15 Places to Visit in Kodaikanal in 1 Day in 2020
Places to Visit in Kodaikanal in 1 Day includes Kodaikanal Lake, Coakers Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Guna Cave, Dolphin’s Nose and many other places.

Puzzled about the last-minute travel plans? Fret not, as the places to visit in Kodaikanal in 1 day will definitely offer you a refreshing relaxation. Look forward to a great day in the lap of nature, as there could not be a better way than exploring the places in Kodaikanal. The small extent of the town, as well as the proximity of all the major attractions to each other, makes this destination special.

Kodaikanal 1 day trip can help you explore all the hidden gems of the hill station such as the lush valleys, pristine waterfalls and breathtaking mountain peaks. Also, the greenery all around you will offer you tranquillity and quietude to cherish during your visit. From spending some quality time with family at the Kodaikanal Lake to capturing the most beautiful of the views from the Pillar rocks, the stunning places in Kodaikanal will shower you with a whole lot of beautiful memories. 

Places to visit in Kodaikanal in one day:


Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal Lake
One of the most popular tourist attractions, this star-shaped lake is a manmade waterbody which was commissioned during the British rule in India. This lake lies on the top of the list of places to visit in Kodaikanal in 1 day. If you wish to take a boat ride or just relax amidst the lush green landscape and click some beautiful pictures of nature, this is the very place for you to visit.

If you 
are lucky enough, you may even get a chance to witness Kodaikanal’s famous boat races and/or flower shows within the lake campus only. You may require at least 1-2 hours to peacefully enjoy the ambiance of this beautiful place. All the other attractions in Kodaikanal are spread around the lake, thus enabling you to visit all the attractions within one day.

Location: Situated in the very center of the city

Timing: 6 AM – 5 PM

Entry Fee: Free

Coakers Walk

Coakers Walk
This one-kilometer stretch of walking plaza built amidst the steep slopes of mountains offers some of the best views of the mesmerizing nature engulfing the town of Kodaikanal. This is one of the best places to take a stroll in the morning or in the evening. You can even choose to take a bicycle ride and click some of the most beautiful photographs of mother nature in its best form. Your Kodaikanal 1 day trip must have this location in its itinerary. One hour is ample to soak in the calm and beauty of this beautiful place.

Location: 1 Kilometer from the Railway Station

Timings: 7 A.M – 7 P.M

Entry Fee: INR10, INR30 for Camera, INR20 for Telescope House

Bear Shola Falls

Bear Shola Falls
The cascading waterfalls of the Bear Shola Falls come alive during the monsoons and act as one of the major attractions in Kodaikanal. This place will take you away from the crowd of the city and allow you to relax amongst the chirping of birds, and some of the rarest of the species of flora and fauna.

The forested area just next to the falls also acts as a biodiversity hotspot for the wilderness and is a perfect sighting location for animal lovers. However, you need to beware of the mischievous monkeys and other animals residing there!

Location: 2 kilometers from Kodai Lake, the major attraction of Kodaikanal.

Timings: 10 A.M – 6 P.M

Entry Fee: Free

Pillar Rocks

Pillar Rocks
The Pillar Rocks has been rightly named after the 3, 400 ft vertical boulders situated next to each other. The view of these rocks is one of a kind and also symbolizes an ancient love story. The view from the top is breathtaking and allows you to click some great photographs.

The place also has a small garden which acts as a perfect picnic spot for families as well as youngsters. Just imagine grabbing a hot cup of tea from outside the garden and enjoying the chilling weather of Kodaikanal atop the Pillar Rocks. This place is a must in your
places to visit in Kodaikanal in 1 day.

Location: Golf Link Road, approximately 7.5 kilometers from the Kodaikanal bus stand.

Timings: 9 A.M – 4 P.M

Entry Fee: INR5, INR20 for Camera

Guna Cave

Guna Cave
There are a lot of places to visit in Kodaikanal in one day, and Guna Cave is one of them. Also known as the Devil’s Kitchen, it is a group of caves situated amidst the tall standing rock pillars.

This place came into light in 1992 when a Tamil movie named “Guna” was shot here, and thereafter, it became one of the most visited places in Kodaikanal. Situated amidst dense forest, the way leading to Guna caves takes you through some majestic pine trees with their roots emerging out of the ground. The legends have it that this place beholds a lot of ancient secrets that you can thrive to explore during your visit.

Location: 8.5 Kilometers from the Bus stand and 1.5 kilometers from the Pillar Rocks.

Timings: 9 A.M – 5:30 P.M

Entry Fee: INR5, INR 10 for Camera

Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin’s Nose
This is one of the most magnificent viewpoints in the whole of Kodaikanal. Situated beyond a steep slope, the place got its name due to the resemblance in shape with the Dolphin’s nose. On a clear day, you shall also be able to get a beautiful panoramic view of the Vaigai Lake and the Periyakulam Town. Dolphin’s nose is situated at a height of 6600 ft from the sea level and offers pleasant weather with a picture-perfect view.

Location: 8 kilometers from the main city

Timings: 6 A.M to 5:30 P.M

Entry Fee: Free

Silver Cascade Falls

Silver Cascade Falls
If you are making up your mind to cover all the places to visit in Kodaikanal in 1 day, visiting this waterfall must be one of your priorities. This 180 feet high waterfall is a result of the overflow of the famous Kodai Lake. The lush green surroundings of the fall make it even more picturesque.

You can take a small halt here to refresh and even to take a dive into the water if the temperature allows. You can spot a lot of vendors selling fresh fruits around the waterfall and grab one for yourself while enjoying the view. The water coming from the falls is also believed to have medicinal values, thus attracting a lot of locals too.

Location: Kodaikanal Ghat Road, 8 kilometers from the main city

Timings: 9:30 A.M – 3 P.M

Entry Fee: Free

Green Valley View Point

Green Valley View Point
More famously known as the Suicide Point, the view point is a dead end with a 5000 feet deep beautiful valley beyond it, overlooking the majestic Vaigai Dam. The Green Valley View Point is surrounded on all sides with lush green valleys and hills.

The place is also famous because of the huge population of monkeys residing there. Do not forget to shop for some delicious homemade chocolates and ornaments from the local vendors on your way to the viewpoint.

Location: 5.5 Kilometers from the Kodai Lake and on the way to the Pillar Rocks.

Timings: 7 A.M – 6 P.M

Entry Fee: Free

Mannavanur lake

Mannavanur lake
One of the calmest places that you can visit on your Kodaikanal 1 day trip is Mannavanur Lake. Its setting is nothing less than a paradise in the form of nature. The picturesque view of the lake would start attracting you as soon as you start driving down the village.

The lake is situated amidst serene meadows and beautiful mountains, making it a perfect point to take some amazing photographs. You can plan for a great picnic with your family, spot and capture some beautiful exotic birds flying freely in the skies and even take a coracle ride to make your visit more memorable.

Location: Mannavanur Village, 34 Kilometers from Kodaikanal

Timings: 9:30 A.M – 5 P.M

Entry Fee: Free

Berijam lake

Berijam lake
Berijam is situated at the old site of famously known Hamilton Fort, lying in the upper region of the Palani Hills. The lake complex spreads over a huge area of 59 acres with the beautiful lake situated in the center. This lake came into being due to the construction of a dam as well as a watershed development program.

The clear blue waters of the lake and the forested surroundings make it a home for various exotic species of flora and fauna, including several species of fish in the lake itself. The lake is open for visitors from the month of October to May and requires obtaining permission from the Forest Department to visit.

Location: Fort Hamilton (Old Site), 23 Kilometers from the City Bus Stand.

Timings: 9 A.M – 3 P.M

Entry Fee: INR100

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory

Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
Built in 1899, this observatory is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. Its scientifically unique location has made it one of the best observatories to study and record cosmic observations. The perfect location of the observatory, at the tip of the Palani Hills, makes it a favorite amongst the visitors.

Moreover, if you are an astronomy freak, you can plan your visit around some cosmic events so that you get a chance to observe the same from such a beautiful location. Also, do not miss a chance to see some of the unique equipment installed there which are used to study the skies.

Location: 4 Kilometers from Kodai Lake

Timings: 10 A. – 12 PM, 2 PM – 4 PM

Entry Fee: Free

Moir Point

Moir Point

This beautiful viewpoint falls on the way to Berijam Lake and is situated near the entry point of the forest which leads to the lake. The forested surroundings and a beautiful view of the valley in front of it, Moir Point has become one of the major attractions of Kodaikanal.

Due to its distance from the main city, this place gets as quiet and tranquil as it could with a bird’s eye view of the small villages situated in the valley. You can also get a chance to visit the Golf Club situated nearby by paying just a nominal fee even if you are not a member.

Location: On the way to Berijam Lake, 10 Kilometers from Bus Stand.

Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM

Entry Fee: INR10


Shenbaganur Museum

Shenbaganur Museum
This one of a kind museum is one of the best orchidarium in the nation and makes your visit to Kodaikanal much more interesting. The museum has a herbarium which holds at least 2500 different species of herbs from around the world. This unique Orchidarium acts as a home to 300 exotic species of trees and flowers.

It also holds a huge collection of beautiful butterflies, moths, mammals, as well as snakes. The museum also gives you a peek into the complete geography of Kodaikanal through its two humongous papier-mache maps. The unique location of the museum along with the great collection of flora and fauna make it a must for every tourist to visit this place.

Location: 5.6 kilometers from Kodai Lake

Timings: 10 AM -11:30 AM, 3 PM – 5 PM

Entry Fee: INR 5
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The beauty of Kodaikanal can only be truly experienced by living close to nature. And the best way to stay as close to nature as possible is by camping.


The campsite is located on the outskirts of Kodaikanal not very far from the main city. Surrounded by pear (nashpati) trees and terrace vegetable cultivation, this campsite is in the middle of immense natural beauty. Amidst a pear orchard, the tents are pitched on a platform beneath a hut style roof and each tent has a restroom and changing room adjacent to it.


The host offers multiple fun-filled activities. You can go for a traditional bullock cart ride for a wildlife and bird watching session. The pears around the area can be plucked directly from the trees. Indoor games like carrom, Chess, snake and ladder, darts, archery, books, and puzzles are available in the activity room. You can even go for trekking, hiking, and mountain biking at additional costs.


You can opt between 3 types of experiential stays.

Double Sharing Tent: Each tent has a restroom and a changing room adjacent to it.

Double Sharing Eco-Friendly Cabins: Each cabin has a private sit-out, attached restroom, and a double bed.

Family Tent: Available on quadruple sharing and equipped with all the necessary amenities.

Note: Accommodation for children below 7 years is free of cost.

Meals: Breakfast and a Barbequed Dinner cooked in local style are included in the package.

Note: Meals for children below 7 years are free of cost.

How to reach?

The campsite is located in Prakashpuram, a short drive away from Kodaikanal. You can easily get public or private transport for the nearest road to the campsite.

Check in: 12:00 PM
Check out: 10:00 AM

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Pambar Falls

Pambar Falls
Pambar Falls is a must in your list of places to visit in Kodaikanal in one day. To reach this spot, you need to trek a little on the steep path which is situated behind the Pambar House. This beautiful waterfall is formed where a reservoir on the Pambar River overflows to join the Vaigai River.

At the end of the falls, there is a naturally formed reservoir which acts as a perfect place to relax with your feet knee deep in freshwater. You can also spot some beautiful butterflies and birds flying around in the skies due to the rich forestation in the region.

Location: 4 Kilometers from Kodaikanal Bus Stand

Timings: 10 A.M – 6 P.M

Entry Fee: Free
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10 December 2018
beautiful trek with astounding beauty. we were group of 10 people and our guide, Ratan was very cooperative. great experience with Thrillophilia.. good team work
10 December 2018
This package by Thrillophilia is a perfect combination of sightseeing and adventure. Though I did not enjoy the sightseeing part very much, trekking through the dense forests was really Thrilling. A good deal for a 2-days break!
It was nice trekking tour and our guide vijay was good.
29 September 2017
"Actually it's not a trek to pillar rocks, it was a nice forest trek near pillar rocks and it was amazing. went in to dense forest with guide Mr.Vijay. He was very knowledgeable and had a good trek with him. Would definitely recommend this trek."
30 November 2016
It was a well managed trekking tour. Our tour guide Michael was also good and a knowledgeable person with complete information of the terrain and treks........
It was an amazing experience. View was good. There were quite a few compromises made. The food was very average. Just Ghee Rice and Weird Maggi which didn't seem edible the next day. However the coordinator was good. He ensured that the trip was enjoyable. I also felt that the cost was on the higher side.. however it is very subjective. Overall, 4star as we still enjoyed which was our main objective.
18 December 2018
Kodaikanal is a very popular destination in Tamil Nadu and we were very happy to go on a camping trip here. The stay was comfy and there were a lot of activities to keep us occupied and entertained, including nature walks and obstacle courses as well. Never thought ill enjoy staying in a tent so much, but it was really a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend people to come try this experience out.
16 December 2018
The price was a bit more that what I'd have liked but after experiencing the whole trip, I was satisfied. They were punctual and attentive. The guide knew the place and stories about the place which made us get insight on the way. The arrangements were appropriate and it was hygienic. The sightseeing was fantabulous. I loved seeing the fields in particular. The view from the Dolphin Nose was spectacular! It was a really nice experience for me.
10 December 2018
the tour operators of Thrillophila took care of everything to make this experience everlasting for us. Burma rope, zip line, wood ramp walk, spider net, wall jump, there were so many activities in such a cheap package. i would love to book again from Thrillophilia.
10 December 2018
Good one. Very close to nature camping site. Liked it very much. Unique tents with hygienic bathrooms. Nice local food. Lots of activities. Funfilled evening. Great group of people. Thrillophilia representatives were there. They were also doing a great job. Hats off to the guides and organizers. Thank you all.

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  1. Is one day enough for Kodaikanal?

    Yes, if you plan out your day beforehand, you can easily cover the major tourist attractions of the whole city, barring a few. You can make your itinerary of the places to visit in Kodaikanal in 1 day, most of which are situated in close vicinity to each other. Check for the opening and closing time for each destination and time required to be able to visit all the places on your list.
  2. How many days are enough for Kodaikanal?

    If you wish to leisurely enjoy each and every tourist spot situated in Kodaikanal, a 2-day trip shall be sufficient to cover every nook and corner of this hill station. However, if you have only one day to spare, that shall also be sufficient to cover up the major attractions. Plan wisely and pick your favorite spots to make your visit worth it.
  3. Is Kodaikanal better than Ooty?

    Ooty attracts a lot of tourist crowds all throughout the year whereas Kodaikanal is much less crowded as well as much less commercialized. Moreover, if you are looking for a place which is closer to nature, Kodaikanal is for sure a better option than Ooty for you to visit!
  4. What we can see in Kodaikanal?

    Kodaikanal has a whole lot of tourist attractions to offer. There are a lot of places to visit in Kodaikanal in one day due to their close proximity. Kodai Lake is the center of all the attractions. There are a lot of scenic viewpoints, waterfalls, along with natural attractions rich in flora and fauna.

    The untouched nature of the Kodaikanal is to die for. If you wish to spend a peaceful holiday in the lap of nature, there cannot be a better pick than Kodaikanal. Moreover, if you are a wildlife enthusiast; Kodaikanal has a whole lot of exotic animal and bird species that can be spotted easily.

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