According to the history of Kodaikanal, this hill resort was discovered in the early nineteenth century during the colonial period.
It was, however, during the 1840s that the people first started settling in this place. Besides the British,the other early settlers of the place, having loving memories about Kodaikanal, were the American, French, Swedish, Irish and German missionaries.
A walking track up to Kodaikanal was made from the Kumbakarai falls, at the foothills near Periyakulam town. Only palanquins could pass through this path. Later, in the early twentieth century, the Law's Ghat road was constructed. This road was opened for regular traffic during 1920s.
The star shaped Kodaikanal lake came into existence in 1863 and it still serves as the water source of the temple city of Palani. It was only during the 1960s, that Kodaikanal started gaining importance as a tourist spot. Rich and elite Indians started setting up resorts in this place.
The 1980s was the most important time in the history of Kodaikanal. Tourism started booming up in this place changing the whole scenario of the region.
How To Reach ?
By self Drive - Kodaikanal is easily accessible by road from Chennai (524 kilometres) and Bangalore (465 kilometres). It’s only about 3.5 hours away from Madurai. But if you decide to drive just make sure your fuel tank is full because there are very limited gas stations on the way.
Distance from - Madurai 120 kms, Coimbatore 170 kms, Dindigul 90 km, Trichy 195 kms, Chennai 524 kms, Bangalore 465 kms, Cochin 330 kms, Ooty 260 kms, Kanyakumari 370 kms .
By Train :
Reaching Kodaikanal by Train require the travelers to get down either at the Kodai Railhead or at the Palani railway station. While the Kodai Road railway station is located at a distance of around 80 km from the place, the Palani railhead is comparatively closer to Kodaikanal. Being situated at a distance of about 64 km away, Palani Railway station offers regular train services to all other major locations. Both the railways stations at Kodai Road and Palani are equipped with a ticket booking counter and a tourist information cell. People coming from other Indian cities get all the required information regarding the departure and arrival of trains from the information cells of the Kodaikanal railway stations.
Kodaikanal does not have its own airport, but you can find cheap flights to Kodaikanal through nearby cities and then come into Kodaikanal via train, bus or taxi.The airport nearest to Kodaikanal is Madurai, about 120 kilometres away. Others in line include the Trichy airport and the Coimbatore airport, 150 kilometres and 175 kilometres away, respectively.