Kodaikanal Tourism

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Superb fall in Kodaikanal

Superb fall in Kodaikanal  Video Review
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Silver Cascade Falls

Kirit Patel
27th Oct 17

Boat House Kodaikanal

Boat House Kodaikanal  Video Review
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Kodaikanal Boat House

Harshal Modi
19th Apr 17

Average place for sightseeing

Average place for sightseeing  Video Review
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Coaker's Walk

Kirit Patel
26th Oct 17

Great enjoyment

Great enjoyment  Video Review
02:02

Silver Cascade Falls

Kumar Chandan
24th Feb 17

Scenic view, nice walk to this place

Scenic view, nice walk to this place  Video Review
01:15

Moir Point

A K
14th Sep 16

Lake view from the top

Lake view from the top  Video Review
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Upper Lake View

Harish Gunpati
15th Nov 17

Nature Beauty

Nature Beauty  Video Review
00:42

Pine Forest

Harish Gunpati
15th Nov 17

Superb

Superb  Video Review
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Kodaikanal Boat House

Kirit Patel
26th Oct 17

Very nice lake

Very nice lake  Video Review
00:15

Kodai Lake

Kirit Patel
26th Oct 17

Good lake

Good lake  Video Review
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Kodai Lake

Bharti k patel
26th Oct 17

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Reasons to go to Kodaikanal

1De-stress at Echo Point with some kadak chai
De-stress at Echo Point with some kadak chai

HolidayIQ Reviewer Prakash Joy shares, “ It is a place to chill out and relax with your family and friends.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sangram ghatge adds, “Good trekking and a viewpoint This one actually has total 3 viewpoints. First mountain's view then you go further down the hill there is Dolphins Nose and then Echo Point. Views are breathtaking.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Babita reddy adds, “Beautiful location in Kodaikanal I visited Kodaikanal in January with my friends and family as a combined trip of all.

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2Enjoy in the mesmerizing beauty of Kodaikanal
Enjoy in the mesmerizing beauty of Kodaikanal

Boating | Forest | Valley | Cold

HolidayIQ Reviewer Divya Pramil says, “Kodaikanal is not a big city and hence the forests are not destroyed much, Pine forests, Dolphin nose, suicidal points, Guna cave, Waterfalls, Lake view, Boating, Trekking, Cycling, Pillar rock, Old Mary Church, Etc. I love the way Kodaikanal is. It was a thrilling experience when we went trekking in Dolphin nose spot. I want every one of you to stay there at least for 4days minimum to enjoy Kodai's beauty.”

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3Of emerald green lakes and powder blue skies
Of emerald green lakes and powder blue skies

Lake | Hill | Forest | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sundar shares, “We started from Madurai on the same day 31 May, 2014 around 8.30 a.m. by my favorite Maruti 800 driven by myself. Had our dinner @ Temple city hotel by 9.30 a.m. after 30 km drive from Madurai - Bangalore Highways. ...We went to Coaker's walk by 4 p.m. and had a good valley view and also had the views of small villages and dam around Kodai. ...we started a bit early around 8.30 a.m. to Mayoers point, I remember it was a quite a nice but a risky place to walk. ”

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4Enjoy breezy views of the fauna
Enjoy breezy views of the fauna

Lake | Boating | Hill | Forest

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rahul Basu says, “Located centrally in the hill station, the business centre and everything is surrounding it. We visited in winter with the cloud coming down to the lake, almost making it zero visibility. The boat ride in this condition was nothing short of heaven. The boatmen are friendly and help click photos.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Srinivasan, shares, “The lake is a serene and nice place to relax and click photos or videos.”

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5Coorg is overrated. Kodaikanal still has some secret hideouts
Coorg is overrated. Kodaikanal still has some secret hideouts

The word Kodaikanal in Tamil means Gift of the Forest.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. Lots of hills, isn’t it? 

HolidayIQ reviewer Sasikumar from Agra shares, “Nice place to spend time. There are a lot of places to visit. Falls, lake and many more places are there to visit and spend time with family over there. We can go by car and it is a good for all. Sightseeing and everything during the journey is nice.”

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Reviews (1263)

Avinash Topani

Avinash Topani4.0/5

8 reviews

Kodaikanal

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
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Recommended Duration in Kodaikanal

Number of days to spend in Kodaikanal as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

5.6%

2 days

11.1%

3 days

72.2%

4 days

11.1%

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.



Photos of Kodaikanal

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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