The Princess of Hill stations
Located in Palani Hills in the western Ghats, this enchanting hill station is one among the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. Blessed with dense green forests, waterfalls and majestic rocks it is an ideal place for both honeymooners and adventure seekers.
This 'Princess of Hill stations' with its plunging valleys, sturdy terrains, clear skies, fresh water lakes, rivers, streams and resevoirs, lush plantations and the misty mountains will not disappoint you. For all the adventure and nature lovers, this beautiful hill station offers activities like Horse riding, trekking, boating and cycling.
If you want to escape the concrete jungle and bask in the peace and tranquality offered by nature , to enjoy a quiet picnic with some breathtaking views and to spend some quality time with family, friends and your significant other, then Kodikanal is your one stop destination.
Hotels, Resorts, Homestays
Kodaikanal has a lot of accommodation options ranging from lodges, hostels to luxury resorts inside the plantations. Finding accommodation in the peak season is difficult as it is a popular school/college trip destination in South India. It is advised to book online in advance.
There are many restaurants in Kodai which serve lip smacking cuisines. Most of the restaurants serve south Indian cuisine.
Few resorts and hotels have attached bar. There is a wine shop near the Kodai bus stand which sells Indian liquor.
Top things do in Kodaikanal
How to reach
Kodaikanal is easily accesible through air, rail, and road.
How to Reach by Flight
Located around 120 km away, Madurai Airport serves as the nearest airport to Kodaikanal. Daily flights from Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy and Mumbai arrive here. One can take a cab or local train to reach Kodaikanal from the airport. Flights from Trichy and Coimbatore are also available to reach Kodaikanal.
How to Reach by Train
Kodai Road, situated around 80 km away from the main town of Kodaikanal, is the nearest railway station. Mostly trains from Madurai and Trichy run to Kodai Road. Another nearest and important station is Coimbatore Railway Station which connects kodaikanal to all the other important cities.
How to Reach by Bus
Regular bus services are available from the cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thiruchirapalli, Palani, Dindigul and Bangalore. State and private buses also run in this route.
How to Reach by Road
Kodaikanal is easily accessible by road from Chennai (439 kilometres) and Bangalore (305 kilometres). It’s only about 3.5 hours away from Madurai.
How to travel within
Rickshaws and cabs are available to travel within Kodaikanal.
Leeches are common in hilly regions, carry table salt to get rid of them.
There will be a lot of monkeys near some tourist spots, they can be unpredictable.
DAY 1 :
- Start off by visiting the Green Valley View
- Followed by Pillar Rocks, Devil's Kitchen and Berijam lake.
- Continue with Bryant’s Park
- Break for lunch
- Next visit Coakers Walk
- End day 1 by visiting Silent Valley view
DAY 2 :
- Begin by visiting the Kodai lake
- Followed by Silver Cascade Falls
- Continue with Bear Shola Falls
- Break for lunch
- Then visit the Thalaiyar Falls
- End the trip with the beauttiful Dolphin's Nose