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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Jairaj Kumar

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  • Jairaj Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  203 readers

"A hill station to get away from the hot summer" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kodaikanal, is a great place to escape from the hot summer. I would recommend this place for those who have kids currently in their summer vacation. The great places to see are
1) Pillar Rock view - great view of the Pillar rock
2) Guna Cave - be aware of the walk to get to the Devil's kitchen or Guna cave. Monkey does **** good from your hand, so do not keep anything with you when you visit this place.
3) Kodai canal lake - if possible take the boat ride and if you love cycling take the bicycle for hire.
4) Green Valley view - this is a shopper's paradise, who can see the great view and buy stuff, such as chocolates
5) Chocolate factory close to the wax museum, you get good chocolate and kids will love this place.
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"Kodai trip" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Weather was excellent. Added to this it rained, which was welcomed by locals. But due to the season it was heavily crowded. Hence traffic jams existed throughout sightseeing spots causing more delays in spite of good control by the police. Barring this we enjoyed the weather, hotel stay, hospitality at hotel and other places. We also could enjoy shopping as we found things were cheaper. It was an enjoyable stay for us in total.
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Sumit gupta

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  • Sumit gupta
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  584 readers

"Green lake view resort, Kodaikanal"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Located at the heart of the city at the shore of Kodaikanal Lake it's the best one could ever awesome, big room, authentic food, awesome amenities value for money place, easily commutative to all visitors place. Full Lake view. I was charged 2000 bugs
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Gandikota Ramanji

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  • Gandikota Ramanji
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Beautiful Kodaikanal"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kodaikanal is the best place to visit and better then Ooty. Air is so fresh .. You can spend more then 2 days ... Do not take any guide Bisti G really cheap ... Coaker's walk pine forest are must visit. Lot of activities to be done at kodali lake ... Like boating cycling ... Horse riding.
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Mayra motwani

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  • Mayra motwani
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"Beautiful Kodaikanal"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A beautiful place with nature surrounded on all sides which gives you a peace of mind. Air is so fresh that you can feel it. You can spend good 3 to 4 days. Out of which one day you can keep just to relax and feel the nature. Kodai lake ., coaker's walk, pine forest are must visit. Lot of activities to be done at kodai lake. Boating, cycling, horse riding.
Would like to go once again
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Maneesh kumar

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  • Maneesh kumar
  • 13 Reviews
  •  27 helpful votes
  •  3257 readers

"Best tourist place - Kodaikanal"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kodaikanal is the best place and better than Ooty. To reach Kodaikanal get down at Madurai and catch bus towards Kodaikanal. Kodai road is also a option but there are lack of transportation. Kodaikanal is a hill station and has best in its own nature.
I feel it is much way a better tourist destination than Musoorie, Dehradun.
The peace of nature and maintained greenery will not allow you to away from Kodaikanal.
Pine trees was my best feeling. Being in Kodaikanal feels like attachment towards nature.
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Savio sebastian

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  • Savio sebastian
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Wonderful holiday destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
You can simply relax and enjoy fog here. Boating really cheap, but horse riders very costly. Do not take any guide. Simply take Google map and enjoy your ride. Spend at least one afternoon in kodai lakes. I never found a excellent food in this Hill station. But you can try all varieties of food. Cycle ride really fun. Green valley you can enjoy only if it is without fog. Try to take your own car if possible other wise take enough time to reach Kodaikanal. Roads are just average. Wax museum is ulter waste.
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 37 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Perfect hill station"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2017
City situated around Kodai lake beautiful environment and loved the discipline of the locals about cleanliness they were not using plastic material and always uses paper bags to protect environment.
Loved sightseeing of the city.
Boating in lake is also good experience.
You can hire bicycle around lake and can ride around lake that will make your day some joyful.
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"Finest place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2017
Really the atmosphere around Kodaikanal is so cool and wonderful and I with my of total 8 members visited the place and enjoyed a lot. The place to visit in Kodaikanal is the lake which was so long and next is Forest area which covers Coaker's walk, Dolphin's Nose and Suicide Place and next small village view which was a cute and interesting place.
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"With time, Kodai has become a Ooty with swelling crowds .."

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2016
This was a hill station very popular with honeymooners as it had less crowd compared to more popular Ooty. This was my 4th visit to Kodai in the last 20 years .. And what I saw this time was pretty disturbing. Lots and lots of people everywhere and it looked more and more as some village fair concentrated in all places of attractions. Hundreds of hotels have sprung up and there by the place has become highly commercialized.
Still if we are choosy, we could locate some quiet places to stay and relax and is definitely a better choice when compared to Ooty.
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