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.
Short and sweet travel experience. The roads are good and nothing special. The ghat drive was scenic and enjoyable. The approach to Sterling from the lake needs improvement. I usually drive myself and found it enjoyable. The drive and my trip were fantastic and memorable.
We had a nice trip to Kodaikanal that to in a car, so that you can stop wherever you want to take snaps because there we had lot of good scenes to take photos with family to have good memories. You will not get this comfort when you by train or bus. I advise to have your own vehicle, especially a 4 x 4 vehicle to enjoy more.
The best time to travel is in the morning. We called the Country Club Vista to send a taxi to pick us up. Due to the hilly road it was not such a comfortable experience but of course the scenic beauty of the woods were mind refreshing. The roads in the cities don't offer much of the greenery but the forest trails do which is good. We travelled in the evening so we could watch the sunset and the darkness cease the sunlight easily. Less street lights made it a bit uneasy journey having our heart in our mouth. Morning times are good. We couldn't find any dhaba as expected so we carried our dinner with us. The twisting roads may make you feel dizzy so carry Avomin or Vertidome or any other medicine of such sort.
The journey took around 3-4 hours from Madurai to Kodaikanal as we were stopping by at many picturesque location throughout the roads. We had taken a non-ac bus as Kodaikanal is a hilly area. The bus driver and conductor was very helpful and well-behaved. Travelling by bus offers excellent beauty on both sides.
We were mirthful during journey. The taxi driver was very considerate & cooperative. Weather was pretty good. Overall a good & refreshing journey. The taxi was new & driving was extremely good. Pine trees & other huge trees were standing calm & appearing to convey their pain of hot climate.