Kodaikanal Tourism

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Superb fall in Kodaikanal

Superb fall in Kodaikanal  Video Review

Silver Cascade Falls

Kirit Patel
27th Oct 17

Boat House Kodaikanal

Boat House Kodaikanal  Video Review

Kodaikanal Boat House

Harshal Modi
19th Apr 17

Average place for sightseeing

Average place for sightseeing  Video Review

Coaker's Walk

Kirit Patel
26th Oct 17

Great enjoyment

Great enjoyment  Video Review

Silver Cascade Falls

Kumar Chandan
24th Feb 17

Scenic view, nice walk to this place

Scenic view, nice walk to this place  Video Review

Moir Point

14th Sep 16

Lake view from the top

Lake view from the top  Video Review

Upper Lake View

Harish Gunpati
15th Nov 17

Nature Beauty

Nature Beauty  Video Review

Pine Forest

Harish Gunpati
15th Nov 17


Superb  Video Review

Kodaikanal Boat House

Kirit Patel
26th Oct 17

Very nice lake

Very nice lake  Video Review

Kodai Lake

Kirit Patel
26th Oct 17

Good lake

Good lake  Video Review

Kodai Lake

Bharti k patel
26th Oct 17

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Reasons to go to Kodaikanal

1Bear Shola Falls, Kodaikanal
Bear Shola Falls, Kodaikanal

Bear Shola Fall, located at a distance of 2 km from the Kodaikanal Lake, is another popular tourist spot in the destination. The best time to a visit this place is during the rainy season. HolidayIQ Traveller Nixon says, “It is an ideal picnic spot.”

Read more at 10 Spectacular Waterfalls in India to Explore in 2017

2Hill Station Stuck Between Beauty And Divinity
Hill Station Stuck Between Beauty And Divinity

A hill station precisely placed between beauty and divinity, this land is second to only heaven. You’ll spend hours just looking at the beautiful landscapes and contemplating about long pending things in your life.

HolidayIQ Traveller Venkat Saketh shares, "Best of Southern Himalayas-Kodaikanal. Trip was breathtaking and the scenarios are eye popping ones and as you can see the photos you won't be able to describe it. Awesome if it is with friends. Hotels nearby are good. Trekking experience is not that good but it was 4hrs trekking. You will have many view points and photo spots on the way. Important thing is don't forget your DSLR. If you then trip will be wasted."


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3Kavunji is a small hamlet in Kodaikanal
Kavunji is a small hamlet in Kodaikanal

Kavunji, interestingly, is a Panchayat village of terrace farmers at the far western end of the Western Ghats in Kodaikanal. Agriculture is the main source in this village. There is a Tamil language inscription on a stone in the street believed to be dated in CE 1091. The people of this village believe that the inscription relates details and results of a controversy.

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4Enjoy a bag of homemade chocolates by the lake
Enjoy a bag of homemade chocolates by the lake

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rahul Basu shares, “Perfect evening stroll No wonder it is rated as the best destination in Kodaikanal. Located centrally in the hill station the business & everything is surrounding it. ...Shopaholics can experiment with a different stall for toys, apparels & homemade chocolates around the lake.

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5What are you Waiting for? Places that are Cheaper and Better in April
What are you Waiting for?  Places that are Cheaper and Better in April

Looking for a place in South India where you can go trekking, click awesome pictures and just relax after that? Kodaikanal is your answer. Besides, you can stay at gorgeous homestays to experience the true nature of the place.

Guru shares his experience: "So I went in about June last year. It was quite good. Weather was perfect. If you are looking to go with family, it's good but with friends its way better. I went with a group of 7 friends and we had a great time trekking especially, but it started to rain and it got a bit dangerous so wouldn't recommend trekking during rains. We booked the trip through this site called nomadly. They booked us a nice homestay."


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Reviews (995)

Avinash Topani

Avinash Topani4.0/5

8 reviews


Overall it is a good place, but prior booking of everything is recommended. If you have not visited Ooty, then you must visit Ooty first. Rest everything is pretty good, like weather, falls and some points.

Rajesh sampathkumar

Rajesh sampathkumar4.3/5

4 reviews

Easily one of the best hill stations in India

Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station that's a comfortable 3 hours drive from Madurai, the nearest airport. There are lots of places to see around here, and it is easy enough to spend a few full days just taking in the sights and sounds around Kodaikanal. There are restaurants and hotels to suit every palate and every budget, ranging from modest 1 star accommodations to the high end Carlton and Tamara hotels. The natural beauty around Kodai is stunning, and there are beautiful vistas everywhere, from the Satanical falls to the Berijam lake, the forest area, and numerous lookout points. We had a fantastic time walking up Coaker's walk and Bryant Park, hanging out at Astoria for its great food, and doing road trips to places around Kodai. There is also a tradition of home-made chocolates in Kodai that are varied and fun to sample. The wildlife - especially birds and flora - around the town are quite extensive, unique and beautiful. The town has a certain sleepy charm to it that you best experience by walking around. The weather is unpredictable, so best to carry an umbrella. If you're a photographer expect to spend a lot of time taking in the gorgeous views and trying things out - Kodai is fantastic for stuff like this.

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  • Easily one of the best hill stations in India
  • Easily one of the best hill stations in India
  • Easily one of the best hill stations in India
  • Easily one of the best hill stations in India

Kodaikanal Overview

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.

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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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Bharathan seetharaman

A hotel stay that made vacation the best.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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Thanuj Mathew

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Silent Valley View, Kodaikanal

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Krishna kumar Allam

Silent Valley View, Kodaikanal
Kodai Lake, Kodaikanal

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Adishankar S

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