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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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Avinash Jain
  • Avinash Jain
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 6 Reviews

"Excellent trip" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
We went to Kodaikanal via Madurai. It took us around 3. 5 hrs to reach there by cab. The road is good enough with lot of natural sightseeing in between. We reached to our Hotel by evening. The next day we went to Coakers walk, Pillar Rocks, Palm Forest, Kodai Lake, Moin View, etc. All places can be covered in a day if u start early by 8. 30 or 9. We stayed there for a night and next day we visited some temples and wax museum and check out for Madurai Airport
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Manisurat Thangakuma
  • Manisurat Thangakuma
  • Lives in Aruppukkottai
  • 6 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kodaikanal is situated in tamilnadu. It is a perfect place for relaxing and getting refreshed. The must-visit places are gonna rock, suicide rock, lake. Roads are the only way to reach Kodaikanal. Lodges in kodaikanal are somewhat costly. For the people who wants to have low budget tours, cottages would be the best choice.
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Osptest Acnt
  • Osptest Acnt
  • 1 Review

"A place with awesome weather" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the best hill station in southern India region. Weather is really awesome and enjoyable. Have a walk in the early morning to enjoy the weather and scenic beauty. Avoid long weekends those precede/follow public holidays as the place gets over crowded.
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Manu Vs
  • Manu Vs
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 6 Reviews

"An excellent place for a two day holiday" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
If you love a place of wild beauty for a short stay, the place is Kodaikanal. Though the place is crowded it still beholds its wildness. Tourism is the major revenue of this place. Though it would have been fine if too much of shops are avoided at some places of attraction. If you love driving thorugh the woods, Kodai is a good destination.
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Saurav Jha
  • Saurav Jha
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 photos
  • 1 Review

"Visit If you like to enjoy the natural beauty of the hills and valleys"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kodaikanal is a mesmerizing hill station located amidst the Palani Hills of South India. It is an exquisitely charming hill-station and anyone travelling there can be sure to have a great time, if they're just mindful of a few little things. If you plan on a sightseeing trip with any travel agency, be careful about going with whatever's WRITTEN on paper and definitely Take Receipts if you pay in advance.

There are various places that one should visit some of them are kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Bear Shola falls, Palni hills and Kodaikanal golf club. You can do boating and cycling at kodaikanal lake. it is fun to travel there with group of friends or even with family.

And don't trust any of the guides or agents, they're just there to lighten your purse. They'll lie about anything to convince you into taking rooms probably double the actual rent, for their own commissions. Go directly to hotels and refuse to negotiate anything with them.
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Sundar Sharma
  • Sundar Sharma
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 3 Reviews

"An excellent place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice view & landscape was also superb. Climate is also very cold. There was lot of sightseeing places and it was beautiful. (Lake, Park,View Points & Forest). Most enjoyable activity at the hills to make you warm like cycling & Boating. Overall an excellent place to go for holidays.
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Joe Praveen
  • Joe Praveen
  • Lives in Paramakudi
  • 6 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"Good spot for honeymoon"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We went for the honeymoon wow its cool the spot we went were lasalette church, Lake view, Guna park, Palani view, poombarai village, thoppi thookum parai, dolphin nose and tail, silver falls, museum, lake ride, botanical garden that was a fantastic trip u all should go n visit so that u can make your honeymoon worth.
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Vijay kumar M
  • Vijay kumar M
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Awesome Kodai"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We hired a tempo traveler from Malar Cabs, Taramani. Our driver Saravanan was very helpful, courteous and energetic and played a very important role to make this trip a safe and successful one. We started from Chennai on Friday, 23rd January 2015 by 9:30 PM from Kandanchavadi. Saravanan suggested OMR to bypass the city traffic. We did opt for it and we reached GST in a shorter time than we ever imagined. We reached Kodai by 9am in the morning on 24th January 2015. Though we had a lot of stops in between which ate our time, the journey was a great one. We checked in to a resort which we booked. Left the resort in the afternoon, visited Dolphin's nose. It was a long walk but worth it. The scenery, the breeze, the fear when you stand on the nose, everything was a great experience. Reached resort back, had a great party with the team. What else could be best than a drink with our close friends in an unknown place?! The party went well and we hit our sacks as early as possible since we had huge plans the next day.

On 25th January 2015, we woke up early in the morning, reached the District Forest Office which is located just next to the Government High School to get permission to visit Berijam Lake. Remember, they allow only 30 vehicles per day to Berijam Lake. You should be there by 8:30 to get the permission letter. This restriction doesn't end here. You should reach the Berijam Lake check-post before 11 AM to enjoy the nature. I did get the 31st letter because of my brother-in-law who has very near contacts in the forest department. We reached the check-post on time and we entered the forest. Trust me, the way to Berijam Lake was an awesome experience than the Berijam Lake itself. It was completely covered by mist that we were not even able to see the vehicle which is ahead of us. It was like we are in the cab and our cab is completely surrounded by white mist. It was a fun ride back. On our way back, we visited Guna Caves (formerly known as Devils Kitchen). Though it was closed by the government, we did have a fine experience imagining how it will be by the words of Divakar(Jacky) and Bala, our group members. What next? Before we plan, the day came to an end. So, we planned to party again. This time, it was even more great with plenty drinks, food and fun. Also, campfire in our resort made our party much better. Camp fire, drinks, food, fun. what else I could ask? My day was filled with great memories. Then, back to bed.

On 26th January 2015, we checked out of the resort, we had our breakfast and we were on our route to Mannavanur, a village located 30 km away from Kodaikanal. This village was nothing than plain valleys of green grass and lake. If anyone had seen the movie "I", the climax scene has been shot here. Great place. We ordered food from a nearby hotel, food was tasty. The whole day was not enough to enjoy the beauty there. If at all, I am visiting Kodai again, the plan would be to visit Mannavanur first. They also said the forest department is planning to bring in tents there for tourists to stay, Definitely, I will go back.

We moved out of Mannavanur without the mood of leaving the beauty behind. Without options, we left Mannavanur by 4 PM, reached Kodaikanal by 6 PM since the roads were already dark and were covered with mist. Finished a little bit of shopping (chocolates and herbs) at Kodai and left Kodai by 7:30 PM. We had our dinner near Manapparai (Hotel Annapoorna which will be open till 1 AM) which was really tasty and cost-effective. Reached Tambaram by 6 AM. Started dropping one after the other and we reached home with very beautiful memories.
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Santosh Ks
  • Santosh Ks
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Indeed an awesome Kodaikanal trip with friends"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We (group of 7 people) went to Kodaikanal on January 1st 2015. It is an odd season. But as none of us had visited this place earlier, we thought we will go to this place for new year.

It was awesome indeed. But the weather was cold. You need to have proper clothes like pullovers, sweaters, caps, gloves, jackets etc. We stayed here for 3 days. On the first day, we went for sightseeing, but could not enjoy the scenery as it was full of fog. But on the second day, we went to visit the places inside the forest. It was just amazing. The time we went was just perfect. We enjoyed a very beautiful view. To visit the forest, we have to take the forest officers permission which is near the lake, and be there by 8'O Clock as they give permission only for 50 vehicles a day.

The places to visit are Lake, Pine forest, Bryant Park, Pillar rock, Guna Caves (can be skipped), High lake view. We stayed at Kodaikanal Dream stay. It is a little expensive but amazing. Especially, the food was very good. We visited this place by road with our own vehicles. I recommend by road as you can enjoy the sceneries and good for pics.
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Jolly Kaimannil
  • Jolly Kaimannil
  • Lives in Pathanamthitta
  • 4 Reviews

"Superb hill station"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place for honeymoon, family getaway, romantic getaway, hiking, biking, and boating. The most virgin, uncrowded and unpolluted hill station in Tamilnadu. I love the place and have visited at least 10 times. The Lake is nice. Go off to pillar rock and take a hike. Drive off to Munnar, Kerala through kodai or jump to Thekkady, Kerala.
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