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Wayanad trip-30th & 31st July,2011 August 20, 2011

Place: Wayanad, Kerela

Speciality: Hill station, Coffee estates

Distance: ~250 Kms from Bangalore

Connectivity : Wayanad is well connected by bus from Mysore, Bangalore, Kozikode, Kannur.

Best time to visit: Summer is most busy season. But I prefer monsoon. So if rain is a spoilsport for you, Summer or Winter is the time to be there.

Places of Interest: Bandipur National Park (70Kms from Wayanad), Ram Temple at Sultan Bathery, Banasura Dam, Manmooty falls, Suchipara falls, Pookote lake, Chembra peak, Edakkal caves, Kuruva Island & few other temples & wild life sanctuaries.

wayanad tourist map

Place of stay: We stayed at “Wayanad Blooms”, around 30-35 Kms from Sultan bathery. One of the best places I have stayed, although after paying some cost. Since we were Six, we took a Cottage costing Rs 5000 per day (off-season). It is highly recommended for honeymooners & family. It is not recommeded for bachelor’s group like us, since the place is too good for us ;-).

Wayanad Blooms cottage

Rating of Wayanad Bloom: 10/10. Excellent food, service just awesome. The caretakers n all staff are highly motivated, a lesson for me from this trip.

For more detials : http://www.wayanadblooms.com/

Our Trip (30-31st July,2011): Bangalore-Mysore- Bandipur- Sultan Bathery – Wayanad- Mysore- Bangalore. Trip meter: ~750 KMs

6 people: Me, Avijit, Nihar, Smruti, Surya, Srikant in (7+1) Innova.

1) Safari in Bandipur N.P.: Timing: 6:30AM-9:00AM. Rs 300 per person for 45 minutes safari in forest department bus. Personal vehicles are not allowed for safari. Sighting of animal is matter of luck & better to go with least expectation to enjoy. We were able to spot wild elephants, wild boars, herds of dears, peacock, Bison. Besides that, Bandipur Forest reception has excellent garden to relax & chill out. Parking facility & jungle lodges for overnight stay are also available. Few rules: Donot make noise, respect other creatures, donot litter, any form of fire even matches can prove fatal to jungle. It’s up-to us to save one of the last remaining jungles of India. (must for first timers)

Breakfast in Gundulpet. This is the only budget restaurant near Bandipur (10KMs). Rating: 6/10. The place got some awesome view of surrounding hills & jungle. The place got rooms for staying as well.

2) Eddakal Caves (must visit): More than 2000 years old caves were once inhabited by early man. Way to cave is steep 500 steps through jungle & monsoon fed waterfall. Although Kerela tourism department has provided good infrastructure of support railings, but still can be tough for amateur climber (n Bangalore techies). But place is worth the steep climb. Guides at top, describe about place for a small tip of Rs 10-20.

3) Banasura Dam (must visit): The picturesque dam facing the largest peak of region, Chembra peak is must visit place. Again KTDC has done good job in terms of providing some infrastructure like parking, stairs to reach dam & sheds to save from Sun n rain. Boat ride (Rs 70 per person for half an hour, 5 max per boat) is must to soak in beauty of the place. A park beside the dam, is good place to relax n chill out. There are some resorts facing dam & are worth checking out. Entry ticket is Rs 15 per person & parking Rs 20.

Banasura Dam

4) Suchipara Waterfalls : 100 ft odd high waterfall is accessible by close to 500 steps. In dry season, bath is allowed. Again KTDC has done excellent job in providing infrastructure & security. May not excite people, who have seen too many waterfalls ūüėČ

5) Meenmooty waterfalls: The view point for water fall is 1 km steep trek from main road. We couldnot see the waterfall, as it was full mist with just 5 meter visitbility.

6) Pookote lake: As usual, a hill station is incomplete without a lake. Pookote lake fullfills the gap for Wayanad. Famous for boating & picnic.

7) Kuruva Island: River island in Kabini is accessible only in dry season. Although we didn’t visit the place, we had heard good about the place from locals.

Other things one can try: Hotel Dwarka in Sultan Bathery. Although the place smells a bit (but I guess that’s the best restaurant available in Sultan bathery), but provide some good food. Kadai Paneer was awesone full of paneer & herbals & serve very very hot. Although bar section of restaurant is bad in ambience, so avoid it.

Words of Praise n thanks:

Kerela tourism has definitely done good work in providing basic tourism infrastructure. This was my second visit (1st in 2007) to Wayanad & I can observe the positive change. Now it’s up-to all of us to co-operate by following rules & not litter.

External Links:

My old blog on Wayanad: https://omus.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/test/

http://www.wayanad.com/wayanad-articles.htm

http://www.upavanresort.com/kuruva-island.php

The troop

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8575-10942: Kerela & Tamil Nadu Tour October 11, 2008

Tyre marks

 Dates: 27th September Р5th Otober,2008

No. of days: 9

Total Distance: ~ 2400 KMs

Who?: Me & Vignesh

How?: Me in Honda Shine & Vignesh in Pulsar 180 DTSi

Highlights of the tour: a) Roads of Tamil Nadu

                                b) Coconut grooves of Kerela

                                c) Historic Fort Cochin

                                d) Vast Allepey backwaters

                                e) Beaches along NH-17

                                f) Sunset at Kovallam Beach

                                g) Sunrise in Kanyakumari

                                h) Las Vegas revisited: Kanyakumari to tuticorin

                                i) Sky blue water of Palk Strait

                                j) The majestic pillars of Rameshwaram temple

                                k) Untouched Dhanuskodi

                                l) Gopurams of meenakshi temple, Madurai

                               m) Silent & scenic Valparai hill station

                                n) Sholayar Dam

                                o) Mallu Marriage customs & cuisine

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† p) Verrapan’s kingdom: Satyamangalam Forests

This biking tour of South India had everything what one would look for. Beaches, temples, desert, hill stations, tourists havens, deep jungles….what more one could ask for in a single tour. It was emotional as well, when i was in the tip of India. The trip had a religious importance as well with visits to Rameswaram & Madurai, the two most sacred temples of S.India. I also had some anger on myself, seeing how much materialistic my life has become. The trip surely is going to bring some changes in my future life. The tour also made me felt that,¬†we at Bangalore¬†are very much cut off from actual Bharat. Anyways it was a very good break from boring work life & also i had some soul searching.

At the end of trip, we realised we have completed one NH …NH-47 that starts from Salem & ends in Kanyakumari. Thats¬†quite a feet in itself.

Day1: 27th September: Bangalore to Trishur

Distance travelled: ~500KMs

Route: Bagalore-Hosur-Dharmapuri- Krishnagiri-Omalur- Bhavani – Coimbatore Bypass- Palakad-Thrissur.

7:30AM: We three, me,Vignesh & Vikas started from HSR layout.

8:30AM: Exit from Bangalore & Karnataka.

11:30AM: Krishnagiri…Road to Hosur to Krishnagiri is part of Golden Quadrilateral, and that the road was smooth as silk & was very beautiful, with flower beds as the median.We three in some dhaba in GQ

3:00PM: Tiprupur Bypass. had a lunch in some dhaba.

5:30PM: Coimbatore bypass to Palakad. This is one of the best roads of the trip. Road straight as a line with close to zero traffic. This is perfect road to make your machine work harder. We all went with an average speed of 75KMs/hr and reached Palakad in no time.

8:00PM: Reached Thrissur. Palakad to Thrissur road is also very smooth, but has got a good traffic.

As we all set to reach home (Vikas’s Uncle), first incident of trip came. Vikas’s avenger’s clutch wire got¬†cut. To our bad luck it happened at the end of journey & to bad luck, whole Thirssur was closed by 8:30PM and so we couldnot get his bike repaired. After a lot of drama, Vikas’s bike got a make shift home & finally we went home. After receiving a great hospitality from¬†Uncle &¬†aunty, we all went to sleep.

To wrap up, the whole day was all about driving…but in excellent roads of Tamil Nadu. First milestone accomplished.

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