Though I travel to Kodaikanal very often, I never prefered to stay in the same place twice. Every time I try to visit a new place. I visited Kookal once, a village far away from the city and fell instantly in love with the beauty of the village. From then onwards, whenever I go to Kodai, villages are my favourite destination other than crowded and boring tourist spots. This time, my destination in Kodaikanal was Vilpatti, a village very near to the town but very beautiful. There is nothing much to do or see in Vilpatti. If you are a person who doesn’t want to fall in the tourist traps of Kodaikanal, who likes to spend some time in a peaceful place, who adores forests, sunsets and the misty mountains; then Vilpatti would not disappoint you.
Vilpatti is a panchayath which includes few other hamlets like Kuridasimeth, Kovilpatti, Pallangi etcetera. Agriculture is the main economic activity in this area, the crops include potatoes, beans and vegetables. Steep hills are turned into farmlands by step farming.
I reached Kodaikanal on a Saturday morning. From there, another 30 minutes journey took me to Kovilpatti, a small settlement very close to Vilpatti. Last time when I came to Kodaikanal, I visited Kurusadimeth, which is on the other side of the mountains.
The climate was cold since it is winter. I spend the day roaming around the village. Occasionally fog came and wrapped the valley, bite me with a sudden chill. Watching the valley getting clear after the fog is scenic.
The evening was magical, the sky turned into a beautiful canvas of colours. My cottage was on top of a hill, I got the best views of the whole valley. As it turned night, millions of stars lit up in the sky. It was beautiful. In Kodaikanal, I always had the best night sky. Sitting with friends around the fire and watching those stars is my favourite thing to do here.
The people here in these mountains are very friendly, another reason for my love for these villages. Unlike in the town, where we are often chased by taxi drivers and tour guides, in the villages, we are completely free. The people in the village will welcome us wholeheartedly, share their stories and we feel like the part of the village. It was little difficult for me to come back.
How to reach Vilpatti
Vilpatti is just 7 km from Kodaikanal. It is very easy to reach. Buses are very frequent, you won’t find it difficult to get a bus from the bus station. You can also hire taxis, they will charge around 400-500 INR. I suggest you to take a bus instead of taxi so you can save some money.
If you like to explore a new place by walking, then you can walk up to Vilpatti village from Kodaikanal town. The road to Vilpatti is easy to walk.
Accommodation in Vilpatti
There are many cottages in and around the village of Vilpatti. A little search in the internet can help you to find the right type of stay you look for. During weekends and festival time, it is always better to book your accommodation in advance. There are few resorts which provide camping, trekking etc.
Things to do
There are not many things to do in Vilpatti. You can spend a day or two here simply roaming around the village, talk to people, eat from local restaurants, learn about the life of people.
You should not miss the sunsets and sunrise here. The evenings are beautiful. Nights will be cold, perfect to watch the stars.
So that’s all about this small village, hence a small blog post. I suggest you find some time to explore these villages if you are in Kodaikanal. It will be a different experience, and you will definitely like it.
Also, read about the trek to Vellagavi village, another small village perched on the Kodai hills.
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