Wayanad, Kerala, India

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2nd May 2018
Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

This trip was planned last minute. If you have time ( planned in advance and booked here) and money to spend, check out this place for at least one night - Jungle Beats.

We left from Bangalore on a Wednesday night for Wayanad. It is a 6 hour journey. We reached around 5 : 30 am on Thursday. Luckily, our hotel was just 350 meters away from the bus stop.

We stayed at iCon Residency for INR 550 per night

We booked hotels and buses ( INR 1500 both the ways) on Goibibo.

Our day one started at 7 am on the same day. We spotted an auto guy right near the bus stop. He charged us INR 1500, 1600 AND 1800 for day 1, 2 and 3 respectively. We also had to pay for his food. We were fine with it initially but later on it added a lot to our expenses. So its better you clarify with the drivers beforehand only

Day 1 :

Day 1

Stop 1: Banasura Sagar Dam

Entry fee: INR 60

Time spent : 30-45 mins

We reached here around 9: 30 am and after taking the tickets, we had to walk almost 500 meters to reach the dam's top. We did a mini trek and reached. This dam is a Asia's 3rd largest earth dam. I googled but still did not get the meaning. I thought I'll visit this place and check.

Photo of Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarathara, Kerala by Parita

On top, there were a LOT OF flying insects!!! A lot! We used my umbrella and ran through them.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

 I was eve teased here. So be fully dressed and always be with someone.

There are a lot of things to do here viz., kayaking, horse riding, etc. But since it was very hot ( Yes, at 10 am in the morning ! ) , we skipped all those things.

There was a flower garden below the damn. This place was well kept.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

Personally, you can skip this place.

Stop 2: Karlad Lake

Entry cost: INR 60 per person

Time: 20 mins

I had read that this place is less crowded than Pookadu lake. Hence, we went here. There is nothing to here apart from boating. There are tents here for you to stay ( You can Google and check the details ). It'll be pleasant to stay opposite a lake. We chilled here for sometime.

Photo of Karlad Lake, Kerala by Parita

Stop 3: Bamboo Rafting.

This WAS THE BEST HAPPENED TO US IN THE TRIP.

Cost: INR 1200 for 2 people

Time: 60 mins

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

We wanted to avoid this because the bamboo rafts did not have a cover to protect us from the sun and it was really hot ! The auto guy head us talk about this and conveyed the same to the rafting guy. He arranged a raft with a roof for us in the same cost.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

We climbed down and settled here for a short trip in these waters. The water was clean. These are plants and flowers.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

We were lucky to get Naushad as our rower. In the photo below he showed me a bird's nest just beside his head on the branch!!! He can speak only his native but you'll thoroughly enjoy the ride with him.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

He also taught us how to row the boat. This is me trying to row the boat and not merely posing.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

We tipped him INR 100 and did not tell his boss. He also requested the same.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

You can also swim here. The water is just 6- 7 meters deep and clean. There are baby fishes inside too.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

The mud that you can see on left side, you can go on top too. My friend and Naushad went and relaxed there for sometime. Take care of leeches. One got stuck on my friend's foot and Naushad removed it.

Stop 4: Pookade lake

Entry : INR 30 per person

Time: 30 mins

We cam here because I read 2 things : 1 ) This lake's shape is that of India ( I did not know where to see it from and hence missed it) 2 ) There are blue lotuses here ( Maybe because we did not do boating, we missed it )

We took a stroll around this area.

Photo of Pookode Lake, Pookode, Kerala by Parita
Photo of Pookode Lake, Pookode, Kerala by Parita

If you're scared of monkeys, skip this place. But the monkeys here will not harm or snatch anything from you.

It started drizzling here later.

Stop 5: Lakkidi View point

It was evening and drizzling. The climate was lovely. We chilled here for 15 mins

Photo of Lakkidi, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Lakkidi, Kerala, India by Parita

Stop 6 : Chain tree

Legends say that the Britishers beheaded a lot of adivasis here. One adivasi's soul stayed here and hence whichever vehicle passed by, toppled ! Post there a saint was called to perform a pooja. He tied a chain around this tree and after this there was no threat to any vehicle here.

Day 2

Day 2

We got up at 4 am today and left by 5 am. Carry a hoodie and scarf. It was 15 degree Celsius and there was on and off drizzle.

The reason we left early was that only 200 people are allowed daily here because it is an eco-tourism area. The tickets start selling around 6 - 6:30 am and our sold out in an hour.

After buying the tickets, we left for Tirunavelli Temple. We stopped for breakfast on the way. The beauty enroute was outstanding !! Lush green all around! We spotted 7 deers on the way !!

Photo of Kuruvadweep, Kerala by Parita

Stop 3 : Thirunavelli Temple

Folk lore says that Lord Parshuram used to pray here and it is a 3000 year old temple.

Photo of Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple, Mananthavady, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple, Mananthavady, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple, Mananthavady, Kerala, India by Parita

Stop 4 : Back to Kuruwadeep Islands

They open around 9 : 30 - 10 am. After showing the tickets, we proceeded towards our boat which would take us to the island.

Photo of Kuruvadweep, Kerala by Parita

We had to walk for another 700 meters to explore the flora and fauna. You can spot birds.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

After this we reached a water body where you could take a dip. The view with a lot of trees was beautiful.

After leaving the islands, we had lunch and proceeded for Stream Valley Resort.

We paid for INR 3000 for one villa and decided to chill in the property itself since it was beautiful ( and also since we paid so much ) :P

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

We had al la carte dinner of approx INR 300.

We did not take breakfast to save some money. Turns out, if you want breakfast separately, they charge INR 500 per person. So we walked almost a kilometer to the main area in search for breakfast. Found a local shop and ate there. We finished eating around 10 and it was hot already ! Waited for an auto for 15 minutes and found one who agreed to take us inside ( INR 30 )

We checked out around 12: 30. This was our mistake - checking out late because we had Eddakal Caves and Soochipara Waterfalls on our list.

Hotel to Waterfalls - 1-1.5 hours of travel

and

falls to caves - 1-1.5 hours of travel. Both these places were to shut around 4 which we came to know once we sat in the auto at 1 pm.

We skipped lunch and ran for the falls.

Day 3

We reached the falls around 1pm. Auto guy asked us to come back by 1: 45 if we wanted to make it up to the caves.

We had to walk another kilometer to reach to the falls. The road leading to the caves was terrible. It was steep, with a lot of steps, loooonnngg steps and a lot of cobble stones. We had 2 pit stops.

Photo of Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

We were just running for 25 -30 mins on these roads. We were about to reach the falls but decided to turn back because I did not want to miss the caves and we could hear a lot of hooligans near the falls. The place was crowded. Spent another 20-25 mins in coming back, met the auto guy an ran for Eddakal Caves.

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

The view on the way was again breath taking with a lot of tea and coffee plantations. A typical Kerala view :)

We finally reached the caves at 3 : 40 ( it was to shut at 4 ). I was happy that we made it! But no! We had to walk another kilometer to get the tickets.

This road was worse than the earlier one. We were tired and exhausted and the roads were very steep! We were running on these almost 50 degrees steep roads !!

We were happy when we got the tickets but later came to know there is another trek of almost 500 steps. We gathered a lot of courage telling each other that we're not coming back so to see this and then call the day.

We climbed with a lot of pit stops.

Photo of Edakkal Caves, Nenmeni, Kerala, India by Parita

At this mid point, we could either go up or go back down. Our bodies had given up and we still needed energy to walk the same distance down. We started walking towards the auto guy and took almost 40 mins!

Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita
Photo of Wayanad, Kerala, India by Parita

We left for our bus stop ( to go to Bangalore ). Had lunch around 5 pm. It was an extremely tiring day for us. Have at least half a day for each of these day 3 places if you plan to visit them.

You can skip the falls. I don't know what people really like about that. I cannot say about the caves since I've not seen them.

I hope you enjoy the trip how much I did or even more.

More itinerary for references 1 , 2, 3.

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