The drive was pretty awesome and passed through uncountable number of tea estates and villages with greeneries.
After parking the car we found its pretty hot outside so decided not to walk though to the top by our own. The place was pretty much crowded and the there was no order for shared jeep lines. After much struggle we literally jumped into one to get our seats.
But once we reached the top of the dam the beauty of the lake stunned us! Huge lake of blue water and green hills in the backdrop! The landscape was just mind blowing!
Banasura Sagar is a MUST place to visit in Wayanad. We roamed around and sat under trees, took tons of snaps. Wanted to go for a boat ride (they have speed boats and pontoon boats) ; but the ticket counter was closed and the queue was huge. So we decided to head back to Aranyakam.
On our way we had good lunch with Malabar Biriyani, Kerala parota (yes not paratha or parantha but parota) and some spicy mutton curries. I just love the abundance of spices in local foods here in down south.
After coming back we had a short nap and then sat in the balcony to watch the sunset. Nima prepared some excellent authentic Kereala dinner with many options and we tried everything.
Before coming to our hut, we sat sometimes in their open and calm front yard and the atmosphere was awesome.
After previous days experience the Sunrise was definitely not be missed, so we woke up really early to see breaking of dawn. As usual we were glued to the balcony. None of us were feeling to get up and start packing. We just wanted to hold onto the moment.
But as they say every good thing must come to an end. After sumptuous breakfast we bid adieu to Aranyakam and its great hosts and support staffs.
The motto of this trip was mainly to relax and we did not cover much of the famous tourist spots. Nima suggested visiting Kantipara falls on our way back should be real worth. Especially so as the falls is just 3 km from the home stay. I asked how is the road on which she said "good". Later I learned when a 4×4 owner tells the road is good don't take it literally specially if you are driving a small hatchback.
The road that leads to falls is horrendous ! Narrow, broken all along ( no pitch at all but stones at some stretches ), steep, and curvious ; it had everything to challenge my car. In one stretch the gradient is so steep one cant even see vehicle coming from other direction and the road is so narrow that only one vehicle may pass. So imagine a situation when two cars lock their horns in the middle of a steep road and one has to go reverse to get a wider stretch to allow other one to pass! Anyway my humble alto scored very well there.
The waterfall was not very big one but nice and serene. As it was early morning time there was only few people and we enjoyed the calm and pristine nature before stating back.
On our way back we took the same route till Gundlupet and then decide to take Kanakpura road instead of Mysoor road to avoid weekend traffics. Only challenge is to find good pit stops. However this time we found a decent new restaurant ( Jhoys's) at T Narasipura opposite to IOCL ( or BP ??!!) petrol bunk. Not a classy or top notch but considering my previous experience on Kanakpura Road it is like an oasis.
After having lunch we continued and took NICE road to enter Bangalore. Reached home around 8 with driving time of nearly 7 hours.
From next day we again went back to our regular hassles of life but this time with the energy this trip replenished.
If one is coming to Wayanad , Aranyakam ( their tree huts to be precise ) are must try. Or else you may come to Wayanad just to stay here. Words would fall short to describe the experience! Those wooden huts hanging from the hill amidst the jungle gives ample opportunity to be lost in nature! I would have missed something in life if did not stay at Aranyakam!
This post was originally published on The Urban Nomad.