Vattakanal - An abode of Clouds
For my 27th birthday, I wanted to visit western Ghats. As, I have spent so many important dates in the Himalayas, this time I was sure I am going to South. So I booked my tickets to Bangalore, without deciding where I'll go from there. I had the options of Coorg, Kerala, and Kodaikanal. I was 90% convinced for Coorg but on the day when I had to board my flight, I spoke to a friend of mine just randomly and he said just go to Kodai and you won't regret it.
Best. Decision. ever. Even though I had to travel by road for quite a time but the journey was as beautiful as my destination. It was all so beautiful that we ended up staying a few days more than I had planned. The beautiful highways of Tamil Nadu are something you should not miss if you ever get a chance to travel there.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE VATTAKANAL:
Vattakanal is better known as 'Vatta' by the villagers that observe a large number of Israeli tourists who flock there from October onwards. Vattakanal lies about 7 km from the more famous Hill station of Kodaikanal in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu at an elevation of about 6600 feet above sea level. It is a relatively under explored hamlet in the Kodaikanal hills. Vattakanal attracts lone backpackers and hippies from across the globe. Some people have a liking for the place as they believe in Vatta flows a spiritual energy.
Everyone at Vatta walks in a reverie, immersed in a world of their own.
HOW TO REACH VATTAKANAL:
If you are traveling from Delhi or any other part of India (except Bangalore) then you can fly to Madurai. Vattakanal is 120 km from there. Then you can hire a taxi or check for buses.
If you are traveling from Bangalore, you have got the best option. You can take an overnight sleeper bus and reach Vatta in around 10 hours.
BEST TIME TO VISIT VATTAKANAL:
June to September: The monsoon season, primarily the months of July and August, can be tricky. However, the beauty of rains and fresh air is best felt during this period. September is a great month to travel because it doesn't rain much and the weather is ideal for sightseeing.
WHERE TO STAY IN VATTAKANAL:
We stayed at this amazing place 'Altaf's cafe' that offered a spectacular view. So we took this apartment that had two rooms, one kitchen, and a huge terrace. Our room had a fireplace too. But we preferred our bonfire under the stars, on our terrace. It kinda becomes every night's ritual while you are in the mountains. The owners were really sweet and helped us with woods on the extra charge of course. But I am sure, we couldn't have found a better place there than Altaf's.
I stayed in Vatta for almost a week and then continued my journey to Mysore where I visited beautiful Chamundi Hills on full moon night. And then it was Bangalore for a day too.
If you are looking for someplace that is secluded and filled with good vibes and energy, I can not suggest you a better place than Vattakanal.