Wayanad is a district in Gods Own Country Kerala. It is situated in the north part of Kerala. There are several places to visit in Wayanad which includes few water falls, Caves, Dam, Viewpoints, reserved forests and many more. .
We left bangalore at 7am. We had planned to visit Edakallu Caves and Meenmutty Falls on the first day. Reached Gundlupete via Mysore at 1.30pm. We had fresh and sweet Watermelons on the way which were directly brought from the farm.
|Muthunga reserved forest|
We took diversion from Gundlupete-bandipur route towards Sulthan Batery via Muthunga reserved forest which is the extention of Bandipur National Park. Riding through the reserved forest was a relief from the very hot Bangalore-Mysore-Gundlupete road. We were in Sultan Batery at 2.45pm and searched many hotel for vegetarian food and finally we managed to find one.
|Edkal (Light btwn two giant rocks)|
|Crowd @ Edkal Caves|
Edkal Caves are just 10km from the Sultan Batery and we were at the base of cave in no time. Parked our bike and trekked over a km to reach the ticket counter(Entry ticket). There were many visitors waiting to get the ticket as it was long weekend. There was a long queue to get the ticket and enter into the cave. After a couple of minutes wait we managed to get entry in to the cave but again there was a traffic jam as the path was narrow and many tourists were waiting to return.
Edkal means Sun rays entering the cave between two giant rocks(thus the name Ed-Kal). We spotted the place and it was time to get back. Ours was the last batch entering the caves as it was already 5pm.
We bid goodbye to the caves and our next place to visit was Meenmutty falls but as it was getting darker we wanted a room in the nearest town Kalpetta. After searching lot of lodges finally we managed to get one for double the original price since it was year end. and we had not booked earlier Eventhough the lodge is empty these people cheat everyone by saying that they are full. Its better to book well before we visit the place.
|Boat @Pookat Lake|
|Road to Dam|
Next morning we first visited Phookat lake which is 10km away from kalpetta. This is big and a beautiful lake. The lake also has peddle boat, motor boats. But we preferred to take peddle boat. After 20 minutes of jovial ride we headed back. Next place was Banasura Dam-The largest earth dam in India. The ride to the dam was worth remembering. Excellent tea estate landscape, curved roads in good condition makes a deadly combination for bike enthusiasts like me..!!
|Boating @Banasura Dam backwater|
Banasura Dam is a wonderful place and should be in not to be missed list. The backwater offers speed boat facility also. We were unlucky as there was a long queue for speed boat. We decided not to wait for our turn and headed back.
As we left the dam we were misled by one signboard which read "Meemutty Falls - 3km". As the falls was in our list we headed to the falls. Took one guide to reach the falls as the falls was away from the parking point. But for our bad luck the falls turned out to be fake Meemnutty falls where we supposed to go...!!!! Finally after wasting valuable 1 and half hour we returned back.
|Height of Accuracy..!!|
|Way to Soojipara|
Next day early morning we left for Kuruva Island which is about 50km from Kalpetta. The ride was horrible. with no proper road to the place. And the place turned out to be even worse..!!! I would suggest not to visit the place ever..!! We hardly enjoyed the place and decided to leave for bangalore.
When we reached Muthunga Reserved forest we encountered heavy rain and no place to hide. We took rest at the border checkpost but the rain was in no mood to leave us. Finally we reached Mysore @ 6pm all wet. Decided to stop in Mysore for a night and extend the tour by one day.
Of all the place we visited it was Edkal caves, Soojipara falls, Pookat lake, Earth Dam were good and ofcourse our own Ranganatittu was very good.... We missed out on trekking Chembra peak which is near Soojipara falls which will be conquered in days to come....
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Toured Date: 25,26,27th December 2009
Members included: Anand Vardhan, Ravi Hegde, Shreesha and Myself
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|Wayanad(Kerala) Bike Ride|