Kodaikanal at a Glance

Air : The nearest airport is in Tiruchirapalli and Madurai. It takes 2 hours to reach Dindigul from Tiruchi and 1 hour to reach Dindigul from Madurai.

Rail : Major railway station is Dindigul and Kodaikanal its connected to all souther parts of Tamilnadu.

Road :
from Nilakottai on can reach Dindigul. NH 7 also runs through Nilakottai.

Area : 21.45 sq.km
Population : 32,921 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 1650 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 20°C Min : 11°C
STD Code : 04542
101 Km from Dindigul / 409 from Chennai


Kodaikanal (also known as Kodai) is a city and a Taluk division of Dindigul district. Kodaikkanal is sometimes referred to as the “Princess of Hill stations” and is a popular tourist destination. Much of the local economy is Hospitality industry based on national and international tourism. Kodaikkanal was established by American missionaries around 1845, as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains.

Hill stations located at an altitude of 2133 mts. (7,000 feet) frequented by tourists in large numbers throughout the year. Places of interest include Bryant Park, Pillar Rocks, Lake, Solar Observatory, Perumal Peak, Silver Cascade, Telescope Houses at Coaker’s Walk and Kurinji Andavar Temple, Bear Shola Falls, Berijam Lake, Museum and Orchidorium at Sacred heart College, Shenbaganur. Very good trek routes are available here.

Tourism has been impacted by industrial pollution issues including the closure of a mercury factory owned by Unilever’s Indian subsidiary Hindustan Unilever after evidence of widespread mercury pollution.

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