How to get there
Once you get to Tamil Nadu, it's a 3-4 hour drive (km) to Kodaikanal, a popular hill town famous for grassy hills, waterfalls, and forested valleys. From there, it's almost an hour drive to Vattakanal. All road trips are going to be flawless, that I promise. (Taxi from Kodai to Vatta: Rs 300 approx)
If you're in the 'road-tripping' mood, you can even go ahead and treat yourself with the orgasmic scenic beauty that comes on the way from Bangalore to Kodaikanal. (Approx 7 hrs)
Lookouts: If you're planning to travel there with alcohol, um, don't. As you reach Kodaikanal, there's a passive pocket to pocket checking at the check post. However, there are wine shops available in Kodai. You'll find the same thorough checking again when you reach Vattakanal.
Altaf's cafe is basically the center point of Vattakanal. It's a typical hill station cafe where you park your vehicles on reaching as there are no vehicles allowed after that point. All in all, you get good food with a spectacular view of the mountain scenery all around. From suggesting local guest houses for accommodation to providing all the relevant information for hikes, it also serves to be a guide for travelers. There's no real competition to Altaf's since Vattakanal does not attract a heavy crowd. Utter beauty and few tourists, that's the only combination we desire.