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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Shrinivas

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  • 3 Reviews
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"Romance in the lap of nature" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
The kodaikanal is gifted with the nature's beauty. Away from the hectic schedule, it makes you forget your worries and tension. And helps you enjoy every moment with your loved ones. Would like to visit this place again and stay for long holiday just enjoying with the nature.
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"An excellent trip" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Overall it was excellent trip to relax from city life and hot summer. We enjoyed a lot. It was raining in between, it makes the whether much more cold. Fresh Jackfruit and Bananas are very tasty and available much cheaper rate on the way to Kodaikanal to Dindigul. Driving on Dindigul Ghat was more comfortable than Palani Ghat. It was really thrilling experience for me and from my kids.
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Kushank Joshi

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  • Lives in Coimbatore
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"In the lap of Nature" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Aim of my outing to Kodai was to get a break from daily office schedule. The destination was very successful in giving a break from hectic life. Kodai is a beautiful hilly place very correctly called as Princess of Hills. All the sightseeing places have a bliss of nature in them. It was a pleasant experience to be there.
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Janakiram Jayaraman

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"Good summer holiday destination" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is a good hill station near Madurai. You have a good number of stay options. We stayed at Sterling - Valley view. This place is a little away from the town. Good accommodation and decent food provided.

In the town, there are a few places to see - lake, water falls, flower garden, etc. All these can be covered in one day. In summer most of these places are not worth seeing.

Word of caution - don't take any of the tour operators ride. They will fleece you. They will promise you so many tourist locations, but they are not worth it. Just talk to your hotel people, decide on which places you want to go and take the hotel taxi.

Kodaikanal is mainly a relaxing place and not a sightseeing place.
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Lalit

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"Summer delight" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its amazing and beautiful with hills, falls, trekking, greenery wherever we see, its cool all over. We visited guna cave its amazing and adventurous but people are making the places dirty. Its fault of kodaikanal caretaker, they have to provide toilets and they have to educate and guide the people not to spoil other tourist and tourist place.
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Ankit

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"A trekkers paradise and honeymooner's delight" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I spent my Honeymoon at Kodaikanal during Mid February 2015. The place is just amazing with Lush Green Hills all around. The treks to Dolphin peak is wonderful and views are beautiful.

Food is great and choclates are just heavenly. You can find homemade choclates all around and can taste them for free at all outlets. They are mouth watering delicious and yet very cheap with great variety available from Belgium Dark Choclates to local fruity ones.

Various activities like hiking, trekking, cycling, boating can be done in Kodaikanal.

In all it makes a perfect holiday destination for every kind of tourist from honeymooners like us to family, kids, elders etc.

For reaching Kodaikanal, train can be taken upto madurai, kodai road or coimbatore stations. And from there taxi or buses (4 to 5 hr) direct to Kodaikanal.

Alternatively Madurai, Coimbatore can be reached by air.
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Raio Patel

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"Avoid weekend trip to this place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Try and go during the week and avoid weekends as it's as bad as a fish market full of swarming crowd and traffic jams. If you are there during the weekend, stay in the resort and chill out there as it's not worth stepping out. However, if your trip is in and around the weekend, God bless and good luck.
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Nilesh Surana

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  • Nilesh Surana
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Good destination, must visit place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The kodaikkanal is a heavenly place filled with natures beauty and harmony and the best place to have holidays. I had been with friends and family many times. It is most beautiful place, I have liked it. The food around the places is also good.
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Siva Kumar

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"I loved the place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Mountain place are very chill and smooth place. Saw many of mountain, lake, waterfalls and snow place. I liked the place so much. I will visit again. I visited with my family members and friends. Kodaikanal is a good tourist place in Tamilnadu.
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"Kodai, Our Second Home" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is 'The Place' we prefer for every break. It is such a beautiful mountain range filled with all fun. The best place to visit with family and friends. Whenever we need a break, we pack our bags and move on to Kodai. It happens many a times, that we plan just a couple of days earlier and enjoy the beauty of Kodai hills. We never get bored with Kodai. And our next trip will also be Kodai.
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