Kodaikanal is the most beautiful and popular hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is located in the famous Palani Hills in Western Ghats and is known as the Princess of hill stations. Kodaikanal is situated about 7,200 feet above the sea level.
Kodaikanal is the most sought after honeymoon destination in South India because of its scenic beauty and it has the attribute to leave any nature lover mesmerized by its charms.
The word Kodaikanal means gift of the forest in local language. The dense forest with many varieties of trees, the huge rocks in the wilderness and the enchanting waterfalls, makes it a real gift for the tourists visiting this place. Kodaikanal is famous for eucalyptus oil, homemade chocolates, plums and pears. Kodaikanal is famous for the kurinji - flowers, which blossoms only once in twelve years. Woolen clothing is available at cheaper rates in the Tibetan refugee bazaar.
There are many internationally renowned educational institutions like Kodaikanal International school, Kodaikanal Christian College etc, in and around Kodaikanal. Mother Theresa University, which is India’s one and only women’s university, is located in Kodaikanal.
A tourist can indulge in various activities - one can go for cycling, horse riding, boating, trekking and many more adventurous activities. Kodaikanal is influenced with Christian culture and the sculptures in the churches of Kodaikanal are worth a visit.
All types of food and neat hotels in all price ranges are available in Kodaikanal for a comfortable stay. If you are interested you can also include Ooty tour as Ooty is a popular hill station very close to Kodaikanal.
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Destinations in this region: Palani Hills
Kodaikanal’s history goes back to the pre historic times. The Dolems home, from the Chera Dynasty, made of great stome slabs found in the city, speaks of the city’s pre historic connection. The first inhabitants of Kodaikanal were Palaiyar, who were tribal and flourished before the current era i.e. BCE.
Sangam Literature, belonging to the early Christian era also includes some details about the city. The Pulyans ruled here during the 14th century. The fear of invasion of Tipu Sultan forced the people of Palani Foot hills to leave the village and settle in the Kodi hills.
The first British identity to set foot on the land of Kodiakanal was Lt. B.S. Ward in the year 1821. For them, Kodaikanal became the safe haven for the scorching summers of other parts of Tamil Nadu. Some of the renowned British personalities to have visited this scenic town were - C R Cotton Judge who was a sub collector and Dr. Weight. Dr.Fane, who got two houses constructed here.
Koidakanal got its first church in 1860 and further a lot many developments were taken place in event of the visits of the prominent leaders like Governors of Madras Sir Charles Travelyon and Lord Napier during 1860 and 1871.
The first train service was started in 1875 when the route from Chennai to Madurai and Tuticorin was extended.
Travel within city
Travelling within Kodaikanal is very easy, as the town is very small and every part of the town can be easily accessed through walk. There are buses available from travelling from the foothills to the hill station. The hill station region is very well planned out and all regions lie close by.
You can also opt for bus travel from the Kodaikanal foothills to the main hill station area. Bus fares in Kodaikanal will range around Rs 10 to 20, depending on the class of travel (luxury or semi deluxe).
Cycles are also available in Kodaikanal for rent, and these are much preferred by tourists and locals alike. You can rent out a cycle or a bike for a day in order to travel around Kodaikanal and charges for renting a bike will be around Rs 300 to 350. This is the generally preferred mode of travel.
While travelling within Kodaikanal, you can walk to all the destinations easily. This is one of the advantages of spending your vacation in Kodaikanal. Almost all the major attractions, including Guna Caves, the Kodaikanal Lake
and the central street where all shops are present can be easily reached through walk.
Kodaikanal is a safe haven for all tourists, and you can walk around during night time without any qualms whatsoever.
You can find 74 hotels in Kodaikanal
under following categories:
- Kodaikanal Budget Hotels (27):
Fairstay Holiday Resort,
JS Heritage Hotel
- Kodaikanal Medium Hotels (41):
Strawberry Park Hotel,
Hotel Garden Manor,
- Kodaikanal Luxury Hotels (6):
Sterling Resorts Valleyview
- Kodaikanal Homestays (4):
- Kodaikanal Resorts (12):
Sterling Resorts Valleyview,
Lillys Valley Resort,
Fairstay Holiday Resort
- Kodaikanal Cottages (1):
- Kodaikanal Heritage Hotels (1):
JS Heritage Hotel
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