Food of Kodaikanal

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.

Here are the top 12 restaurants in Kodaikanal:

1. Altaf's Cafe

2.0 /5
Dolphin's Nose Road, Vattakanal, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India 
Indian, MiddleEastern
8.30AM-9:30PM
INR 100 -300

A restaurant dealing mainly in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines for the hungry and tired travelers of Kodaikanal.

2. Pastry Corner

2.0 /5
Annasalai(Bazaar Road), Maratta Complex, Next to Astoria Veg Restaurant, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101, India 
Bakery, Cafe
10AM-2PM & 3PM-6PM
INR 100-200

Pick up great picnic sandwiches and yummy muffins and croissants at this highly popular bakery, or squeeze onto the benches with a cup to watch the world go by.

3. Hotel Astoria

2.0 /5
Bazaar Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India 
Indian
7 AM - 10 PM
INR 150-300

Crowded with tourists and locals, Astoria is almost impossible to get through during the lunch hours when it serves the all-you-can-eat thalis.

4. Patel Restaurant

2.0 /5
Anna Salai, Bazaar Road, Kodaikanal 
Indian
lunch & dinner
INR 80-150

If you're a Gujarati lusting after excellent dishes from your cuisine, Patel's is the place to be.

5. Hilltop Towers

2.0 /5
Club Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India 
Indian
lunch & dinner
INR 100-200

For a wide variety of Biryanis, ranging from vegetarian to chicken to seafood specialties, visit Hilltop's Biryani.

6. Royal Tibet

3.0 /5
Poet Tyagaraja Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - 624101, India 
Tibetan
lunch & dinner
INR 80-200

Drop by this place if you're craving for the traditional, steamed momos or dumplings.

7. Hotel New Punjab

2.0 /5
PT Road, 7 Roads Junction, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 
Indian
12.30 - 10 PM
INR 100-400

According to the locals, this restaurant serves the best tandoori chicken in the whole of South India. Other North Indian dishes are also supposed to be really good.

8. Tava

2.0 /5
Satya Complex,Poet Tyagaraja Rd,Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu,624101 
Indian
11 AM - 9:30 PM
INR 300

Tava offers an extensive vegetarian menu, which is also very cheaply priced.

9. Pot Luck

2.0 /5
Near 7 Road Junction, Poet Tyagaraja Rd, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India 
Cafe
11 AM -7:30 PM, Wed-Mon
INR 350

Attached to a pottery shop, this restaurant serves mainly breakfast items and snacks such as pancakes, omelets etc., on a tiny terrace giving a very pleasant view.

10. Eco Nut

2.0 /5
Poet Tyagaraja Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 
Cafe
10:30 AM - 6 PM(Sunday Closed)

This interesting shop sells a wide range of local organic food, such as whole-wheat bread, muffins, marmalade, spices and oils, herbs and herb remedies.

11. Cloud Street

2.0 /5
Poet Tyagaraja Road, 1st Floor, Opposite Govt. Tourist office, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 
Cafe
9am-11am, 12pm-3pm & 5pm-9pm
INR 175-300

Cloud Street offers a perfect blend of Italian, Spanish and Mexican cuisine in its menu. The wood-burnt, thin crust pizzas and the Spanish omelet are a must have at this restaurant.

12. Carlton Hotel

3.0 /5
Lake Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 
Indian, Continental
7 - 10 AM, 1 - 3 PM, 7.30 -10.30 PM
INR 700-2000

It's quite possible for a person to go absolutely bonkers seeing the numerous Indian and Continental dishes in the breakfast buffet of the Carlton.

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