Plan A Short Kodaikanal Trip From Bangalore
Trip Starting Point: Bangalore City
Mode of Travel: Bus
Total Distance (round trip): 1000 km
Travel Time (round trip): 16 hr
Trip Duration: 2 Days
While there are many reasons to visit the most exquisitely beautiful town, Kodaikanal, but one of the most compelling reasons is its weather. Located in the hills of the Dindigul district, Kodaikanal is a stunning town in Tamil Nadu with forested valleys, picturesque waterfalls, beautiful lakes, and fantastic granite hills. Let’s explore how to plan a short Kodaikanal Trip from Bangalore that best suits your need.
How to Reach Kodaikanal from Bangalore
We went to Kodaikanal by bus. There are various bus operators like Sam Tourist, Kallada Tour and Travels, SRS Travels, Abhishek Travels, and so on. Coaches are available in A/c Sleeper, Non-A/c Sleeper, Semi sleeper, normal A/c seater, and Luxury A/c seater.
If you travel by bus, it takes a minimum of 8 hrs 30 mins to 10 hrs depending on the kind of coach and operator you choose.
You can also drive to Kodaikanal from Bangalore. The distance between the two places is approx. 465km and take somewhere between 7-10 hrs depending on the route, it might 15 – 20 km less or more.
The route includes Hosur, Krishnagiri, Tiruchirapalli, Velur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Thopur, Namakul, and Dindigul.
Places to Visit in Kodaikanal
We visited Kodaikanal Lake on our day of arrival. Covering an expanse of 60 acres, Kodai lake is a human-made, star-shaped lake that has been welcoming tourists since 1863. The lake was created by Sir Henry Levinge, the then collector of Madurai, and accumulated water that come from Palani Hills. The lake’s overflowed water creates a b breath-taking waterfall, called “Silver Cascade.”
Situated a few km from Kodaikanal, Berijam Lake is one of the best places to see in Kodaikanal. The lush greenery and refreshing setting of the lake make it a beautiful spot for visitors. Motorable roads well connect the lake, so it’s a not a difficult task to reach here. Tourists need to issue a forest pass to enter the area. If you are interested in fishing, then you have to take permission from the Fisheries Department.
Considered one of the beautiful scenic lakes in Kodaikanal, Mannavanur Lake is a must-visit place for visitors. The lake is a secluded beauty surrounded by lush meadows like the Swiss grasslands. Fun things to do here are to take a coracle ride and visit the goat/sheep and rabbit farm in the vicinity. You can also relax here by taking long walks admiring the beautiful scenery.
Take a romantic stroll in Coaker’s Lake, giving a splendid view of the valley. During monsoons, it feels like you are taking an epic walk in the clouds. The path starts at Greenlands Youth Hostel, and further ahead, there is a telescope house to watch the views. Take a quick bite at several food vendors in the area.
While traveling to various destination from your list, you will notice massive cliffs that look like pillars and are popularly known as Pillar Rocks. You will be awestruck witnessing the vertical boulders covered in mist and clouds on most days. The chambers are formed between them are called Devil’s kitchen, scary and spooky with dangerous corners.
Bryant Park is a well-manicured botanical garden in the city, an iconic point of interest in the Kodaikanal. The park is famous for many reasons – it has 300 species of beautiful flora, flowers, a glasshouse, rose garden over 700 varieties, a human-made lake and an ancient Eucalyptus tree. It also has a walking/cycling path and a play area for children.
For Food, must-visit places –
It’s a tiny place, but the food is lip-smacking! You will get veg cuisine with many varieties. Must try their pizza, pav bhaji, and Oreo shake.
A small joint is one of the best destinations for authentic Tibetan cuisine at a reasonable rate. A Tibetan family runs it, and non-vegetarian’s delight, but they serve food for vegetarians too, and it’s equally satisfying.
Kodaikanal’s best continental restaurant, not a fine-dining restaurant, but a must-visit place for excellent delicacies. It has an open-air seating area, from where one can enjoy the intriguing sights of the street below.
If you aren’t too hungry and grab a quick cup of coffee during your travel, Café Cariappa is one place you should not miss. The coffee is grown organically by the owner in his plantation, and you can feel the aroma of a freshly brewed coffee coming from their kitchen.
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