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How to reach Kodaikanal from Bangalore

Kodaikanal is a famous & beautiful hills station in the state of Tamil Naidu and is directly connected to Bangalore only via road.

How to reach Kodaikanal from Bangalore

Kodaikanal from Bangalore by Train:

Kodaikanal doesn’t have a railway station. The nearest railway station to Kodaikanal is Kodai Road station; approximately 80 km away from Kodaikanal. From Kodai Road Kodaikanal is 3 hours journey. From Kodai Railway Station there are plenty of taxis for Kodaikanal, however taxi fares are very expensive and are often non negotiable.

Important trains from Bangalore to Kodai Road:

Mysore-Tuticorin Express/16732 – departs from Bangalore station at 21:20 (9:20 PM), runs on all day.
Nagarcoil Exp/ 16339 – departs from Krishnarajapuram railway station at 10:30 a.m, runs on Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat. Krishnarajapuram railway station is 15 km away from Bangalore.

Kodaikanal from Bangalore by Air:

Kodaikanal doesn’t have an airport. The nearest airport is Madurai Airport, which is 140 kms away from Kodaikanal. From Madurai airport one can opt for taxi/cab services to reach Kodaikanal; there are innumerable taxis just outside Madurai airport, however taxi or cab fares are quite high.
  • An Indica A/C would approximately cost you Rs 2,800 to Rs 3,000.
  • A six seater Innova or Tavera would approximately cost you Rs 4000 & more.  
  • Other option would be to opt for state run TNSTC buses from nearest bus depot. Everyday 19 TNSTC
  • Buses ply from Madurai to Kodaikanal. The first bus departs at 05.30 A.M and last bus departs at 07:40 P.M

Kodaikanal from Bangalore by Road:

The total distance between Bangalore and Kodaikanal is 462 km (8 hrs journey). KSRTC has a direct bus service to Kodaikanal, which leaves from Bangalore late evening and reaches Kodaikanal early morning.

Here's a travel chart if traveling by road:

Places: Bangalore to Kodaikanal
Distance: 480 kms
Route Map: Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Salem – Namakkal – Karur – Dindigul – Batlagundu – Kodai

Places: Chennai to Kodaikanal
Distance: 500 kms
Route Map: Chennai - Villupuram – Trichy – Dindigul – Batlagundu – Kodai

Places: Ooty to Kodaikanal
Distance: 280 kms
Route Map: Ooty – Mettupalayam – Coimbatore – Pollachi – Palani – Kodai

Places: Munnar to Kodaikanal
Distance:80 kms
Route Map: Munnar – Theni – Periyakulam – Kodai

Places: Munnar to Kodaikanal
Distance: 180 kms 
Route Map: Munnar – Udumalaipet – Palani – Kodai

Places: Thekkady to Kodaikana
Distance: 120 kms
Route Map: Thekkady – Cumbum – Theni – Periyakulam – Kodai

Places: Cochin to Kodaikanal
Distance: 360 kms
Route Map: Cochin – Trichur – Palaghat – Pollachi – Palani – Kodai

Places: Kanyakumari to Kodaikanal
Distance: 400 kms
Route Map: Kanyakumari – Tirunelveli – Madurai – Batlagundu – Kodai

Some buses which you can take from major cities nearby:

From Bangalore By Bus
Direct Bus Service: KPN, Sharma and KSRTC buses leave Bangalore late evening and reaches Kodai next morning.

From Chennai By Bus
Direct Bus Service: KPN and Parveen travels leave Chennai late evening and reaches Kodai next morning.

From Ooty By Bus
There are private mini buses operating from Ooty to Kodaikanal which is irregular and takes 8 hrs. Kindly contact travel agents in Ooty for booking.

From Madurai By Bus
Private mini bus starts from Madurai every morning. Duration – 4 hrs. Also there are frequent public buses.

From Kerala
There are no direct buses from any part of Kerala to Kodaikanal. The only option is to hire a Taxi.

Travel agencies providing Kodaikanal package
Sharma Transports: 080-26701721, 26702426, 26702447, 41149579, 41149578, 26708791, 412241.
KPN Travel: (080) 26484333, (080) 26489333, (080) 42150124, (080) 32933999, (080) 41125999

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