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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: Sep-May (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Mdurai (Check Flights)

State rank: 10 out of 32 Places To Visit In Tamil Nadu

"The Princess of Hill Stations"

Kodaikanal Tourism

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. Kodaikanal means the gift of the forests. It stands true to its name as the place is blessed with different varieties of green, luscious trees, the enormous, beautiful rocks formations and enchanting waterfalls. Beautiful spiralling Ghats overlooking the greenery of this hill station is perfect for finding peace and tranquillity while relishing the beauty of nature.

The name Kodaikanal means gift of the forest and the dense forest with many varieties of trees, the huge rocks in the wilderness and the enchanting waterfalls, make it a real gift for the tourists visiting this place. An area blessed by its location in the Palani Hills in the Western Ghats, it creates landscapes and natural beauty that one doesn't want to miss. To make the most of the enchanting surroundings one can undertake various activities such as trekking, boating, horse riding etc.

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Kodaikanal Tour Packages

Magnificent Kodaikanal | 3 Days 2 Nights

2 Nights

Staring from Rs. 4,500

Enchanting Kodaikanal, Rameshwaram & Madurai | 5 Days 4 Nights

4 Nights

Staring from Rs. 11,700

What's Great?

Abundant in natural beauty. Kodaikanal is an ideal spot for the family trips, honeymooners, adventure freaks and also for those who love to explore the untouched places.

What's not so Great?

Nearest railway station and airport are situated far away from the main city. Since there are very few means of transportation from the airport, cab charges are generally higher and non-negotiable.

For Whom

Kodaikanal is a place to be for every kind of traveler. Ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, adventure lovers and also for the hippies.

Hotels in Kodaikanal

Club Mahindra Hill Country Resorts is spread over five acres of lush green hillside, commanding a good view of the chain of hills.Serenità Homestay provides and exclusive and tranquil Homestay with Bed & Breakfast accommodation.It is a short distance off the ghat road, well before the hustle and bustle of Kodaikanal and yet very close to it.For those on a tight budget,Cranberry Residency is a comfortable and scenically located Hotel.

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Le Poshe By Sparsa

Staring from INR 3,500

The Carlton

Staring from INR 5,294

The Princess of Hill Stations

The Gift of Lakes and hills from God Kodaikanal is known as the "Gift of god" and "princess of hill stations". And, why not? True to its name, the Kodai town is famous for its bewitching beauty of the hills and lakes and for the pleasant chills of its weather. The moment you enter the boundaries of Kodaikanal, you will feel a fall in the temperature and rise in the scenic beauty. Situated at an elevation of 2100 from the sea level, there are numerous spots which can offer you the enchanting beauty of Kodaikanal. Coaker's walk- do not miss the sunset and sunrise from this spot. Green valley view, Dolphin's nose are the other viewpoints in Kodaikanal famous among the tourists for the landscapes.

Heaven for Trekkers and Hippies

If you love to explore nature and trek through the adventurous trails while you enjoy the surreal view around you, then Kodaikanal is the place to be. Not only a scenic beauty, Kodaikanal is also a hub of a number of beautiful treks. Trek to Dolphin's nose, where you will be greeted by one of the most beautiful sceneries that you had ever seen in your life. Trek of Periyakulam Adukkam is one of the most challenging treks in Kodaikanal. Unknown to many, Kodaikanal is also a hotspot for the hippies. As you take a step out of the conventional sightseeing of Kodaikanal, you will come across the little hamlets which offer the same beauty with a tinge of hippie and psychedelic culture. You can also trek to Vattakanal and enjoy the virgin beauty of biodiversity and experience the infamous hippie culture.

History of Kodaikanal

References of this hill station were found in the early Tamil Sangam Literature. The native tribe of the place was called the Palaiyar tribe. After them, Kannuvar Vellalans from Coimbatore plateau, who did farming businesses with this tribe emigrated to Kodaikanal. They ruled the place for some time followed by the Maratha and then the Muslims. The Kodaikanal that exists today was built by British bureaucrats and American Christian monasteries. As this city remained cold even during the summers, they sought refuge here from the heat of the plains. The Anglican Church of St. Peter was the first church built here in the year 1853. Kodaikanal got its fame as the 'honeymoon destination' in the early 20th century and has been a famous one ever since.


Day 1: Arrive at Kodaikanal. Check-in at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for local sightseeing after some rest. Visit Coaker's Walk. Afterward, Visit Kurinji Andavar temple. Later, visit Green Valley point, another viewpoint famous for its natural vistas.
Day 2: Trek to Dolphin's Nose: One of the must-visit places of Kodaikanal. Then visit Shola falls and Pillar rocks. Afterward, you can visit Guna caves also known as Devil?s kitchen to complete your day.
Day 3: Leave for Kodai Lake after breakfast. You can also visit Silver Cascades, the waterfall formed by the Kodai lake. Later, pay a visit to the Bryant park, a botanical garden with the vibrant variety of flora. Visit Berijam lake, a freshwater lake located amidst the dense Shola forests of Kodaikanal. You need a special permit from Forest Department to visit this lake.
Day 4: Collect souvenirs from the local market. You can buy various handicrafts, clothes and hand-made chocolates from the market. Back to your respective cities.

Chocolates, Sandwiches, Brownies, cheeses and some hot 'chai' are the most sought after eateries of Kodaikanal. Other than these, there is a lot that stands out in this town such as locally produced organic foods, a rich and spicy dash of Punjabi cuisine, popular items of Tibetan cuisine, an absolutely lip-smacking variety of Biryanis, as well as an elaborate Gujarati platter. Find local and traditional platters here too, with essentials like Dosas, idilis, Upma, Parota, Sambhar, Rasam, Paysam, Kesari, Sweet pongal and lots more.

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- There are very few ATM's here and it is thus advisable to carry ample amount of cash with you when on your way to Kodaikanal.


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Questions about Kodaikanal

By Pallavi Siddhanta

I am travelling wih my mates to Kodaikanal and we are looking for some nice trekking trails and rest houses. Suggestions?

You can trek to Dolphin's nose, which is around 8km from Kodaikanal and then trek on from there to Kumabakarai, which is around another 12 km. The reverse trek however takes more time and is a little more difficult. Or you could ride till Vattakanal in a jeep and start your trek from Dolphin's nose.

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