Kodaikanal is a popular hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is often referred to as the ‘Princess of hill stations’. Lying on the southern crest of upper Palani Hills near Madurai, Kodaikanal is absolutely charming with its scenic beauty. It has several places that one can visit, like Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Bear Shola Falls, etc. If you are planning a trip from Chennai to Kodaikanal, here’s how you can reach it.
The distance between Chennai and Kodaikanal is 528.3 km. One can cover this distance by road in 8 to 9 hours, depending on the traffic and the route that they choose. The shortest route goes via Grand Southern Trunk Road/NH45. One has to take Chennai Bypass Road, Grand Southern Trunk Road/NH45, Trichy – Dindugal Road and Grand Southern Trunk Road/NH45 to Kodai Ghat Rd. Then, drive to Laws Ghat Road in Kodaikanal. The other 2 routes involve driving through AH43.
Kodaikanal is well-connected to Chennai by buses. If one doesn’t get a direct bus to Kodaikanal, they can hop onto a bus that’s travelling to Madurai and then continue with the rest of the journey.