Kodaikanal Tourism

Kodaikanal Tourism

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Hill and Honeymoon

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.

Kodaikanal is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Madurai and Coimbatore.

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Kodaikanal Traveller Reviews

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Nimisha Kashyap

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  • Nimisha Kashyap
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 39 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  40 helpful votes
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"Perfect weekend getaway"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I went Kodaikanal with a group of five girls from Bangalore. We took a bus from Bangalore travels) to Kodaikanal. We visited in the month of June and the weather was little cold, may be because it rained few days back. We stayed in Pink House Cottage, Vatican. And I would suggest everyone to go there. The location of the cottage is so beautiful, you feel you are living amidst the cloud. But one has to climb few steps (actually a lot) to reach this cottage. You can find other cottages also there. It's located exactly opposite to Altaf's Cafe. I wanted to spend few more days in the kodai only because of the location of the cottage. They provide you breakfast (paid not free) and they can prepare dinner also on request. Dolphin's nose was near to the cottage. Prefer going Dolhpin's nose early in the morning and don't forget to wear shoes. This place is perfect for short trekking. We booked cab to roam around the city. We covered Vatican falls (it's a must to visit), coaker's walk, pillar roack, mannavur lake, dolhpin's nose. In the evening you can spend time in any of the cafe's nearby.
I would advice travellers to warm clothes, camera (if you don't want to miss the beauty of the nature), shoes (must).
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  • Maruthi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  349 readers

"Good place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Joyful fundoo but choose the stay wisely as the hilly mountains hotel takes lots of time and cost to visit local restaurant.. Lakes and other places to visit.. Makes sure you do cycling and boat riding on correct time..

Mountain clicks and tracking must be done..

Dining veg is a bit of an issue if your pure veggi.
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Kalairajan saravanan

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  • Kalairajan saravanan
  • 3 Reviews
  •  547 readers

"Nice weather in order to avoid Chennai heat"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 2, 2017
It was a niece pleasure spending our valuable time with our family members, First we went to Jeyaraj's residency hotel to check in our room, the moment we entered the reception area we found some foul smell near the hotel & made us our life miserable. In future I think make-my trip should not encourage such hotel/s. Once we made our mind to comfortable ourselves with accommodation, then we proceed to Cookers walker, where we had splendid sightseeing with all greenaries all over the mountain. I was happy with my family members taking good snaps & photos. Next we visited Gunacave & Pine tree forest which are awesome. The day we lastly visited Kodai Lake which was good but unfortunately boating was closed in the evening,
Next day we visited Kuruji Andavar temple & proceeded to village Mannavanur where we could visit Rabbit / Sheep farm. My son enjoyed horse riding & finally we went near by lake for boating. It was great pleasure with finally ending up in Pillar rock.
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Jairaj Kumar

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  • Jairaj Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1076 readers

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

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 8, 2017
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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Venkataraman a v

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  • Venkataraman a v
  • 2 Reviews
  •  744 readers

"Kodai trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 3, 2017
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
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1239 readers

"Green lake view resort, Kodaikanal"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2017
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 Mar 7, 2017
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 Mar 4, 2017
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
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"Best tourist place - Kodaikanal"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2017
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
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"Wonderful holiday destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2017
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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