Kodaikanal...The mystic south indian heaven..

Tripoto
18th Jul 2018
Photo of Kodaikanal...The mystic south indian heaven.. by Shiva Kumar Bashetti

Over the last year, I’ve been to quite a few hill stations. There are numerous weekend getaways around Karnataka, Kodaikanal is one of them. Located in Tamil Nadu, this hill station is quite famous and here in this Kodaikanal Travelogue, I’ll take you through with me. After Ooty, also located in Tamil Nadu, this definitely is the second best in South of India. Although, Chikmagalur isn’t bad

A bus ride at night landed us in the scenic beauty of Kodaikanal. We were glad that our hotel was just around the corner of the Kodaikanal City bus stand. Having refreshed ourselves, we headed off for our breakfast before embarking on our journey

Being a tourist place, you’ll have a sea of drivers and tour guides vying for your attention as soon as you’re out of the bus, or any restaurants. We decided not to use the guided tours and instead walk and trek our way to different suggested spots which Kodaikanal had to offer. Stopping regularly for innumerable photoshoots from time to time

Photo of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Shiva Kumar Bashetti

Vattakanal

Stories of a little village outside Kodaikanal, known as Vattakanal, had found their way to us during our travels and after spending one night in the main hill station of ‘Kodai’, we made the move up the road to the more remote settlement of ‘Vatta’. Up here there is little to do but enjoy mountain life

Getting to Vattakanal

We got a bus to Kodaikanal from Madurai and once you get to Kodaikanal you can take a taxi to Vatta. You can also walk or rent bikes locally if you’re feeling energetic.

Staying in Vattakanal

With a few short treks around to go on, most people rent a small house or apartment type setup and relax in the social atmosphere of the village leaving now and then to walk around the hills. Vatta is known as ‘Little Israel’ by the locals so don’t be surprised if they greet you with a “Shalom” instead of a “Namaste” Our first night we stayed with two of our Israeli friends whom we had met in Varkala a few weeks earlier. We then sought out our own space and found a little gem above a lovely Indian family.

Photo of Kodaikanal...The mystic south indian heaven.. by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
Photo of Kodaikanal...The mystic south indian heaven.. by Shiva Kumar Bashetti

Getting to Vattakanal

We got a bus to Kodaikanal from Madurai and once you get to Kodaikanal you can take a taxi to Vatta. You can also walk or rent bikes locally if you’re feeling energetic.

Staying in Vattakanal

With a few short treks around to go on, most people rent a small house or apartment type setup and relax in the social atmosphere of the village leaving now and then to walk around the hills. Vatta is known as ‘Little Israel’ by the locals so don’t be surprised if they greet you with a “Shalom” instead of a “Namaste” Our first night we stayed with two of our Israeli friends whom we had met in Varkala a few weeks earlier. We then sought out our own space and found a little gem above a lovely Indian family.

Photo of Kodaikanal...The mystic south indian heaven.. by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
Photo of Kodaikanal...The mystic south indian heaven.. by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
Photo of Kodaikanal...The mystic south indian heaven.. by Shiva Kumar Bashetti
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