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

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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Deepak

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  • Deepak
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  10 readers

"To relax and enjoy with." new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
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
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  63 readers

"Beautiful Kodaikanal" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days 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
  •  253 readers

"Awesome place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  •  275 readers

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

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  •  2483 readers

"Good wether"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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  • Naveen
  • 3 Reviews
  •  886 readers

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

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  631 readers

"Tarun"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Mohamed arafath

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  • Mohamed arafath
  • 2 Reviews
  •  664 readers

"Pleasant Stay"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice place to stay and be relaxed. Being in such place with family will be an ultimate pleasure to enjoy. Awesome climate. Really had a pleasant stay and enjoyed with my wife and cutie son (just 2 years). It was unplanned but really enjoyed. Wonderful place with lots of site seeing. It is sure that I enjoyed nature.
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Vijayaragavan k

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  • Vijayaragavan k
  • 3 Reviews
  •  736 readers

"Nice trip"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kodai is one of the best cooling place in Tamil Nadu. But sightseeing place are very low. You visit this place summer time. But room are full early. People are every where. So you not like and you not able to enjoy. So must go off season like august, September rooms are also very cheap and less people. So can enjoy the trip
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Richi Richard

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  • Richi Richard
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 12 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  1813 readers

"Nice hill station"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very good place to roam and enjoy your vacation and best time visit Kodaikanal is Jan to April and July to Dec and season time would be May to June but you can't roam free during this time due to over crowd in hill stations and also expense would be more during that time.
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