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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Varadharaj Bala

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Varadharaj Bala
4.3/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Aug 17, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
Kindly improve the bus quality for the passenger comfort. Seats are not cleaned properly. It was dusty and some of the seats push back lever was not working properly. It can be improved. Only driver is availed on that bus, no other attenders or like helpers for the bus is not available. it can be improvised in the future.
Bus operator: KPN Travels
Bus Type:
  • Non-AC
This bus has:
  • GPS Tracking
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Sridhar Saravanan

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Sridhar Saravanan
6/7
Posted 3 weeks ago Aug 14, 2015
Mode of Transport:Taxi
I had preferred car travel to make my trip convenient in means of comfort and time. I can stop wherever I want and enjoy the trip, no need to hurry, it helped me lot on decision making for tour plan. We have swapped the spot visits based on our convenience.

Overall, we had a secure tour/trip with car travel.
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Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:National Highway 45
Trip Includes:  Kodai Sunshine Hotel | Kodaikanal
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Venupradeep

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Venupradeep
4/7
Posted 3 weeks ago Aug 13, 2015
Mode of Transport:Flight
Chose the Airline for timing convenience and lower fare. However there was delay which had overturned our travel plans. Though the staff were courteous, the purpose of choosing air travel is defeated due to these delays. However was protected by spice assurance, hence compensated by vouchers for delay. Hence no worries.
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Airline name: SpiceJet
Boarding airport:Chennai
Rating:
6/7
Last airport:Madurai
Rating:
6/7
Trip Includes:  The Carnival
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Oormila

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Oormila
6.5/7
Posted 3 weeks ago Aug 11, 2015
Mode of Transport:Flight
Flight journey was excellent. We started our journey by Jet Airways. It took 50 minutes to reach from Chennai to Madurai. We had a wonderful experience travelling by air. Flight service was good, food was served in the flight. We hired a cab from Madurai to Kodaikanal. We had wonderful experience traveling on the hills. We had see many view point on the way.
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Airline name: Jet Airways
Boarding airport:Chennai
Rating:
7/7
Last airport:Madurai
Rating:
3.5/7
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Babu rao

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Babu rao
6/7
Posted 3 weeks ago Aug 10, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
We were on the way to Tirunelveli. Since it's hot summer in month of May, we had a sudden plan to travel to Kodaikanal. Since we are first time travelling to kodaikanal, as my car entered into the bottom of hills, we enjoyed the cool breeze from Kodai hills. As our car faced the hairpin bends my family member closed the eyes except me since I am driving. I felt sudden change in weather as we reached Kodai. The driving in mountains had a very different experience for me.
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Car Type:
  • Sedan
This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:NH7 and Grand Southern Trunk Rd/NH45
Trip Includes:  Sunrise Hotel | Kodaikanal | Kodai Lake
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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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  • 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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