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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

Weather

Kodaikanal enjoys a monsoon-influenced subtropical highland climate. The high elevation of the city ensures that the weather remains cool throughout the year. Summer season, extending from March to May, is with average temperatures ranging between 20°C to 34°C.


 


style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Monsoons begin from June and lasts till September with average amount of rainfall. Winters, which last from November to January, are very cool. The maximum temperature during this season hovers around the 30°C during day time. But at night, temperatures can drop down to as low as 8°C. Ice formations can be seen at night in January when the temperature touches freezing levels. The best time to visit Kodaikanal is from the month of September to November and from February to May.

How To Reach

By Road:

Kodaikanal is connected by a network of roads with almost all major cities in South India such as Ooty, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai and Chennai. Regular bus service to Kodaikanal is available from Palani, Dindigul, Kumuli, Coimbatore, Theni and Madurai. Local transportation is available in the form of luxury buses and taxis.


By Air:

The nearest airport is Madurai, located at a distance of 120 km away from Kodaikanal. Madurai is connected by air to Coimbatore and Chennai. The closest major airport is Coimbatore, 180 km from the city, which is connected to most of the major cities in India.



By Rail:

Many trains pass through Kodai Road Station which is situated at a distance of 64 km away from Kodaikanal. Palani Station is also quite close, being located just 80 km away from the hill station. Coimbatore Junction happens to be the most important rail head which is connected to all Indian cities.


Overview

Kodaikanal is a small and beautiful hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country and is popularly known as the “Princess of Hill Stations”. Kodaikanal is located amidst a sylvan splendour on the southern crest of the famous Palani Hills in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 7,200 feet above the sea level.

 

Ranking among the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in the entire South India, Kodaikanal never fails to amaze visitors with its picturesque beauty. No true lover of nature will be able to resist the charms of this lovely town nestled right in the heart of the hills. The deep green woods, the shining lakes, the bracing air and the rocks make Kodaikanal the perfect hill resort for tourists. The word “Kodaikanal” in the local Tamil language stands for “The Gift of the Forest”.

 

The city was originally established back in the year 1845 by British bureaucrats and American Christian missionaries as a refuge from the extreme temperatures in the plains. In the 20th century, several elite Indians came to understand the importance of this stunning hill station and began relocating to the region. The hill town is presently well-known for the many educational establishments of international repute.

 

Shopaholics will enjoy their visit to Kodaikanal as the city offers a wide range of attractive options such as Kodai cheese, shawls, jewellery, detailed embroidery and dried flowers. There are many fine shopping destinations around Kodaikanal including Corsack, Government Sales Emporium, Khadi Emporium and Handloom Co-operative Stores. Woolen garments are available at cheaper prices in the Tibetan refugee bazaar. Homemade chocolates and marshmallows can be found in the bakeries around town. The booming aromatherapy industry in the region has provided impetus to the development of shops selling natural items. Eucalyptus oil from here is in high demand.

 

Restaurants in Kodaikanal serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare along with continental recipes with generous quantity of spices.