Wayanad –PRETTY is my choice of word to define this district, a place that offers you picture perfect tea estates, the beauty of coffee plantations that grows on you, both of these co-existing next to each other, arecanut trees and coconut trees to make it look more like a drawing out of a child’s book, unbelievably green mountains that have the perfectly pointed peaks, clouds that play with all of these creating illusions, 5 min rains with 20 min breaks, lakes, ponds, rivers, wet roads, green walls, waterfalls, Oh.. I can go on!
In the 2 days, we visited Banasura Dam, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Vythiri View Point, Lakkidi Village, Pokkode Lake and Soojipura Waterfalls all this as the landscape changed from coffee plants to tea estates and from small hills to large mountains. Most of these are popular spots recommended by locals and travel sites but what we realised is, the routes leading to these popular destinations are unbelievably beautiful, probably more beautiful than the spots themselves. We were very keen on climbing Chembra but the road leading to the mountain was blocked.
We stayed at Wynd Resort(Booked through YHAI at Rs. 1200 per night. But we stayed almost an extra day for free) at Kalpetta which is Wayanad’s main town and is centrally located to let you travel the lengths and breadths of Mayakshetra which became Mayanad and then Wayanad. This map below should help you plan your Wayanad trip well.
Banasura Dam – We took a local bus from Kalpetta to Padinjarathara(23kms) and an auto-rickshaw to Banasura Dam(3kms). Banasura Dam is the second largest earth dam in Asia (a dam built of soil materials such as sand, loam, clay) and a beautiful one at that. There are small island like formations which makes the place look magical. The walk to the end of the dam is a pleasant one. People interested can go on a boat ride. We wanted to get off on one of those islands but they wouldn’t allow and so we decided to boycott the boat ride and enjoy our time watching the water! As we walked back, we found lots of swings midst trees and one of them was facing the lake.
Meenmutty Waterfalls – We lunched at a near-by Mallu Mess (Kerala fish curry meals with fish fry), before we headed out to Meenmutty Waterfalls. This one is nestled deep in the woods and you would need to trek through a dense hill for about a km or more. We were amazed at the force of water. There is a spot where you can stand to experience a bit of that force on you. Must try 🙂
Vythiri View Point – People said it’s a must see and it is beautiful alright, but we are not too fond of viewpoints I guess. So we quickly headed out looking for something we would like and that’s exactly what we found next
Lakkidi Village unplanned treks – We saw a small mud road going up the hill. We got off there and walked up to find many hills on either side. The climb proved to become the best part of our trip! The view from both the hills was so beautiful. But there is a sad thing too. Many of these hills are being chopped off to make way for a new hotel or resort or something else. So you will see construction in pockets which was a put off!
Pokkode Lake – A honeymooners spot, this lake offers peddleboat experience. We had the itch to see what was on the other side and the boat ride was not very expensive and hence we took it!
Soojipura Waterfalls – A very well maintained area, the path to this spot is well laid out. A 1km walk to reach the waterfalls is through a pretty forest and almost a descend. One gets to see the waterfalls from a distance and not really experience it.
The road leading to all these places – I think the beauty lies here! Take a look..
Overall, we loved Wayanad, the food, the people and most importantly traveling in monsoon!
Date: Jul 27 – 28, 2015
Mode of Commute: AC Semi Sleeper Bus from Bangalore to Wayanad and back
Within Wayanad Travel – Public Bus and Auto Rickshaw