Kodaikanal Tourism
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Madurai to Kodai 31 May 2014. On this date we went for a family outing to Kodai, obviously for a summer vacation. We booked a hotel through Goibibo well in advance and we did get some discounts. Kudos! I was in Chennai on May 30 2014 and reached Madurai by 7.30 a.m. the next morning.

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We started from Madurai on the same day 31 May, 2014 around 8.30 a.m. by my favorite Maruti 800 driven by myself. Had our dinner @ Temple city hotel by 9.30 a.m. after 30 km drive from Madurai - Bangalore Highways. Started there from 10.00 a.m. and reached the foot hills by 10.45 a.m. I was little bit stunned that I could reach the top without any hiccups since I am travelling by M800. But my M800 proved me wrong, as we reached the top smoothly around 12.40 p.m.

Valley View Check-in:-

While the time of check-in, the front office person asked for an identity proof and we went through the formalities. They told that we had to checkout the next day around 11 a.m. (with a grace time of 1 hr). The security person was helpful in parking the car. We were allotted room 307 by chance. Some body in the review gave a suggestion to take room 308/309 to have a nice valley view. We too had a nice valley view via the corridor window next to our room. We changed within a couple of hours. They provided ground water for drinking as we refused they again provided the same in a different jug. Old stock in a new bottle. We avoided food at the hotel restaurant as it seems to be a bad choice.

Had our lunch @ Hotel Astoria the only hotel which provides a tasty Veg food, running for a long time.

Weather: We were surprised with the weather conditions over there as the mercury touched 34 degree C. It was quite a hot sunny time. But a mild chill breeze was there. Almost like an early summer Bangalore weather.

Kodai outing Day 1: Hotel is near Coaker's walk and Bryant Park. We went to Coaker's walk by 4 p.m. and had a good valley view and also had the views of small villages and dam around Kodai. Our kids enjoyed the view very much. Have taken few photos. Also got a wall clock with a family photo. Kids enjoyed the telescopic view there. Purchased a jerkin for my daughter, a good buy I believe. Had a nice cup of sukku (ground coriander and dry ginger) coffee. Cool breeze started showing a little vigor. By then we entered Bryant's park around 5.15 p.m. I had been there already a few years ago (might be 15 yrs). It was very greenish with breathtaking view. But now it lacks that luster. Anyway, we had a glimpse of beautiful flowers. We came out by 6.15 p.m. Had a nice tea from a road shop just outside the park. Even tough the Lake was near by it was closing time for boating and other activities around the lake. So planned to visit the lake the next day. As our kids were eager of having Jr Joy Box from Domino's, we went there to have that. It was not at all a joy. A regret, I must admit. Nothing but a wind (not Mastero Illayaraja's one). Not worth it. I met a staff who was in Madurai outlet. There was no nominal rate and nominal pizza size! Only Medium sized and Big sized were available at a soaring rate. Reason being a tourist spot!.Beware of Kodai Domino's! But the good part is that other vendors like tea, flower, fruit, cloth charge even less than the Madurai/Chennai rates.

Kodai outing Day 2: As we had to check out early on 1st of June, we started a bit early around 8.30 a.m. to Mayoers point, I remember it was a quite a nice but a risky place to walk. But now it has been closed. Just took few photos and moved on. One the way, I had spent some time in the pine forest. Guna cave, same as earlier, was also a very risky place. But now that has also been closed. Courtesy Kodai Municipality /Tamil Nadu tourism?. Nothing is there to see but a hoarding board. Moved to Pillar rocks and had a surprise view of pillar rocks, usually covered with mist. On the way, the Golf Course was somewhat a pleasant view. Again behind the fence you need to have a view of the green valley, called the Suicide Point. After that we reached the hotel at 11.30 a.m. and checked out. Person called James @ front office, a nice guy helped with the check-out process. Had a good lunch @ Astoria by 12 p.m. Then visited to Kodai lake (Man-made!) and went for boating. He told that season was over by then and all the routines in Kodai vacation become standstill. We then visited Kurunji Andavar (Lord Murugan) temple and then Chettiar park. Kids had a nice time in the park. By 4.15 p.m. we moved down towards Madurai, mostly the engine switched off as my daughter was scared of my fast driving. Kodai trip was a nice trip. Reached Madurai by 7 p.m. amidst heavy thunder storm showering. A great surprise!.
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Suresh C
  • Suresh C
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"A place for a relaxing stay" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is one of the beautiful hill stations in South India. Other prime locations are Munnar and Ooty. Though Kodaikanal is better than Ooty but not that peaceful as compared to Munnar. Places in Kodai are not so good. But if one is looking for a relaxed stay in a hill station, you can still come to Kodaikanal.
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Sanjay Teju
  • Sanjay Teju
  • 2 Reviews

"Stunning scenery and well-maintained parks" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The climate in Kodaikanal is far pleasing than Ooty in Tamil Nadu. The lush green hills give a pleasant sight throughout the day. Though there are not many places to visit, the scenery is stunning. The parks are well-maintained and enjoyable. Food is affordable and good here. Overall, a perfect place for honeymoon couples.
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Kunal Priyadarshi
  • Kunal Priyadarshi
  • Lives in Noida
  • 6 Reviews

"A romantic destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is a must visit place in Tamil Nadu. Its natural beauty will make you speechless. This is one of the best place I have visited in India. I will recommend all to visit this place in the month of summer. It is a very romantic destination. A very beautiful place.
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Sandy
  • Sandy
  • 6 Reviews

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Had fun.. I have stayed only for 2 days.. I feel I should have planned at least for 4 days.. I covered most of the places via cab. But there are several other packages available. We missed most of the beautiful sights due to heavy fog. But still managed to have fun. It's a very pleasant and clean place... One must visit being a south Indian.
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Yukthi Raj
  • Yukthi Raj
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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  • 1 Review

"My Kodai Trip" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is a hill station located in south India with season ranging from October to May. Places of interest includes pine tree forests, piller rock, suicide point, guna cave and the journey through the very famous Kodai lake. You can't ever forget the shopping experience there and the food includes spicy south Indian dishes. You can take a long walk around the Kodai lake, cycling, horse riding its all available there with a minimum rental. b
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Venkatesh Kulkarni
  • Venkatesh Kulkarni
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"It's worth seeing Kodaikanal" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is the hill station to spend leasurely with family for honey moon trip, for vacation tour, for rest and relax purpose, for sight seeing purpose. for educational tour purpose, etc.
Natures sight seeing is most attractive. Hills, forests, cool weather feelings are the best examples to visit this place. Kodaikanal special like, chocolates, masalas, niligiri oil, herbals, pain killing oils, are the attractive items for purchase and it is worth also.
Less luggage is more comfortable for journey. All things are available at the Hotel, only your Dresses (minimum pairs) carry with you.
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Arun G
  • Arun G
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"The place is really wonderful" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kodaikanal one of the popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu you should visit the place during summer since the climate here is very cool. I certainly had a wonderful time. I had a nice time.
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Samiksha Diwan
  • Samiksha Diwan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"The Southern Heaven" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I visited Kodaikanal one year back, This places offers a fresh relief from the hot and humid climatic conditions of South. The temperature was down, clouds were floating with the clean, cool air brushing across our faces gave us a Spirit Uplift. We traveled in a Safari, these vehicles are easily available on rent, for 2k to 3k depending upon your travel hours and number of places to visit. There are 14 sight seeing spots, I recommend one to visit all, since each of them offers a diverse range of Natural beauties and Uplifting Sights, especially Dolphin Nose.. It is an undisturbed area 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) down a very steep rocky trail beginning soon after Pambar Bridge. If you Like hills and Adventure, this places id for you. Because it was a day trip, we didn't stayed at any hotel, I suggest you keep some warm Clothes, And wear an extremely preferably flat Footwear because the place needs a lot of walking and trailing in to woods. Overall, this Place was, indeed "The Princess of Hill stations". Good Luck to Future Travellers.
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Thaju Classic
  • Thaju Classic
  • 3 Reviews

"It was a nice trip" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Loved the environment. Loved the nature and loved the services there. It was nice to visit this place. I suggest to everyone to visit Kodaikanal. But you should visit by own cars if you were travelling with family, especially if couples. So that you can enjoy the travel in a tension free manner. we can stay in our own cars if we were not get get accommodation.
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Satyadev rao
  • Satyadev rao
  • 4 Reviews

"Awesome beauty" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Fantastic Holidaying. A must visit to this place before claiming that Switzerland is Beautiful. Good food in the hotel as well as in the restaurants in Kodai added to our pleasure. Besides, there are several sight seeing spots for the entire family. The animal museum is world famous.
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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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