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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Vikas Londhe
  • Vikas Londhe
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Above the cloud" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I was in kodai for 3 days. It was awesome experience to spend this 3 days. Kodai is all about high mountains, lake, waterfalls, dense forest and fog. Coakers walk give you the experience what exactly " above the cloud" means. Kodai lake is awesome place to spend your evening and cycling around it is icing on cake. Weather is cold throughout year. Homemade chocolates are very tasty. People are humble and friendly. Overall kodai is best destination for nature lovers and honeymoon couples.
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Saifullah Khan
  • Saifullah Khan
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"The best destination for couples" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I have stayed there for 2 days with my friend. Stayed in cottage, good accommodation but bad food. We hired cab, traffic is too much. Visited places are water fall, Suicide point, boating place and local markets.

Shooting spots are very good. Local people are friendly. Gardens have all different kids of flowers. Amazed to see all at one place.

Roads are bad, need to be improved. Phone signals are bad. Very few ATMs are available at this busy destination. Journey is good with sweet atmosphere.
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Ram Balireddy
  • Ram Balireddy
  • Lives in Nellore
  • 3 Reviews

"An excellent location for honeymoon couples" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is an excellent location for the honeymoon couples. I enjoyed a lot with my spouse there. The locations such as valleys, hills, forests and lakes are worth visiting. The trekking and boating was awestruck. You can enjoy at peaks in the winter season due to the weather. The temperature lies between 12 to 20 degrees.
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Nirmala Prabhu
  • Nirmala Prabhu
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"A romantic destination for newly weds" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chill, breezy and a romantic destination for newly weds. Enjoy your day with pine tree forest, boating, horse riding, cycling, crockers walk, Lord murugan temple and Bryant park. Enjoy the homemade chocolates, variety of tea and cakes. In garden fresh vegetable are available.

Go for a evening walk in crockers walk, which will make your dress wet during the month of November and December. Suicide point looks to be little scary but enjoyable where you should be careful with the monkeys.

Its always good to by road where you can enjoy the scenery in the best way.
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Souvik Datta
  • Souvik Datta
  • Lives in Howrah
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  • 3 Reviews

"Spectacular scenic beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is one of the best romantic places in India. Spectacular scenic beauty. Nature always welcome you. One of the most importance thing is, medicine plant. A natural medicine plant forest is in Kodaikanal. Nature and trek lover can explore breath of nature. To spent decent memorable holiday Kodaikanal always welcome you.
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Ar Un
  • Ar Un
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Kodaikanal - Best Honeymoon place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is very beautiful hill station in the country. Usually people will go majorly in summer holidays. But preferred time for best season is August & September, which will be the best months for enjoying honeymoon. Climate is awesome, also no much crowd during this season. Don't forget to visit vattakanal falls, lion cave, Dolphin nose these 3 were the best places in Kodaikanal. Enjoy your trip to Kodai.
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Jaffar Hussain
  • Jaffar Hussain
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful hill station" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Beautiful hill station. Minimum three to four days you must stay in Kodaikanal. Must visit Mannavanur. Approximately 40 km away from Kodaikanal. Nature lovers will enjoy to the maximum. Avoid going at the time of seasons. Visit before March or after September.
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Yoga Nandu
  • Yoga Nandu
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Awesome experience at a beautiful place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
As I visited morning in Kodaikanal, the scenery was so beautiful. Then went to SV international hotel for room. It was also good in services and rooms. Later visited few places which was fully covered by fog and snow. Overall, an awesome experience. I just loved it.
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Shyam Diengdoh
  • Shyam Diengdoh
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 1 Review

"Best place for a weekend chill" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I have been to this place twice. Never lets me down. Greenland youth hostel near the Coakers walk is just the best place to stay! It's cheap & the location is Just wow! It itself is just the best view point in the whole Kodai. Other than that Pine Trek is a must!
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Arun
  • Arun
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 6 Reviews

"Good experience at the beautiful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We can feel the fog in this area. We can feel the high range beauty. The place I want to visit again is wild life. We miss this place because of not getting enough people in the bus. The lake is a centre place of the spot.
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