Vattakanal is not just a place, it is an emotion. Situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, it is often described as the lesser known sister of Kodaikanal. ‘Vatta’ in Tamil means circle and ‘Kanal’ means forest, which explains how Vattakanal is a paradise made of forests in circles, where you may get lost physically but it also has the strength to lift you up spiritually. A place very close to nature, with a variety of flora and fauna, Vatta is home to these 6 things - huge pine trees, wild bisons, clouds below & above you, Israelis, mushrooms and Altaf’s Cafe. As intrigued as you are by now, let me get it straight that Vatta is not for everyone. Choose wisely.
DAY 1, Friday - Overnight journey to Kodaikanal
DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Vattakanal - Sightseeing - Dolphin’s Nose - Echo Point - Altaf’s Cafe - Overnight in Vattakanal
Day 3, Sunday - Proceed to Kodaikanal - Sightseeing - Vattakanal waterfalls - Saleth Matha Church - Coaker’s Walk - Bryant Park - Kodai Market - Kodai Lake - Return back
Begin your journey on a overnight train, bus or make it a road trip from Bengaluru. Unless you have an experienced driver, do not take the car - roads are winding, bad lights in the night, and you lose sleep. Best option is to take the bus from Majestic or Madiwala in Bengaluru & spend a peaceful 8 hrs in the bus to find yourself in Kodaikanal early in the morning. It would cost you around 800 INR. Make sure you don’t miss out on the last halt the bus drivers take, somewhere in the ghats, and you can have a quick filter coffee to get the magical essence of the place Kodai is. Next, ask the driver to drop you off at the stop from where Vattakanal is closest.