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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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Sheryl Syiem

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  • Sheryl Syiem
  • 2 Reviews
  •  246 readers

"Perfect for couples" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
When I first chose our destination for our anniversary, I thought of Kodaikanal ... It was truly an awesome experience ... The place was good, so much of natural beauty ... Cosy, just perfect for couples ... Do take crescent Tours and travel for sightseeing, staff are very good and friendly.
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Farzeen Ahamed

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  • Farzeen Ahamed
  • 1 Review
  •  243 readers

"Very cool place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is one of my best spot in my trips. It is a very cool place. The snows are covered in that place. I really like the place to walk around the city in early morning. Oh my God what cold place I just walk in shivered and more over there is a big water pound in the centre of the city there are a very good boat riding centre just go and enjoy the beauty.
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Ranjani Raja

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  • Ranjani Raja
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  522 readers

"Queen of Hills Indeed"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Amazing place, one can feel closer to nature. Been there twice and each time Kodai had something new to offer..! Go with either your family or friends.. Visit during September to December, there are many decent stays within budget. Keep your mind open with no expectations and I'm sure you'll be mind blown!!
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Sahaya Sheeba

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  • Sahaya Sheeba
  • 3 Reviews
  •  751 readers

"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Beautiful experience together. Roamed around the place. Enjoyed wonderful view. Had a lovely boat ride and stay at this hotel Sierra. So much to see and admire. We had a lovely time it was chill too. Love to visit again with my family. Enjoyed to the core.
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Sunil kumar maharana

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  • Sunil kumar maharana
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  782 readers

"Average place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Not a correct time I believe in July as the whether is misty and not able to view the some sights like Pillar hills and Suicide point. Plan the places before you visit as lot of tour operator will not go to proper places. Local food not so great, manageable. Water fall don't have sufficient water as well.
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Sai Bd

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  • Sai Bd
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  796 readers

"Excellent destination to relax"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a divine land though commercialised. Walk around the lake is the most amazing part of Kodaikanal. There are a lot of places to visit like the pillar rocks, coakers walk, Mall Road and boating which is the highlight. Only negative was the safari ride that was too complicated to get if you are driving by yourself.
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Anindya Sinha

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  • Anindya Sinha
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4439 readers

"Kodaikanal"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visited with family in June'16 on a short holiday trip. We all enjoyed. Put up at Country Club Holiday Resort. We liked boating at Kodai Lake a lot. While returning from a day's sightseeing we came across a family of gaurs (Indian Bison) grazing beside ghat-roads. It was already dark and seeing wildlife at such a close distance we all were excited. We liked local chocolates and purchased quite a good quantity for home.
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Chinnaraja Subramaniyam

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  • Chinnaraja Subramaniyam
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 30 Reviews
  •  29 helpful votes
  •  61211 readers

"Wonderful place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I really enjoyed a trip with my friends and family. Kodaikanal is a best place for couples. Boating and cycling are best for travellers and visitors. So many restaurants are there in best budget. Lake view and Guna cave are most sight seeing place then silver falls and botanical garden are best natural scenes.
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Arun Rajan

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  • Arun Rajan
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 101 Reviews
  •  33 helpful votes
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"Awesome weather and cheap hill station"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The weather is chill and great in here. The prices are cheap when compared to Ooty. The food is good and you can find budget friendly hotels in Kodai.

Home made chocolates, dum water fall, Lakes, tea estates, long hair pin bends, all these are the things that ate special about Kodai. I want to go here again.
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Ramdeo duddhi

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  • Ramdeo duddhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Amazing scenic beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you are a nature lover then Kodai is a must visit. You will be amongst the clouds on and off and is a different experience ... Although commercialised there are enough empty spaces with abundance of greenery unlike in Ooty and coupled with chill weather helps in making the stay memorable. We were 2 families with 2 little infants and drove in our own car. This ensured we moved around in own terms and we're very relaxed. This meant we could not visit all the places mentioned in the tourist charter ... But the places are very nearby and could cover as many as possible thanks to offline GPS. For temple lovers there is major temple at Palani which is about 60 km from Kodai.
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