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A temple to bring them all together, and a jungle to mesmerize them - BR Hills near Bangalore !
Gudi wilderness camp On your way to BR Hills, you have diversions to the more famous ShivanaSamudra waterfalls; both of them ( Gaganchukki and Bharachukki )....
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174 Kms from B R Hills
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Another mistress of spices of the South, dominated by Arab and European influences. The city's main attractions are Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Mishkal Mosque and Tali Temple and Beypore Beach. Nature lovers will enjoy solace and silence at Payyoli Beach, Tusharagiri Falls, Kozzhippara Falls, Thikoti light house and Peruvannamuzhi Dam, while Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery cater to art and history enthusiasts with its brilliant artefacts and paintings. If you are interested in buying pottery, sculptures, murals and ornaments, Sargaalaya is the place where skilled craftsmen display and sell such items. Mananchira Square, built by the Zamorin during their reign, consisting of a serene park and pond, is perfect to relax in the evening after a tiring day of sightseeing, while a walk in Janaki Forest offers a serene experience amidst its dense trees and their taciturnity. For a taste of local cinema try out the old school Radha Theatre, a pre-independence era theatre which plays local movies everyday. Places such as Kingsbay, Bombay Restaurant, Dhe Puttu, Salkram and Hut and Bun Club are famous for non-vegetarian, vegetarian and bistro dishes.Read More
DAY 9 : Mangalore to Kozhikode
Kozhikode BeachThe Kozhikode beach is a clean and well kept beach and is a preferred place to hang out for those who love to observe sunsets. The Kozhikode Beach also is home to a lighthouse and sea piers that are over a 100 years old. Other important attractions on the beach are the Lion's club and the children's park.
But still we thought we missed something. We had an extra day and had the options of lazing around all day or go for a quick trip. To our amazement, we only had to go 80 kms to find the serenity of a sea beach. Kozhikode, or Calicut as it is fondly called, was waiting for us with heavy rains and mesmerizing views.
So it was a day trip to Calicut where i stayed at one of the most stunning resorts...Kadavu ayurveda and Spa resorts..Let me tell u that they give the best massages...I headed straight to the beach... and there it was the perfect sunrise... and just the right amount of silence I needed....refreshing trip indeed
Kozhikode ([koːɻikːoːɖ] ( listen)), also known as Calicut, is a city in the state of Kerala in southern India on the Malabar Coast. Kozhikode is the third largest city in Kerala and is part of the second largest urban agglomeration in Kerala with a metropolitan population of 2,030,519 as per 2011 census. The city lies about 380 kilometres (236 mi) north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
This town is also know as Calicut. The beaches and temples are the highlight of this town. This town is also the first place where Vasco Da Gama had landed for trade from Europe. There is a direct train which will take you back to Mangalore(40 kms from Udupi). There is a direct train which takes us back to Udupi
121 Kms from B R Hills
Best time to visit - January,February,August,September,October,November,December
There are places that don't need a description and there are some that just can't be defined. Wayand is certainly the latter and a visit there will justify this belief. Marked by stunning waterfalls, green fields, small hills and enviable flora and fauna, Wayand is what traveller dreams are made of. You don't need an itinerary for this one since any place you head to is an adventure in itself, though for the sake of clarity, Chembra Peak, Soochippara Water falls and Sunrise Valley are spots you simply can't miss. Wayand is also an exporter of cardamom, pepper, vanilla, coffee and pepper. You may catch a glimpse of coffee plantation and spice fields while exploring this lovely city. Do include Kuruva Island in your itinerary for its unreal beauty. Situated alongside Kabani river, it's the ideal picnic spot and there is no better way to spend your day in Wayanad than enjoying the bliss here. For foodies, Wayand is a delectable surprise and if you are in the mood to experiment, this is a great place to start. As for a place to stay, Wayand has recently become home to boutique hotels and guesthouses that will definitely add to your holiday experience. Read More
We left early the next day feeling satisfied that we had spent a good weekend at a beautiful plantation like Parisons. Connecting my phone to the stereo system in the car, we began our journey back to Bangalore leaving the peace and serenity of Wayanad behind us.
Well this was planned much in prior. We knew that it wasn't the best time to travel Wayanad but we anyways wanted to experience the rainfall. We started from Bangalore after completing our work and getting exited as the travel approached closer. Me and my friend boarded a bus form Madiwala late night so that we could make up for our travel time. It took us around 6 hours to reach Wayanad in the morning by 5am.
My friends and I, arrived at Priyadarshini Tea Estate one morning with the rains. As I opened the door of my car at the guest house, Bindu – a tourism manager greeted me with a pleasant ‘Namaskaram’. We were escorted to the dining hall for tea, but we chose to be seated in the portico of the guesthouse to enjoy our cup of tea with biscuits. I had a cup of black tea, to enjoy the freshly brewed tea at its best.Priyadarshni Tea Estate is a co-operative society that was formed in 1984 for the rehabilitation of the bonded tribal people, particularly from the Paniyar tribe, of Wayanad district. Around 400 tribal people were rehabilitated here from different parts of the district. The tea factory which manufactures CTC tea was established in 1993 with a production capacity of seven lakh kilograms per year. The factory had shut down due to financial reasons in 2005 but from 2007 after a new management had taken over, the output had increased and now it can be considered one of the best tea estates in Wayanad. Priyadarshini Tea Estate also has pride of being the second largest tribal resettlement project in Asia. Apart from manufacturing tea, the Estate is also venturing into tourism by inviting guests to stay at the guest houses in the estate. The factory also boasts of a tea museum which provides interesting facts on the history of tea globally and in India.The walk to the tea factory is through a part of the tea garden. I was in awe of the beauty of the smooth carpet of bright green with the Silver Oak trees arranged neatly in rows. I could also see tea workers plucking the tea leaves. And as I passed close to a few of the homes of the workers, I could see the children playing and waved out to them. They waved back excitedly as well.The strong aroma of tea was unavoidable as we approached the factory. Our guide Bipin, who had accompanied us from the guest house, was explaining to us the process of the manufacture of tea as we walked through the factory. It was a very interesting learning for me to know about how CTC Tea is processed, since I do drink tea and have always wondered how it is manufactured.We were back to the guest house after visiting the factory, a renovated estate bungalow, for a late lunch. The lunch served was simple and very good. In the evening we were supposed to go for a trek on a route on the border of the tea estate and reserve forest, but due to the sighting of a wild elephant in that region by the workers, the trek had been postponed to the next day. Although the sighting of the wild elephant would have added to the thrill of the trek, citing safety concerns, my childish excitement had been diminished.I was woken up, the next morning, by the sound of heavy rains and the realization that the trek might get cancelled, again. Once the rains had stopped, we did go along the route by jeep. I could see the tea workers getting ready for their day of work. As the jeep drove uphill, I could see the clouds descending on the surrounding hills in that range. We reached the peak of the hill and got off to get enraptured by the beauty of the place. The border where the tea estate ends and the reserve forest begins was very distinct. One side a smooth and well maintained bright green and the other side untamed with varying shades of green. The sun played hide and seek while the group and I stood to admire the beauty. On the drive down, we stopped by a mango tree that was supposedly 300 years old. The tree was very tall with a wide girth. There were no mangoes this time since the tree bears fruit every alternate year.After a filling breakfast, the group and I bid good bye to the team that had taken good care of us at the guest house.Till date, I have only driven through tea estates. But staying in one, although it was for one night, was none the less a soothing experience. The sighting of the wild elephant would have definitely added a thrill to my stay.
Located at the foothills of the Chembra Peak, this villa lets your mind unwind, relax and reconnect with nature to the maximum. Wake up to some breakfast in bed, and grab some tea opening up to an excellent view towards the mighty Chembra peak, forest and the tea gardens near by.
Do check the temperature rating on the sleeping bag when prepare yourself to spend a night in shivering cold at the Chembra peak. 17kms from Kalpetta, Chembra Peak at 2100 meters, is the tallest peak of the region and calls for a venturesome full day trek to reach the summit. Although backpackers require an official permission at Meppady for camping, immense photographic opportunities await you as you cross the heart shaped lake midway.Best time for camping: October to February
On a rainy day, the mist-covered spice gardens of Wayanad make for an out-worldly sight. For outdoor lovers, the spots to explore in the region are numerous. During the month of July, strolling along the tea and spice estates in the Kalpetta region unveil a unique shade of green. Hiking to the heart-shaped lake of the Chembra Peak, exploring the Edakkal Caves, gazing at infinite blue below the Banasura Dam are experiences that touch hearts. A 3-day monsoon carnival is also organised by local tourism authorities to help you explore the best of Wayanad during this season.Suggested accommodation: Harmony Farm Wayanad; rooms start at Rs 3,600You might also like: 4 Wanderers and their wonderful Wayanad tale by The Travelling Assassin
Once you reach Mysore, Wayanad is pretty easy to reach. Some stretches of road between Mysore and Sulthan Bathery , specially in Nanjangud was pathetic! Some road construction was in full swing resulting bare surface and dust storms. It was a bad drive ! From Gundlupet we took right diversion towards Sulthan Bathery (interesting name isn't it ? History says Tipu Sultan had his cannon shell storage here so the place was called "Sulthan's Battery") . The road beyond this point was simply fabulous! I was cruising at nice speed. After few kilometers we crossed the forest check post and entered Molehole National Forest. I reduced the speed below the prescribed limit and stopped the car audio; we wanted to feel the jungle. It was winter so the trees were leaner and thinner leaving a good visibility through the forest. But it was 10.30 and not the time for animals to show up yet we wanted to try our luck. After a sudden turn we saw this biggie was crossing the road.
6. Wayanad:Nestled among the Western Ghats, Wayanad is the least populated district in Kerala and is home to many indigenous tribes. Wayanad has a lot to offer nature lovers, be it in the form of treks and good views, or waterfalls and lush greenery. The highest peak in the region, the Chembra Peak offers a challenging trek and rewarding views from the top. The Pakshipathalam bird sanctuary is located deep inside the Brahmagiri forest and is home to a whole range of flora and fauna. Pleasant temperatures, blooming plants, and dense greenery make Wayanad one of the most splendid places to visit during Spring in India.
The first of my road trips which I like to refer as the inception of "The Iron Butt Diaries". Two days spent in the most beautiful and serene location I have ever been to... 😍😍😍Excited as ever my day began at 0530 hrs with my face looking like this 😕 wondering how I managed to wake up that early.So had the route sorted the previous night and knew that my first pitstop was going to be at Mysore. The toughest part of all my road trips it to keep up with time as I just cannot resist but to capture all of the beauty around me. 😎😎😎Coming to my first stop, it is usually breakfast which should consist of a strong coffee😊😊 to kick-start my brain !!!🤓
133 Kms from B R Hills
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,October,November,December
When you think Vythiri, think luxury. This popular hill station in Kerala has many luxurious tree house resorts for a relaxing holiday and is home to sprawling pepper, tea, coffee, rubber and cardamom plantations. The freshwaters lakes of Karalad and Pookot add to to scenery of this magical land. Spending time idly, gazing at the beauty around, angling or boating here is just what you could want on a lazy day. An upward journey through the winding roads of Vythiri will take you to Lakkidi, a corridor in the Thamarassery Ghat pass. Consider staying at the Vythiri Resort in Lakkidi for the mesmerising views it has to offer. You might also want to consider a full day hike to the towering Chembra peak for distant views of the lofty peaks. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is close to Vythiri and must be considered if wildlife enthuses you. The mysterious story of the Chain Tree has several local legends associated with it and you can drop by if you want to know more about the tribal life. Do taste the walnut cakes at Vythiri and take back as much as possible for you will certainly want more.Read More
During our short trip, we got chance to enjoy some experiential activities and sights. I personally liked the experience of bamboo rafting in River Vythiri, very different than white water rafting. The adventure activities are carried out professionally by a company called Muddy Boots. Our guide Mr Pradeep took us through the canals of the river from one point to another. Magical and Serene, we were in perfect harmony with nature. As we passed by some tribal areas, we astonishingly realized how tribal people have been using the raft for their necessity of crossing the river, later developed for adventure tourism. Man moves away from nature only to realize later that he had moved away from his soul. In about half a kilometer stretch, I felt as if I plunged deep into my self with the help of bamboo.Bamboo rafting in River Vythiri
By around 8am, we started towards Pozhuthana river near Vythiri for rafting. We called Pepe Vacanza, the rafting company, to make sure they are ready to take us.Pozhuthana river in Pozhuthana village is a small river with shallow waters in the most part of the river. Since there is no current, the water didn’t look very clean but people were swimming in some places. The company had several rafts and they all looked very similar. There were few other groups who had already started their fun in the bamboo rafts. Our raft was ready and we jumped into the bamboos without wasting much time. Our guide was a really cool guy and he started telling a lot of tales and stories about the history of Wayanad and how Wayanad was converted into a tourist destination from a spice route. He told us the story of “Karinthandan”, the tribal person who showed the ghat road to the British to transport the spices through the mountains. After finding the routes through the mountains, it is believed that the British killed him to claim the credits of discovering the new route. The soul of Karinthandan is chained to a tree, opposite to the Pepper Wayanad Gate hotel we saw yesterday. The tree is now called “Chain tree” and the local people believe that as the tree grows, the chain also grows. I've shared more photos and videos of my experience at river rafting in WayanadWe enjoyed the bamboo rafting as well as the narration of our guide. After about 2 hours of rafting through the river, he asked if we wanted to continue. We continued for another one hour and then returned to the place where we started.It was a great experience and I would recommend you try the bamboo rafting if you are visiting Wayanad. We took some photos with the Pepe Vacanza guys and then started towards our next destination - Edakkal Caves. I will write more about our visit to the Caves in the next travelogue in Tripoto.
Kalpetta and Sultan Bathery are two towns in Wayanad district which offer multiple stay options in the form of resorts, budget hotels and homestays. With a lot of sightseeing options lying around Kalpetta, it is a very popular stay option. A little further down south from Kalpetta is the pretty region called Vythiri. Popularized by the Vythiri Village Resort (Listed as one of the top things to be done in Wayanad by most travel sites), the region provides with a number of viable stay options amidst the prolific tea estates.The stay options in Wayanad suit every kind of traveler with budget hotels, budget homestays, beautiful homestays located within coffee or tea estates and luxurious resorts. The travel sites like Goibibo provide the homestay options also. During my search for booking a nice, cosy place, I came across this website for the homestays in Wayanad. We chose to stay in the Upavan Resort in Vythiri. It has a small tea estate surrounding it and had comfortable rooms with gorgeous views of the estate and the mountains.
3. VYTHIRI - a tourist destination located at Waynad district and it is one of the 3 Taluks of the district. This small town had 18 villages. This hill station is famous for spice plantation in Kerala, luxuriant forest, rich cultural traditions and tribal communities. Kara lad lake, poolot lake and lakkili are famous point of interest. Kerala Parotta, pazhampolic and bhajjis are mouth watering bites. Cycling is famously done around this place, for beautiful spots, panaromic views are visible.
A beautiful spot
246 Kms from B R Hills
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The religious town of Horanadu lies in the beautiful Chickmagalur area along the banks of river Bhadra and is presided by the major deity, Annapurna. The drive to the peaceful village runs along tea gardens with an occasional tea lounge to pause at – an experience pleasurable in itself. The gold-carved shrine at the Annapurna Temple is visited by hundreds who pray for the blessing of never facing scarcity of food in their lives. All visitors here can relish the meal served at the temple. The route to the temple is full of lush paddy fields and the hills come together to create a rather scenic landscape. With a few small waterfalls and the Bhadra river nearby, Horanadu provides a serene trail for walking and photography. Famous for tea and coffee, Horanadu has an enviable stock of dry fruits such as almonds and cashew nuts. Though travellers generally don’t stay at Horanadu, the best place to spend a night would be Nature Valley homestay, which promises exactly what the name suggests. Read More
123 Kms from B R Hills
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
The charming village of Meppadi in Kerala is an exquisite sight with its woods, verdant hillsides and coffee plantations. If nature is your thing, visit the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary here to experience the local wildlife firsthand. Surrounded by lush greenery and mighty rocks, the Edakkal Caves of Meppadi are a wonderful adventure. You can also enjoy a calming afternoon at the Soochipara Waterfalls, which is a beautiful rush of frothy waters. Nestled amidst a forest, this waterfall is a perfect place to relax and unwind. Other popular tourist destinations here would be the Meenmutty Falls, Pazhassi tomb, Bandipur National Park and Lakkidi viewpoint. Meppadi has a number of options when it comes to food, ranging from local delicacies to continental and fast food. This region also has a few lodging options for tourists with varying budgets. Meppadi is an enchanting natural beauty and should not be missed! Read More
We boarded a bus to Meppadi forest range office. From there as instructed we hired a motor rickshaw to Chembra peak office. The motor rickshaw drivers were extra ordinary descent. After getting the permits we started our trek with a teen guide. It was cloudy and precipitating. The boy told us, "sir, its doubtful that we would be able to make it to top and there are chances of rain". Trusting my android I told him, chances of rain after 1300 hrs. So we can. The guide was 50% lazy to climb till end. In between we reached Heart shaped lake. After about 2 hour trek we reached the top. Due to cluding we were not able to see the TamilNadu places. But a large reservoir of same dam (Mettur as told by guide) was visible. Elephants are likely to share your trail till heart lake.
135 Kms from B R Hills
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,November,December
Dotted at the southern tip of South Andaman, this village is famous for housing the renowned Mahatma Gandhi National Park, which offers tourists a chance to view its beautiful marine life and coral reefs through scuba diving, snorkelling and glass bottom boats. Boats also regularly take one to islands such as Jolly Buoy and Red Skin from the marine park. Wandoor usually serves as a gateway for most tourists to the main capital, Port Blair, which is only an hour away and offers more variety in terms of things to see and do. The Cellular Jail or Kala Pani remains the most famous spot for visitation because of its dark and heavy past. Other spots include the Anthropological Museum, Ross Island (which also hosts a spectacular light and sound show) and Corbyn's Cove, where one also passes through Japanese WWII bunkers along the way, guaranteed to give you the chills. There are a few restaurants at Wandoor, where you can get a bite to eat. Sea Princess and Anugama resorts offer places to stay from Rs 6000 onwards. Read More
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