Train can be a good option to reach Kodaikanal. The nearest railway station is Kodai Road which is about 80 kilometers from Kodaikanal. Coimbatore being a junction is well connected with metropolitans such as Delhi (Kerala Express), Kolkata (Guwahati Express), Bengaluru (Kochuveli Express, Trivandrum Express), Mumbai (Kanyakumari Express) and Chennai (Duranto Express, Nilgiri Express, and Cheran Express). Nevertheless, Kodaikanal is well connected by railways with other small and big cities all throughout India.
The nearest airport is at Madurai, which is around 120 kms from Kodaikanal. Madurai Airport is well connected through airways with prominent cities like Coimbatore and Chennai. Coimbatore is the nearby major airport which is connected to various cities in India and rest of the world. This could be good option for all those who prefer luxury and comfort of travelling by air. Cab services are available from the airport, thereby making it easy for travelers to reach their hotels and other major tourist destinations.
There are plenty of tourist bus services available to reach Kodaikanal from major cities like Pune (1466 kms), Hyderabad (985 kms), Chennai (504 kms), Bengaluru (463 kms), Trivandrum (342 kms). Tourist bus services offer many deluxe and AC luxury buses to and from Kodaikanal. The road network is well maintained and offers a smooth and comfortable ride for passengers. Besides, tourists can avail regular and deluxe bus services, operated by both private and state transport corporation at most nominal rates.