Kodaikanal Lake

Activity Charges / Entry Fee: INR 70 for 2 seater pedal boat*
Time Required
One to two hours
8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Difficulty Level
Best Suited For
Couples, Families and Nature Lovers.

Quick Info

Kodaikanal Lake is a man-made lake situated in Kodaikanal, a city in the district of Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. The lake is also called as Kodai Lake. It is the most significant landmark in Kodaikanal and hence, an extremely popular tourist attraction. The lake has a top-notch boat club offering pedal boating, row boating and Shikkara services. During the summer, the lake features events like boat pageant and flower shows.

Rankings & Ratings

A serene lake offering fantastic boating, cycling and horse riding experiences.
Editor's Rankings

#2 in 5 Things to Do in Kodaikanal

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

The Kodaikanal Lake offers a memorable boating experience along with wonderful facilities like cycling and horse riding. The environment is simply perfect for all these activities. The price of activities is quite reasonable. Cycling and horse riding are very highly recommended.


  • Amazing boating experience.
  • Ideal place for cycling and horse riding.
  • Scenic beauty all around.
  • Reasonable cost for boating, horse riding and cycling.
  • Nice shops around the lake.


  • Can get crowded, especially on weekends.
  • Cannot expect complete cleanliness.
  • Food cost can be on the higher end.
  • Boats are not of luxury standard.

Detailed Info

The Kodaikanal Lake is the most significant landmark in the city of Kodaikanal and hence, an extremely popular tourist attraction. Surrounded by the lush green hills of the Palani Hills range, the serene Kodaikanal Lake offers tourists opportunities for pedal boating, row boating and Shikkara cruise. There are opportunities even for cycling, horse riding and jogging on the shore of the lake. Just the sight of the sparkling star-shaped lake is a treat to the eyes.

During the summer, boat pageant and flowers shows are held at the lake. The famous Kurunji flowering plant grows in the area around the lake. It has blue bell-shaped flowers that bloom once in 12 years, creating a magical sight. The last time this happened was in 2016. The outflow from the Kodaikanal Lake goes over a silver cascade fall. To get the best experience, tourists must visit the lake either in the morning hours or the evening hours.

*Ticket price for boating

  • INR 70 for a 2-seater pedal boat. (30 min)
  • INR 140 for 4-seater pedal boat. (30 min)
  • INR 245 for 6-seater row boat. (20 min)
  • INR 415 for Shikkara cruise. (20 min)