Wanderlust in Wayanad

Tripoto
22nd Jun 2019
Photo of Wanderlust in Wayanad by Deepaboli Roy
Day 1

Journey begins

Wayanad is a rural district in Kerala state, southwest India. It is a hill station and a perfect gateway for weekend.

The bus stand itself had a view.

Photo of Central Bus Stand Kalpetta, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Have a hearty breakfast of appam and chutney at a small shack.

Photo of Peters Hill View Residency, Manivayal, Madiyur, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Travel like a traveler, not like a tourist

Book an auto or a bike from Royal Brothers, Kalpetta and roam around like the locals.

Photo of Royal brothers, Subhash Nagar, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Freshen up and head out as early as possible. There's always chances of rain. We headed to Pookode Lake. Park your vehicle, and walk for a kilometer. Entry charges Rs30/- pp. You can hire a bicycle for a round around the lake. Beware of leeches! On the way to the lake you can find a guy selling Bamboo rice payasam. Do try it. It's sweet, tasty and hot! Definitely something you need in that weather!

Photo of Pookode Lake, Pookode, Kerala by Deepaboli Roy

No need to skip your daily routine of fitness. Opt for boating/cycling here.

Photo of Pookode Lake, Pookode, Kerala by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of Pookode Lake, Pookode, Kerala by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of Pookode Lake, Pookode, Kerala by Deepaboli Roy

Drive for another 4 kms, you'll reach Lakkidi view point. You can see the curves of the road going downhill. On the way, you can find small streams rolling down with fresh water.

In case you're confused where to head next

Photo of Lakkidi View Point, Lakkidi, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of Lakkidi View Point, Lakkidi, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Even govt buses ply on this route

Photo of Lakkidi View Point, Lakkidi, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Fresh water of course!

Photo of Lakkidi View Point, Lakkidi, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

2 kms again and there's another view point---Wayanad churam.

Photo of Wayanad Churam View Point, State Highway 29, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

36kms and head out to Banasura Dam, largest earth dam in Asia. On the way, stop over at CG-ALA the coffee grove. Peaceful place to your lunch. We had malabar chicken, fish thali and kerela porota.

You'll always be hungry, such is the weather!

Photo of CG Ala - The Coffee Grove, Vythiri, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Malabar chicken has got coconut!

Photo of CG Ala - The Coffee Grove, Vythiri, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

You'll find lots of trees laden with jackfruit.

Photo of Wanderlust in Wayanad by Deepaboli Roy

Enjoy the view...the 'Chennai Express' feels with all tea plantations around.

Photo of Tea Estate, Kalpetta Bypass Road, Gudalai, Kairali Nagar, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of Tea Estate, Kalpetta Bypass Road, Gudalai, Kairali Nagar, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Always cloudy. There's a range of activities here you can try, zip-lining being the most common.

Photo of Banasura Dam, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of Banasura Dam, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

You have to walk all the way up!

Photo of Banasura Dam, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

You can find a wide range of fruits pickled. Mangoes, indian gooseberry and pineapple. Do try them!

Photo of Banasura Dam, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of Banasura Dam, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

A perfect sweet snack-Kozukattha

Photo of Central Bus Stand Kalpetta, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Head towards--The Bungalow Restaurant for a fancy meal. Malabar chicken biryani and blueberry some cheesecake for dinner.

Photo of The Bungalow, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Fancy ambiance! 

Photo of The Bungalow, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Complimentary shot of watermelon juice

Photo of The Bungalow, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of The Bungalow, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Less spice

Photo of The Bungalow, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of The Bungalow, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Day 2

It might seem a bit odd, but sweet fried plantains are a great accompaniment with tea in the morning.

Photo of Central Bus Stand Kalpetta, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Colorful cookies with warm tea and it's drizzling outside! 

Photo of Central Bus Stand Kalpetta, Mandayapuram, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Head off to Eddakal Caves which dates back to neolithic age. A steep walk of 2kms and then climb up 350 stairs to witness a mesmerizing view.

Photo of Edakkal caves view point, Nenmeni, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Well looks like we are going back to those ages, thanks to smilies! :)

Photo of Edakkal caves view point, Nenmeni, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of Edakkal caves view point, Nenmeni, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

A quite picturesque location on the way back from eddakal caves is the 'Phantom rock.

Photo of Phantom Rock, Ambalavayal Bypass Road, Kumbaleri, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of Phantom Rock, Ambalavayal Bypass Road, Kumbaleri, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

This is definitely not too much if you haven't had breakfast. Patthri, puddu and chicken curry for brunch. Coffe/tea is a must. And how can you resist some good king fish fry!

A hearty breakfast/brunch!

Photo of 1980's A Nostalgic Restaurant, Civil Station, Kairali Nagar, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of 1980's A Nostalgic Restaurant, Civil Station, Kairali Nagar, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of 1980's A Nostalgic Restaurant, Civil Station, Kairali Nagar, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy
Photo of 1980's A Nostalgic Restaurant, Civil Station, Kairali Nagar, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

King fish 1 by 2  (just kidding)

Photo of 1980's A Nostalgic Restaurant, Civil Station, Kairali Nagar, Kalpetta, Kerala, India by Deepaboli Roy

Wrap up from God's own country! If you're returning to Bangalore in the evening, then chances are there you might get a view of few wild animals, as the most of the buses take the route via Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary/Bandipur.

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