Suggestions Kodaikanal Road Trip

Suggestions Kodaikanal Road Trip

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Dear friends

Planning Kodaikanal road trip from Madurai and I’m not pro in driving

Need your suggestions TIA

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I went to Kodaikanal in October. Booked Savaari cabs to travel. Hassle free experience.

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I have driven to Kodaikanal from Bangalore in 2015. The roads were quite good but the highway from bangalore extended only up to Dindigul and from there we had to take NH183, the road from here is a mixed bag, not as good as Bangalore Madurai highway for sure but still decent.

The road up the hill is just as good/bad as what you find in most hill stations. If you are up for an adventure in ghat roads then do go for it. I am quite used to driving on ghat roads so wasn’t an issue for me.

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My suggestion, may be helpful. DON’T TRUST ANY GUIDE OR STRANGER.

We had a 1 hour halt at Palani while on the way to Kodaikanal. It was around 7.30pm and 3,4 people approached us and said that the road to Kodaikanal is closed due to some reason and we will not be able to go. They were so kind to offer us a comfortable accommodation if we needed. We did not feel like trusting them and contacted a police constable who was nearby. Even he said that the roads were closed and you will need to stay at Palani today, contact any guide for an accommodation.

Luckily I had a friend at Kodaikanal. I called him up and enquired the situation. Also called the hotel at Kodaikanal. All I understood was that this was a usual trick by them. Even the police won’t help you. Roads were clear and there were no issues anywhere.

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ZIZER wrote:

My suggestion, may be helpful. DON’T TRUST ANY GUIDE OR STRANGER.

We had a 1 hour halt at Palani while on the way to Kodaikanal. It was around 7.30pm and 3,4 people approached us and said that the road to Kodaikanal is closed due to some reason and we will not be able to go. They were so kind to offer us a comfortable accommodation if we needed. We did not feel like trusting them and contacted a police constable who was nearby. Even he said that the roads were closed and you will need to stay at Palani today, contact any guide for an accommodation.

Luckily I had a friend at Kodaikanal. I called him up and enquired the situation. Also called the hotel at Kodaikanal. All I understood was that this was a usual trick by them. Even the police won’t help you. Roads were clear and there were no issues anywhere.

That’s a nice tip ☺

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ZIZER wrote:

My suggestion, may be helpful. DON’T TRUST ANY GUIDE OR STRANGER.

We had a 1 hour halt at Palani while on the way to Kodaikanal. It was around 7.30pm and 3,4 people approached us and said that the road to Kodaikanal is closed due to some reason and we will not be able to go. They were so kind to offer us a comfortable accommodation if we needed. We did not feel like trusting them and contacted a police constable who was nearby. Even he said that the roads were closed and you will need to stay at Palani today, contact any guide for an accommodation.

Luckily I had a friend at Kodaikanal. I called him up and enquired the situation. Also called the hotel at Kodaikanal. All I understood was that this was a usual trick by them. Even the police won’t help you. Roads were clear and there were no issues anywhere.

Touts in Delhi pull this trick on poor foreigners.I remember reading a news about a foreigner who lost a substantial amount to a tout this way . Eventually he ended up filling a police case and got the tout arrested.

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@BigAdmin

I travelled to Kodai last year . There are 2 roads to get to Kodai from mainland . First route is via Palani ghats and the second via Bhatlagundu. Palani ghat road is very narrow and you need good driving experience to negotiate the road . Since you are starting from Madurai , you need to take the second route Via Bhatlagundu. This particular route is wider and more kinder to those with less hill driving experience. Roads are in good condition. Do keep in mind that hill stations like Kodai/Ooty has very narrow roads within the town limits and parking can be a bit tricky .If you are not very confident driving on narrow roads , leave your vehicle at the hotel premises and take a taxi/ auto for local sight seeing .I would highly recommend a visit to Manavannur lake some 30 kms from Kodai. The drive to get to the lake is through a forest with mesmaerising views . The lake itself is so beautiful.

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