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Things to do

Vattakanal is a small vibrant village located along the cliff edges of Palni Hills lined with soulful cafes and amazing views. Here's highlights of this beautiful place whenever you feel like stepping out! Our Dostel Managers are also explorers and one of the best guides you can find!

Street Food

Places to See


Hike to Dolphin's Nose

a half an hour hike from the Dostel, It provides exhilarating views of the kodaikanal mountains.


Hike to Vellagavi

Located amidst the undulating forested terrains of Western Ghats, there are no roads in this hamlet, and the number of temples far exceeds the number of houses! Perhaps, that is the reason why the inhabitants of Vellagavi refuse to wear any footwear, in reverence to the local gods, who cohabit the area with their devotees.


Hike to the Vattakanal Waterfalls

Located at the entrance of Vattakanal, this waterfall is one of the most easily accessible site around kodai. For more secret ones, talk to us ! ;)

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The Tree Walk

Know the local flora and fauna of Kodaikanal and the history of landscape change of these mountains of western ghats.Join this informative hike where you will walks through kodaikanal major spots watching important trees.


Kookal hike

Away from crowded tourists, this little village is a haven for those seeking peace. Some secret hikes are available for those wanting to go beyond.


Moongapallam Trek

A tribal village in the middle of nowhere. At 1200 M it is the highest beat in Udumal malai Range. Surrounded by dense forests and waterfalls, it is not for the faint hearted. Drop a message to us to arrange a trek if interested.


Hike to Pillar Rocks & Guna Caves

Less than hour away from dostel you can hike to explore rocks that look like massive pillars in the sky along with Guna caves and Pine forest which will leave you mesmerized.


Trip to Momin valley

Momin valley as famous between the israelis is originally called manavanur is possibly one of the last remaining grasslands in palni hills. Its an hour drive from vattakanal and is known mostly for... ahem!! 



Possibly one of the best mountain villages in India. The views from Pasiflora is amazing, a cafe overlooking the village on the road with amazing coffee and italian cuisines.

For other secret spots.. Ask Dostel!

Places to Eat

Places to Eat


Altaf's Cafe

The trippiest cafe & best middle eastern cuisine in South India. Altaf has travelled across India and learnt from the best when he decided to open a cafe in vattakanal back in 2007.


Above & Beyond Cafe

something to try for a change with amazing views.


Kodai Haven

They have an organic kitchen with decent menu.


Astoria Veg

Authentic South Indian veg Restaurant.

Indian Food


Miss home made food? Arasi is known for her chutneys and authentic south india delicacies. She has lived all her life in vattakanal, and probably is one of the best food maker around in Kodai.


Sunrise Cafe

Ahmed, Brother of Altafs runs this small restaurant. If you are a North Indian stuck in South, and miss chapatis.. order here.


the Pastry Corner

Best cakes and bread in town.



Their burgers have no match.

Trip to Momin Valley

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Pillar Rocks

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The only and the hippest hostel in town with an accommodating staff which is an experience in itself. Best suited for backpackers, bikers and solo travelers looking to connect with other souls. The staff is knowledgeable and 



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