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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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