The hill station of Munnar is renowned for its lush greenery and mist-covered tea gardens. Vattavada, another village nearby, also offers equally beautiful views to visitors. However, in contrast to the natural scenery of Munnar, Vattavada’s attractions are its thriving vegetable farms.
Situated 45 km from Munnar on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, Vattavada is largely a Tamil village at an altitude of around 6,000 feet above sea level.
With pleasant weather around the year, Vattavada witnesses a steady flow of visitors. Moreover, a distant view of the village where step cultivation is practised along the hill slopes resembles a picture postcard. Visitors can spend a day in Vattavada before heading to other destinations such as Kodaikanal, Top Station, Mattupetty, Kanthallur and Meesapulimala.
Travellers to Vattavada have to enter their details and that of the vehicle at a Forest Department’s checkpost before venturing into the road to the village. Ahead is a flat area covered with thick forest, and there are no houses along the way.
A tribal village where both Tamil and Malayalam are understood, Vattavada is populated by farmers who cultivate various crops throughout the year depending on the season.
For visitors planning a stay, there are a number of comfortable resorts.