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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Radhakrishna

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good experience but only a one time watch" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Excellent, amazing, incredible, unthinkable, stupendous, breathtaking and serene. Must try. Its excellent place to spend with couples and chill weather makes it most amazing. Please go as couples and also go with friends and family. People and everyone around were warm and hospitable.
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Mohasin Sayed`

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"Peaceful place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The best part of Kodaikanal is that it has a such an amazing Climate. You will just fall in love with it. Even in the daytime places will be cool and foggy. It is clean and better than other hill station. The pine tree forest is a must to visit here. Boating is another part that you should not miss. Carry warm clothes.
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Kasi vishwanadan

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  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 3 Reviews
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"Place for Peace" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
When we decided to stay in Kodaikanal we never expected it would be a different one for us. Ya we all in our family enjoyed the stay. Total Kodaikanal is "SO NEAT AND CLEAN" not seen any Garbage or Plastic in the hills. So much of attention paid to the cleaning of the town. The Lake area is made one way so that the people could enjoy the cycling. Food is also available in all varieties. Totally a great and wonderful trip and we had nice relaxation in it.
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Senthil kumar

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"Awesome place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Even though the mist covered most of our Journey we loved it. Plan to visit this place during season. Loved the greeneries and other natural sceneries. Beware of monkeys in certain tourist spot, if you carry any foods or eatables with you (less harmful if you are empty handed).
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"A nice trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We enjoyed all places like Bangalore, Ooty, Mysore our last stop Kodaikanal we liked very much because it's like dream city we enjoy all places we enjoy hotel rooms, shopping and local public support is very nice.

We are Gujarati people so we prefered Gujarati food but Gujarati food was not available in Kodai. At last we got one Gujarati storefront and enjoyed the food so much.

Thank's to all Kodai, caring people. Hotel Staff, our Tempo Travel Driver to make our journey successful.
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Yusuf nihal

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  • Yusuf nihal
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"Beautiful and calm place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Beautiful destination for nature lovers, less population in comparison to Ooty. Best time to visit is from Oct to Feb, lake is a must see place. Basic South-Indian food was available and much more kerala hotels. Street bazaars famous for natural spices, chocolates.
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Sivashanmugam Balachandran

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  • Sivashanmugam Balachandran
  • Lives in Chennai
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"A hill station to escape from hot summer and the heat" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Had been to Kodaikanal, a hill station to escape from hot summer and the heat. The place is very beautiful surrounded by hills, water falls thick forests and animals. Availing local transport visited many scenic places involving walking long distance, trekking etc. There are nice restaurants available in this tourist centre offering tasty food.
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Amit  Rao

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  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 31 Reviews
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"A perfect getaway destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This a perfect getaway destination for a relaxed and cool vacation. The best part is even though I went there during peak summer time, the place was not crowded like Ooty. This place is for all kind and age of people. Old people who cannot walk much can enjoy the timeless beauty of the many parks in Kodak. For young enthusiasts there are a lot of adventures like trekking, boating etc. My personal favourite is to drive through all the bends and curves of the Kodai Road. There is not much to see in Kodai. The tour guide or the local Hotel persons will inform a few places to visit. All the places are in the same road which starts from the lake and finally comes back to the lake.

There are a few places far away from the town which are worth visiting like the Murugan temple in poombarai ( I hope the spelling is correct) village, the lake at Manzanar( again I am not sure of the spelling). The place is famous for its carrots and Plums. They are available in plenty. You can hog on them for the whole day. The local fruits vendors will also have a lot of other fruits which we have generally not heard of, but they say it is rich in medical value. It you are there on a Sunday then the bazaar on Sunday is a must. Chocolates are also sold here in plenty. You have to be clever to get the correct mix. Since it is a place to relax, the best pastimes in the evenings will be walk down the lanes of Kodai or just sit on a window and admire the beauty of nature. The weather is good all day round, but warm cloths are required for children's. Adults can manage without any warm clothes.
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 19 Reviews
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"Best vacation destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you wish to have family vacation and privacy lover I strongly suggest you Kodai as your destination. Nice climate, food, entertainment, sightseeing and relaxation. Travel in your own car for more privacy and fun. Select a best Hotel preferably near Bus stand from where all the places of visits are only at walking distance. Dont forget to taste the homemade chocolate in Kodai. Also try for fried fish available in fast food mobile stalls.
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"Must visit place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kodaikanal has exotic locations, beautiful lakes, colourful parks and shopping of spices, forest products. Its one of the best places to visit in India during summer season particularity. Accommodation, food and other facilities are very good. Other activities like trekking, birdwatching and cultural tours may be available at tourist's request.
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