Kodaikanal

#1 Jan 5th, 2015, 03:32
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What is the cheapest way to travel from Delhi to Kodaikanal are there any busses available? If yes how much would the tickets cost? Asking for a friend. Thanks in advance
#2 Jan 5th, 2015, 10:05
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Take a train from Delhi to Dindigul and then a bus to Kodaikanal.
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What is the taxi rate for local sight seeing in Kodaikanal?
#4 Apr 19th, 2017, 10:09
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If you are on a budget, there are these group tour vans - they charge typically 300-400Rs per person per package (day package 10am-4pm).
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Thanks @Ravichandar.

How much would a taxi like Indica would charge for a full day exclusively for us.
Also, can we decide on what we can see and plan the itinerary or is the itinerary fixed by the taxi person
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Custom tours may cost a little more, but I think Indica type taxis doing fixed trips cost around 1500 per day.
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Do we need a permit to Berijam lake if we use the forest dept provided bus. The plan to take a cab till the check post and then use the forest dept bus. Does this plan require a permit.

Is Berijam Lake worth it?
#8 Apr 21st, 2017, 07:34
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Hi,

Berijam lake as of now is with very minimal water and its not so great as projected all over. We visited 2 weeks before and as we went in our own car , rushed towards the moyar view Forest check post around 8.00 am ( we are 4th in the Que) and at 9.30 , we got the pass (Totally 25 vehicles are given the pass per day) and tourist operators grabbed 8-9 passes out of the total quota( they too waited in the line)
NOTE: Unlike olden days, all private vehicles need to report at "Moyar View point" for Berijam pass and there is NO PASS provided at Kodaikanal DFO Office,

Forest dept vehicle (20 seater - 3 Vans this season) First trip starts at 9.30 am (1.5 hours it takes cover to cover the full circuit) and the last trip starts at 2.30 pm ( Berijam lake tour starts at Moyar View point forest dept checkpost).
NOTE: As Only cars and vans are allowed, when we visited, there are 3-4 Tourist bus load of tourists and the first trip of all 3 forest vans were fully occupied by those folks. So Plan accordingly OR else you may need to wait for the vans.

Also private vehicles were stopped at 1 km before the berijam lake and we need to walk to the lake but Forest dept vehicles were allowed till the lake (hence no walking needed).

If you want to visit off-beat places, plan out Poombarai Village + Mannavanur Village (Eco project + Govt Rabbit Farm --> This is super scenic with great vista and a semi dried up lake) . We also visited Vilpatti and pallangi (Nice scenic route and pallangi is the dead end with peach trees , plum trees etc - Nothing to see as such but as we like offbeat places we visited just like that).

If you need more info, Please post

Velu
#9 Apr 21st, 2017, 17:02
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I have visited Kodaikanal 3 years back. I visited most of the tourist places. I missed the Berijam route. I am planning to visit Kodai again. I just don't want to waste my time and energy visiting places that aren't good. (I made this mistake last time around in Kodai)
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How good is the Silent Valley View on the way to Berijam Lake.
How good are the roads leading to Berijam Lake? You had taken your car. Is it advisable? How is the traffic?
When I went last time, the Observatory was closed. What can we do in the Observatory? (apart the exhibit/museum)
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That's the first stopping point in berijam circuit. when we visited, it's full of fog and we are not able to see anything.
Roads are ok and as only 25 vehicles + 3 forest dept vehicles allowed, there is not much traffic as such
Observatory we skipped.

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