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Destination Theme
Hill Stations,
Best Suited For
Honeymoon couples, Families and tourists.
Recommended Duration
Two to Five days.

Quick Info

Kodaikanal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. Located in the hills of Dindigul, Kodaikanal is called "Princess of Hill Stations". The place offers various charming natural attractions to its visitors and is a special holiday destination for honeymoon couples. The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai Airport at a distance of 135 kilometres from the town.

Rankings & Ratings

An ideal honeymoon destination filled with loads of fun activities.

Editor's Rankings

#17 in 33 Destinations in & around Kerala

Editor's Review

Kodaikanal has everything that a tourist destination is supposed to have. The extremely pleasant environment and the variety of interesting activities are bound to make your stay memorable. Just make sure you make a proper schedule so that you can get the best out of this place.

PROS

  • Scenic views throughout Kodaikanal.
  • The weather is pleasant throughout the year.
  • Boating, trekking and other activities promise a beautiful experience.
  • The place offers a different charm in different seasons.

CONS

  • The food is quite ordinary.
  • Since there are many places to see, you might miss the good ones.
  • Although trekking is a good experience, it can be tiring.
  • It can be a little difficult to reach the place.

Itinerary Tips

  • The monsoon is not a great time to visit Kodaikanal.
  • You can enjoy the scenic tour to Berijam Lake with Silent Valley View, Caps Fly Valley and Berijam Lake View on the way.
  • The adventurous people would enjoy the trek near Dolphin's nose.
  • Coaker's walk is a must visit where you can see scenic valleys or snow-like clouds under you or watch the sunrise depending on what time you prefer to go.
  • Bryant Park is also a very famous park. The park has flower festivals in the summer.
  • Boating in the Kodai Lake is a unique experience, especially during the winters.
  • Tourists can bathe in the Silver Cascade waterfalls.
  • You can also visit yoga centres.
  • Horse riding is a famous activity near the Kodai Lake.
  • You can buy home-made chocolates and Eucalyptus Oil.
  • Astoria is a good veg restaurant. You can also try Tibetan Brothers for good Tibetan and Chinese food. 
  • Chocolate factory offers the best chocolates.

Detailed Info

The name 'Kodaikanal' means 'The Gift of the Forest' in Tamil, the local language. Situated in the hills of Dindigul, Kodaikanal is a very popular tourist destination. It is called "Princess of Hill Stations. The place was first occupied by a tribe named 'Palaiyar'. The town is actually situated on a plateau near the Palani Hills. The hillsides of Kodaikanal are mostly covered with meadows and grasslands. The place is famous for its flora which includes Cypress, Eucalyptus, Acacia and Pear trees. You can also find large dahlias of different hues and water lilies.

Tourism has the biggest impact on Kodaikanal's economy. Kodaikanal is also home to many churches and temples. The most popular attraction is Kodaikanal Lake. Among the other major tourist attractions are Bryant Park, Coaker's Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks and Dolphin's Nose. A Museum of Natural History and a Solar Observatory are also present in Kodaikanal. Handicrafts, Home-made chocolates and Eucalyptus oil are some of the souvenirs that tourists take home.

 

Altitude

The altitude of Kodaikanal is 2100 metres(6890 ft) above mean sea level.

Weather

The weather is cool and pleasant throughout the year with heavy rains during the monsoon.

Best Time to Visit?

Between the months of October and June.

How to Get There?

By Air

The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai Airport which is 120 kilometres away. But it is not connected to many cities outside India. The nearest international airport is Coimbatore or Thiruvananthapuram Airport which are 175 and 200 kilometres away respectively.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Kodaikanal is Kodairoad Station at a distance of 100 kilometres from the town. From the station, you need to hire a taxi to reach Kodaikanal.

By Road

Buses are available to Kodaikanal from Madurai Aarappalayam bus stand and from bus stations in Kodai road and Dindigul.

 

Local Cuisines

Home made chocolates are famous in Kodaikanal. Nothing special about the local cuisine.