Kodaikanal is situated at a distance of about 1034 km from Hyderabad. The town is popularly known as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ and is well-connected to Hyderabad by airways and railways. However, the best way to reach Kodaikanal from Hyderabad is by flight. There is no direct flight available from Hyderabad to Kodaikanal. However, you can take a flight from Hyderabad to Madurai, the nearest airport to Kodaikanal, which takes around 2 hours. The airport is about 126 km from Kodaikanal and you can hire a cab from the airport to travel to Kodaikanal, a journey of just over 2 hours. Madurai airport has several passenger amenities like snack bar, restaurants and pre-paid taxi service.
Transport options from Hyderabad to Kodaikanal
Hyderabad to Kodaikanal By Flight: Take a direct flight from Hyderabad to Madurai, which takes about 2 hours. Madurai airport is located at a distance of about 126 km from Kodaikanal. Taxis are available from the airport to travel to Kodaikanal. Comfortable and time saving. Ideal for travelling with kids and seniors.
Hyderabad to Kodaikanal By Train: Take a direct train from Hyderabad to Dindigul, which takes about 21 hours. Dindigul railway station is situated at around 96 km from Kodaikanal. This rail route covers places like Hyderabad - 100km -> Mahbubnagar - 127km -> Kurnool - 52km -> Dhone - 311km -> Renigunta - 108km -> Katpadi - 233km -> Salem - 65km -> Erode - 142km -> Dindigul. Take another train from Dindigul to Kodaikanal, a journey of less than half an hour. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are available from Dindigul railway station and Kodaikanal railway station to reach Kodaikanal.
Last moment they cancelled the bus. Again had to rush to Kesineni Travels office to book different route bus. Didn't start on time. After crossing Bangalore bus was break down. Had to wait for 3-4 hours on road. Hectic journey. Bus was suppose to reach Coimbatore at 8-9 Am morning but we reach at 4 Pm.
Travel was very good and the view from Ghat section was very good. The construction activity on Ghat section makes it more comfortable for future travellers. People with motion sickness should prepare themselves for the Ghat section. We saw good range of fresh fruit stalls along the way.
First time drove for 48 Kms in Palani Ghat to Kodaikanal. It was very thrilling. Roads are narrow but was in good conditions. If you go by car during day time, you can enjoy the nature, scenic beauty in the valley. Fruits and vegetables are on sale. Small restaurants are located for refreshment. On the way you can see the big falls.
Travelling by bus is a good experience. We enjoyed a lot. Road facilities are very good. After reaching it was a wonderful experience about journey. From start to end, the journey is good. Behaviour of staff is also good.
We enjoyed with family in sleeper class on the way our children enjoyed the greenery, rivers and green field, different people and culture. One bad thing in reservation coach, there is no security on the way because lot of general passenger entered and sleeping middle way, near toilets it is very uncomfortable for ladies and children.