Top ChoiceCafe 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...

Top ChoiceIndian 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 falafel on the menu, along with oven-baked pasta and homemade cakes. It’s all great food in a simple, relaxed, family-run...

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,...

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,...

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...

Multicuisine in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Carlton

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.

Viewpoint in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Pillar Rocks

About 7km west of town, these towering boulders have jaw-dropping views to the Tamil Nadu plains below.

Museum in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum

In the grounds of a former Jesuit seminary 4km downhill east of town, this museum has a ghoulishly intriguing miscellany of flora and fauna put together over more than 100 years by priests and trainees. Displays...

Continental in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Muncheez

An always-busy hole-in-the-wall turned contemporary lounge with a signature-plastered bar, Muncheez is all about a short, simple menu of wraps, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. Some fillings have delicious Indian...

Viewpoint in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Dolphin's Nose

A narrow rock lookout overhanging a precipitous drop, with views of the valley below. Follow the trail to it for 15 minutes from Vattakanal, or walk all the way from Kodaikanal (4.5km).

Indian in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Tava

Cheap, fast and clean, pure-veg Tava has a wide all-Indian menu; try the spicy, cauliflower-stuffed gobi paratha or sev puri (crisp, puffy fried bread with potato and chutney).

Park in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Bryant Park

Landscaped and stocked by the British officer after whom it’s named, pretty Bryant Park is usually full of tourists and canoodling couples.

Viewpoint in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Moir's Point

Less visited than other nearby viewpoints, Moir's Point is 13km west of town and has lovely views across the plains.

Supermarket in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Spencer's

Convenient supermarket selling fresh Pastry Corner treats.

Viewpoint in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Green Valley View

Green Valley View, 6km southwest of Kodai centre, has spectacular views to the plains far below.