Wayanad Trip

Posted: December 2, 2008 in Travel
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I could not pen down our experience on Wayanad trip due to work pressure. I was waiting for some free time but came to know, after a long time though, that if I postpone something, I’ll continue to postpone forever. [Wow! I am speaking philosophy nowadays. 🙂 ]

Anyway, let me start with a shot summary of the trip:

Date: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2008

Places:

Day1 -> Edakkal Cave, Meenmutty Falls, Lakkidi viewpoint

Day2 -> Pookot Lake, Banasura Dam-The largest earth dam in India

We felt our previous trip [to Kodaikanal & Munnar] involved lots of travelling, which we felt is the only disappointing thing in the whole trip and we decided to keep the distance in mind for future trips. The result is here, less travel, more fun. 🙂

The distance between Bangalore and Wayanad is 255 kms, which means around 5 hrs of journey. So, we started off from Bangalore at 11pm on 29th Aug, 08. Reached our destination early in the morning, around 5:30am. It was still dark and we struggled hard to find a Hotel to get fresh. Somehow we managed to finish all our morning rituals with the help of an unknown person over there, and we all are thankful to him.

Before moving on to the main tourist attractions, here are some warm-up pics for you.

Wayanad

Wayanad

Cool Wayanad

Cool Wayanad

Day 1:

We started with Edakkal Cave. Normal tourist vehicles are not allowed to climb up the hill, so we have to stop at a point, which is around one and half kilometer far from the cave. From there you can rent a private jeep or walk by yourself. We chose the later option and this walk through the forest turned out to be one of the fantastic experiences in this trip, the reason being the journey itself which takes us through some beautiful twists and turns, ups and downs.

On the way to Edakkal cave

On the way to Edakkal cave

Welcome to Edakkal Heritage

Welcome to Edakkal Heritage

Way to Edakkal cave

Way to Edakkal cave

Our final Destiny

Our final Destiny

Not an easy task though

Not an easy task though

After a walk of half an hour, we reached the Cave. Couple of pics taken from this point:

Amazing!

Amazing!

)

One more Amazing pic.. 🙂

Inside the cave, you will find a Guide who will teach you the history of this cave. According to him, this cave is named Edakkal Cave after this BIG rock hanging at the top.

Edakkal (Rock)

Edakkal (Rock)

You will also get to see some old scripts/sketches on the rocks inside. See whether you can understand the language. 😉

Old script inside the Edakkal cave

Old script inside the Edakkal cave

From that guide, we got to know that we can trek up the hill and he assured that its not a big deal as the distance to be covered is just around 300mtrs. But it turned out to be a tough one as none of us were prepared for trek. It took roughly 1hr to touch the peak. But at the end, we were paid for all the pains we went through. Worth watching Mother Nature beauty!

Beauty!

Beauty !

Sky meets Earth at an infinite distance! ;)

Sky meets Earth at an infinite distance! 😉

After this, we thought of heading to Meenmutti falls. But, there was a small debate in our group, lunch first or falls first? After so much of discussion, only half of our group headed to the falls. By the way, this is also not a cakewalk. One can reach the falls after a 3-4 kms walk into the dense forest. But there is a short cut, 1.5km, which we came to know from one local guy, who charged some money though. One more trek! As this is second trek of the day, we were like broken, tired like hell. But once we saw the dangerous beauty of the falls, we forgot everything. Wonderful!

Meenmutti Falls

Meenmutti Falls

Better see the clipping itself:

But the only negative point, I felt, is that we cannot go into the water. 😦

Anyway, moving forward, after the lunch, we headed to Lakkidi viewpoint. When we reached the point, It was bright and bit sunny. But as the time passed, we all witnessed a vital change in the scene, slowly fog was coming into action. Gosh! Beauty at its Best. One cannot explain this experience in words, at least I cannot.

Lovely view!

Lovely view!

Can you see the U turn down there?

Can you see the U turn down there?

Now you do not see, rite? ;)

Now you do not see, rite? 😉

Cool fog coming from a distance!

Cool fog coming from a distance!

Wow!

Wow!

Breathtaking!

Breathtaking!

After this, we came back to Kalpetta, hoping to get a good Hotel to stay. But we didn’t. With the help of a hotel receptionist, we got to know that there are few rooms available in some hotel of Vythiri. We booked them immediately over the phone and started off towards the same. It wasn’t a hi-fi hotel as we expected but who cares? All of us were jus waiting to hit the bed. But one advantage of staying in Vythiri is that, our next destiny, Pookot Lake is just 2km away from here.

Day 2:

Got up a bit late, reached Pookot lake by 9:45am. And we all fell in love with it at the first sight itself. 🙂

Breathtaking view of the lake. We thought of waiting for some time so that the picture gets clearer but who was having patience? We were excited about boating, soon got the tickets and there we go. It was completely covered by mist and one could hardly see the other. I just can’t express how much we enjoyed the ride. Once we finished the ride, I captured the view like this.

Pookot Lake!

Pookot Lake!

After the ride, we moved here to have breakfast.

Canteen at Pookot lake

Canteen at Pookot lake

And then, we saw that the fog is slowly drifting away, and we could see the full face of the lake. Small yet, Gorgeous!

Silent Beauty!

Silent Beauty!

One more view!

One more view!

No comments!

No comments!

From here, we moved on to Banasura Dam-the largest Earth Dam in India. Its around 15km from Kalpetta and we reached there around 1’O clock in the afternoon. Here also there is Boating facility but we didn’t go as we had done the same in Pookot Lake. And more over, we had planned to start back journey by 3pm. Here are few pics from the dam.

Banasura Dam

Banasura Dam

Water view!

Water view!

Nice view from the dam

Nice view from the dam

From here, I guess we came back to Kalpetta, had lunch and started back to Bengaluru nearly 4 in the evening.

Well, this brings us to the end of a beautiful trip and to my writing as well. Hope you didn’t get bored, who cares if you did also..?? 😎

Never mind, just kidding. 😉

Anyway, hope you find this post bit useful, and comments are always welcome.

Follow the below linke for more pics of the trip:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gangadharkk/sets/72157607120042470/

Suggestions:
* Don’t miss the trekking at Edakkal Cave.
* Apart from Meenmutty Falls, there is one more near by falls with the name Soochipara. And I suggest to go for Soochipara if you have to make a choice between these two, as in Soochipara, you can go and enjoy in water which is not possible in Meenmutty.
* Make sure that you visit Pookot lake early in the morning or in the evening.[I mean cool time. 🙂 ]
* Last but not the least, better to book the hotels in advance. Otherwise you may or may not get the one of your choice.

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Comments
  1. Sameer says:

    Hi Le Gan,

    Amazing man, you pen it down very nicely.

    Regards,
    Sameer L.

  2. Vivekanand says:

    Hi Gan,

    Nice writing dude. After going through I felt like I was with you on the trip !!.

    Two Thumbs UP!!

    Regards,
    Vivekanand

  3. Gangadhar says:

    Thanks guys..
    Your comments only keep me going.. 🙂

  4. Shajad says:

    Really nice Gan…
    Even me went through the place , while reading :))

  5. Shyamjith says:

    Excellent photographs & nice post. Hey, would like to share my experience of my travel to Kannur. I stay at Bangalore and decided to enjoy the scenic beauty of KERALA by visiting, Kannur and Wayanad. RingCab.com [ http://www.ringcab.com ] , helped me to realise my dream. They are amazing, too customer friendly, thought of sharing good useful info my fellow travellers.

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