It was a beautiful sunny day in Vattakanal and there was nothing on my mind, it was absolute Shanti. I just sat there looking at the log and the beautiful hills behind it. In a distance I could see Kodai. I remembered how picturesque the lights from the town looked last night. Like all my other trips I was lost again, happily in the freshness of the forest. The hills looked amazing, right out of an ancient tale. Just a couple of minutes later, however, I could not see them anymore.
Out of nowhere, I was engulfed in clouds. I could barely see the log, which was probably 10 meters away. I just sat there feeling the cool wind hit my face. It made me smile. The grass and the wild flowers were now alive and all I could hear was the chirping of the birds, the sounds of the leaves, and some powerful music playing at a distance. Things changed so fast in Vattakanal, it felt like you were in a magic show without a hint of whats going to happen next. Although, over the last 100 seconds, my environment changed drastically, there was something that did not change a bit: I still had nothing on my mind, it was still absolute Shanti. Such is the beauty of Vattakanal.
Best time to visit: Anytime of the year, but the winters here are just to special.
Accessible from: Kodaikanal is a 40 minutes walk from Vattakanal. Its easy to reach Kodai and the Kodai-Vatta walk is refreshing.
Something extra: Muscaria is risky. And carry a torch at night, lots of Gaurs in this village.