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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Nasim

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"Nothing great" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
After visiting Munnar, kodaikanal did not appeal to us that much! Nothing great to see or visit here. The 6 hour journey to kodai Was really not worth it. In our whole tour we felt that this destination was a waste of time! The only thing we loved there was the food. Nandu fry was lip smacking.
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Vijayakumar Chakra

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"Nice memorable experience" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Our family visit to Kodaikanal was fascinating and memorable experience. The travel through Ghat road from Madurai to Kodaikanal was really refreshing. We enjoyed variety of fruits sold on Ghat roads along with South-Indian snacks and hot Filter coffee. The Ghat roads were well-maintained and traffic was well regulated at main junctions. The weather at Kodaikanal was excellent. We enjoyed good rains in late evenings. The services at Hotel were good but need more improvements. We all enjoyed lot during stay at Kodaikanal and local shoppers are reliable and prices were reasonable.
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Prabhakaran

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"Biggest dream place for most of the people" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is the biggest dream place for most of the people as the weather is nice and lot of sightseeing is available. Then another one thing is it was reasonable. Traveling experience, no words to say. It was well-maintained. A location to enjoy with family and friends.
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Muralidhar Rao

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"Good hill station with many tourist spots" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is the best place for couples and family tour. It was a awesome experience over there during my visit, we have enjoyed the boating and other spots. Climate was awesome and made us feel good. There are many tourists spots which requires 2 days to cover.
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Deepa

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"A chilly place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is the place to go whenever you want. Always chill. Some of the places that shouldn't miss like - coakers walk, Kodai lake, pine forest, guna cave. We went to another place called Poombarai which is a village (1 hour drive from kodaikanal). Its such a beautiful place to visit.
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"A place with cool climate" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The climate is cool. Roads are not sufficient to carry the traffic. The town should be kept clean by making the public aware of the facilities. Parking is a great problem. Too many cycles are parked on the roads for hire. The town should be beautified by natural decorations.
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Timothy

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"A fantastic place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nice and cool and green. Lake and boating was enjoyable. Many nice places like Berijam lake in the forest was really fantastic. Many waterfalls was also there. We liked the place. Although we have been to Kodai many times we will still visit again. We had a good travel guide so it was easy going around.
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Pratik

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"Kodai is truely the princes of hills" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The location is awesome with great connectivity. Ample spots for sightseeing. Good availability of vegetarian food and specially jain food, which is a true worry if you are travelling to South of India. Try sree mahaveer bhojanalaya and Tava. Both near the bus stop. If there are aged people with you, please enquire about certain viewpoints and waterfall which you should avoid visiting. Dont forget to shop for woolens at the tibet market. They are really reasonably priced and good stuff. Overall a tranquil place, appropriately commercialised, full of picturesque beauty and a great place to spend 2-3 days.
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"A good experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Good experience. Nice place. We went to Botanical Garden, it was too good to see that place, we saw different flowers. Then we go to suicide rock that's also a nice place. Then we went for boating. That's my favourite. We enjoyed a lot. We miss that climate.
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"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The best climate to visit is during October-November. I opted for local tour operators to go to nearby sightseeing places where we enjoyed mild trekking as well. We got to see all water falls that way. Stayed for 3 days 2 nights and it was a good experience.
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