Kodaikanal Tourism

Area 21.45 sq kms
Altitude 2133 m above sea level
Languages Tamil and English.
Population 27,461 (1991 census)
Religion Hindu (96.31), Muslim (0.18),
Others (3.53)
Maximum Temperature 19°C
Minimum Temperature 13°C
STD Code 04542


As a tourist destination Kodaikanal offers you an amazing holiday. The fresh and spectacular scenic beauty of this hill resort defies description. The Hill Resorts in India welcome you to this mesmerizing summer retreat of Kodaikanal literally meaning 'gift of the forest' with soaring hills, lush vegetation, crystal blue lakes and colonial charm - a land to feel free and lively. So plan your visit to this amazing place with Hill Resorts in India, which creates a perfect vacation in one of the most charming hill resorts in India.

Situated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the serene hill resort of Kodaikanal nestles amidst the spectacular greenery of the Pali hills.

Kodaikanal-Kodaikanal History

A place of great antiquity, Kodaikanal finds mention in the Tamil Sangam literature of which dates back to the early Christian era. The area near the Palani Hills was inhabited by the primitive tribes of Paliyans and Pulyans. Kodaikanal was established as a hill station in the year 1845 by the British. Who used it as a summer retreat from the heat and dust if the city life.

Kodaikanal-Sites to visit

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - Hill Resorts in India The hill resort of Kodaikanal is jam-packed with beautiful spots of interest. The colonial India finds its fullest expression at the Kodai Club which houses period fireplace, the Leigh Hunt prints, the piano, the library stocked with books by Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Trollope, and the bar with stuffed heads of tigers, bison, deer-horns, and a picture of the Laughing Cavalier by Franz Hals, the restaurant with old English plates, a glowing hearth-fire, and landscape prints. Another example of colonial India is the 114-acres of Golf Links.

The tranquil lake in the heart of Kodaikanal is a destination in itself and is a major attraction for all. The lake provides you many activities to indulge boating and angling.

The other major place of tourist attraction of Kodaikanal is the Bryant's Park. The well laid garden of Kodaikanal contain many varieties of watsonias, azaleas, stock, dahlias, fusschias, primulas, asters, many annuals and perennial flowers like azaleas, watsonias, dahlias, stock, primulas, fusschias, asters, etc. The eucalyptus and pine trees are really amazing. You cannot resist your temptation of visiting once again the Orchid House, which has lotus pond and the many exotic varieties of orchids.

Kodaikanal-Sites Nearby

21-km from Kodaikanal is located the picturesque spot of Berijam Lake. Considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in South India, the lake covers an area of 24 hectares. The lake is star shaped and is known for its pure water.
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Kodaikanal-How to Reach

Kodaikanal can be reached by rail, road and air. The nearest airport is at The Madurai airport happens to be the nearest airport, which is well connected with the other major airports of India. The nearest railhead is Kodai Road Railway Station is situated at a distance of 80 kms. Regular bus services connect the hill resort of Kodaikanal with Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore.

Kodaikanal-Best time to visit

The best season to visit Kodaikanal is April to June.

Kodaikanal -Adventure Sports

Kodaikanal adventure and activities offers a wide range of options including trekking, hiking and lots more. Kodaikanal 's spectacular and varied terrain provides superb opportunities to participate in a huge range of outdoor activities.

Situated at a distance of 11 km from Kodaikanal lies the Perumal Peak, which is a trekker's paradise. Another major trekkers' delight is the Kukal Cave, 40 km from Kodaikanal.

The viewpoint Coaker's Walk is another site where you can have incredible view of the open space landscape and the verdant hills. The Pillar Rocks is another point from where the tourist can stunning view of the Kodaikanal valley.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - Hill Resorts in India

Kodaikanal -Where to stay

Whatever your budget, accommodation in Kodaikanal covers a wide range of places to stay including luxury hotels and budget hotels. The hill resort also offers a wide range of culinary delights for its tourists.


Kodaikanal boasts a wide range of Co-operative Stores, shopping centers, government Emporiums. Kodaikanal also has a wide variety of arts and crafts shops. These shops brim with many beautiful art and crafts objects.

Kodaikanal-Fairs and Festivals

All the festivals celebrated in Tamil are popular in Kodaikanal.

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