Chennai to Kodaikanal

Chennai to Kodaikanal distance is 514 kms and its takes approx 9 hrs by road. Out of the 44 reviews shared by travellers, 35% prefer Bus, 25% prefer Train, 35% prefer Car or Cab whereas 5% prefer Flight respectively.

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33% Travellers

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6.2/7
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26% Travellers

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16% Travellers

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58% Travellers

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24% Travellers

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46% Travellers

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18% Travellers

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5.5/7
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12% Travellers

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5.4/7
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26% Travellers

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42% Travellers

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6.2/7
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32% Travellers

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5.5/7
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Ahamad Hussain

"Good comfortable seats are worth the cost"

6.5/7
Posted 16 Dec

Travelled by: Bus

Travelled as: Couple

It was off season on July 2013, I planned a honeymoon trip to Kodaikanal, but i cant able to block the seats in train. So, finally decided to go by bus. The ticket was booked by me on line. Travelling to Kodaikanal through KPN Travels is a good experience, always I prefer and like to travel in bus. We started by 8 pm and the bus reached around 6.30 am. Good comfortable seats are worth for the cost. Its non AC service and no video coach. Bus halts near Villupuram for tea break, and Trichy for filling fuel, early morning before the ghats starts bus stops for tea break again around 5 am. It was an awesome experience to have tea on the cold climate. A person who need to get down at Dindigul station was quiet slept and missed the station, who traveled on last seat. Suddenly he wake\' ...Read More

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mustafa

Chennai

"Pandian Express leaves Chennai at night so time is not wasted in travelling"

6/7
Posted 2 Dec

Travelled by: Train

Travelled as: Family

We went by Pandian Express as it leaves Chennai at night, so that our time is not wasted in travelling, and we could reach our destination sleeping comfortably. The train was neat and clean, as we had already had our dinner at house we were not aware about availability of food on the train or any station, but yes while returning we had boarded the same Pandian Express from Madurai, and good non-veg food was available at station. Only the AC paid waiting room at the Madurai Station was not upto the mark, the AC are not enough for such a large hall, we were almost sweating in the AC hall .

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Suresh

Chennai

"Very smooth roads"

7/7
Posted 6 May

Travelled by: Car

Travelled as: Family

Worth paying toll. Very smooth roads. Using these roads will definitely give you an excellent driving experience. I really enjoyed driving my new Honda City, while coming back from Kodai, I had to stop at many places in Trichi to ask how to get out of Trichi and access Chennai highway. It is bit confusing as there are no proper sign boards. There are two roads one to Chennai via Salem and the other is Chennai via Trichi. We ourselves got confused which one to use.

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tities

"Roads have greatly improved and you will never feel the tiredness"

7/7
Posted 21 Oct

Travelled by: Car

Travelled as: Couple

Driving in the hill is a great experience especially in the early mornings when the dawn breaks. I was lucky to see the great creations of the Lord and enjoyed every moment of it. I saw a wild bison in the streets of Kodaikanal near the lake and it was scary. I don\'t know how did it roam over there freely. Everybody had to take cover. We saw Sambar too on the way. That is why I said, in the off season its great to drive early mornings. Roads have greatly improved and you will never feel the tiredness.

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ansar

Goa

"A superb expereince"

6.3/7
Posted 17 Oct

Travelled by: Bus

Travelled as: Couple

The journey was comfortable. There were enough rest stops during the journey. The seats were in great condition and they provide on-board entertainment like movies. The bus have ample charging points and they provide water & blankets.

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Journey Overview

Kodaikanal is located at a distance of 529 km from Chennai. The hill station is popular for eucalyptus oil and plums and is well-connected to Chennai by roadways and railways. However, the best way to reach Kodaikanal from Chennai is by train, which takes about 8 hours. The important stations covered during the journey include Chennai - 56km -> Chengalpattu - 76km -> Tindivanam - 173km -> Ariyalur - 267km -> Kodaikanal. There are several facilities like rest-rooms, drinking water and snack corners available at the Kodaikanal railway station.

Transport options from Chennai to Kodaikanal

Chennai to Kodaikanal By Train: Take a direct train from Chennai to Kodaikanal, which takes around 8 hours. Kodaikanal railway station is situated at a distance of 80 km from the city centre and can be covered by taxi, auto-rickshaw or bus. Ideal for families, kids and seniors.

Chennai to Kodaikanal By Car: Take a cab from Chennai to Kodaikanal, which takes around 9 hours. The cost of cabs ranges from INR15 to INR45 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families, seniors and groups.

Chennai to Kodaikanal By Bus: Take a bus from Chennai to Kodaikanal, which takes around 10 hours. Kodaikanal bus station is located in the heart of the city and can be reached on foot. Ideal for individual travellers and backpackers.

Return: Kodaikanal to Chennai

Travel by Car/Taxi

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica A/C 11 4796
Toyota Qualis 11 4796
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 5232
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 5232
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 5668
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Travel by Train

Anantapuri Exp (16723) Origin: Chennai Egmore
Departure Arrival
Days of Run
19:35 04:19
MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI, SAT, SUN
Tiruchendur Express (16735) Origin: Chennai Egmore
Departure Arrival
Days of Run
16:05 02:11
MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI, SAT, SUN
Pandian Express (12637) Origin: Chennai Egmore
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21:20 05:05
MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI, SAT, SUN
Thirukkural Exp (12642) Origin: Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin
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18:30 02:38
MON, SAT,
Kannyakumari Express (12665) Origin: Kolkata Howrah Junction
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20:20 05:26
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Top Sightseeing in Kodaikanal

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Recommended for Family Vacation

"While the very beautiful Kodai Lake is a favourite destination, surprisingly it is not nat... Read More - Amitra

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"we visited this place with our family whole with the tourist package...when we see the "pi... Read More - vijaya

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"To Enlighten the inner self of any one one, nature plays a great role. And this Valley Vie... Read More - Rizwanuddin

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"It is a good view point located little away from the regular access points. Easy to tre... Read More - Jose

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