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Kodaikanal is a hill station situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The land is acclaimed for its beautiful hills, lakes and waterfalls. Kodaikanal is situated above 2000 meters above sea level. It is referred as the “Princess of hill stations”.
Due to the high elevation of the city Kodaikanal is cool through out the year. The temperature varies from 8 degree Celsius to 21 degree Celsius.
Kodaikanal is an artificial lake. The shape of the lake is star shaped. THis is the most popular tourist attraction in Kodaikanal and was built in 1863. It is recognized as Kodaikanal’s most popular geographic landmark and tourist attraction. Tourist enjoy boat riding, cycling and horse riding here. The Kodaikanal boat club maintained by Government of Tamil Nadu maintains the lake.
Bryant Park is situated near to Kodaikanal lake. It is a 21 acre botanical garden featuring variety of plants mainly roses.
Coaker’s Walk is near to the town. It is a one kilometer pedestrian path running along the sides of the valley. It was constructed in the year 1872 by Lt.Coaker.
Green Valley View also known as Suicide Point is 5.5 kilometre from town and near to golf course. It offers a majestic view of the plains from the height of 1,500 metres, overlooking the Vaigai Dam to the south.
Kodaikanal Solar Observatory is the highest location near Kodai. The Kodaikanal Terrestrial Telescope can view a grand panorama including: Sothupparai Dam, Vaigai Dam, Periyakulam and Varaha river. This Indian Institute of Astrophysics facility has a comprehensive Astronomical Science museum with organized public tours, access to the astronomy library, and scheduled night-time telescopic sky viewing.
Pillar Rocks is a set of three giant rock pillars which stand 122 metres (400 ft) high.
Dolphin’s Nose is a flat rock projecting over a breathtaking chasm 6,600 feet (2,000 m) deep.
The distance between Bangalore and Kodaikanal is 470 km aproximately. It takes around 7 hours journey time. Ezz Holidays can arrange cab for you starting from your residence to Kodaikanal at the best rates if looking for an outstation cab service. Majority of the journey will be on NH-7.
The distance from Bangalore to Kodaikanal is about 465 km by bus. There are several government operated and private buses plying in this route. One could book bus in sleeper class / semi sleeper in AC / Non AC / Volvo buses.
Bangalore to Kodaikaal trains are available. The major trains plying in this route are Tuticorin Express and the Nagarcoil Express. Train journey takes around 9 hours. If one can arrange the tickets, this is the cheapest and most comfortable mode of journey.
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.
There are no airports in Kodaikanal. The nearest airports to Kodaikanal are Madurai (120 Km away), Trichy Airport (150 km away) and Coimbatore (175 km away).
There are direct trains from Chennai to Kodaikanal. It takes around 8 hours for the journey. 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.
Road journey from Chennai to Kodaikanl takes around 9 hours.
There are several private and government operated buses plying between Chennai and Kodaikanal, which takes around 10 hours. Kodaikanal bus station is located in the heart of the city. One could book bus in sleeper class / semi sleeper in AC / Non AC / Volvo buses.
Madurai to Kodaikanal is only 120 kms in distance and it takes around 3 hours journey. there are lot of cabs available in Madurai at very cheap rate to travel to Kodai.
There are lot of buses from Madurai. To catch a bus go to Arapalayam Bus Stand at Madurai. It’s just 2 and a half hours journey by bus having scenic views of hills on the way. A/C, Non A/C, Volvo buses are available from Madurai to Kodaikanal.
The major trains between Madurai and Kodaikanal are Pandian Express, Nellai Express and Pearl City Express It’s just 30 minutes journey From Madurai to Kodaikanal by train.
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