Comfortable seats
  • On-time
  • Good halts
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
Trip Includes:  Gurupriya Hotel | Kodai Lake
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Nishant
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  • 3 Reviews
Nishant
5/7
Posted 4 weeks ago Aug 5, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
It is a nice place with so many curves on the way. I just took some photos with my loved once and there were so many shops enroute.
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This bus has:
  • TV/Entertainment
Bus Type:
  • Sleeper
Trip Includes:  Pine Borough Inn | Kodaikanal
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Praveen
  • Praveen
  • 3 Reviews
Praveen
5.5/7
Posted 4 weeks ago Aug 5, 2014
Mode of Transport:Train
The route was filled with curves. I just took many photos with my friends and there were so many shops. I liked to eat carrot on Kodai.
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Train name (Train no): PEARL CITY EXPRESS (2693)
Tickets booked:
  • 30 days prior
Boarding Station: Chennai Central
 4.50/7
Last Station: Kodaikanal Road
 5.50/7
Trip Includes:  Gurupriya Hotel | Kodaikanal
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Soumen Kar
  • Soumen Kar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
Soumen Kar
5/7
Posted 1 month ago Jul 31, 2014
Mode of Transport:Bus
The bus operator was good with good driver and an assistant. I had a good experience and recommend others to travel by the same bus.
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Bus operator: SRS Travels
This bus has:
  • Comfortable seats
  • On-time
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
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 Express Chennai Egmore 19:35 03:34 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
16735 Chendur Express (Chennai Egmore – Tiruchendur) Chennai Egmore 16:05 02:11 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12637 Pandiyan Express Chennai Egmore 21:20 05:05 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
12642 Thirukkural Superfast Express Chennai Egmore 18:30 02:38 N N N N N Y N
12665 Howrah-Kanyakumari 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
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 5232
Hyundai Santro 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:Howrah-Kanyakumari Express (12665), Thirukkural Superfast Express (12642)
    • 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
  • Hotels
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    • Hotel reviews: 5910
    • Awards: 82 of 187 hotels won Best of 2012 award
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