Love birds are you planning for a vacation ??
Do you want to get detached from the daily life schedule and get lost loving, caressing each other then Vattakanal is the best place to be.
Vattakanal is a beautiful hill-station near to the more famous Kodaikanal. It is considered as the sister of Kodaikanal, lying just 4km away. Vattakanal is actually famous among hippies backpackers all around the globe especially from Israel.
We Tripjodi visited Vattakanal just after the Okchi strom on our Avukkutan (Bajaj Avenger Cruise)
The way from Coimbatore to Vattakanal was itself a great experience. We passed through famous Palani temple, the roads were all zig zag and after every hairpin bend the alluring valley view was getting more and more thrilling, as an icing on cake, the climate was were superb with thick mists and rain drizzling .
Things to do in Vattakanal
Like most of the other hill stations you do not have to rent/hire a taxi/scooter to see different places. All the attractions lie in walkable distance.
Some of the interesting things that couple can do in Vattakanal.
1) Stay at Shafa Resorts :
For couple a safe stay is a matter of constraint, so was it for us. There are few resorts and one among them is the Shafa resorts. This resort is present between pear tree farm with beautiful wooden cottages, the view from balcony is marvelous. We sat for hours watching how beautifully the sky colour and white moving clouds are giving a spectacular color to the valley.
Its really amazing to spend few days in those wooden cottages with your better half with no one to disturb and the view of sun rays kissing the horizon is an ever lasting memory ( there is no proper network in the resort )
2) Dollphin nose point :
Near to Shafa Resort there is a trek trail path of 30 minutes that leads to one of the famous attractions of Vattakanal , The Dolphin nose point. It got its name as it has a rock extend ending outward of the mountain edge that resembles the dolphin’s nose.
If you area adventurous couple just like us then standing on the edge of Dollphin nose rock is something that shouldn’t be missed.
3) Eco Rock :
Going ahead in the same treck trail for 8 minutes you will reach the Eco point from where you can see a majestic cliff and a valley view.
As the name indicates, shout out your loved ones name and hear the cliff repeating it back.
4) Altaf Cafe :
Heading back from the Eco point is a strenuous trek. Taking regular breaks and climbing up was our strategy to control our heart beat. I was exhausted climbing up and was hungry too, to gain energy we had delicious food from Altaf’s cafe which lies in the entrance of the trek trail.
Altaf cafe serves mostly Middle East, Isralian cusines , there are other restaurants near by that serve Indian and chinese as well.
5) Vattakanal Waterfalls :
There are very few waterfalls that not only look amazing but are safe to go near and play in. Vattakanal waterfall is one such waterfall.
As it was just after the rain that we visited, hence could witness the waterfall streaming at its full fledged.
6) Romantic Cliff:
Just a five minutes walk in between the pine forest from the Shafa resort is an oval end of a cliff from where we can see kodaikanal floating on white flowing clouds and blue sky above.
7) Magic Mushrooms :
Other than its natural beauty, there is some thing that attracts the youngsters and foreigners its none other than the psychedelic mushrooms popularly known as magic mushrooms. They can be found grown every where and these are available 365 days. Not only magic mushrooms we could find different varieties of mushroom on the trek trail. So be careful because some mushrooms are poisonous.
This is not the magic mushroom, you can find lot of varieties mushrooms in Vattakanal.
Vattakanal is getting popular as “Little Israel”. From the month of October till march many number of Israilis travel and stay here for more than a month. They are very much attracted to this noncommercial hill station with magic mushrooms available anywhere. We came to know that during Israilis season localities divide their homes into two and lend the other half to the the Israeli visitors at a cheaper rate.
Really we loved Vattakanal a lot, and are planning to visit it again on summer. We guarantee you that this place is not only suitable for hardcore travellers. But also is suitable for those lovely couples who want privacy and are searching for a hide out to spend some time with their loved ones.
*There are network issues. Your phone may not work , and this makes Vattakanal a getaway
*Its very cool at night and drizzling can occur any time so have umbrellas/raincoat/sweaters with you.
*You don’t have to pay for any tickets in any of the above mentioned view points.
*Be careful when you are visiting, as its not a commercialized places. The view points are not enclosed with any kind of fence and there is no security man to warn.
*Spotting a wild Bison is a common thing, so be aware of it
Location : https://goo.gl/maps/GL7r2PuLwkB2
How to Reach : you can get public transport till Kodaikanal. Vattakanal is completely disconnected, hire a cab from Kodai to reach Vatta.
Budget : Shafa Wood houses 2000 INR per night. Food 200 Per Day. Petrol 900 INR