Top things to do in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Top Choice Cafe in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Cafe Cariappa

A caffeine addict's dream, this rustic-chic wood-panelled shoebox of a cafe crafts fantastic brews from its own locally grown organic coffee. It also does homemade carrot cake, crêpes, sandwiches and fresh juices, a…
Top Choice Indian in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Hotel Astoria

This pure-veg restaurant is always packed with locals and tourists, especially at lunchtime when it serves fantastic all-you-can-eat thalis.
Multicuisine in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Cloud Street

Why yes, that is a real Italian-style wood-fire pizza oven. And yes, that’s hummus and felafel on the menu, along with oven-baked pasta and homemade cakes. It’s all great food in a simple, relaxed, family-run settin…
Multicuisine in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Ten Degrees

Honey-coloured wood and monochrome Kodai photos set the tone for tasty, elegantly prepared Indian and Continental food. It does mouth-meltingly spicy wraps, homemade-bread sandwiches, burgers, salads, sizzlers, egg-…
Lake in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Berijam Lake

Visiting forest-fringed Berijam Lake, 21km southwest of Kodaikanal, requires a Forest Department permit (₹250). Taxi drivers will organise this, if asked the day before, and do half-day 'forest tours' to Berijam, vi…
Multicuisine in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Altaf's Cafe

This open-sided cafe whips up soulful Italian, Indian and Middle Eastern dishes including breakfasts and sabich (Israeli aubergine-and-egg pita sandwiches), plus teas, coffees, juices and lassis, for hungry travelle…
Multicuisine in Kodaikanal (Kodai)


Definitely the place to come for a splash-out buffet-dinner fill-up: a huge variety of excellent Indian and Continental dishes in limitless quantity. Lunch is à la carte.
Viewpoint in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Coaker’s Walk

Assuming it isn't cloaked in opaque mist, the views from paved Coaker’s Walk are beautiful, all the way down to the plains 2000m below. The stroll takes five minutes.
Bakery in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Pastry Corner

Pick up oven-fresh muffins, croissants, cakes, cinnamon swirls and sandwiches at this popular bakery, or squeeze on to the benches with a cuppa.
Arts & Crafts in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Re Shop

Stylish jewellery, fabrics, cards and more, at reasonable prices, made by and benefiting marginalised village women around Tamil Nadu.