It was end of May and all we were hoping for was a downpour to cool down the thirsty Earth, but looked like the rain gods were not in any mood of showing up, so in a desperate attempt to run away from the torturous heat we decided to chase the rain and travel to the princess of hills "Kodaikanal".
At once we started our search for ways to reach Kodaikanal and we quickly learned that there were no direct ways, the only way was to reach Coimbatore and take a cab/taxi or bus to Kodaikanal which was around 180km from Coimbatore. As this was a very last minute decision all the trains were full and flight very pricey so the only option left was private bus and we were determined to go, so without any further ado, we booked ourselves Kallada travels sleeper bus which took around 13 hours to reach Coimbatore from Hyderabad. Next thing was to book our stay, we opened our Goibibo app checked out the go stays and zeroed on "The seven grand roads Hotel". We were traveling in the first week of June and the temperature in Hyderabad was a whopping 40 degree, took the evening bus and reached Coimbatore next day morning.
Coimbatore to Kodaikanal:
-There was an option to take the local bus which is very frequently available from Coimbatore to Palani and from Palani you take another bus for Kodaikanal. after the 13-14 hrs bus journey we were in no mood of taking a bus again .We started enquiring for the cabs in the nearby travel shops, most of them quoted 4k for one way and around 8k for two way which we would be quite high. We checked with the Ola outstation and that made more sense to us as it was coming around 5k for 400km which was decent, we booked our Ola outstation cab and it was at our service within 30 min in which we finished having our breakfast from a nearby shop. Our Cab took around 4.5 hours to reach Kodaikanal it was almost 5 pm in the evening when we reached.
Day 1 in Kodaikanal:
- We checked into our Hotel which was decent nothing fancy about it had the basic ameneties, the only plus about the hotel was its location .It was very centrally located to all the main attraction in Kodai and also to all the famous eateries.