A picturesque hill town in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a must-visit for nature lovers. Situated 2000 metres above sea level, this town has a diverse topography of lakes, forests, waterfalls, hills, and valleys. If you’re visiting Ooty and the next stop in your itinerary is Kodaikanal, here are some travel tips on how to reach Kodaikanal and where to stay.
The distance by road between Ooty and Kodaikanal is approximately 250 km. There are three different modes of transport available to cover this distance:
- Car or taxi
- Train (toy train)
Travel by car/taxi
This is the easiest way to reach Kodaikanal from Ooty. The drive takes close to seven hours and the views are simply breathtaking. If you haven’t driven much in the ghats, it is advisable to hire a private taxi from Ooty. Typically, the charge for hiring a hatchback taxi is around Rs 4500. Opting for a larger vehicle might cost you Rs 6000 or more.
On the other hand, if you decide to drive yourself, you could have a fun experience travelling through lush forests and numerous curves and hairpin bends. The trip provides you with ample opportunities to stop and take Instagram-worthy pictures of the gorgeous terrain.
Travel by bus
Although bus services between Ooty and Kodaikanal are few, it’s a much more economical option. There are a couple of private operators who run a handful of non-AC buses, which start from Ooty and reach Kodaikanal in approximately eight hours. Ticket prices vary according to the season, but on an average, they are under Rs 1000 per person.
Travel by train
There are no trains running on these hills, except for the famous ‘toy train’ of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Unfortunately, this does not cover the entire distance between Ooty and Kodaikanal. Travellers can take this train from Ooty to Mettupalayam, a distance of 46 km that’s covered in about 3.5 hours. From Mettupalayam, one can take a taxi or bus to cover the remaining distance. Although this is not an uninterrupted journey, the first leg by train is a unique experience and will prove to be truly memorable.
Staying in Kodaikanal
Once you reach Kodaikanal, you can enjoy the lush greenery from the balcony of your room at Kodaikanal resort. Do refer to Club Mahindra reviews online to help you decide your activities and plan your stay at the serene and spacious resort. Located amidst verdant forests, the resort’s comfortable rooms and prompt services are designed to pamper you.
Why not get your Club Mahindra membership now? The misty hills and tranquil lakes await you!