A Road Trip to Wayanad — In the Land of “God’s Own Country”
Recently I had a road trip to Wayanad with friends. And it was one of my best trips I have ever been to. I couldn’t stop myself to share it with you all. Wayanad is a unique kind of destination with so many explored, unexplored, less explored destinations and it’s impossible to explore it thoroughly in a leisurely trip (Especially if you are planning it as a weekend trip). But still we tried hard to cover as many places as possible.
About Wayand -
Before talking about the trip, let me brief you about Wayanad. Wayanad lies beyond the most exquisite imaginations of any explorer. It is a small district in the north-east of Kerala state in India. Yes, Kerala, which is known in India as “God’s Own Country”. Wayanad is very less urbanized with three Municipal towns, Kalpetta, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery. Wayanad has seen a recent tourism boom and is now one of the most popular tourist destinations of Kerala. It is the only district in Kerala that shares its borders with both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states.
About the trip -
I live in Bangalore, Karnataka. The road distance from Bangalore to Wayanad is approx 300 km. We started at morning 06 ‘O’ clock. And as it is the season of Monsoon, the weather was quite blissful. And the roads were absolutely smooth except few places.
We took NH275 (Bangalore-Mysore Highway) where we crossed few small districts like Ramnagara, Channapatna, Madduru, Mandya and Srirangapatana. At Gundlupet, we took right to Mysore-Ooty road (NH212). After approx 50 km of ride, we entered into Bandipur National Park. Elephant and Deer herds crossing are a common sight here.
In Wayanad -
Ideally it takes five hours to complete the distance of 300 km but we took little more time. Because enjoying the astonishing sight scenes was our main motive :)
Places to Visit in Wayanad -
Wayanad is a rich nutrient to your perpetual curiosity and a challenge to your wanderlust. Wayanad is among the few places of India which are highly buzzed but ironically least explored. Geography of Wayanad district comprises dense forests with rich flora and fauna, elevated hills of Western Ghats, Islands, Serene Rivers, natural lakes and appeasing dams…almost everything for a traveler’s delight. There are numerous places to visit in Wayanad. We visited few of them -
- Soochipara Falls -
Soochipara Falls is one of most elegant water fall I have ever seen. As you can see in the picture. It is almost 22 km from Kalpetta. The sounds of flowing water will blow your mind and the view will make your day. While going to falls we crossed the valley of beautiful Tea Garden and the view literally mesmerized me. You can also enjoy trekking in Soochipara falls.
2. Chembara Peak -
If you are an admirer of soothing natural beauty and if you love to have an adventure trip, then Chembra Peak in Wayanad, will be a perfect stop for you. Eight kilometer from Soochipara Falls, near to the town of Meppady, lays the highest peak in Wayanad, the Chembra Peak (2,100 m). Chembra peak adjoins Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu and Vallarimala in Kozhikode. From the town of Meppady you can reach the peak through walking. The peak is visible from almost all parts of Wayanad. This place is an ideal destination for trekking activities. You have to take prior permission from the Meppady forest office before going for a trek at Chembra Peak. It will take at least three hours to reach the top point of Chembra peak. On the way to this peak, you can sight a heart shaped lake, which is said to have never dried up. It is one of the topmost attractions of this peak. This lake is known as ‘hridhayathadakam’.
3. Pookode Lake -
Next we visited to Pookode lake, it is 30 kms from Soochipara Falls and as you can see the picture the view was absolutely blissful. We did boating in the lake. It has a fish museum and also we enjoyed fish spa at only 50 bucks. And trust me It’s worth ;)
4. Banasura Sagar Dam -
Our next destination was Banasura Sagar Dam. It was 26 kms from Pookode Lake. And after seeing this I never wanted to come back. This lustrous view stole my heart. Who would want to come back from a such a place. This was the last destination we visited during our trip.
Food in Wayanad -
Well, being a coastal area (though Wayanad doesn’t have any sea beach) It has very good variety of Sea food. And Malabar cuisine is the most famous cuisine in Wayanad. We enjoyed Malabari Fish fry, Chicken Curry and many more. If you are a sea food lover, you will taste the most delicious Sea food in Wayanad.
There are many more places to cover and more things to explore in Wayanad but due to short time spam we could have been to these places only. And as I have already mentioned, it’s impossible to explore Wayanad thoroughly in a leisurely trip. But something should be left out to visit again. Right?
I will be back soon with a my new Travel story. Till then enjoy few more pics of lustrous beauty of Wayanad.