The misty host - Kodaikanal | An awesome travel experience

Thinking about a place to visit in South India to relax and make your vacation memorable? Here is my travel experience to Kodaikanal. Check this out to learn more about how to make your holidays in Kodaikanal more joyful.

Do you ever look at the clouds while being stuck in traffic and fit them into your wild imaginations of unicorns and funnily shaped animals? Now visualize this; you're in a home-stay fixated in one of the crevices of the excessively green covered mountains, sipping on Vattakanal's home-brewed hot chocolate and a Columbus decides to pay you a visit. In a matter of seconds, suddenly the room turns blurry, and you can literally see the cloud gracefully pass in front of your eyes. This is how Kodaikanal welcomes you!


Places like this rejuvenate a person. It recharges one's mental state of being which usually depreciates with one's monotonous corporate or routine lifestyle. This beautiful, memorable trip began with the desperate need for a road trip. From an idea of a solo trip on a motorcycle to over two dozen excited, adrenaline junkies packed in two cars ready to hit the roads happened overnight. An unplanned rendezvous and the 470 km journey began.


How to reach Kodaikanal?

Now, you could choose a less tiring and faster means of transport and book a sleeper bus to Kodaikanal; but the adventure and thrill in a self-driven vehicle are unrivalled. But this alternative has its own red flags; Stress on the proclaimed driver of the group, delay due to a couple of wrong turns owing to the inexperience of the shotgun and too many stops. Eleven hours of rigorous driving, few seat shifts, multiple-genre music and voila, the fresh breath of Kodai. Goosebumps and blocked ears are inescapable with the drastic shift in altitude. Lush greenery, vividly coloured flowers, scenic canopies in a distance half-dressed in clouds, the sound of crickets summoning the kodai showers and fellow tourists is just a thumbnail for you.

How to book a hotel? No, not TRIVAGO!

Finding a place to stay wouldn't be an issue. The travel agencies and room renters can sniff tourists and the moment they see you walking with a backpack they would pounce on you like scavengers, advertising their varied accommodation options. Just pick the one that suits your needs and you should be set. The locals are friendly and definitely helpful when it comes to directions, places to visit and small requirements like firewood for a campfire maybe?!

Although you've not travelled hundreds of kilometres to stay indoors a good home-stay surely makes a difference. The accommodation is reasonably cheap and thus choosing a good one is critical. Waking up to a breathtaking view of the mountains is sheer joy in itself.


Where to eat in Kodaikanal

This majestic hill-station located in the heart of Tamil Nadu is home for tourists from around the world and for this very reason, the variety of food the cafes and food joints offer are fascinating. Menus include Italian, Chinese and English delicacies. Now if you're visiting Vattakanal, not trying the Chicken Schnitzel from Altaf's Café would be a sin.


Things to do in Kodaikanal

Kodai, the princess of hill-stations has a number of places to visit to blow your mind. The trek to the Vattakanal waterfalls is one of them. This trek in the rainy season is heavily risk-laden with moss covered rocks which would throw you off your feet literally. A trekking cable would come in handy. The Dolphin nose or Cliff viewpoint is also a mesmerizing spot with a view worth a thousand words. As the winds blow the clouds, the sky turns clear for a brief window in which you can catch a glimpse of the serene landscape clad in shades of green; and almost immediately the sky is again covered with clouds and all you can see is a white screen. These places are naturally so very beautiful, but along the way, I couldn't help but notice litter.


A request: Please do not dispose of used plastic bottles and cigarette packs. Make sure you collect it and dispose it at a dustbin close by. The entire city of Vattakanal is so gorgeous that even sitting in a café relishing a meal amidst the awe-inspiring ambience would trigger your brain cells.

Travel tips for visitors to Kodaikanal and Vattakkanal

A small bonus tip for all you fellow travellers. Now I'm sure a few of you would want to visit all the tourist spots in the location but from personal experience don't cramp your trips with a tight schedule. Visit a few places, take a breath, enjoy the moment you are in. You don't want to be exhausted and drained out by the end of the trip. By default, we can assume most people travel to relax. Reality will come knocking on your door soon; make sure you return with a boosted spirit, charged internally until your next trip.


Being associated with nature on such a close level makes it difficult to leave the place. The transition is significant. There was something about this trip; could be the impeccable timing (end of September), right circle of people, or just maybe that's how badly I needed it. Either way, it turned out to be an amazing trip with a truckload of memories. Stop drooling, start packing, and take that trip you deserve!

About Author: Derryl Preetham Castelino

Sarcastic, subtle humourist; Got a little of the travel bug in me. Picturesque places fascinate me. I would love to try every cuisine from the place of its origin itself. Food and Travel make me happy!


Guest Author: Zulaikha06 Nov 2018

Loved this blog and want to visit Kodaikanal.

Guest Author: Kalgi06 Nov 2018

Beautiful pictures and very helpful blog. Thanks for sharing information about Kodaikanal.

Guest Author: Vijayan08 Nov 2018

Nice travel blog about Kodaikanal.

Guest Author: Nimesh Ganatra13 Nov 2018

Great post! Thanks for sharing this amazing post.

Guest Author: devika15 Nov 2018

What a beautiful place it is!
Thank you for meeting us such a beautiful place through your blog
Keep up the good work
Keep sharing with us!

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Guest Author: ashwin umale19 Nov 2018

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Guest Author: Manohar21 Nov 2018

It is an informative article. Your post is very knowledgeable and usable. Thanks for sharing such a nice blog with us.

Guest Author: Manohar21 Nov 2018

Good post.

Guest Author: Sushma06 Dec 2018

If I see the pictures of Kodaikanal, I just fell in the dream of heaven.

Guest Author: samuel john10 Dec 2018

I have actually been searching online more than 3 hours today, yet I never discovered any fascinating short article like yours.

Guest Author: Manohar18 Dec 2018

Great article. It is very useful and informative. I got some good ideas about this topic. Thanks for sharing this post.

Guest Author: Trupti19 Dec 2018

Nice blog.Thanks for writing in detail.

Guest Author: Nikola20 Dec 2018

Nice post, i really like it. Thanks.

Guest Author: Kunal Bansal Chandig20 Dec 2018

Such an amazing place! Thanks for sharing your travel experience with us. I love to explore such type of places. If you have another travel experience please share with us I love to read — Great thanks from Kunal Bansal Chandigarh.

Guest Author: Pappu03 Jan 2019

I am very thankful to you as your article has helped me a lot.

Guest Author: Harsha Reddy07 Jan 2019

Completely true and useful :) So far my kodaikanal trip is the most awesome experience i had:)

Guest Author: Mansi08 Jan 2019

Good to know that today also there are people who really have a passion for writing a blog like you!

Guest Author: funtravellers23 Jan 2019

I have visited this place and it is one of the best places to visit in India. Thanks for sharing this blog.

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Guest Author: TeamPlus India18 Feb 2019

Highly informative article. This site has lots of information and it is useful for travelers like us. Thanks for sharing the details of your visit to Kodaikanal, the 'misty host' in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

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Guest Author: Tempo Travellers26 Mar 2019

Hi Darryl Castelino! Thank you for the post. After looking to this interpretation we at TempoTravellers feel like Kodaikanal is a must visit place as this is a beautiful city and to travel there one can hire the services of TempoTravellers as we provide good serviced vehicles on rent. After taking our Tempo it's up to your mood whether to stop and enjoy the moment or travel further.

Guest Author: NavbharatTours01 Jun 2019

Kodaikanal is a beautiful place for holidays destionation good information about the place and nice photo Thanks.

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Guest Author: Govt Yojana23 Jan 2020

Thank you very much for sharing this article. This is really helpful for me and i hope to you that you released more articles in future. So keep doing this work and you did such a great job.
Once again thank you very much for sharing this such a great article.

Author: Umesh Chandra Bhatt16 May 2020 Member Level: Silver   Points : 4

Kodaikanal is an ideal place for 2-3 days staying and the main attraction is the lake around which a road is there where a lot of activities are going on right from idling to enjoying snacks in small eateries around. There is a boating facility where children are eagerly waiting for their turn. This is the best place for hanging out with friends. I had an opportunity to go there for a few days and I still remember those lovely days amid hills and picturesque surroundings.

Guest Author: Madhu21 May 2021

I just loved this place and You have described this place just like we went around sight seeing, Thanks a lot, I would love to visit this place any number of time

Author: Shivam Kumar17 May 2024 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 0

Very good blog

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