Madurai To Kodaikanal

(Kodaikanal To Madurai)

Best way to travel from Madurai to Kodaikanal

Total distance 116 km
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Kodaikanal is a beautiful city in hills located in the state of Tamil Nadu. The beautiful scenic views of hills, valleys and forests attract the tourists. Kodaikanal is well connected to the city of Madurai by roadways and railways at a distance of around 118 km by road. The best way to reach Kodaikanal from Madurai is railways. It's an hour journey from Madurai to Kodaikanal. The nearest railway stations to Kodaikanal are Kodaikanal Road and Palani. The places include in the journey through train from Madurai Junction - 41km-> Kodaikanal road. Rest rooms, book stalls, tea and refreshment stalls are the basic amenities at the Kodaikanal station. After that, hardly an hour journey can be carried on by taxi or bus. ATMs, small restaurants and snacks corners can be enjoyed during the journey by road.

Transport options from Madurai to Kodaikanal

Madurai to Kodaikanal By Car: Hire a cab from Madurai to Kodaikanal which takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes. The cost of cabs ranges from INR 10 to INR 22 per km, depending upon the type of car. Petrol pumps, restaurants and ATMs are available on the way. Ideal for families, senior citizens and groups.

Madurai to Kodaikanal By Bus: Take a bus from Arapalayam Bus Stand at Madurai to Kodaikanal. It's a 2 hours journey by bus having scenic views of hills on the way. A/C, Non A/C, Volvo buses are available from Madurai to Kodaikanal. Ideal for backpackers, families and single travellers.

Madurai to Kodaikanal By Train: Take a direct train from Madurai Junction tos Kodaikanal. Many Express trains are available. Pandian Express, Nellai Express and Pearl City Express are available all days of the week. It's a 30 minutes journey From Madurai to Kodaikanal. Ideal for families, groups and senior citizens.

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Vijay
  • Vijay
  • 3 Reviews
4.5/7 Posted 2 weeks ago
Mode of Transport:Bus
Since its a SETC bus, you should not expect a lot. But I liked the overall experience. As a newly wed couple we had a great time. We chatted and talked away for the entire length of the journey. Overall it was good. But, the service inside was not that good.
Bus operator:SETC
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Trip Includes:  Snooze Inn | Kodaikanal
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Vijay Shankar
  • Vijay Shankar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
7/7 Posted 2 months ago
Mode of Transport:Car
Most of the time i start my trip to kodai after 5PM, the roads are in good condition and you can buy plenty of fruits and vegetables fresh from the mountain. On route one can enjoy the nice view of silver cascade falls. The route has only one toll collection booth which charges Rs60 per vehicle. More »
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Ashok
  • Ashok
  • 3 Reviews
7/7 Posted 4 months ago
Mode of Transport:Car
We had the most enjoyable experience in Kodaikanal. We came from Madurai by our Indica starting with Silver Falls, Perumalmali and several places and entered the resort by evening and had good time there. The second day we had seen many good site seeing places and the resort people helped about the site seeing timings and everything. More »
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Dinakar
  • Dinakar
  • 6 Reviews
6/7 Posted 5 months ago
Mode of Transport:Taxi
We started in the afternoon. The road is excellent barring a few uneven patches. The route was scenic and we stopped enroute at a few places for refreshments. Particularly, after a certain distance on the ghat section, we came across a small shop selling coffee. The coffee is refreshing and is served in brass tumblers and it had great aroma awakening you inner senses. Thereafter, we proceeded to Kodaikanal and reached our destination around 7 pm. More »
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Trip Includes:  Valley View Inn Hotel | Kodaikanal
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Senthil
  • Senthil
  • 6 Reviews
7/7 Posted 6 months ago
Mode of Transport:Car
Had a very good time with my entire family travelling through the hairpin bends of Kodaikanal. Switching off the AC on the half way because of the cool air that pierced into the car and touching our faces and creating a soothing and relaxed mood. The trees and flowers seem to be welcoming us. As we know the route very well we did not find any difficulty in the travel. The fruits shops contain all the varieties of fruits which were not available in the plains. Travellers should really be very slow while travelling up and pave way to the down coming vehicles to help them. For me car is the best since I own a car but others too can arrange a affordable taxi from the foothills (Vathalakundu) to enjoy what we did. More »
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Madurai to Kodaikanal By Train (78 Km)

Madurai ––› Kodaikanal
By Train 78 Km
Madurai to Kodaikanal by Train (78 Km)
Train No. Train Name Origin Dep. Arr. Days Of Run
Mad... Kod... M T W T F S S
16340 Nagercoil-Mumbai CST Express Madurai Junction 11:50 12:24 Y Y Y N Y N N
16724 Anantapuri Express Madurai Junction 23:00 23:36 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
16731 Tuticorin Mysore Express Madurai Junction 19:50 20:24 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
16736 Tiruchendur - Chennai Egmore Chendur Express Madurai Junction 00:15 00:46 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
16780 Rameshwaram Tirupati (Meenakshi) Express Madurai Junction 19:15 19:46 Y N N Y N Y N
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Madurai to Kodaikanal By Car/Taxi (78 Km)

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica 7 546
Chevrolet Tavera 8 624
Toyota Qualis 8 624
Tata Indica A/C 9 702
Toyota Qualis A/C 11 858
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Road/Route Map For Madurai To Kodaikanal

Driving directions from Madurai to Kodaikanal
  • Taxi
    • Total distance:78 km
    • Duration: 1 Hrs by car
    • Price:from Rs. 7 per km
  • Bus
    • Total distance:78 km
    • Duration: 1 Hrs by Bus
  • Trains
    • Best trains to take:Madurai Villupuram Passenger (56706), Madurai Dindigul Passenger (56708)
    • Last station:Kodaikanal
    • Total distance:78 km
  • Flights
    • Total distance:78 km
    • Nearest Airport:Madurai
  • Hotels
    • Hotels: 105 Hotel |
    • Hotel reviews: 4648
    • Awards: 15 of 181 hotels won Best of 2012 award
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