“W” in #AtoZChallenge
The name Wayanad is derived from ‘Vayal Nadu‘, where Vayal means Paddy and Nadu the land, making it a “land of paddy”.
When we made this trip, I was staying in Bangalore. Which meant, I would be passing through the Mysore and Bandipur National Park to enter Wayanad.In recent years, Wayanad has become a must-go for the long weekend from places like Bangalore.
Bandipur national park
It is very common nowadays to spot elephants and deer while crossing this park. Please refrain from honking and give some peace to the animals here.
I was so excited to travel through the forest after reading all those travelogues mentioning about the animal crossing etc.
And we were not disappointed, had the chance to look at those majestic tuskers and deer.
The other side of the park, you enter into Sulthan Bathery. Do not miss to have a nice curry mean [Fish] here. Add to that, the food is less expensive in here.
We stayed at a resort in a place called Panamara. There are literally many places around Wayanad to visit – Pookote lake, sunrise valley, Chembra peak, Edakkal caves, Soochipara falls, Meenumutty falls and many more… We managed to enjoy few of them.
The day actually started for us with an authentic Kerala breakfast with puttu, kadala curry etc. We planned to go to Pookote Lake. The route to the lake was so good. I was enjoying my drive through the hills and estates and reached Pookote late. The lane to the lake was so narrow and was little difficult to reach the parking area.
If I remember right, the entry ticket for the video camera was 10 times more than the regular digital camera. Do they know that in today’s world the digital camera is as good as a video cam? Anyway, if you have one – pay for it.
We took the rowing boat since it had a staff who rows the boat and we thought it would help us to relax rather than spending our energy.
It was worth it. The staff was kind enough to allow us to try the rowing and we did. Was good. I saw the Lilly in the pond and wanted to reach out there to take one. But he said he is supposed to pay fine if he rows to that place. Not sure if he was right. But anyway, he did took us there and here is the pic…
The Chembra peak is around 2100m above sea level and it is a perfect spot for the trekking lovers. Once you reach there, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Wayanad. And especially the most famous lake in the shape of the heart!
The route to Soochipara was really awesome. The entire route was like you climb several hills and cross several hairpin bends etc. But it was so nice. But only thing is, I could see 90% only Mahindra jeeps with people flooded in it. Normal cars are very less. Seeing the route it made more sense too. After we reached the peak, I parked the car near the shops.
From here, we only have 2 options to go further down either by walk or by Jeep only. Take the Jeep ride if you are looking for some adventures. Yes, the way they drive on those steep roads. Real worth I would say. The road to the falls was so steep that ONLY a 4×4 could climb that.
And one side its steep fall. Nothing to block. But in spite of this, the drivers drive it so professionally. If you are afraid of height, then better not to peep out of the jeep. After the final destination of the jeep journey, again you need to climb down by foot for 10-15 min. The falls is untouched by humans and hence not much safety things are done. The moment you step in there, you could hear the hissing sound of the falls. The snow-white falls was visible through the trees. It so ferocious.
The reach of the falls is also not easy. The step is so steep. Only 2 people can walk in parallel, its so thin pathway. But after you reach the falls, you will feel its worth the strain.
Just managed to reach the water pool in front of falls. Water so cold but was ok after some time. Had a good play in the water and we returned to Panamara.
Remember to carry a binocular so you can help yourself in spotting colorful birds. And when you plan to visit the tourists place, do plan a bit early. Else, it could get really crowded and add delays to your day’s plans. Also, keep an umbrella handy, as these areas are prone to rains.
My theme for the April 2018 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the places I have been to. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter X?
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