Dec 08, 2023
Dec 08, 2023
by Ankur Ghosh
Our Wayanad trip was planned from 4th to 6th of September. After looking at all the options on how to reach this picturesque spot, we thought the best option will be to take a cab from Bangalore to Wayanad. We booked the cab from a local travel agency called Geotourists in Bellandur. The cab driver as it appeared later was fluent in Malayalam and provisioned with enough knowledge about Wayanad.
The travel of 280 kilometers lasted for close to 6 hours. The highlight of the travel was the mind boggling passage through the Muthunga Wild Life Sanctuary. The serpentine road penetrating the endless green of the forest was a site to watch. Unfortunately there were no elephants which ususally roam in plenty to greet us by the side of the road.
We were put up in the Isaac's hotel in the heart of a town called 'Sultanbatheri'. The hotel had spacious rooms and great service and was quite worth its charges. Our driver had already told us that Wayanad can not be covered entirely in two days and we had to make a call on which all sites will be eliminated from our list. The first hit were the temples.
Erakkal caves was 14 kilometers from the place we put up, and due to its close proximity we decided that was what we are going to visit first. The car stopped 1.5 kilometers from the actual cave, following which was a very steep walk to the caves. The road to the caves had great view and both sides of it were lined with shops selling local made jewellery, chocolates, tender coconut, and other eatables. As we approached the caves the walk almost started becoming a climb. Finally we had to almost trek our way into the caves. The trek to the caves was treacherous and not advisable for the faint hearted.
Next was a small museum where the artifacts mostly belonged to Kerala tribals and their history. We did not spend much time there since we had other places to cover. The road to the Suchipara and Meenmutty falls were closed because of monsoon and unfortunately two of the coveted places had to be curtailed. We went to the unplanned Nilimala point. Its a couple of kilometer drive into the wilderness from where you can see the Meenmutty falls roaring down the hills. Directly opposite to the Nilmala point was the beautiful hill station of Ooty. The foggy hills along with the site of the roaring waterfalls and the flowing Chaliyar river at a distance made for an ethereal view and erased all the disappointment of not having watched the Meenmutty and Suchipara from close.
The Pookot lake was like any other lake and boating on it was not half joyous an experience as it was with the Nilimala point.
Next day we went for a trip into the depth of the Muthunga sanctuary, a trip long awaited. It lived up to our expectation as a herd of rein deer passed by the forest jeep that we had hired. Following it was a herd of byson which we felt was dangerously close to our vehicle.
Wayanad is one of the most famous tourist destinations of South and it seemed quite justified why it is so. A trip to Wayanad will surely satiate a nature lover with the delightful natural wonders that it has in store for them.
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|Nice representation of wonderful experience. Buck up.|
|Well written both from factual & literary point of view. Encourages the reader for a trip to Wayanad.|