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

History of Kodaikanal

The hill station of India developed by the Americans, Kodaikanal is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. The clean air and the fantastic climate makes Kodaikanal a big hit vacation spot in the summers. Earlier, people had to travel by bullock cart, horse or palanquin through Kodaikanal. It is known that the forests were swarmed by wild animals and robbers, back then.

People And Culture of Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal’s culture hails from the American and British influences, who turned the place into a summer retreat. Both tribal life to modern Tamil settlements, can be found in Kodaikanal. Tamilians own the majority of Kodaikanal while the minority segments are the Paliyans and Puliyans. Swarmed by tourists, Kodaikanal in the present day witnesses a beautiful blend of the general population.

Languages spoken in Kodaikanal are Tamil and English. Tourism, cattle husbandry, plantations and agriculture are their sources of income. Pongal, Natyanjali Festival, Tea and Tourism festival, Chithirai festival are a few of the many other festivals celebrated with enthusiasm in Kodaikanal. Pongee is a four day harvest festival which ends with a Jallikkattu (bullfight). Sightseeing in Kodaikanal will give travellers a chance to witness the culture of the place.

Things To Do  in Kodaikanal

There are some beautiful places to visit in Kodaikanal. Temples, churches, museums, scenic sightseeing spots, there are many places to see in Kodaikanal. La Salette Church is the oldest shrine and also a famous Kodaikanal attraction. Kodaikanal Lake is famous spot everyone must visit and an important part of Yercaud sightseeing. Berijam Lake is another famous lake of Kodaikanal. Bear Shola falls, Palni Hills and Pillar Rocks give beautiful picturesque views and are a definite part of Kodaikanal tour. Travellers can rent a pedal boat, honeymoon boat and rowboats in Kodaikanal. Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum is another interesting Kodaikanal tourist place to go to where one can find flora and fauna of past 100 years.

Food And Shopping  in Kodaikanal

There are a lot more things to do in Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is an exclusive shopping destination adding on to the scenic beauty. Marshmallows, cheese, herbal tea, spices, home made chocolates, coffee, peanut butter, brown bread, flowers, aromatic oils, wooden clothes, handloom, shawls, ceramic items, jewellery and lot of more assorted items can be bought when in Kodaikanal, adding on to the list of Kodaikanal places to visit.

Accommodation in Kodaikanal

For transport options on how to reach Kodaikanal, travellers can choose amongst train, air or road. The nearest airports to Kodaikanal are the Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore ones, from where one can catch the bus to Kodaikanal. There are also frequent buses running from Chennai and Pondicherry too. If travellers wish to take the rail route, then Kodai Road is the best stop to get off at and head to the main city by cab. Apart from all these, many choose to self drive from Bangalore, Chennai or Madurai to Kodaikanal and enjoy the scenic beauty. There are many hotels in Kodaikanal such as Hotel Kodai International and Hill Country Resorts Kodaikanal and many more to choose from.



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Sudipt rakhit

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  • Sudipt rakhit
  • 1 Review
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"The place is overcrowded" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
I earlier visited Kodaikanal with family in 2004. This time again we visited Kodaikanal last weekend. No doubt worst part is the accessibility of the place. We travelled by bus from Bangalore. 10 hrs is the one way journey time. The place is overcrowded. May be offseason and weekdays are better. Travelling by own vehicle during weekends is not advisable since parking is an issue near to the places of tourist interest. We liked the Crocker's walk the best place amongst the 10 odd places the taxi driver took us to. Lake and horse riding was good except the part that the place is too crowded. I may not plan another visit in near future.
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Hari kumar

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  • Hari kumar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  432 readers

"Excellent Hill Station" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Really great experience. No Pollution. But More Traffic inside the town. Plastic covers and bottles are banned. Lot of sight-seeing. Lake and Park (Near by bus stand). Please don't choose major travels they charge more than other local drivers.
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Sukumar Kb

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  • Sukumar Kb
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 3 Reviews
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"Excellent summer hill station" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Cool weather 18 deg C. No pollution. Traffic was only inside town. No plastic wastes. Roads to destination places full of greenery. No real estate on road-side like Bangalore. Lot of sight-seeing places. Thousand times better than Coorg. Did'nt find good restaurants.
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Mahendra Choudhury

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  • Mahendra Choudhury
  • 1 Review
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"A must visit place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's a must visit place in South India specially during the winters. The place was full of mist during that time and it gives an excellent opportunity to enjoy the nature very closely. Hills mountains, pine forest filled with mist gives a superb enjoyment. Travelling in a car along the mountains sides creates some new experiences.
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Manju halgur

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  • Manju halgur
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  789 readers

"Mesmerized!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Lovely little town, with a pace of its own. Clean and tidy. The lake in Kodai is clean which is a rare sight lately. When in Kodai be rest assured you have plenty of options if you are a foodie, you have a lot of options to stay as well based on your budget, speaking about stay reminds me of our stay at elephant valley away from hustle and bustle. Between Ooty and Kodai we chose the latter, glad we did cause if Ooty is the Queen of southern hill stations then Kodai walks away with the coveted title of the “Princess"!!! And lives up to that reputation. A must visit for all travellers.
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Jaseem Basheer

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  • Jaseem Basheer
  • Lives in Kozhikode
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1194 readers

"Cool place to spend time" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It's a cool place to spend your time, a small hill station but you can relax there in its chillness and enjoy the stay. You can get every type of food, there is one big lake, in that you can have boating. Out side you can ride cycles, can enjoy horse ride also. There are so many other places to see like Coakers Walk, Suicide Point etc., any you will love this place.
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Tinu Dalal

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  • Tinu Dalal
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  5 helpful votes
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"Great Weekend Gateway"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We visited Kodaikanal last year in the month of April with cousins, during Ugadi, and I must say that it was a great trip. There is a lot for everyone, whether you are looking for an adventurous holiday or a relaxing holiday to spend time with your family, the place has something or the other to offer for everyone.

We reached our hotel in the morning and after checking in the hotel, went out straight to explore Coakers walk, the view of the valley is breathtaking. But i have heard that its better in the winter season, as you can see clouds floating in the valley from the view point. Nevertheless, a visit in the early morning will guarantee the same effect. Next we headed out to the pine forests, which make an amazing background for the clicking beautiful pictures and selfies, you can take a horse ride there as well. Towards the evening we headed out to the beautiful and serene Kodai Lake, for a boat ride. The lake is neat and clean and very well maintained.

A must do thing at lake is to rent a bicycle and cycle around the lake, the road around the lake is free of traffic, and safe. Its such a refreshing activity that you would not mind a second visit to the lake again, just fr the cycle ride around the lake.

Once the evening sets in, you don't have much to do, just sit for a cup of coffee in any local cafe around the lake and enjoy the peace and serenity of the place. You can also get up early morning the next day to catch the sunrise from the mountains. There are also plenty of caves and waterfalls around Kodaikanal, which requires trekking so depending upon your interest you can go for it. Over all its a great weekend gateway.
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Shikha Sharma

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  • Shikha Sharma
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Lovely hill station"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is the coolest spot of south India and its beauty can not be defined in words. We reached here from Bangalore in overnight journey by sleeper bus. Very convenient to reach, nice people, good hotels and immense beauty with pleasant weather. You won't believe you are in South of India. Must visit.
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Shreeyash Deshpande

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  • Shreeyash Deshpande
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you are looking for a holiday destination where you can enjoy natural beauty. One can see the clouds touching the mountains. Somewhere during sightseeing you can endeavour your path through clouds. Really amazing and awesome natural destination. One won't wish to return to their hectic routine.
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Jayesh Gandhi

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  • Jayesh Gandhi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We visit Kodaikanal waterfall which is 132 feet height. Devil's cave which is adventure place. Location was very nice as if we not India, but we are in abroad. Pillar rocks are very nice. It's looks we are in heaven. There is an university for Mother Terasa. The museum was so good. In museums there are so many antics & animals dead body save by the chemical. It's nice to see.
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