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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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Krishanthan

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  • Krishanthan
  • Lives in Goa
  • 2 Reviews

"A must visit place for a relaxation" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
We enjoyed the outside food especially the parathas in the midst of a chill weather. Good place for trekkers. Must visit place during the flower show, but have it planned well ahead as there is a tremendous rush. Have lip balm, your umbrellas during the monsoon season and wear nice footwear, avoid flip flops.

Overall we had a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday tour.
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Muhammed kasali

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"Awesome destination" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Kodaikanal was a really a good place to relax, especially the climate was the plus point!! The people were good. We just had a great memories and it was nice place for relaxation. We were filled with joy!! Had a good time!! That's all, so nothing more to tell!! :P
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Venkatachelapathy

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  • Venkatachelapathy
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
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"An amazing place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
The Garden, The Boating, The Forest, Streets, Lake View are so neat and tidy, it looks like a foreign place. The place is so cool and relaxing. The climate is enjoying and Entertains us. The place is so silent and the bazaars looks great and food is also great. I loved this place a lot. Wish I could visit the places which I visited again.
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Viswanath nayak

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  • Viswanath nayak
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
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"Calm and peaceful city" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Kodaikanal is a calm and peaceful place. Ideal for someone who wants to get away from city life after a hectic period of work. There are a lot of sightseeing spots, but for people chilling out, you can just laze around and take long walks.

Just walking inside the Sterling Resort is a good experience. Going around the lake is a experience by itself. However be ready to walk quite a bit.
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Samarth Gowda

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  • Samarth Gowda
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"An amazing place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
First of all, the connectivity to this place is amazing. The roads are excellent and the drive is a memorable one with a lot of view spots on the way.

We stayed in a place away from the town of Kodai. It was very peaceful and serene. It was what we exactly wanted. The lake side during the night is a treat to the eyes with all the city lights reflecting on the water. One should go for a trek when they visit Kodai, just for the colourful flowers they blossom during monsoon.

Although it's a hill station monsoon is the most preferred time for traveling to Kodai, because this is the only time you get something what Kodai is really famous for.
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Balram Rathore

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  • Balram Rathore
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"Cool place for family holidays" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Reasons to go there -

1. Climate is good, you can enjoy the winter in south.
2. Lakeside cycling - 3-4 kilometer cycle riding in the evening and morning gives a memorable experience.
3. Boating - Self driven Boating is available in the lake, it deep water lake, so careful while boating.
4. Beautiful green hills - So many hills full of green landscape and full of clouds.
5. Pine forest - it is very beautiful place for photography in pine forest and so many movies have been done at these places.
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Varadarajulu d

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  • Varadarajulu d
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Kodaikanal is called the Princess of Hills" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We visited in June 2015 and even then the climate was cool and enjoyable. There were few intermittent showers caused by passing clouds. Kodaikanal is called the Princess of Hills and surrounded by valleys. A compact area to cover in a day. The hotels arrange for taxis for visit of important tourist spots. The Kurinchi Andavar Temple there and the Palani Temple 80 Kms away can also be visited. Home- made chocolates are special to this area.
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Pillai reji n

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  • Pillai reji n
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
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"A fantastic get away" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The location of this resort is the most happening place, still away from the hustle bustle of the city. You get absolute privacy, at the same time can reach the prime places within arm reach. The attitude and behaviour of people are down to earth, and are always willing to help you. There are enough activities within the resort which keep kids occupied. The adventure mountain bike is worth specific mention. Plenty of locations and scenery in and around the resort By The Lake, Kodaikanal. The food served in the restaurant is commendable.
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Ramanan K

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"Nice retreat" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Though we went after end of season and start of monsoon, we were spared by the rain God. Last week of June 15 there was occasional showers on 2 out of seven days and it did not spoil our holidays. The civic authorities should repair the roads in the town which are in bad shape especially up the hill, Naidupuram
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Dev Sharma

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  • Dev Sharma
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"Kodai - A peaceful place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Much better than many of the hill stations primarily because it has sustained its natural beauty uncorrupted by the spade of construction and ills of urbanization. A peaceful place where one can easily stay for at least a week without any boredom. The weather is perfect neither too cold nor is there any trace of undesired heat. The rise in temperature is immediately countered by the rising mist from below, which is perhaps one of the most conspicuous aspect of this hill station. The rising mist over the silent valley is a very rare sight to have, something you would see only in films. The mist envelopes round the mountains and cause them to disappear for a considerable period of time.

The Dolphin nose trip is a unique one, after reaching the destination one is impelled to think that it was heavy labour in vain but at retrospect one would realize that it was not merely a weary way but one which was thrilling and had an unexplainable charm about itself. This occurred to me sitting in Altaf's Cafe at the point where there is nothing more to climb and one can sip a good cup of tea/coffee from a fairly good variety that they have to offer.

Kodai lake is beautiful and deep too, some 85 feet, as I was told by the boatman. Boating in Shikara is a much better experience than the rest of the lot, it reminded me of Srinagar of the June of 1989. I do not stand to compare one with the other. The Kodai lake must not be as picturesque as the Dal or boast of such beautiful surroundings as the Naini Jheel, it was its own pristine beauty, something which would last in the memory even if you have frequented the former two.
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