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.
We booked in KPN Bus and it was an AC fully sleeper one. AC was good and seats were neat. We boarded in the night and bus took as per schedule and arrived there as per timing. We felt relaxed when we reached Kodai. I wasn't tired but ticket cost was 1100 per head.
There are many trains via Kodai Road / Dindugal. We chose this train since the timing was convenient. The AC compartment was decent and we got out preferred berth. The TT was friendly and provided assistance to get us dropped at the right station. There are many restaurants near Chennai Egmore that offers good vegetarian food. The Madurai junction was also quite clean and taxi was easily available to reach the hotel.
It was a pleasant ride with no tiredness and was a single handed drive. On the way we went to Trichy Sri Rangam Temple and then the next day started to Kodaikanal. In return we went to Palani Murugan Temple.
At Kodai we experienced the nice boating experience. We spent an hr with our camera and we can take kids along with us. Lots of shops around the lake. Cost of the things varies from person to person and shops to shop. So be careful while buying things from these shops. Best avoid purchase at these shops. No extra tickets for camera. Horse riding was available around the paths of the lake.
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.
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