Every hotel in the village has its own in-house restaurant and bar where you can gorge on some fine preparations throughout the day. For an even more indulgent experience, dine on the viewing deck in the cold climate.
PS: Some hotels may need your dining orders to be placed in advance, so do inquire about the same while checking in.
Apart from the in-house restaurants, there is only one restaurant in the town, which is called "Althaf Cafe". For all those of you who wish to experience a different side of Vattakanal, this is the place to visit. The restaurant is bustling with activity throughout the day and is the perfect place to socialize while feasting on some fine Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. Be it Hummus, Aloo Parathas, Ginger Lemon Tea or Pancakes, you can get everything here to satiate your hunger pangs. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating areas which give you stunning views of the valley. The soothing trance music that plays here is a cherry on the icing.
A journey to Vattakanal is a great way to unwind and relax away from the hustle-bustlte of the city without shelling out too much. The entire tour cost us just over Rs.4000/person from Chennai.
PS: For those of you who have motion sickness, it might be a good idea to keep some medicines handy. The road is full of turns and is pretty steep.
Have you been to Vattakanal before? If so, do let me know how your experience was, in the comments section below!