Grassy mountains, magnificent waterfalls, curvy roads and granite cliffs- all key features of Kodaikanal- gave us company during Dussehra (this year). Situated 2000 m above sea level, Kodaikanal had been on our wishlist for quite some time because people raved about its beauty and weather. Finally, this Dussehra, we jumped on the bandwagon and executed our plan by exploring this picturesque location.
Kodaikanal is a small hill station that has quite a lot treasured. Unboxing this treasure trove was not difficult, for we had charted out our route map and studied the possible routes properly. Below is the image that marks the circular route that should ideally be opted for in order to save time and cover as much as possible.
How to reach (from Bangalore):
ByAir: Kodaikanal doesn’t have an airport but worry not, for the closest airport is just 120km away in Madurai. Other options include Trichy airport (150 km) or Coimbatore airport (175 km). Bus service is available from the airport to the main city of Kodai.
Tourists can opt for rail transport and get down at Kodai Road which is about 100 km away from the mainland of Kodaikanal. There are many trains that run on most days of the week.
Regular overnight bus service is available from many main cities to Kodai. We would suggest Redbus for booking AC sleeper bus.
Knowing that exploration is the real essence of human spirit, we would always opt for road trips rather than using any other mode of transport. Kodaikanal is easily accessible from Bangalore, Chennai, and other main cities. The panoramic landscapes are alluring!
Bangalore to Kodaikanal = 305 km
Chennai to Kodaikanal = 439 km
We visited the following places in Kodaikanal:
1. Bryant Park
2. Croaker’s Walk
3. Kodaikanal Lake and Local Market
4. Moir Point
5. Pine Forest
6. Guna Caves
7. Pillar View Point
8. Green Valley View Point
9. Wax Museum
10. Liril Falls
11. Vattakal Falls
12. Dolphin Nose
13. Bear Shola Falls
14. Kodai market