Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,000 meters above sea level, the town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest.
The earliest possible references about Kodaikanal have been found in the Tamil Sangam Literature of the early common era. It is said that the early residents of the Kodaikanal region were the Palaiyar tribal people. They used to seek refuge to this town to avoid the blistering heat of summer in the plains and the tropical diseases. In the 20th century, few Indians understood the value of his enchanting hill station and started residing there. Since then it grew up as one of the most revered tourist hotspots in India.
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The nearest airports are as follows:
- Tiruchirapalli International Airport (197 kilometres or 122 miles)
- Tuticorin Airport (262 kilometres or 163 miles)
- Madurai International Airport (115 kilometer or 80 miles)
- Coimbatore International Airport (170 kilometres or 110 miles)
The nearest railway stations are Palani Station (64 kilometres or 40 miles) north,Kodaikanal Road Station (80 kilometres or 50 miles) south east, Dindigul Junction (100 kilometres or 62 miles) east, and Madurai Junction (114 kilometres or 71 miles) nearly east.
The 2–3-hour drive to here via the steep and winding Ghat roads from Palani or Batlagundu is a memorable experience. Travellers may stop at turnouts on the road and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Palani hills. There is a 49 km shortcut road from Periyakulam to Kodaikanal via Kumbakarai and Adukkam. Bicycle rentals, taxis, vans and limited city buses are available. Auto rickshaws are not available
From Madurai Aarappalayam bus stand and Batlagundu frequent bus services are available. Buses are also available from Palani, Kodairoad and Dindigul.