Kodaikanal doesn’t have an airport, so if you want to come here by air, then you will have to fly down to the nearest airport which is in Madurai, which is 120kms away, or Trichy which is 150kms away. Another airport that is often used to get to Kodaikanal is Coimbatore airport which is 175km away. Once you reach these airports, you can most likely take a taxi or a local TNSTC bus to reach Kodaikanal.
There are regular bus services to Kodaikanal from cities such as Chennai, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Madurai, etc. In fact, this is the most preferred way to reach Kodaikanal because of the many options that are available. The Kodaikanal bus stand is centrally located and once you get down here, it’s easy to figure out where you need to go.
A road trip to Kodaikanal is also an excellent idea as it can be quite scenic and beautiful. However, do note that the ghat sections here are extensive and inexperienced drivers might find it a little difficult to drive. There are two routes to reach Kodaikanal – Palani and Vathalagundu. Before taking either of these routes, do some research to see if these routes are navigable as sometimes construction and road widening work is usually done here. However, the experience of driving down to Kodaikanal in your own car can be a refreshing experience indeed.
Around 100kms from the main Kodaikanal town is Kodai Road, which is the station that serves Kodaikanal. The rail route can be quite scenic so many people opt for travelling here by train. However, reaching the main town from here is not easy as only taxis are available. Taxi rates are not negotiable as there’s no other way to reach the town and taxi drivers often capitalize on that.
The other railway station close by is Dindigul Railway Station. It can be a slightly circuitous route to reach Kodaikanal however as you will have to first take an auto to reach Dindigul Bus Stand and take a bus to Vathlagundu, and then a bus to Kodaikanal from there. There are direct buses from Dindigul to Kodaikanal too, but these are not very frequent. The distance from Dindigul to Vathlagundu is 30 minutes and from here to Kodaikanal, it’s 2 hours by bus.
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Kodaikanal is a paradise for nature lovers who want to simply breathe in the clean and pure air. Local transportation is a hit-and-miss miss and most people find that the best way to see the town is on foot. The experience is indeed quite interesting, and many people have discovered the delights of central Kodai as they walk around here, among the roads. Surrounded by all this nature, taking long walks can also be quite romantic. Kodaikanal, being a small town, can easily be navigated on foot, especially if you’re looking to see the town area. For sightseeing spots on the outskirts, it’s best to take a taxi.
Taxis are the most common way to get around in Kodaikanal but they are also quite expensive. There are fixed charges and it might cost you Rs. 60 at least as minimum to travel around the town. You can also hire a taxi for a certain duration of time and the charges are fixed accordingly. For instance, if you hire a taxi for a sightseeing tour of two hours, then the charges might be Rs. 300 and it can go up significantly, based on the number of hours you’re planning to utilise the taxi service. As there are no autos here, this is the only way you can get around the town.
If you have driven down to Kodaikanal in your own car, then many problems are solved. Make sure you have a proper map with you and explore away all the places that you want to see here. Driving here might be a little different from driving in the city, so do be mindful of that.
Nothing beats the feeling of cycling down a narrow road in a hill station with the wind flying in your hair and the breeze tickling your face. Cycling is a great way to see the town, but you might have to be a little fit for it as the hilly roads can be a little steep. The bikes are quite cheap to rent, and you can hire them on an hourly or even daily basis.
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