Kodaikanal, located in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, also known as the “Princess of the Hill Stations” has a lush of greenery in itself. MBT has planned to make the first week of November a memorable one for you, so why wait let’s head upon your coming Trip!
There are a lot of hill stations in South India though we have chosen Kodaikanal as you can easily cover up in 3 days, 2 nights with a friendly budget and beautifully unwind yourself from daily life.
How to reach Kodaikanal?
Madurai Airport is the closest from Kodai town that is 120 km from the town, the second option is Trichu airport which is 150 km from Kodai and third being Coimbatore airport which is 175 km from the town. You can board cabs or buses from the airport to reach the town.
1 hour 20 minutes approx for Direct Flights
2 hour 30 minutes for hopping flights
Airfare can start from 2000-2500, while you can avail of great discounts on payment options and choosing the right flights.
The bus is good to go option, you can choose sleeper, semi-sleeper, ac/ non-ac depending on your choices. You can also enjoy the views on your journey.
If boarding from Karnataka, it can take approx 8 hrs to reach Kodai bus station. From there you can take local transport or walk to your hotel.
The cost of buses would start from 550 rs if you are boarding from nearby states.
Nearby Railway Station:
Train journeys are impeccable in their own way. The nearest station is located at Kodaikanal road which is 77 km from Kodaikanal. You can take shared or private taxis, undoubtedly shared taxis would cost less.
From the railway station, it takes 2 hrs to reach the hill station.
You can board buses, most of them start in early morning costing 100 rs. Otherwise, you can board a cab which can cost you 1500-1800 rs, if you are travelling in a group this would be the best option.
Best Places to explore in Kodaikanal
Here comes the exciting part, what all places you should visit to explore this amazing destination, starting with Kodai Lake.
1. Kodai Lake
The star-shaped mesmerizing Kodai Lake, which is a man-made lake. Spread in 60 acres Kodai Lake was invented by Sie Vere Henry Levinge in 1863, who was the collector of Madurai at that time.
Situated at 2285m above sea level, it is just 3 km from the hill station bus stand. Boating is the main attraction here, you can take 2 seaters,4 seaters, shikara boat as per your preference.
Timing to visit: All days from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
Boat Cost: 60 rs for 2 seater
120 rs for 4 seater
275 for Shikara boat for 2 persons
2. Bryant Park
The botanical garden of Kodaikanal, Bryant Park has exotic varieties of flowers and trees, Green roses had been the main attractions among them. It is situated towards the south-east of Kodai Lake, the park also serves for educating Ornamental Horticulture. The park has a small lake inside it, children playing area and a beautiful glasshouse inside it.
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: 15 rs for Children
30 rs for Adults
50 rs for still camera
100 rs for Video Camera
3. Coakers Walk
Coaker’s walk is the most scenic and beautiful tourist spot and is located 500m from the bus station. You can choose morning or evening time and also do cycling on a beautiful path. Its curves would make you feel as if you are walking through the clouds. The walk starts from Van Allen Hospital and follows the way to St. Peter Church. Don’t forget to take beautiful photographs at this place.
Timings: 7 am to 7 pm
Entry Fee- 10 rs
30 rs for Camera
4. Guna Cave
This place is situated in the outskirts of Kodaikanal and can be reached from Moir Point. It is famous for hiking, though one should visit it for the most adventurous experience while their trip. This ancient place tourist attraction is also known as Devil’s Kitchen. Great location for photography, to reach the hilltop you have to walk 400m from the entrance, you can also see a glimpse of Pillar Rocks.
Timings: 9 am to 4:30 am
Entry Fee: 5 rs.
5. Pillar Rocks
Pillar rocks are situated amongst Guna Cave, three giant pillars of gargantuan rocks are the main view. The rocks give a mesmerizing view and a garden is just nearby. The rocks are standing in a spectacular way providing the rarest view one has ever seen. The thick lush green forest calms your mind to another level and the view of the rocks gives you an amazing flavour of adventure.
Timings: 9 am to 4 pm
Entry Fee: 5 rs
20 rs for Camera
6. Bear Shola Falls
Just 3 km away from the bus station, the Bear Shola Falls offers a serene view with pleasant sounds of nature including the waterfall, chirping birds and more. If you are looking for some less crowded place, head here. Though in summer you won’t find that much water flow, whereas in other seasons it would give a pleasant view. The place has been named like that as it is said that bears used to drink water from that waterfall.
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: 0 rs.
7. Green Valley View
Imagine seeing the breathtaking green forest and trees view from a height of 5000 feet, wow isn’t it? That’s Green Valley View for you, providing you with the most amazing view from a great height. It was also known as Suicide Point because of its higher altitude. Its located 5 km from Kodaikanal Lake, the view of Vaigai Dam is surreal at the same time!
Timings: 7 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee: 0 rs
8. Thalaiyar Falls
Thalaiyar Falls is the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu with a height of 297 m, it is 6th highest waterfall in India and 267th highest in the world. Worth a visit, right? Though to reach here you cannot take any transport, the only way to reach there is through hiking, also you have to care about wild animals as they have been spotted nearby.
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm(Sunday closed)
Entry fee: Free
So here it is, don’t miss any of these places and adding up more places you can also visit Pine Forest, Kurinji Temple, Silver Cascade Falls, Dolphin’s Nose.
Apart from exploration, the most important thing is still remaining… Yeah, you guessed it right Food!🤤 So let’s talk about the best places to eat.
Where to eat?
- Pastry Corner
Muffin love? To die for, a pastry shop is a heaven in itself and this one is totally worth it. Try out the amazing varieties of different types of bakery food here.
Address: Bazaar Road, Kodaikanal
Timings: 10:30 am to 2 pm & 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Approx. Cost: 100-200 rs.
- A Royal Tibet
This place would give you the traditional taste of Tibetan food at a pocket-friendly rate. Try out the amazing momos, dumplings and more.
Address: JS Heritage Complex, 1st Floor, P T Road, Dindigul District, Kodaikanal
Timings: 12 pm – 4 pm & 5:30 pm to 9 pm
Approx. Cost: 200-250 rs.
- Cloud Street
This place offers a variety of cuisines along with lovely music. It specializes in Pizza, so don’t forget to try out one!
Address: 1st Floor, Opposite Govt. Tourist Office, P.T. Road, Sunday Market Road, Kodaikanal
Timings: 9 am to 9:30 pm
Approx. Cost: 200-400 rs
Yeah!! So here it is, your amazing journey to Kodaikanal now go and book your tickets and enjoy the amazing journey, did we missed anything, let us know in the comments section below! 😊✌