Welcome to the cafe above the clouds,Altaf's.

Altaf’s Cafe

Alta‘s cafe  is  located  in  Vattakanal  which  is   8  kilometres  away  from  Kodaikanal  and  one  can  reach our cafe  by  taxi  or a  beautiful walk  if  you  are  adventurous.  We  are  known  for  our  middle  eastern  cuisine  but  we  also  serve  continental food, we  make  our  hummus  and  tahini  from  scratch as  well.

We  cater  to  large  crowds  as  well  with  our  Barbeque,  make  sure  to  book  us  in  advance for  a  sizzling  barbeque.

Come  on  down  to  visit  us!

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+91 9487 120 846

+91 9629934889

Altaf's Cafe

Altaf's Cafe, Dolphin Nose Road, Vattakanal, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

+91 94871 20846 .9629934889


Monday - Friday: 9 am - 9 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 9 pm

Sunday:  9 am - 9pm

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About Us

Our Chef and Staff


Our staff come from all the corners of India and we are more like one big family.  Our caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us.

Special Events and Catering


We provide a catering service that includes barbecue's, please schedule with us one week prior to the event.We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event. 

Seasonal and Local


We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That's why we source our fresh ingredients from local farmers'.Go local!



The Hindu

" Away from Kodai town, inside the quaint pocket of Vattakanal is Altaf's Cafe, a booming restaurant offering Middle-eastern and Italian cuisine. Instead of the mundane rice and dal, it's indeed refreshing to dig into a set meal of hash baked potatoes, jam and butter toast and cheese omelette. After all the sight-seeing and shopping rounds, Altaf's is a place to put your feet up, soak in the faraway hills and lazily sip on a mug of hot chocolate. “I first came to Vattakanal in 2004 with a group of Israeli backpackers. I had worked at an Israeli restaurant in Goa and was an expert in Falafel. I used to set up a shop dishing out the roll wherever I went,” says Altaf Hussain, who belongs to Shimoga in Karnataka. “In 2006, I chose Vattakanal and set up this restaurant to serve the large number of foreign tourists visiting the place from December to March every year.” 


The Hindu

" Another must-do in Vatta is a visit to the quaint little Altaf’s café, a cozy restaurant perched on a cliff that offers Israeli and Italian cuisine. Altaf’s is an Utopian setting for artists, singers, music lovers, writers and anyone who nurtures love and passion for some creativity. Between bites of the pita with chickpea sauce (Humus) and puffs of cigarettes, one could see them discuss philosophy. Some also play the Guitar or the Didgeridoo in the evenings."