Best 1 Day Itinerary for Kodaikanal: Top Places to Visit

Kodaikanal 1 Day Itinerary Overview

Are you planning a trip to Kodaikanal for 1 day? You may be worried about which places to visit in 1 day. Our Kodaikanal 1 Day Itinerary is designed to help you experience the best of this charming hill station in just one day. From breathtaking viewpoints to beautiful lake and lush parks, this itinerary covers all the must-visit spots to ensure you make the most of your visit.

Kodaikanal 1 Day Itinerary


Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu. With its misty hills, lush forests, beautiful lake, best picnic spots, relaxing waterfalls, and much more, people from all over the world visit Kodaikanal every year. If you are living in a busy city and want some relaxation, then Kodaikanal is the best choice where you can spend some memorable time with your family and friends.

If you’re short on time but want to experience the best of Kodaikanal, then our Kodaikanal one day itinerary is just what you need.

Explore Kodaikanal: Must-Visit Attractions in 1 Day ⛰

In Kodaikanal 1 day itinerary, We will visit the below tourist places.

First, start your travel on Kodai Observatory road because from Upper Lake View to Liril’s Falls, you can see all these places.

Morning: Start with Lake View, Rose Garden and Valley View

Upper Lake View 📷

Upper lake view - one day trip to kodaikanal

Upper Lake View Kodaikanal is a popular tourist destination located in Kodaikanal. It is a place where you can see a large lake surrounded by lush green hills and trees. The lake is very big and provides a beautiful view from the top of the hill. Kodaikanal’s prime attraction is the Upper Lake View, which provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding hills and forests. There are lot of the small shops available where you can purchase wood items, Fruit, Snacks etc..,

Location: 2 km away from Kodai Lake

Visiting Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Spent: 20 to 30 minutes

Entry Fee: Free

Read more: Click here to know Upper Lake View

Rose Garden 🌹

rose garden Kodaikanal

Rose Garden is one of the must visit places in Kodaikanal. Spread across an impressive 12 acres of land, the Kodaikanal Rose Garden surpasses expectations with its sheer size and splendor. Surpassing even the renowned Ooty Government Rose Garden, which spans 9 acres, this botanical treasure is proudly owned by the Tamil Nadu Government. In the year 2018, the magnificent Mega Kodaikanal Rose Garden was unveiled, opening its gates to the delight of the public. Different varieties of roses are maintained here. During the season, this garden is one of the best places to visit and enjoy with your family members.

Location: 1.4 km away from Upper Lake View

Visiting Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Spent: 1.30 Hrs to 3.00 Hrs

Entry Fee: Yes, Click here for Rose Garden Entry Fees

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New rules and entry fees have been announced by the Forest Department for visiting Kodaikanal Forest Tourist Places. Please visit the Kodaikanal Forest Entry for more information.

Moir Point 🔭

moir point monument

Moir Point is a beautiful view point situated on the Ten Mile Round Road, about 8.4 km away from the Kodaikanal Lake. It offers a spectacular view of the valley below and the surrounding hills. The place is named after Sir Thomas Moir, who was a collector of Madurai district in the 19th century. This view point is one of the must visit place in Kodaikanal. You can view the beautiful lush green valley, vaigai dam and so on from the watch tower. Tourist can take photos with their family members.

Location: 5 km away from Rose Garden

Visiting Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Time Spent: 30 to 45 minutes

Entry Fee: Yes, Click here for Moir Point Entry Fee

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Mid-Morning: Visit Pine forest & Famous Guna Caves

Pine Forest 🏞

Horse riding in pine forest

The Pine Forest was first established by the British in the early 1900s as a means of timber production. Over time, the forest became a popular tourist spot due to its scenic beauty and peaceful ambiance. The pine trees in the forest are tall and majestic, providing visitors with a breathtaking view of nature at its finest.

The pine forest is a popular location for filming movies and shooting music videos. It’s among the best places for newly married couples to visit, offering opportunities to take photos and enjoy the serene beauty of the forest. Horse riding and photography are the main activities available in this pine forest. However, visitors should be cautious of monkeys and leeches.

Location: 1.4 km away from Moir Point

Visiting Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Time Spent: 30 to 45 minutes

Entry Fee: Free

Read More: Click here to know top things about Pine Forest

Guna Caves 🏞

Top 15 places to visit in Kodaikanal - Root trees

The Guna Caves, also known as the Devil’s Kitchen, is a must-visit destination in Kodaikanal. It is located near Moir Point and can be easily accessed from Kodaikanal. The cave got its name from Kamal Haasan’s film “Guna”, but was previously called Devil’s Kitchen by British officers who saw smoke coming from the cave and believed it was the work of evil forces.

These caves are a must-visit place in Kodaikanal. Every year, numerous people visit these caves. A short walk is required to reach them. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the beautiful valley, caves, and tree roots. It’s advisable to avoid visiting these caves during the rainy season.

Location: 500 m away from Pine Forest

Visiting Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Time Spent: 1.00 to 1.30 Hrs

Entry Fee: Yes, Click here for Guna Caves Entry Fee

Check out: More details about the Devil’s kitchen or Guna caves

Afternoon: Visit Famous Pillar rocks, Suicide Point & Liril falls

Pillar Rocks 🏞

The Pillar Rocks are a fun place to have a picnic. It’s a beautiful spot with a small garden and three big rocks that stand straight up and are really, really tall – 400 feet tall! When you’re here, you feel lots of love and hear a great love story.

Location: 800 m away from Guna Caves

Visiting Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Time Spent: 30 to 45 minutes

Entry Fee: Free

Read More: Click here to know more about Pillar Rocks

Green Valley View 🔭

Green Valley Viewpoint, previously known as Suicide Point, is a special place to visit if you want to see an amazing view and learn a bit about the local history. Even though the name has changed to focus more on safety and the beauty of the spot, there’s an interesting story behind it.

The best part of the visit is definitely the view. As you walk through the busy market with lots of tasty homemade chocolates and souvenirs, you’ll reach the viewpoint and be amazed. Green valleys covered with pine trees stretch out as far as you can see, with charming villages and sparkling lakes. In the distance, the Vaigai Dam adds a touch of greatness to the scene.

The tall rocks around the viewpoint have been there for a very long time, and you can almost hear their stories in the wind. The old name, Suicide Point, tells a sad part of the area’s history. But now, safety measures are in place to make sure everyone can enjoy the view safely.

Look out for the playful monkeys that live there! They’re used to visitors and might try to grab a snack, so be careful. Even though they add some excitement, it’s important to be respectful and not feed them.

In summary, Green Valley Viewpoint is a must-visit if you want to see beautiful scenery, learn a bit of history, and have a unique experience in Kodaikanal.

Location: 1.8 km away from Pillar Rocks

Visiting Timings: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Spent: 30 to 45 minutes

Entry Fee: Free

Lirils Falls 🌊

Liril Falls Kodaikanal is a stunning waterfall located in the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. It is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. The waterfall is located in a lush green forest and is surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills. The sound of the waterfall is soothing and tranquil, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and meditation.

Location: 3.1 km away from Pillar Rocks

Visiting Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Time Spent: 20 to 30 minutes

Entry Fee: Free

Try to visit all these places at least before 3:00 PM so that you can spend a few hours at Kodaikanal Lake and enjoy activities such as boating, cycling, and horse riding. Afterward, return to your home.

Evening: Finally Relax at Kodai lake, Bryant park & Coaker’s walk

Kodaikanal Lake 🌊

Kodaikanal 1 Day Itinerary

Kodai lake is within walking distance from the Kodaikanal bus stand and offers a range of entertainment activities like cycling, boating, horse riding, and shopping. Visitors can also go shopping at the nearby shops selling a variety of items such as statues, ornaments, herbal products, clothes, Tibetan handmade artifacts, gifts, and more.

Read More: Top entertainment activities available in Kodaikanal Lake

Bryant Park 🏞

Kodaikanal 1 Day Itinerary

Bryant Park, located near the Kodai Lake, is a must-visit destination for tourists traveling to Kodaikanal. This botanical garden is easily accessible as it is just a short walk away from the Kodaikanal bus stand. In addition to visiting Bryant Park, tourists can also explore the nearby attractions of Kodai Lake and Coaker’s Walk.

Read More: A complete guide about Bryant Park

Coaker’s Walk 🚶‍♂️

Kodaikanal 1 Day Itinerary

Coakers Walk is a beautiful walking path in the charming hill station of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu, India. It is a man-made walking path which was constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872. The pathway is about one kilometer long and built on the mountains, this place offers beautiful views of valleys, forests, and hills. It is an amazing place where you can spend some time and take beautiful memories with you.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below. I’ll do my best to provide you with a helpful answer.

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