Eating Our Way Through Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

It was under a vermillion sky that we landed in this hilly retreat, Kodaikanal, lovingly Kodai, literally translating to ‘gift of the forest’.

We were particularly entranced by the little pop-up eateries; one weekend and six meals later…

Tredis Tea Room – Chanced upon by luck, this semi-outdoorsy restaurant is a delight. The smell of fresh pancakes and flavourful tea has our heart, always.
Must try: Mint tea

Potluck Cafe – With proceeds going to underprivileged children, this coffee house has to be the coziest of the lot with a minimal menu, two tables and a balcony.
Must try: Mayan hot cocoa

Cloud Street Cafe – Their wood fired pizzas and homemade pastas are second to none, in these parts. The warmth of the space rendered a profound warmth in our souls against the dropping temperatures outside.
Must try: Creamy potato soup

Pastry Corner – A gem of a find and the pride of Bazaar Road, this tiny shop makes the most decadent chocolate brownies, cakes, pasties and luscious fruit ice creams.
Must try: plum ice cream and cake

Astoria – Vegetarian comfort food at its best, an afternoon in this eatery sure did us good.
Must try: South Indian veg thali

Cafe Cariappa – A tiny coffee shop overlooking the abounding Sunday market in all its glory. What a visual treat!
Must try: Organic cold coffee

“Felt our lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery; air, mountains, trees, people, and thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’”

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