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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Bhavani Sharma
  • Bhavani Sharma
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"A hillstation with pleasant climate" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It is a hill station with pleasant climate. Recommended as summer holiday destination. Kodaikanal lake, coaker's walk and bryant park are the major attractions. Take rice items, avoid rotis. Cycling, boating and site seeing are the activities that can be done. Take sweaters, take taxi from Madurai, public transport is not so good.
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Aashish Borse
  • Aashish Borse
  • Lives in Sukoharjo
  • 5 Reviews

"Princess of hill stations!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
In a span of two days that we were in Kodaikanal, the wonderful memories of a PAISA VASOOL HOLIDAY that we have gathered are too numerous to enlist here! Firstly, it was our last destination in a week-long tour to Madurai-Rameshwaram-Palani-Devipattinam-Kodai, & rightly planned so to make us unwind from travelling stress. Financially also it was rewarding as we availed huge off-season discounts in hotel tariffs. We enjoyed breath-taking views of the mountains & valleys wherein the mystique mist was playing hide-&-seek all throughout the day.

Spectacular views and unforgettable boat-ride in kodai lake, picturesque locales at the pine forests, refreshing walks that guaranteed a distressing package from none other than Mother Nature at the famous Coaker's walk, many more exciting sightseeing locations just added to our fun & leisure. Kodaikanal is one hill-station which I would definitely recommend to all those who haven' yet visited this amazing location & needless to say the lucky ones like me are surely heading for visiting again!!!
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Vaishnavi Kavinath
  • Vaishnavi Kavinath
  • Lives in Pollachi
  • 3 Reviews

"Best destination for relaxation & sight seeing within budget" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Kodaikanal is the best destination for the people who wants to relax from all works and tension, as the climate is perfect to enjoy and blend with the nature. There are all kinds of entertainment for variety of people from kids to old-aged. If one wants to get out of routine and relax but with minimum cost, then Kodaikanal can be the first choice.
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Ilango Van
  • Ilango Van
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Budget to Luxury" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kodaikanal is the best place for family and honeymoon couple. Pleasant climate, budget prices hotels, easy accessible destinations, easy transportation facility all make this Place to fit for everyone. You can select Budget to Luxury hotel according to your wallet strength. Sight seeing can be selected from various options. Lot more food varieties can be tasted in Kodai restaurants.

Pros: Weather, Nature's beauty
Cons: Pollution, Plastic wastes everywhere thrown by tourists.
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Sarvs Sagaa
  • Sarvs Sagaa
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 2 Reviews

"Kodaikanal - A perfect destination for picnic on a warm Sunday" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is one of the famous tourists spot in Tamilnadu. It is filled with Minimum of 10 excellent spots that are to be visited at least once in a year. Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Pine Forest, Pillar Rocks, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, Bryant Park, Guna Cave, Vattakanal Falls, Bear Shola Falls, Mannavanur Lake are the 10 "Atleast Spots" that are to be seen definitely in Kodaikanal. There are still more spots in Kodaikanal, yet these 10 spots would reveal the beauty of nature in Kodaikanal for sure. Finally Kodaikanal = Economic + Chill + Pleasant Tourist spot :)
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Akash singh Chauhan
  • Akash singh Chauhan
  • Lives in Satna
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  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful scenic beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We had an amazingly memorable trip to Kodiakanal. During our trip we had a chance to saw the scenic beauty of Kodiakanal very closely as our hotel was into the forest area. As the place is at high altitude we got a chance to trek on mountains. The place provides a quick escape to people who are living in Chennai and are looking for a place which can provide them soothing winter season. Our hotel was away from the hectic city life and provided very cosy and peaceful stay. The hotel also has a provision of camp fire on the demands of customer so every evening we can enjoy it along with the dinner which would be served there itself.
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Prem Anand
  • Prem Anand
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Family trip in Kodaikanal" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
On April 23th 2014 I went to Kodaikanal with my family. Actually this is my first family trip. Really I enjoyed lot in Kodaikanal with my family. In April the climate will be little hot in Kodaikanal, but on my travel date the place is chill and fog. Really I enjoyed a lot.
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Atul Sanvariya
  • Atul Sanvariya
  • Lives in Patiala
  • 1 Review

"one of the best hill station in India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the best hill station in India even better than Ooty. Lake was the central attraction. A good place to relax along with friends and Family. Cost of stay and food is much cheaper than other hill stations across India. Beautiful location to visit & relax with family.
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Noor Khan
  • Noor Khan
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Best place to hangout and have fun" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Best place to visit and have fun with friends. And I thank Haroon the ice skating in-charge who was friendly with us and helped us to enjoy more. I suggest you people to visit Ice Skating Cafe in Kodaikanal. Its awesome place and the best service at Royal Hotel which I can tel and suggest each and everyone.
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Pritesh Shah
  • Pritesh Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 9 Reviews

"A nice place to relax" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Beautiful location to visit & relax with family and even as a couple. Honeymooners can also select this location which would be very cold during the winter season i.e around Dec & Jan. Very good hotels & resorts are also available for relaxing stay.
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