Kodaikanal | India
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Kodaikanal is one of Tamil Nadu's finest hill stations, 7,200 feet above sea level amongst the Western Ghats of India, in the Palani Hill Range and under the administrative control of Dindigul District.


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Planning a Trip

1 Get in 1.1 By plane 1.2 By train 1.3 By bus 1.4 By car 0°0′0″N 0°0′0″EMap of Kodaikanal By plane The closest airports to Kodaikanal are Trichy 150 km, Madurai 120 km and Coimbatore 175 km. You can get regular flights from Mumbai, Trichy, Bangalore and Chennai. From any of these airports you can hire a private taxi, cab or take train to reach Kodaikanal. Trains are available in frequent intervals but you can choose to go by private taxi if you are in real hurry. By train The nearest railway station is Kodai Road, at a distance of 100 km. From Kodai Road station, one can travel only by road. Taxis are available for hire up to Kodaikanal but since these might be the only mode of transport here, the prices are often not negotiable. Another railway station that is quite close is Dindigul Railway Station. It is easier to come to Kodaikanal using this station, as Dindigul is a much bigger city. Once you get off at the Dindigul Railway station, you can get an auto rickshaw for around ₹50 to come to the Dindigul Bus Stand. From there, there are frequent buses to Vathlagundu from where there are many buses to Kodaikanal. Straight buses are available from Dindigul to Kodaikanal as well, but you might have to wait for an hour or so. It takes around 30 minutes from Dindigul to Vathlagundu (Batlagundu) and then about 2 hours from Vathlagundu to Kodaikanal by bus. By bus From Dindigul city, Kodaikanal is located at a distance of 90 km approximately and there are plenty of buses plying from various parts of the state. Buses ply from Chennai, Pondicherry, Trichy, Madurai, Dindigul, Palani and Coimbatore. Buses are available from Madurai (Arapalayam) to Kodaikanal at regular timings. By car Reach Kodaikanal from Kodai Road (80 km) for ₹1300/- approx, Dindigul or Madurai and then take a cab/taxi to Kodaikanal. The drive from Kodai road takes approximately 2 1/2 hrs while the drive from Madurai takes approximately 3 1/2 hours and from Dindigul it takes about 2 1/2hrs. From Kochi, it is 295 km via the hill station of Munnar. The route to be taken is Kochi-Muvattupuzha-Kothamangalam-Adimali-Munnar-Devikulam-Poopara-Bodi-Theni-Kodaikanal which is the NH49 Kochi-Madurai. From Alappuzha or Kottayam, the route is via Kumily along Kottayam-Kumily road, KK Road.


Top Attractions

Kodai (Kodaikanal) Lake Dolphin's Nose Pillar Rock site Silver Cascade Waterfall 10.2401577.478081 Bear Shola falls. This is a really beautiful water falls. But during some seasons there may not be any water there. But climbing up the falls is a good trek.  Berijam Lake. Perhaps the most pristine of the three lakes in Kodai. This is a plastic free zone and it is beautiful and serene. The lake lies within a reserved forest region. You need to get permission to visit this lake. Permissions need to be obtained on the morning of the intended day of visit from the forest office. Usually the person who arranges the vehicle will arrange the permit. Moreover, in peak season, a limited number of vehicles are allowed in per day.  10.2310977.491572 Bryant park. A must see. Its main entrance is on the road surrounding the lake and is a 10-minute walk from the entrance to the boat club. Nicely maintained and a huge park. Their flower shows during summer are very famous.  10.2300477.493643 Coakers Walk. If you wish to catch the scenic valleys, the best time to visit the place would be before 2PM. But if you want to watch snow-like clouds (only in winter) beneath you form an ocean, reach the place between 3PM and 6PM. Try and catch the sunrise here or in the nearby Greenlands Hostel. At evenings a view of the Jewel Box (evening view of Theni and Periyakulam)is also an attraction. A marvel. Also try out the telescope near the main gate. This place is very near the bus stand.  Devil's Kitchen. A cave known more to the locals, First being "Green Valley View" and "Pillar Rocks" and then finally "Guna Cave". Watch out for the deep hidden ravines. What would appear like mere dark gutters are actually a deep fall. Many unsuspecting people have fallen prey to the "devil's trap", so watch your step!  10.2105477.487954 Dolphins Nose. To reach Dolphins Nose at a distance of 8 km from the bus stand, one has to follow the route specified here. There is an old road after crossing Pambar Bridge near Levinge Stream. A rough curve rounds the hillside which leads to a point where a flat rock projects over an awful chasm of 6600 feet deep. This is Dolphins Nose. On the way, beautiful views of plains and steep, rocky escarpment called rolling hills can be seen. The old village of Vellagavi can be reached through the rugged bridle path.  10.2107477.461955 Guna Caves. A cave which became very famous after the movie Guna. Very steep and risky to get in. The public may not be allowed to enter this cave nowadays, though it's a very good place to take pics. But if you are not a professional spelunker, a trip to this cave may be your last. Getting back will be problem as it's very dark and there could be about a 90% chance of suffering a free fall.  Green Valley View (Suicide Point). has a more than 5000 ft steep drop from this point. The monkeys are a good attraction at this point. Renamed Green Valley View, apparently to prevent people from being lured to commit suicide.  10.2343677.486336 Kodai Lake (Kodaikanal Lake). If you are going in winter, go boating in the evening, as it's an amazing experience to boat through fog settling on the lake. The lake is very near the bus stand. This is a star-shaped lake and walking around it during the night is one of the best walking experiences you can have in your life. Be cautious, there are lot of dogs around this lake and some places are extremely dark. Walk between 6 and 7PM, then head back to your room.  Kurinjiandavar Temple. About 4 km from the lake is a temple whose presiding God is Lord Muruga. The flowers inside the temple bloom once in 12 years. One can get a view of the Palani Hills and the Kodaikanal Town from this temple. During the winter, the view of Kodai city and Palani from the two ends of the temple is blocked. However, in summer, the visibility is good and hence the experience, too.  Lasaleth Church and Lion's cave. Has the 100yrs old tree, 500yrs old tree and Lion's Cave.  Old Suicide Point. This place is about 5 minutes before the main/old pine forest. In recent days tourists get down to see the pine forest in many places as an entire stretch is full of pine trees) while driving from the observatory side. You need to get down and walk towards the cliff. Here you will see a small pathway on the left side. If you take this path and walk for about 10 minutes you will reach the old suicide point. The view from there is simply breathtaking.  10.2103977.465367 Pillar Rocks. It has huge steep cliffs. During summer rainy days, the cliffs get completely hidden due to excess of fog. Watch out for the cross at the top of the mountain hoisted by an English adventure enthusiast.You can see the cross by an available telescope.  Pine Forest. It's a really very good forest of pine trees. You can ride horses there. It's on the way to the Guna Cave.  Shanthi Valley. Another pine forest nice place.  Silent Valley View.  10.2420177.510688 Silver Cascade. It's a nice waterfall on the road side from Kodai Road, just before 4-5 km from Kodaikanal. The cold water flows and it's really super to bathe in the cold water and travel in between the eucalyptus trees. If you are going to Kodaikanal by private vehicle on the way, you can visit the place. Buy fresh carrots and some exotic veggies around here.  Thoppi Thuukum Paarai. It's en route to Berijam Lake. Wonderful tourist Spot. Children should be careful near the cliffs. (updated Apr 2015)


Things to do

Boating at the Kodai lake - paddle and row boats are available at the lake. Entrance is via the Kodaikanal Boat Club. Cycle around the lake - and watch the clouds while they slowly descend onto the water; cycles are available for hire at the lake on an hourly basis. It is possible to cycle to other places although cycling one way will be difficult due to the hilly terrain. Do check the cycles before setting out. Fun park, near fairy falls (via peter school through fairy falls road), ☎ +91 94871447131.  games, near fairy falls (via peter school), ☎ +91 94871447131.  Horse Riding - Right near the front of the entrance to the boat club, you can rent a horse (with the trainer) to take you around the lake. Kodaikanal Yoga Center, Karuna Farm, Prakashapuram (Reachable only with a 4X4 jeep from Kodaikanal town), ☎ +91 9360750817, e-mail: info@kodaikanalyoga.com. Regular daily Morning & Afternoon classes as well as Yoga workshops. For those that wish to come, please get in touch and make sure to book your accommodation in the farm before arriving. Complementary Morning Yoga to all farm guests. Afternoon Yoga on Request.  Trekking - Kodai offers several scenic trekking spots, including one which is to walk along the stream which goes to Dolphin's Nose. Kodai tourist office has a trekking guide which is available for free there, which lists all the possible trekking routes and difficulty levels. The tourist office advises people to take guides and offers to provide them, although this is not necessary. An easy trek is to Perumalmalai, the tallest mountain in the area. Wander About - Kodai has numerous waterfalls and beautiful views not mentioned in the tourist guides, so wandering about can bring you to some spectacular place. Watch a Tamil movie - go down the PT road, continue to S-road. Then turn left, after the petroleum station. Just ask which way is to cinema, almost every local knows it. Vellaiyappan cinema theatre is an old building with relatively big screen and cheap tickets - great experience. Ticket cost ₹30 (15 May 2009) Bodhi zendo, Perumalmalai / Kodaikanal (Up a hill from Perumalmalai), ☎ +91 - 90 - 475 46 879, e-mail: mail@bodhizendo.org. Bodhi Zendo is a zen retreat center open to spiritual seekers from all over the world who wish to train in zen. Includes a zen garden, library, as well as a zendo. Costs are 500 rupees for non-Indians for a private room with a bath and three vegetarian meals a day. It's a popular place with many meditators staying on for days, weeks or months. Zen Sesshins (days of more intense instruction & practice) are held for several days each month. Reservations are encouraged well in advance. (updated Mar 2018)