Kodaikanal Tourism
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Kodaikanal Tourism

Kodaikanal Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 2133 m
  • Pincode: 624601
  • District: Dindigul
  • Language: Tamil
  • STD code: 0242
  • Weather: Summer 20 to 36°C, Winter 8 to 30°C
Located amidst the folds of the Palani Hills, Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Nestled between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys, the town is situated on a plateau above the southern escarpment of the upper Palani Hills. Perched at a height of 2133 m above sea level, this hill town is under the administrative control of the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.

To the north, Kodaikanal is guarded by high hills that slope down into the villages of Vilpatti and Pallangi, while to the east, they descend to the lower Palani hills. To the south of the destination, lies the Cumbum Valley; while to the west lies a plateau which leads to the Manjampatti Valley and the Anamalai Hills.

History of Kodaikanal

The word Kodaikanal in Tamil means Gift of the Forest. Known also as the Princess of Hill Stations, Kodaikanal is one of the most popular holiday destinations in entire South India. The Palaiyar tribal people were believed to be the earliest residents of this place. In addition, the earliest mention of the area in the chronicles of history can be found in Tamil Sangam Literature of the early Christian era.

In 1821, Lt. B.S. Ward was the first British to set foot on this land. In 1860, the first ever church was constructed in this town, which was accompanied by several other developments. These took place between 1860 and 1871, when prominent leaders like the Governors of Madras, Sir Charles Travelyon and Lord Napier visited Kodaikanal. By the 20th century, a few elite Indians came to realise the worth of this hill station and started relocating here.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Some of the prominent attractions of Kodaikanal include Coaker’s Walk, Bryant’s Park, Bear Shola Falls apart from the lake which is the main focus. Besides being a famous tourist destination, Kodaikanal is also known for eucalyptus oil, plums, homemade chocolates and pears. In addition, the place is also famous for the Kurinji, the flowers that blossom only once in twelve years.

Travelling to Kodaikanal

The nearest airport to reach Kodaikanal is at Madurai (120 km) which has connections to Chennai and Coimbatore. However, the airport at Coimbatore has more frequent connections to the rest of the country. It is situated at a distance of 180 km from Kodaikanal. Taxis are available from both the airports and cost about INR 2500 from Madurai and INR 4000 from Coimbatore.

Kodaikanal is also well connected by bus to destinations within the state and neighbouring states. Buses are available from Madurai and Dindigul which terminate at the bus stand in the city centre. Bus services are also available from Bengaluru, Kochi, Coimbatore and Chennai.

Trains can also be availed to reach Kodaikanal. The nearest rail station is Kodai Road, which is 3 hours away by bus. However, Coimbatore Junction is the nearest major rail head with frequent connections to major destinations in India like Bengaluru, Ernakulam, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram etc.

Kodaikanal is a year round destination; however, the best time to visit is from April to June, which is also the peak tourist season and again from September to October. In summers the temperature ranges from 11⁰ - 20⁰ Celsius. In late February and early March, the temperatures are lower and the nights can be chilly. It is best to avoid the monsoon season when there are heavy downpours and the region is covered in mist.

Accommodation Options in Kodaikanal

Accommodation options in Kodaikanal are plenty that range from Victorian styled star hotels and luxurious resorts to modern trendy and ethnic cottages. Hotels in Kodaikanal are available in all ranges to suit any kind of budget.
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Yashasvi Jain

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  • Yashasvi Jain
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 2 Reviews
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"Kodaikanal-The Epic" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Kodaikanal is an awesome place and its a blessed place and sun kissed. You can enjoy this hill station the best in summer. You can book a cabbie or can travel through bus. When we spotted there and booked the hotel we were shocked that there were no fans in the room. We immediately questioned the manager of the hotel he laughed and replied the answer you will get at night and he was right there was so cold that we even required a blanket. Don't forget so have a look at the garden that will melt tour heart. You can have horse ride and bicycle ride around the garden and eating facilities are nice. Don't forget to try the home made chocolates.
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Jyothi

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  • Jyothi
  • Lives in Kochi
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"Good destination to relax" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A very good place to spend with family and get relaxed. Lots of places to see, actually its not only the town, you need to go in and around 40-50 kms of the town. Especially the farmers in the village. Which is located around all sides by mountains and the terraced farming of the carrots, garlic, tomatoes, sabargili etc they do. It looks so good.
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Saheen Ahzan

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"Kodai - The Queen of Hill Stations" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kodaikanal, also known as Kodai, the Queen of hill stations, is blessed by god with such a beautiful climate. The chill, mist and the mood when we get there make us stay here longer. Kodai serves excellent climate throughout the year. Cheap food and stay is available everywhere. Solo Travellers, couples, groups, families. Kodai is the perfect place. So pack your bags, take your trip to Kodai. Worth every penny spent.
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Abdul shukkoor p m

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  • Abdul shukkoor p m
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"It was good trip with cold climate" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We went there on Xmas vacation and it was bit cold climate, but still nice to visit there. We enjoyed boating, cycling and visited different places. Totally, it was good trip and especially our hotel was in good location.
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Paul Anirban

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  • Paul Anirban
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
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"Awesome place to go!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I went with my classmates few days back. And I would say its the best place to spend your holidays with spectacular views. The mountain scenarios, the clouds covering the places. Make the view a reasonable reason to spend your money. I would recommend everyone to visit this place at least once in their lifetime.
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Roopa Raju

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  • Roopa Raju
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Great! Couldn't have been better" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodai is a beautiful hill station. We'd prefer it over Ooty. The misty n chill weather made it all the more romantic and nice. Most of the places of visit is within a radius of about 10 kms. Just that parking at these places becomes a bit of a problem during the peak season.
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Krishanu Borah

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  • Krishanu Borah
  • Lives in Guwahati
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"A tale of clouds and mountains" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We made a sudden plan to visit the location to get away from the city heat. The place didn't prove to be disappointment. Picturesque valleys, lakes, medicinal forest, chocolates and a lot was waiting for us there. Vattakanal is a nice place nearby and it is the hub of travellers from abroad.
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Karthik Ab

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  • Karthik Ab
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Overall Kodaikanal was nice" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Wonderful place for visitors. I stayed for an month & I really enjoyed it. Foods are very good and houses are very neatly and an perfect place for enjoying. Lot of places to visit and lots of mountains. So many vehicles and mountains are good. Chillness of climate really enjoyed it.
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Suhas Ns

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"Must-visit destination!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Being located in the Hill station of Nilgiri Hills, its a must visit destination. Good for weekend getaways. Be it with family for a small vacation. Be it with friends for a weekend trip. Be it newly married couple for as a honeymoon destination. Nice place to visit. Good sigh-seeing location in and around Kodaikanal. Boating in the centre lake was good. Early morning cycling around the lake is exercising, awesome experience with cool weather and early morning breeze.
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"Good place: a must visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is a beautiful hill station located in Tamil nadu. We visited during Pongal holidays, it was very crowded. A large number of Budget hotels were available, we didn't book in advance then also we got a proper hotel. Some good places are jewel box, pine tree forest, churches and beautiful temples. The waterfalls are very beautiful and worth going down, though it is a very tiring walk. The best way to reach Kodaikanal from Chennai is to catch a train or bus from Chennai to Mudarai and then travel to Kodaikanal from Madurai via bus. You must try home made chocolates and butter fruit juice.
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