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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

History of Kodaikanal

The hill station of India developed by the Americans, Kodaikanal is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. The clean air and the fantastic climate makes Kodaikanal a big hit vacation spot in the summers. Earlier, people had to travel by bullock cart, horse or palanquin through Kodaikanal. It is known that the forests were swarmed by wild animals and robbers, back then.

People And Culture of Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal’s culture hails from the American and British influences, who turned the place into a summer retreat. Both tribal life to modern Tamil settlements, can be found in Kodaikanal. Tamilians own the majority of Kodaikanal while the minority segments are the Paliyans and Puliyans. Swarmed by tourists, Kodaikanal in the present day witnesses a beautiful blend of the general population.

Languages spoken in Kodaikanal are Tamil and English. Tourism, cattle husbandry, plantations and agriculture are their sources of income. Pongal, Natyanjali Festival, Tea and Tourism festival, Chithirai festival are a few of the many other festivals celebrated with enthusiasm in Kodaikanal. Pongee is a four day harvest festival which ends with a Jallikkattu (bullfight). Sightseeing in Kodaikanal will give travellers a chance to witness the culture of the place.

Things To Do  in Kodaikanal

There are some beautiful places to visit in Kodaikanal. Temples, churches, museums, scenic sightseeing spots, there are many places to see in Kodaikanal. La Salette Church is the oldest shrine and also a famous Kodaikanal attraction. Kodaikanal Lake is famous spot everyone must visit and an important part of Yercaud sightseeing. Berijam Lake is another famous lake of Kodaikanal. Bear Shola falls, Palni Hills and Pillar Rocks give beautiful picturesque views and are a definite part of Kodaikanal tour. Travellers can rent a pedal boat, honeymoon boat and rowboats in Kodaikanal. Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum is another interesting Kodaikanal tourist place to go to where one can find flora and fauna of past 100 years.

Food And Shopping  in Kodaikanal

There are a lot more things to do in Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is an exclusive shopping destination adding on to the scenic beauty. Marshmallows, cheese, herbal tea, spices, home made chocolates, coffee, peanut butter, brown bread, flowers, aromatic oils, wooden clothes, handloom, shawls, ceramic items, jewellery and lot of more assorted items can be bought when in Kodaikanal, adding on to the list of Kodaikanal places to visit.

Accommodation in Kodaikanal

For transport options on how to reach Kodaikanal, travellers can choose amongst train, air or road. The nearest airports to Kodaikanal are the Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore ones, from where one can catch the bus to Kodaikanal. There are also frequent buses running from Chennai and Pondicherry too. If travellers wish to take the rail route, then Kodai Road is the best stop to get off at and head to the main city by cab. Apart from all these, many choose to self drive from Bangalore, Chennai or Madurai to Kodaikanal and enjoy the scenic beauty. There are many hotels in Kodaikanal such as Hotel Kodai International and Hill Country Resorts Kodaikanal and many more to choose from.



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Kadiyala praveen

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  • Kadiyala praveen
  • 5 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  334 readers

"Finest place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Really the atmosphere around Kodaikanal is so cool and wonderful and I with my of total 8 members visited the place and enjoyed a lot. The place to visit in Kodaikanal is the lake which was so long and next is Forest area which covers Coaker's walk, Dolphin's Nose and Suicide Place and next small village view which was a cute and interesting place.
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Nandagopal Damodaran

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  • Nandagopal Damodaran
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 19 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
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"With time, Kodai has become a Ooty with swelling crowds .." new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This was a hill station very popular with honeymooners as it had less crowd compared to more popular Ooty. This was my 4th visit to Kodai in the last 20 years .. And what I saw this time was pretty disturbing. Lots and lots of people everywhere and it looked more and more as some village fair concentrated in all places of attractions. Hundreds of hotels have sprung up and there by the place has become highly commercialized.
Still if we are choosy, we could locate some quiet places to stay and relax and is definitely a better choice when compared to Ooty.
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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 77 photos
  • 29 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  179291 readers

"Crowdless Hill Station - Perfect for a good Vacation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Ride was from Bangalore so overall road quality is good including ghaat road. Must visit places are Kodaikanal lake, Pillar Rock and Guna Cave, riad ti pillar rock/guna cave opens after 9am. Beside these place you visit berijam lake, dolphin nose. You can find ample place to stay and eat. This ia really very cold place so don't forget to carry gloves, socks with proper thermal wear.
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Deepak

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  • Deepak
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  383 readers

"To relax and enjoy with."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was very good holiday. And the nature of Kodaikanal was awesome at the time we visited. Best please I suggest to visit is dolphin peak and trucking was very good experience. Best was bike ride from Coimbatore to Kodaikanal including the ghat section was attractive.
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  •  8 helpful votes
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"Beautiful Kodaikanal"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kodaikanal is a perfect hill station for everyone. Kodai lake is very famous, there you can do boating & even cycling around the lake. Take a walk at Coakers Walk to enjoy the kodai view if the sky is clear. Food is mostly south Indian but at some restaurants north Indian dishes are also available.
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Jayakumar vasudevan

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  • Jayakumar vasudevan
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 4 Reviews
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  •  622 readers

"Awesome place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Really a nice place to visit with the family very clean and eco friendly place. Lake is very clean and well maintained. Boating was quite a relaxed experience. Totally the city was clean and good. Cycling around the lake is good, if you are buying homemade chocolate please take from the shop around the lake rather than on the way. Much cheap and good quality.
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Ganesh kashyapa d

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  • Ganesh kashyapa d
  • 3 Reviews
  •  645 readers

"Beautiful location for a retreat from the hectic city life ..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kodai has got a very beautiful scenery and an excellent climate. The best thing about Kodai is that the places excite every age group. Right from college going guys, to the elderly .. It excites everbody with its authentic natural beauty.
Kodai Lake is a must visit, cycling around the lake is a wonderful experience ... Berijam Lake, Coakers walk, Pine tress etc are few of the things you can visit to get your mind relaxed and get recharged ..
Hand made Chocolates is a must buy in Kodai, then you have local grown fruits and carrots ..
I like a bit of cold, hence whoever like a bit of good cold weather best time to visit is November ..
Not a place for lot of physical activities but a best place to retreat yourself ... Ideally 3 days would be good enough for you to roam, enjoy and watch all places of Kodai ..
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Ashish songar

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  • Ashish songar
  • 6 Reviews
  •  3928 readers

"Good wether"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Awesome pristine beauty of the place you just get relaxed from city crowd and far away from pollution. Cold wind in the evening which remains till morning gives you a different soothing wether than usual.
Trip to this place with sight seeing places like Pine forests are awesomely beautiful.
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Naveen

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"Good for a weekend trip with family. Off season better than peak season"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I visited Kodaikanal, or Kodai as it is popularly known during the last week of September 2016. It is a off season and it was relatively crowd -free. So I got Buses, accommodation, sight- seeing, food, etc at steep discounts compared to the peak season(April to June).
I did cycling around the lake, park visits, shopping, etc on day one and went for a guided tour on day two.
Went with my wife, and two kids(7years and 11 months).
Good for various activities like walking, cycling, trekking, spice shopping and sight seeing too.
Its a modern town and has everything that we need. Don't carry anything unnecessary
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Tarun kumar badam

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  • Tarun kumar badam
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"Tarun"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 6, 2016
Amazing experience. Stay was too good. Very clean, very good ambience, nice hospitality from staff. Market is nearby, location is very close to lake, bazaar, food courts. Very Scenic rooms with Valley on one side.
Next time I would visit with my family and will stay relaxed for one week
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