Access to Kodai
Madurai 120 kms
Coimbatore 170 kms
Trichy 195 kms
Kodai road 85 kms
Madurai 120 kms
Coimbatore 170 kms
Dindigul 90 km
Trichy 195 kms
Chennai 520 kms
Bangalore 500 kms
Cochin 330 kms
Ooty 260 kms
Kanyakumari 370 kms
Air Connection: The nearest airport to the Kodaikanal Observatory is Madurai (130km from Kodaikanal Observatory), in the state of Tamil Nadu. Rail Connection: The nearest railway station is Kodaikanal Road (80km from Kodaikanal observatory). Road Connection: Kodaikanal Observatory is located 4km from Kodaikanal town and may be reached by road from Bangalore, via Salem and Dindigul and from Madurai via Kodaikanal road
PLACES OF INTEREST
Kodaikanal Lake- 5 kms, Coaker's Walk- 1 km, Astrophysical Observatory- 3.2 kms, Fairy Falls- 4.8 kms, Kurinji Andavar Temple- 3.2 kms, Shenbaganur Museum- 5.6 kms, Pilar Rocks- 7.2 kms, Green Valley View- 6.4 kms.
Silver Cascade- 8 kms, Dophin's Nose- 8 kms, Perumal Peak- 11 kms, Beryam Lake- 21 kms, Kukkal Caves- 40 kms.
Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, Township Bus Stand Rest House Complex, Kodaikanal
The Byrant Park lies near the lake and is famed for its colourful flowers. A horticultural show in May is an annual feature that attracts garden lovers.
The Solar Physical Observatory founded in 1898 lies at the highestpoint of the hills.
Coaker's Walk offers some of the finest vistas of the plains.
The Kurinji Andavar Temple enshrines Lord Murugan within itssanctum. Picturesque views make it a favourite haunt of visitors.
The Telescope Houses allow visitors to have a panoramic view of the plains.
The Green Valley View offers some unforgettable spectacles of the hill resort.
The Pillar Rocks are vertical boulders towering over 121 metres.
The Bear Shola Falls -a favourite picnic spot accessible only by a rugged path.
The Shenbaganur Museum has a splendid collection of orchids.
Kodai, Kody or just plain Kodaikanal, call it what you will, is an idyllic getaway for regular tourists, for trekkers or even honeymooners. .
I contacted Mr. Ravi Kumar of Hotel HillTop Towers for my Hotel bookings, Incidently I came to know about the pickup and drop charges.
RaviKumar +91-98650-17549 or Hotel HillTop Towers +91-4542-240413/242252
He arranged an Ambasaddor Cab for Pick Up and Drop from Coimbatore Railway Station.
Coimbatore(CBE) is 170 Kms from Kodaikanal(KKL).
Depending upon from where you are heading you can pay a visit to Palani hill temple.
Charges (ONE WAY CBE-KKL)
Amby Cab :- INR 1600
Innova :- INR 2200
All driver knows english and they are friendly.
If You are traveling from CBE do not forget to stop by after Pollachi to capture some of the windmills.
In my case driver was Mr. Aasaithambi and his contact # is +91-98656-13370 , he is such a gentleman and a friendly person.
Air: The nearest airport is at Madurai (120 km from Kodaikanal).
Rail: The nearest railway stations are the Kodai Road Railway Station
(80-km) and the Palani Railway Station (64-km).
Road: Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai (520-km), Ooty(264-km), Trichy (197-km), Coimbatore (175-km), Kumili (160-km), and Madurai(120-km). Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani,Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore. Additional buses ply during the season.
Local Transporation at Kodaikanal: Taxis and vans are available for
local transportation. There are no uto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.
* Its better to hire a vehicle (specially if traveling with a family or group) at the start point to pick up from downhill or any other nearest destination.
* While travelling uphill, please see to it that the back seats are horizontal as it is very comfortable and not parallel as in jeeps.
* The rates for traveling upwards to Kodai from Kodai road ranges from Rs.100/- to Rs.125/- per person by cab. [ Skill for bargaining required if arrangements not made earlier]
* For sight seeing - one can hire cabs from the several travel services offered with a Qualis available for 9 at Rs.1000/- for a day.
Kodaikanal By Air
Nearest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai Airport (IXM) which is at a distance of 120 km from Kodaikanal.
Coimbatore (CJB) is another Major airport which is at a distance of 180 km from Kodaikanal. And these two airport is well connected with Chennai airport.
Kodaikanal By Train
The nearest Railway station is Kodai road, which is about 80 km away from Kodaikanal. And another problem with getting down at Kodai road is all the train comes here late in the evening and we dont have left with any other option but to take cab from here and its like rip off. Ultimately we end up paying more for one side trip.
Kodaikanal By Bus
Tourist bus services are plenty to reach Kodaikanal from Madurai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Kochi and Chennai. And easily available.
If you are going to stay in some expensive hotel then you can ask for pick up and drop to airport/Kodai road station.