More commonly known as Kodai is on the southern side of Palani Hills
150 Km from Madurai. Kodai is surrounded by dense forest and wonderful
waterfalls. The hill station is the Honeymoon capital of India, it
provides an escape from the heat and haze of the plains and a n
opportunity to hike. Kodai is famous for its hill fruit, Plumps and the
rare kurunji flower which blooms once every 12 years due to bloom in
Kodai is conveniently linked by bus to major cities such as Madurai
(120Km, 3.5hr, Rs 30), Coimbatore (250km, 8hr), Bangalore (480km, 12hr,
Rs150), Ooty (330km, Rs200) and Kanyakumari, it is advisable to book
seats in advance. The nearest train stations are about 3hr by bus, Kodai
road is to the East on the Madurai-Trichi-Chennai line and Palani to the
North on the Coimbatore-Madurai-Rameshwaran line. The telephone number
for the Tourist office is 41675.
Most of the restaurant are located on the Hospital Road. Hear you will
find a variety of food like pure vegetarian, Chinese and continental.
The famous restaurants are Chef master, Wang's Kitchen, Hotel Punjab,
Tava Restaurant, Ahaar, and many more.
On the Observatory Road is the Astrophysics Laboratory with a museum.
Also worth watching is the Flora and Fauna Museum open from 10 am to 5
pm (closed between 12 noon to 3 pm.), closed on Sundays. Bryant Park and
Chettia Park near Kurinji Temple are also good to visit. Trekking is
what most tourist like to do in kodai, for Rs 20 you can get some good
information on trekking routes at the District Forest Office on winding
road near TTDC youth hostel (open mon to fri 10 am to 1pm and 2 to 6
pm). If you want to go boating then the Tourist department and
Kodaikanal Boat and rowing club rents them out.
The most common and cheapest mode of travel is renting a bike. Taxi's
are also available