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 Coakerís Walk, Bryantís 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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Amith
  • Amith
  • Lives in Adari
  • 5 Reviews

"Must visit place, dream destination" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kodaikanal and only Kodai. Dream destination, pleasant climate and good food. Market are full of chocolate shops. Taste of chocolates are like heaven. Every place is scenic, will definitely visit once again. Hotels are good. Beautiful scenic place attracted us. Just go and relax in Kodaikanal you will definitely forgot all your hectic life. Just goo go goo goo Kodai!!
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Ambarish Sharma
  • Ambarish Sharma
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 photos
  • 1 Review

"Pollution-free visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Kodai - 'Princess of hill stations', a perfect destination to relax yourself. Apt time to visit is Apr-June. A perfect place to chill-out (just 526 km from Chennai). Don't miss to get the home-made chocolates which keeps your mouth full all the time. To shopping lovers - thumps up!!! You can find everything to shop there, will need a tempo to get back:) Don't miss to visit Dolphin's Nose (perfect place to camera lovers, don't forget to wear shoes), Bryant Park, Coaker's Walk, Guna cave, Pine forest to name a few. Cycling at morning or evening will make u feel heaven!!!!
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Prabhu M
  • Prabhu M
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"Enjoy the trekking and other activities" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Overall experience was good. Really enjoyed the activities around Kodai lake. Village tour was not good, its just Waste of time. We went for trekking in the dolphin nose point, quite enjoyed that trekking. Visited places like pillars rock, pine forest . Overall a good trip. Two places we enjoyed the most is trekking to dolphin nose and Kodai lake.
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Sabareesh Chittuluru
  • Sabareesh Chittuluru
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Overall, a beautiful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Wonderful place for all people. We were a group of friends who visited kodaikanal. We had come with an adventure mode and went for a trek from Kodaikanal to kumbakarai - 20 km downhill trek. It was very good. But people have to be equipped with all trekking gear. It is termed as moderately difficult. The terrain is pretty harsh. too rocky. Apart from this there are many places around kodai which are beautiful people can book a cab if the group is big and go to all these places.
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Ritu Shukla
  • Ritu Shukla
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"A beautiful scenic beauty" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Its a beautiful place. Although November is the rainy season and out of season time. It still looked beautiful. It was very chilly. If you are a nature lover. This place is a must see for you. Check the Guna caves and Pillar rocks. They are both magnificent and intriguing. Overall, lovely place.
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Ramesh Kumar
  • Ramesh Kumar
  • Lives in Erode
  • 2 photos
  • 8 Reviews

"Kodaikanal is one of the best summer place in Tamilnadu" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is one of the best summer place in Tamilnadu. This place have lot of Positive features. First one is good place for summer, second one always spray chillness and charming. Third one cheap and best place compare other tourist place.

Fourth one is relaxing the mind and change the pressure of mind. Fifth one young couple select this place is very good matching for celebrating honeymoon with relaxing mind and treat for heart. Sixth one nature, Seventh one lake and Shola Falls and Palni Hills are amazing. Flowers and garden are so amazing and boating is also very much good for eye treat. So every tamil people proud for this place, very nice and awesome experience.
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Jegan
  • Jegan
  • Lives in Agra
  • 3 Reviews

"Good Destination for Relaxation" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Kodaikanal is Best place for Relaxation with Excellent Climatic condition. If anyone want to experience the Best Climate - then need to plan for a travel on the month of Nov or Dec - where it will be very cool than expected. And there won't be any much crowds during this season and of course the room tariffs also will be less in this duration since it will be marked as Off Season. If you are planning for Seasonal trip April, May.Need to plan earlier since room availability and choices will be less and costlier
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Jaikanth Sundaram
  • Jaikanth Sundaram
  • Lives in Madurai
  • 9 Reviews

"Exhilarating and enchanting experience !"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kodai has always been one of my favorite destination to relax. The fantastic climate, beautiful landscapes and some fantastic places to rewind like the awesome Lake and Coakers Walk, Kodai certainly ranks high on my list of places one must see ! My recent visit in August 2014 is just a continuation of the numerous times I have been there. There are some interesting eating places that should satisfy almost everyone. Any visitor should remember to carry warm clothing because nights can get really cold. A good pair of trekking shoes is a must if you want to enjoy some long walks.
If you are thinking of a place to unwind make sure you think of Kodai !
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Charan
  • Charan
  • Lives in Adityana
  • 4 Reviews

"Kodaikanal-Must visit place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
There are many places to visit in Kodaikanal. Start from the Lake, roam around all the places we can complete in one day. Pine Forest, Guna Cave and Pillar Rocks are must see places. Also there are some falls on your way. Finally I can say itís a good place and better than Ooty.
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Jeyakar Chandrabose
  • Jeyakar Chandrabose
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"A cool place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kodai is cool place to visit. Climate was good, many tourist places are there to visit. Good place for couple to roam around and to shopping.
Boating, cycling, horse riding and tricking are good one for couple to enjoy. Bison in kodai mingled with people, we can see often bison roaming in city.
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