Our God's own wayanad!
Day 1 karlad lake - Banasura Sagar Dam - Meenmutty waterfalls
Hey folks! I'm Godwin Gabriel https://www.instagram.com/godwin_gabriel/ and here on this travel blog iam going to share about the amazing experience i had with my friends in God's own country. We started off finally after alot of planning,we took the west coast train(train no.22637)from Chennai to kozhikode, we boarded the train at 11:30AM, we bought biryani for lunch and we had it ,we reached coimbatore later where we met our friend,he bought us sumptuous dinner.At around 11:45PM we reached Kozhikode.We took an auto from the station for Rs.50 we went to the bus stand actually from kozhikode it took 3 hours to reach wayanad(Kalpetta) we reached at 3AM and from kalpetta we took an auto he charged us Rs.50 please note that during the day time the charges are lesser than what they charge during the night time.We reached Hibernest(the hotel we had booked) at around 3:30AM.The hotel is located in a dense forest area and it's very isolated and it has a noiseless and peaceful surrounding.We went and slept for sometime,woke up and got ready at 7AM
we had booked a tavera,for per day he charged Rs.2500 max 150km/s in that car we went for sightseeing we reached karlad lake at 8:30AM the entry fee was Rs.30 there was Zipline,boating,rock climbing,etc. We had yummy jackfruits there.From there we went on to the Banasura Sagar Dam this Banasura Sagar Dam, is part of the Indian Banasurasagar Project consisting of a dam and a canal project. The goal of the project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in a region known to have water shortages in seasonal dry periods.It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia. The dam is made up of massive stacks of stones and boulders.The Banasura Sagar Dam is named after banasura, the son of Mahabali who was a very respected king of Kerala.we went for boating to be specific on a speed boat,we went on horse rides and saw alot of water snakes.To go to the dam we need to take a vehicle and for that we ought to pay Rs.10.We had pani Puri ,Maggi noodles and juice there.Again for going down we had to take the same vehicle.Moving on to the next place,we went to Meenmuty waterfalls, Meenmutty Falls is located 29 km from kalpetta in wayanad district in the state of kerala,india. It is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 300 metres.Meenmutty is a combination of malayalam words Meen (fish) and Mutty (blocked). Meenmutty Falls can be reached thorough a 2 km hike though the jungle from the Wayanad-ooty road.Meenmutty waterfalls are dangerous during rainy seasons due to high inflow and many people have drowned since 1991.The entry ticket to that place was Rs.30 for adults for the people who wished to bath they had a side path where they had to move and for the people who were there to witness the waterfalls they had too trek 1.5kms obviously we wanted to trek,it was so steep and we took lemon soda,butter milk and mango slices which were dipped in vinegar.There we're allot of reptiles and insects we saw wild snail,red coloured flies,etc it was so hot and sunny at the same time it was very narrow and steep we were desperate to reach the top.We saw the place and came back down.We went to a restaurant we had chicken and beef dishes at reasonable prices.For 3kms we walked after a tiring day we just wanted to have a lite dinner so we bought bread and eggs at a shop as we thought of making our dinner that day we planned to make bread and omelette ,we stopped by a tea shop,while having tea there a man started a small conversation with me his name was Mohammed Ali,we exchanged personal informations and we told him about our visit to wayanad we became friends certainly,he gave us a driver's number to contact for the next day plans of visiting chembra peak.We left to d hotel we made dinner and had that was the experience of day 1 in Was,it was absolutely amazing
Day 2 chembra peak - soochipara falls
We woke up at 4AM and left at around 5AM by auto to chembra peak that auto man was very friendly and his name was mustafa,we were supposed to be there in chembra peak by 7AM to gain entry and we reached meppadi town where chembra peak is located there we were asked for help by a man named Sitaraman,he had come from Bangalore he wasn't allowed to use his car to go to the peak and he joined us ,we also took two more people with us they had come from Boston.We took a Jeep,it costed us Rs.900 it takes roughly 4.5kms from the starting point to reach chembra peak before going they checked our bags for each plastic bottle we payed Rs.50 there were lots since we took many energy drinks along with us.One valuable tip which I can offer you is to take protein bars and energy drinks along with you before going for trekking to keep up the stamina.Moving on to the trekking part we payed Rs.700(10ppl).Chembra Peak is the highest peak in wayanad, at 2,100 m (6,890 ft) above sea level. Chembra is located near the town of meppadi and is 8 km (5 mi) south of kalpetta.Visits to this peak organized by 'the Chempra Peak VSS' under the control of South Wayanad Forest Development Agency, guides are provided for trekking. Chembra Peak is accessible by foot from Meppady. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides and trekking equipment on hire charges to tourists.Permission from the forest office in Meppadi is required for trekking up to Chembra Peak. A heart shaped lake on the way to the top of the peak is a major tourist attraction. The lake is believed to have never dried up. You can find the lake halfway to the peak, after getting to the lake need to trek through about a km or two of dense trees. A 5 km (3 mi) journey from Meppadi town through tea estates to Erumakkolli.While we were trekking it was so slippery the rocks were very slimy and it seemed dangerous that place was sunny and hot there were guides at certain points to guide us finally when we toiled hard and reached the top we saw the heart shaped lake it was an epic splendid sight there were a lot of beautiful fishes we could see d entire wayanad from top we saw wild elephants we spent nearly 2 hours taking pictures then we started climbing down but climbing down was much easier.We got into the Jeep and went to visit the nearby tea estate and from there we booked 2 autos and went to soochipara falls there were shops near the falls we ate some sandwiches and went to the falls to bath the water was icy cold and very forceful, the rocks were also extremely slippery.We had left all our valuables with the automen Mustafa and Anand,the things were very safe they took care of it very well.They took all of us to a nice hotel there we had butter beef curry ,chicken roast, fish and a lot more then we returned back to the hotel room.
Day 3 Edakkal caves
We woke up at 6:30AM ,took an auto at 8AM we went to wayanad church spent sometime there inside the church and we went to have breakfast we had appam,pazhampori and mutton stew.From there we left to see krishnagiri stadium it was a cricket stadium which was 2100ft above sea level and it had the capacity to hold 20,000 people.We moved to Edakkal caves,it opens at 9AM and closes at 4PM on Mondays it's closed.Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km (15.5 mi) from kalpetta in the wayanad district of Kerala in India's western ghats. They lie 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above sea level on Ambukutty mala near an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar coast. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BCE,from the neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region.The stone age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from South India.We had bread omlette and bamboo rice payasam at phantom rocks there we bought spices like corn powder,cardamom,etc there were a lot of shops.Then from there we were off to Karapuzha dam.Karapuzha Dam located in the wayanad district of kerala , is one of the biggest earth dams in India. Karapuzha Dam is located in the greenish and natural regions of wayanad,kerala on the Karapuzha River, a tributary of the kabini river. Construction on the dam began in 1977 and it was complete in 2004. The purpose of the dam is irrigation and it left and right bank canals are still under construction.we saw a big garden which was near the dam and there we ate fried fish which was so delicious and we went to wayanad heritage museum.Wayanad Heritage Museum, also known as Ambalavayal Heritage Museum is a museum at ambalavayal, 12 km south of sulthan bathery, in Wayanad district, Kerala, India. It is managed by the District Tourism Promotion Council. The Museum displays tribal relics and artifacts. Four sectors of the museum—the Verasmruthi, the Gothrasmruthi, the Devasmruthi, and the Jeevanasmruthi—house different types of items ranging from the Neotholic age to the 17th century, including artifacts from ordinary tribal life, decorated memorial grave stones once used to adorn the graves of heroes, and terracotta figures.After having a gaze at the museum we left to the hotel to check out we went by an auto for per day we paid Rs.2000 then we went from hibernest hotel to kalpetta we could see the lakidi view point while going down it took 3hours by auto and went to the beach ,had dinner at a restaurant named zum zum we again got back to the beach after dinner and spent some time there finally it was time for us to leave,we went to the kalpetta station at 1:30AM and reached back Chennai.The wonderful trip came to an end but I have acquired an endless addiction for wayanad I just loved everything about the place, the food,the people and atmosphere was awesome I was blown away by everything literally.I Wish to go back to wayanad again!
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