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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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Kannan

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  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  409 readers

"Memorable trip with my family" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's a wonderful experience at Kodaikanal with my family after a long time. Very nice place to see, stay and relax with family. Season was good. 3 days we covered almost all places. Nice but due to summer, heavy traffic in all areas. Hotel was good. Enjoyed in Cocker's Walk, lake, forest and park with my children.
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P.s. uthayakumar

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"Excellent place with natural beauty" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
1. "Kodai Lake" is the first place everyone visits. You can go for boating, horse riding, cycling/jogging/walking/drive around the lake with never ending fun.

2. Coaker's walk - Nice valley view with painless walk.

3. Bryant Park - Just at the exit of Coaker's Walk and around lake with lots of flowers to watch.

4. Then on the way to Berijam lake (You have to get permission at Moyer's point) you can visit Green valley view (Suicide Point), Pillar rock view, Guna cave (Devil's kitchen/ Pillar rock), Moir point, Silent valley view, Fire watch tower, Berijam lake view, Caps fly valley view, Mathikettan shola (It's a dense forest where you may lose your way because of combination of aroma of medicare plants and density of the forest). Then "Berijam lake", no boating, enjoy walking and watching nature.

5. Then on village tour you may visit Mannavanur Lake/Sheep form Poombarai (Murugan temple) and many more falls on the way back.
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Manoj

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  • Manoj
  • Lives in Palakkad
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"Beautiful place with interesting viewpoints" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's a nice place and beautiful. Overall hotel facility is good. Some traffic problem is there. Few viewpoints here are interesting. I stayed for 2 days. Moreover it's a big experience. Road facility is in a good condition. Lot of hotels and resorts are there. I like Kodaikanal city. Hotel rates are little high but affordable.
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Subbareddy

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  • Subbareddy
  • 3 Reviews
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"Excellent place with cool climate" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Excellent place with cool climate in summer. Never crossed 20deg in May during my stay in day time. Lot of places to visit. Kodaikanal is filled with natural beauties. I stayed with my family for 4 days and we enjoyed a lot. food is also good. If you like eating chocolates it gives you a lot.
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Rohit  Vatsa

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  • Rohit Vatsa
  • Lives in Surat
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  •  1 helpful vote
  •  941 readers

"Excellent place to visit in Hot summer" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
One of the best destination according to my experience for Summer when compare to ooty. At the peak time under the sun ray you won't feel swelling / heat and you will feel like you are in front of AC blower. Here you need at least 2 days to cover sight seeing at Kodaikanal. You can buy many types of original herbals medicines and hand made chocolate which is free from chemical at very cheap rate ( 100-150/ kg). Eucalyptus tree ( no. 1 quality) can be seen here. Garden of large no. Of Pine trees can be seen here.

From the top the view of Lake is awesome and where you can go for boating, horse riding, snow skating etc. Nearest railway station is Kodai Road. Best way to cover all sightseeing by hiring Local taxi, he will take all permission from forest dept and will take you all the way ( Hiring charges: 2 days in Innova AC car @ Rs. 1650 only).
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Balasubramaniam Ethirajan

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  • Balasubramaniam Ethirajan
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  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2728 readers

"Enjoy the nature" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kodaikanal trip was with family and was wonderful and memorable. We enjoyed the nature, climate, the lake very much. From this terrible hot climate we all made ourself very cool. Kodai hills was really a nice place and still now the nature exists.
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Monika pavar

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  • Monika pavar
  • 2 Reviews
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"Beat the heat" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A must watch place. Once in a lifetime must experience. My god the wilderness is mind boggling. Visit to coakers walk, Moyers point, Guna caves, Pine forest, Kurinji andavar temple and Jain temple. Before a forest visit do some shopping of Indian spices. Keeps you on your toes. Also it takes just 4 hrs to Munnar from here! Not to forget the boating too was exciting.
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Vamsi Krishna k

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"Hill station worth spending 3 days" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Adventurous people would enjoy this place to the maximum because there is lot trekking involved and people who find difficulty climbing will definitely miss out some really good places in kodaikanal.

Most of the tourists are couples barring few families and groups. There are so many hotels in kodaikanal, so I don't think prior booking is a must.

Food is worth experimenting,

There is so much you can shop in kodaikanal without draining much from your wallet. Chocolates are must buy, ayurvedic cosmetics and herbal and natural stuff are worth the money.

I would not like to describe about places as you can easily find in this website.

We went as a group of 4 people (only boys) to this with zero expectations, and while came back with a really good feel.

I would recommend this place specially for people who are tired and got sick of polluted and crowded cities. A very ambient place for young couples and also groups of friends, If you fall in this category, don't miss out this place.
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Sudipt rakhit

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  • Sudipt rakhit
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"The place is overcrowded" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I earlier visited Kodaikanal with family in 2004. This time again we visited Kodaikanal last weekend. No doubt worst part is the accessibility of the place. We travelled by bus from Bangalore. 10 hrs is the one way journey time. The place is overcrowded. May be offseason and weekdays are better. Travelling by own vehicle during weekends is not advisable since parking is an issue near to the places of tourist interest. We liked the Crocker's walk the best place amongst the 10 odd places the taxi driver took us to. Lake and horse riding was good except the part that the place is too crowded. I may not plan another visit in near future.
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Hari kumar

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  • Hari kumar
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"Excellent Hill Station"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Really great experience. No Pollution. But More Traffic inside the town. Plastic covers and bottles are banned. Lot of sight-seeing. Lake and Park (Near by bus stand). Please don't choose major travels they charge more than other local drivers.
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