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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Local dishes of Kodaikanal
Local dishes of Kodaikanal

Restaurants in Kodaikanal

Altaf's Cafe

Indian, MiddleEastern


INR 100 -300 for two

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

Dolphin's Nose Road, Vattakanal, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

Pastry Corner

Bakery, Cafe

10AM-2PM & 3PM-6PM

INR 100-200 for two

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.

Annasalai(Bazaar Road), Maratta Complex, Next to Astoria Veg Restaurant, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 624101, India

Hotel Astoria


7 AM - 10 PM

INR 150-300 for two

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.

Bazaar Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

Patel Restaurant


lunch & dinner

INR 80-150 for two

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

Anna Salai, Bazaar Road, Kodaikanal

Hilltop Towers


lunch & dinner

INR 100-200 for two

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

Club Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

Royal Tibet


lunch & dinner

INR 80-200 for two

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

Poet Tyagaraja Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - 624101, India

Hotel New Punjab


12.30 - 10 PM

INR 100-400 for two

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.

PT Road, 7 Roads Junction, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu



11 AM - 9:30 PM

INR 300 for two

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

Satya Complex,Poet Tyagaraja Rd,Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu,624101

Pot Luck


11 AM -7:30 PM, Wed-Mon

INR 350 for two

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.

Near 7 Road Junction, Poet Tyagaraja Rd, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

Eco Nut


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.

Poet Tyagaraja Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Cloud Street


9am-11am, 12pm-3pm & 5pm-9pm

INR 175-300 for two

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.

Poet Tyagaraja Road, 1st Floor, Opposite Govt. Tourist office, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Carlton Hotel

Indian, Continental

7 - 10 AM, 1 - 3 PM, 7.30 -10.30 PM

INR 700-2000 for two

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.

Lake Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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