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Kodaikanal Town, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal is a small hilly town located on Palani Hills of Western Ghats in the Dindigul district about 7001 ft above from mean sea level. It is sandwiched between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys and largely covered with thick forest of Eucalyptus, cypress, acacia and Shola Trees. Kodaikanal is one of the most famous hill stations in India due to its beautiful scenic view. This town is an address of many adventurous forests, enhancing waterfalls and ubiquitous grassland like a green carpet lying on the earth and lots of lovely flower. A special type of flower name kurinji is very famous as it blossoms only once in twelve years.

Kodaikanal Hill Station

(Kodaikanal Hill Station, Tamil Nadu Tourism)

According to the census report 2001 India, approximately 32932 people reside in Kodaikanal. Maximum of inhabitants of the city choose tourism as their main source of income. The city people follow mainly two religions namely Hinduism and Christianity and they use Tamil as their main spoken dialect. English language is also used by some communities but the importance of English is increasing day by day a demand of better communication.

Kodaikanal Hill Station is a destination where you can make a trip in any time or any season throughout the year due to its persistent lovely pleasant whether. Summer season (March to June) is better then winter in Kodaikanal Town. During this season temperature level varies from 12°C to 22°C. Winter season (December to February) temperatures vary between 7°C to 17°C. Monsoon season continue from July to October. Annual average rainfalls of Kodaikanal are about 140 cm.

How to reach at Kodaikanal?

Travel by Airway If you planned to visit Kodaikanal by airway then the airports are Madurai would be nearest to you which is located about 135 km away from the city. Other important airports near to the city are located at Trichy (201 km) and Coimbatore (171 km).

Travel by Railways Kodai Road Station is the closest major station of Kodaikanal city. It located about 81 km away from the city. After reaching to this station you have travel with a car by roadway to reach Kodaikanal.

Travel by Roadways Kodaikanal is a small hilly town of Dindigul district located about 91 km away from district headquarter (Dindigul city). Kodaikanal is connected with neighboring big cities by several local ways. Major towns which are connected to Kodaikanal are Chennai, Trichy, Madurai, Dindigul, Palani and Coimbatore.

Distance from Kodaikanal city to
Madurai 121 Km...
Coimbatore 171 Km...
Dindigul 91 Km...
Trichy 195 Km...
Chennai 521 Km...
Bangalore 511 Km...
Palani 81 Km...
Cochin 331 Km...
Ooty 261 Km...
Kanniyakumai 371 Km...
Chidambaram 355 Km...
Coonoor 224 Km...

Hotels, Restaurants and resorts at Kodaikanal

Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal-624101
Phone: 04542-240940
Dalethorpe Home Stay
1/72 A, Convent Road, Kodaikanal
Phone: 04542-240656
Surya Holidays Inn
Building Society, Kodaikanal
Phone: 04542-241189
Hotel Silver Springs
Laws Ghat Road, Kodaikanal-624101
Phone: 04542-241505
Wydra Holiday Bungalows
3 B Wydra Compound, Observatory Road
Phone: 04542-243642
Appus Holidays
Fern Hill Road, Kodaikanal-624101
Phone: 04542-241218
Kairali Holiday Inn
Fairy Falls Road, Kodaikanal-624101
Mobile: +91-9750168916
Villa Rose Homestay
Near Zion School, Kodaikanal-624101
Mobile Number: +91-9388694546

Tourist spots in and around Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal Lake is located just 5 minutes walk distance from the Kodaikanal Bus Terminal. It is a man-made lake constructed in 1863 with an area of 60 acres (approx). This lake is the prime attraction of Kodaikanal Hill Station. It is a star shaped lake and evening boating across the lake is very enjoyable during winter.

Bryant Park is also just 5 minutes walk away from the Kodaikanal Bus Terminal. It was constructed by H.D. Bryant in 1918 with an area of 21.6 acres. You will find here near about 740 varieties of roses. It opens for travelers throughout the years. Summer season is best to visit here.

Coaker's Walk is located just ½ km away from Kodaikanal Bus Terminal. It was constructed by Lt. Coaker during 1872. It is a hill-edge path about one km long and provides lots of lovely view of foothills including dolphin’s nose during cloud less days. You have to pay a minimum charge to enter this walk.

Bear Shola Waterfalls is located in a reserve forest about 3.5 km away from the Kodaikanal Bus Terminal. The water of this falls has created a river named Parappar. On the way of this fall is craggy (about a km) and you have to pass this way by foot. Picnicking is a common feature around the falls during winter by the locals.

Green Valley View point also called as suicide point as it is about 5111 ft steep drop. This point is about 6 km away from Kodaikanal Bus Terminal and near the golf course. It provides you an excellent panoramic view of the foothills including the view of Vaigai Dam to the south.

Shembaganur Museum is located about 7 km away from Kodaikanal Bus Terminal. It was constructed in 1895 by British Ruler. You will discover a lots collection of animals about 510 species, and a living collection of orchid about 310 species.

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory is a Science museum operated by Indian Institute of Astrophysics. It located about 7 km away from Kodaikanal Bus Terminal. It was created to serve for common people to access astronomy library and telescopic sky viewing. During tourist season it is opened daily but in monsoon the museum be opened for few hours at each Friday.

Pillar Rocks is located about 9 km away from Kodaikanal Bus Terminal. Actually, it is a set of three large rock pillars which stand about 121 meters high. Pillar Rocks is managed by Tamil Nadu Forest Department. You can access this viewpoint with out any entry fee.

Guna caves became famous after the south India movie Guna. This cave is restricted for common people as it is very steep and risky to get in and it also very dark and there could be a chance about 90% of suffering a free fall.

Silver Cascade Falls is located about 8.5 km away from Kodaikanal Bus Terminal. The falls is about 179 ft high and the flow of water of this falls is poor and not suitable for bathing.

Dolphin's Nose is also located about 8.5 km away from Kodaikanal Bus Terminal. It is a flat rocky chasm place about 2 km deep from hill top. You have to access this spot with a very steep rocky trail which start from Pambar Bridge.

Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple keeps a distance of 4.5 km from Kodaikanal Bus-Stand. The temple is famous for a flower named Kurinji which blossoms only once in every 12 years.

Berijam Lake is situated about 20 km away from Kodaikanal Town. It is a restricted area for common people. You have to collect permission from the forest department to trip here. This lake water is the main source of drinking water for the town Kodaikanal.

General Information about Kodaikanal

Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Dindigul
District Area 22 sq. km.
Population census 2011 32932 (aprox)
STD Code 04542
ISD Code 00914542
PIN Code 624601
Best time to visit at Kodaikanal Any time in a year, (except monsoon).
Major Languages Kodaikanal Tamil and English.
Clothings Summer - Light Woolen 
Winter - Deep Woolen.