Best Time to Visit Kodaikanal | The Carlton 5-star Hotel in Kodaikanal

Best Time to Visit Kodaikanal

A mesmeric hill town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is celebrated for its sparkling cascades, emerald valleys and lush landscape. People visit the hill station to escape the daily hassles of life and embrace its serene environment. Its clement weather makes it a year-round favourite tourist destination across the seasons.


Although this city can be visited throughout the year, the best season to visit Kodaikanal is in the winter season. If you love the cold season, this hill station transforms into a winter wonderland from October to March. A cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace against the backdrop of cloud-kissed summits is a satisfying comfort that is an experience in itself. As the temperature drops, the ethereal Kodai Lake becomes a sight out of a fairytale!

view of a lake surrounded by greenery
a person opening a box containing hot momos

The mist cloaks over the lake and makes it look even more heavenly. During winters, when the sky steers clear of clouds, stargazing is one of the most sought-after activities to do in Kodaikanal. Another reason to visit the hill station during the chilly weather is the famous Tea and Tourism Festival, taking place every January, where people can taste and buy the many flavours of this delicious beverage. And when it comes to food, the many Tibetan food joints dotting the hill station serve flavoursome comfort food that warms you during the nippy weather.


Between April and June, Kodaikanal witnesses a relatively warmer period. It is considered the best time to go to Kodaikanal as it is perfect for those who cannot handle too much of the cold. During the summertime, the lakes have rowing competitions, and streets are filled with people cycling and taking in the views. As the sun shine bright, the hill station blossoms with colours. It is also a great time to take advantage of trekking paths like Bear Shola Trek, Dolphin’s Nose & Echo Rock and Pine Forest Trek. Some of the most wondrous locations to visit during the sunny weather include Green Valley View, Dolphin’s Nose, Kodai Lake and Bear Shola Falls.

people boating across a river
a panoramic view of a hill station during monsoon


If you are a pluviophile, you will love Kodaikanal during the rainy season! With the downpour, you can see the different colours of green across the hill station. The lush emerald fields bloom with freshness, which resuscitates the town to be more energetic and vibrant. The fog-covered peeks, paired with the rich petrichor, make Kodaikanal a paradise for honeymooners. Fairy Falls, Kodai Lake, Glen Falls and Byrant’s Park are some of the sites that become alluring during the rainy season.

As you explore the scintillating vistas of Kodaikanal, make sure to pamper yourself to a cosy stay at The Carlton. Offering three different categories of rooms, four unique dining options and bespoke services, The Carlton aims to create a sojourn like no other!