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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Kodaikanal Traveller Reviews

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Harish Pantharangadi
  • Harish Pantharangadi
  • 1 Review

"Heaven on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Kodai is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. Very much secure and clean. I love to spend my every vacation there only. This place belongs to Tamil Nadu. Its very suitable for newly wed couples. There are lots of sightseeing points. Good hotels are also available.
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Shreyas
  • Shreyas
  • Lives in Udhagamandalam
  • 3 Reviews

"Great fun with friends" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
As I said earlier the place was good and fine. We friends had a great get together in kodai. The hotel we stayed was also good. We came back with lots of memories and fun. It was really an awesome trip!! Actually I was waiting for a trip like this to go with my friends. We went to see some places there and we totally spent the time in room having fun! Bachelors, so you know that what we would have done!! ;-) Really a unforgettable trip!! Loved it.. :-)
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Raju
  • Raju
  • 3 Reviews

"One of the best places to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Kodaikanal near Dindigul and madurai is a most beautiful place to see. One must make sure that once in lifetime you should visit place.

It is a place where people can visit with their families and if you want spend quality time with your life partner, then it is the most ideal place.

There are lot of places you can visit, which are full of natural beauty. But be sure you do not visit the place in the month September as most of the time it will be raining and you cannot spend much time outdoors to see the place.
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Nishant kumar J
  • Nishant kumar J
  • Lives in Bhagalpur
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The place Kodaikanal is marvellous. You feel its like a heaven. As you are outside in the evening the atmosphere makes you feel like paradise. One must go there frequently for see the nature's beauty. It is very relaxing place. People are good, place is good, price is also good and scenery is good, what else anyone can expect. Visit now and then and enjoy but keep place clean
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Rahul Shah
  • Rahul Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"The beauty of heaven" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kodai is a marvellous place. The place is like heaven as the atmosphere is like paradise. One must go there at least once to see the nature's beauty. Once you went there you will wish to go many times as it is like a heaven on the Earth. You should not miss out on the opportunity to see this place every in your life time.
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Venu
  • Venu
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 2 Reviews

"A good holiday destination" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We went to this pleasant hill station in the month of May. We don't miss out on the sightseeing, we saw kurinji andavar koil, chettiar park, silver falls, Bryant park, lake, coaker's walk and had home made chocolates. Dont miss Mustafa hotel's parathas, 3D show near lakes, horse riding and cycling. Whenever you plan to go Kodai, please go in car, only then you will never miss out on all the places.
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Renjith Thomas
  • Renjith Thomas
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Not many to see compared to Ootty" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Place is cool throughout the day. Kodai lake is a must visit place, good for boating and cycling around. Also, many snacks stalls are around. Hot peanuts, mixed with cabbage and other fresh vegetables was awesome. Berinjam lake is not that great, as there is no boating facility there, but has some decent view points on the way. Coaker's walk also is not that great. Guna cave is a decent place, though entry to cave is not allowed, mushroom's fry/soup stalls are available at the entrance are worth to try. Pine forest is a nice place to see. Due to time restrictions, I not able to visit some places, like bryant park and some other water falls etc..
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Ajith
  • Ajith
  • Lives in Adoni
  • 5 Reviews

"A good place for every one" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Other than the hotel stay, all other aspects were perfect. I enjoyed driving there. Coakers walk, suicide point, pine tree forest, Lake, and many other places are there to visit and spend time. Children would love to spend time in Kodai. It is a awesome place especially when fog hits even in the afternoon, not that cold to use warm cloths, but very pleasant.
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Shahul Hameed
  • Shahul Hameed
  • 2 Reviews

"Great touring Experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
An excellent experience, we enjoyed the trip like anything!!! You should visit the destination for its Beauty and Thrill. Places like Suicide Point, Botanical gardens are a must visit Places. Chocolates are another highlights of this location. We went for cycling, Boating, Horse riding. Also we would advise you not to forget to carry Sweaters, Rain coats, etc.
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Aswin Subodh
  • Aswin Subodh
  • Lives in Palakkad
  • 1 Review

"Amazing trip at a very low cost" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Trip was awesome. We stayed for 2 days 2 nights. The climate was chilly but bearable. As my native place is palakkad, it was a huge moment for me to experience climate and natural beauty of kodai. We visited suicide point, Guna caves, Lake etc. And did shopping as it was the main shopping attractions of herbal items and chocolates. Also the trip cost only 3500 rs each
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