Kodaikanal

Travel Guide
Kodaikanal showing a lake or waterhole and water sports as well as a small group of people

Head into the hills of the Dindigul district to walk through forests, explore botanical gardens and enjoy dramatic views.

Kodaikanal was founded in the first half of the 19th century to provide missionaries with a sanctuary from the heat and tropical diseases that plagued the plains below. Since that time it has evolved into a major tourist destination.

There are many ways to experience Kodaikanal’s scenic charms. Rent a rowboat or peddle boat for a trip across the star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake. Alternatively, take the ferry across the 60-acre (24-hectare) man-made body of water. When you are back on dry land, cycle or walk along the path that encircles the lake.

Stroll through several acres of flowers at Bryant Park. This extensive botanical garden is home to hundreds of varieties of trees, flowers and shrubs. Don't miss the eucalyptus tree that dates back to 1857. During the summer, attend one of the park’s flower shows or horticultural exhibitions.

Hike through dense forests and valleys and pass by waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. Take in the views from Dolphin's Nose, a large flat rock that juts out over a chasm that is 6,600 feet (2,011 meters) deep. Enjoy a picnic in the shadow of Pillar Rocks, three massive vertical rock columns.

Learn more about the Kodaikanal’s environment at the Shembaganur Museum of Natural History. There are hundreds of stuffed birds, mammals and reptiles on display as well as a dried collection of insects and living orchid species.

Along with its scenic and natural attractions, the town has a scientific institute known for its research of the sun. At the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory in the Palni Hills, tour the astronomy museum that concentrates on the work of the observatory's astronomers.

The closest international airport is in Madurai, 71 miles (114 kilometres) away and the nearest train station is Kodai Road, at a distance of 50 miles (80 kilometres). Rent a car for the freedom to explore Kodaikanal's mountainous scenery. The roads leading into the town offer beautiful views of the Ghats mountain ranges.

Where to stay in Kodaikanal

Sterling Kodai Lake
Sterling Kodai Lake
4 out of 5
44, Gymkhana Road, Lake View, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
The price is £66 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bryant Park, Kurinji Andavar Temple and Kurinji Temple. Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal and Kodaikanal ...
3.5/5 Good! (25 reviews)
"Room maintenance needs to be looked into. The tiles had water marks all over. The soap dispenser was coming out. The sofa was too soft to sit onto. The blankets were not properly maintained. Outside the rooms the property was good but the room condition wasn't good"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019

Sterling Kodai Lake
The Tamara Kodai
The Tamara Kodai
5 out of 5
#22, La Providence, St. Mary’s Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
The price is £171 per night from 14 Dec to 14 Dec
Situated in the mountains, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Bryant Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kodaikanal Golf Club and Kurinji Andavar Temple. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Chill room
"Awesome experience, with quiet rooms"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2020

The Tamara Kodai
The Carlton
The Carlton
5 out of 5
Lake Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
The price is £142 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
This family-friendly Kodaikanal resort is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bryant Park and Kurinji Andavar Temple. Kurinji Temple and Silver Cascade ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (35 reviews)
"It was an amazing experience, we enjoyed the very comfortable stay and delicious food and excellent service"

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2019

The Carlton
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Srivari Villa with Scenic view
Srivari Villa with Scenic view
Srivari Villa, Vilpatti Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
The price is £68 per night from 9 Dec to 9 Dec
Situated in Kodaikanal, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Kurinji Temple, Kurinji Temple Kodaikanal and Kurinji Andavar Temple. Bryant Park and American ...
3/5 (1 review)
Cooking and cleaning charges are a bit exorbitant
"The property is good. We need to pay extra for Bonfire and cooking. Although, we cooked our food, we ended up paying a huge amount to the cook at the tile of check-out. Overall it's a good place to stay."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019

Srivari Villa with Scenic view
Silver Mist
Silver Mist
3 out of 5
Plot No 87 and 88 VGP Kodai, Hill View Layout Shenbaganoor, Kodaikanal, TamilNadu
The price is £84 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Situated in the mountains, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of American University of India, Silver Cascade and Kurinji Andavar Temple. Bryant Park is 3 mi ...
Silver Mist
Misty Cove One
Misty Cove One
3 out of 5
Lake Road, Next to Bryant Park, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Situated in Kodaikanal, this villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bryant Park and Kurinji Andavar Temple. American University of India and Kurinji Temple are also ...
Misty Cove One
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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