My cousin and I started from Kochi at 5:30 Am. Traffic was very less and enjoyed the drive only problem was between Pollachi and Palani, some work was going at that time and we had to take a deviation. There were no signage in that route but road was good. We had a flat Tyre just few kilometers of Kodailkanal other than that the experience was great.
Good and a punctual bus service offered by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) with online booking facility upto Palani bus stand and from their to Kodai with Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation (TNSRTC) buses regular services. Simple and cost effective way to reach Kodai. It takes 3 hours to travel from Palani to the Kodai. Overall the journey was smooth and comfortable if we well planned before.
Travel arrangements done by Sterling Valley View and the taxi was good. The driver was very helpful and guided us properly throughout the entire trip. As guided by the travel desk we visited Palani temple. On the way to Kodai the terrain having a nice view.
Spending time with family in a hill station is so good. This year I planned my trip to Kodaikanal with family members. Right from the start till the finish it was an enjoyable trip and we travelled by car.
We started by morning 7 and reached Woody's by around 4 in the evening. We traveled via Alathur, Kollankode, Palani. On the way had breakfast and lunch and there were small towns and nice hotels on the route. We next went for sightseeing in Kodaikanal. First stop was Coakers Walk. Itís a walk way on the top of a hill. There was so much mist and fog which made was difficult to take any pictures. From Coakers Walk we can see the Kodaikanal Market area and the Pine forests. The journey was nice and everybody enjoyed it.
Kodaikanal is located at a distance of about 304 km from Kochi (Cochin). The hill resort, renowned for its vast production of eucalyptus oil, plums and homemade chocolates, is well-connected to Kochi by roadways and railways. However, the best way to reach Kodaikanal from Kochi is by car, a journey of about 6 hours. The places covered during the journey include Kochi - 46km -> Kodungallur - 39km -> Thrissur - 29km -> Kannambra - 70km -> Pollachi - 41km -> Madattukkulam - 89km -> Kodaikanal. Several petrol pumps of BP and Indian Oil are located at regular intervals. Local food-joints, dhabas and restaurants can also be found on the way to Kodaikanal from Kochi.
Transport options from Kochi (Cochin) to Kodaikanal
Kochi (Cochin) to Kodaikanal By Car: Take a cab from Kochi to Kodaikanal, which takes around 6 hours. The approximate cost of cabs ranges from INR15 to INR45 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families with kids and seniors.
Kochi (Cochin) to Kodaikanal By Bus: Take a direct bus from Kochi to Kodaikanal, which takes around 7 hours. The buses operating on this route are managed by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. The Kodaikanal bus stop is located in the city centre. Ideal for backpackers, individual travellers and youngsters.
Kochi (Cochin) to Kodaikanal By Train: Take a direct train from Kochi to Kodaikanal railway station, which takes around 13 hours. The Kodaikanal city centre is located at a distance of around 80 km from the railway station and can be reached by taxi or bus that takes around 2 hours. Economical and Ideal for travelling with families and seniors or in groups.