Places to visit in Tamil Nadu
Things to do
Best time to visit
Kodaikanal is the most beautiful and popular hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is located in the famous Palani Hills in Western Ghats and is known as the Princess of hill stations. Kodaikanal is situated about 7,200 feet above the sea level.
Kodaikanal is the most sought after honeymoon destination in South India because of its scenic beauty and it has the attribute to leave any nature lover mesmerized by its charms.
The word Kodaikanal means gift of the forest in local language. The dense forest with many ieties of trees, the huge rocks in the wilderness and the enchanting waterfalls, makes it a real gift for the tourists visiting this place. Kodaikanal is famous for eucalyptus oil, homemade chocolates, plums and pears. Kodaikanal is famous for the kurinji - flowers, which blossoms only once in twelve years. Woolen clothing is available at cheaper rates in the Tibetan refugee bazaar.
There are many internationally renowned educational institutions like Kodaikanal International school, Kodaikanal Christian College etc, in and around Kodaikanal. Mother Theresa University, which is India's one and only women's university, is located in Kodaikanal.
Summer 20 to 36 C
Winter 8 to 30 C
Sept - May
Getting to Kodaikanal
Nearest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai airport which is at a distance of 120 km from the city. Madurai is air connected to Chennai and Coimbatore. Coimbatore is the nearest major airport which is connected to many cities in India and the world.
The nearest Railway station is Kodai road, which is about 80 km away from Kodaikanal. Coimbatore junction is the major rail head which is well connected to cities like Delhi Kerala Exp, Kolkata Guwahati Exp, Chennai Duronto Exp and Bangalore Bangalore Exp along with ious other small and big cities across the country.
Tourist bus services are plenty to reach Kodaikanal from Madurai Rs 400, Coimbatore Rs 500, Bangalore Rs 600, Trichy Rs 450 and Chennai Rs 550. Tourist service providers offer many deluxe, A/C luxurious buses to Kodaikanal at a rate of nearly Rs 3 to Rs 4 per km.
The views from Coaker's Walk, Moir's point, Green Valley view and Pillar rocks are stunning. Chettiar and Bryant Parks both are small, pretty, landscaped which explains its popularity amongst canoodling couples. Berijam Lake, Bear Shola Falls and Silver Cascade are some of the natural treasures of this quaint little town.