One of the most beautiful hill stations of South India, Kodaikanal is a city that is part of the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated in the Palani Hills in southern Western Ghats. Kodaikanal which means The Gift of the Forest in Tamil language is also fondly called Princess of Hill stations. This popular place is the most sought after tourist destination for its meadows grasslands , cascading streams and waterfalls.
Budget Hotels in Kodaikanal
There are good budget hotels in Kodaikanal . Some of them are Hotel Sivapriya (Tariff – Rs.1118), Hotel Gurupriya (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Kodai Gate (Tariff – Rs.1033) and Pine Borough Inn (Tariff – Rs.1500).
The official language of Kodaikanal is Tamil The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Kodaikanal
Some of the famous festivals and events in Kodaikanal include Natyanjali Festival (February) and Mother SaletteFestival ( august).
Places to See in Kodaikanal
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kodaikanal. Some of the places include Kurinji Andavar (Murugan) temple( 4kms from bus stand) , Kodaikanal Lake, ( 2 kms from bus stand) Kodaikanal Solar Observatory ( 4kms from bus stand), cauvery-travels (Suicide Point) ( 3.4 kms from bus standi), Silver Cascade Falls, ( 7 kms from BS), Coaker's Walk (1 kms from bus stand)and Kodai Lake (2 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Kodaikanal is the Madurai airport. It is located about 135kms away from the city.
Palani railway station is the nearest junction from Kodaikanal.
Madurai Aarappalayam bustand is the important bus stand for Madurai , Dharmapuri, Hosur, Kodaikanal and Pollachi. There are limited bus services available in Kodaikanal. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include KPN Travels, Sharma Transport and Parveen Travels. Book bus ticket online from the comfort of your home with just a click of a mouse.
Naidupetta is the fourth largest town in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district. Situated on the banks of Swarnamukhi River, this town is 33 km away from Venkatagiri, 66 km from Tirupati, 68 km from Nellore and 106 km from Chennai. Being an industrial town, it is home to several textiles, sugar and packaged drinking water industries.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Naidupeta, but good budget hotels are available in Tirupati. Some of them include 7 Hills Inn (Tariff – Rs. 946), Bhanu Residency (Tariff – Rs. 663), Hotel Jayasyam Inn (Tariff – Rs.795) and Hotel Bhimas Paradise (Tariff – Rs. 960).
Telugu is the official language of Naidupeta. Urdu and Tamil are the other languages spoken in the town.
Yeti Pandaga, the three-day annual kite festival, celebrated during Pongal in January is the most popular of all the events in Naidupeta. Urusu is another important event celebrated in March. Other festivals include Jatara held in May and Ayyapah Pooja in December.
Places of Interest
Besides the innumerable temples in Naidupeta, there are several destinations of interest nearby. A day’s visit is the best option to see Shrikalahasti (53 km) Tirupati (66 km), Nellore (68), Thiruthani (90 km), Pulicat Lake (113 km) and Vijayawada (340 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport, which is 119 km away from the city.
Naidupeta has its own railway station, which is 25 km away from the town. But the major railhead on this route is Tirupati railway station, which is 67 km away.
Buses are available daily from major cities like Gudur, Vishakapatnam, Chennai, Nellore, Venkatagiri, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Some of the major operators on this route include Kesineni Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.