A wonderful Wayanad weekend, from Bangalore
What a wonderful Wayanad weekend we had!
Would you believe it if I told you Onam, good food and trekking all go together? They can, as we discovered this Onam weekend, as we drove down to Wayanad, one of the most beautiful districts of Kerala. Green it is; this monsoon God’s Own Country seemed greener than ever. Six hours drive from Bangalore and we were at Vythiri Resorts bag, baggage and kids. With two full days in hand we decided against rushing from one spot to another.
Wonderful Wayanad Weekend Day 1
Our first destination was Pookote Lake, three km from Vythiri. Pookote Lake is a large natural, fresh water lake surrounded by hills and meadows. This water body definitely requires a mention and a visit as it is in the land of back waters! It is a typical picnic spot with boating facilities, horse rides for children, an aquarium, handicrafts and spices counter and even a small nursery. A boat ride in the lake was relaxing. We headed towards our next stop, even as locals were pouring in, keeping up with the festive spirits.
Soochipara Falls at Wayanad
Wonderful Wayanad Weekend Day 2
The actual entrance is just five feet by four. What looks like a cave is basically a rock shelter formed by two huge rocks on either side, with a third enormous boulder forming a sort of roof resting on them. That is how the name Edakkal. This cave is separated from the adjoining mountain by a narrow gap, of may be one meter or so, a natural fissure. The cave is thus well lit and airy.
Interiors of Edakkal cave
Once inside you will find you’re face to face with history. Both sides are engraved with human and animal figures from floor level to roof. Most conspicuous was the figure of what seemed to me that of a man with an extra long left hand and a bent right hand holding an unclear object, and raised hair. Wonder who the model was! Perhaps an ancestor of 7-Up’s animated cartoon mascot? I will eagerly await historians’ verdict…we were told that those inscriptions and engravings date back to 4000BC and as yet undeciphered. History waiting to be rewritten!
The trip downhill was equally tiring and adventurous, because by then fear had set in. Along with darkness – what if someone misses a step? Well you won’t actually roll down the mountain, but you are sure to show signs of a fall here and a bump there. My considered opinion – the trip can be a good practical lesson for students getting introduced to the subject – History.
The morning after was Onam. Now I know what King Mahabali gets to see every year during this period of plenty. I too had a choice of Onasadya offers to nicely round off the extended weekend of unique Kerala treats: Nature and weather at their best, and satiating feasts for all the senses. I returned home with wonderful Wayanad weekend memories.
Fact File: How to get to Wayanad
By Air: Closest airport is Kozhikode, 100kms from Wayanad.
By train; well connected by rail, nearest station Kozhikode 110 km from Wayanad
By Road: well connected and can be easily accessed from any part of Kerala.
By road from Bangalore: Bangalore – Mysore – Gundlupet on NH-212 – take the turn west towards Sultan Bathery – Kalapetta – Vythiri town The distance is 281kms, it takes 5 and 1/2 hours approximately.
More places to see near Wayanad
Most noteworthy sites are:
Muthunga wild life Sanctuary
Pazhassi Raja Tomb
Banasura sagar Dam
Sentinel Rock Waterfalls
Entry tickets to Edakkal caves – Rs. 10 per person
Entry timings – 10: am to 5: pm
Travel Tips for Wayanad
Food – carry if you like, your garbage – carry you must.
Carry water for climb to Edakkal caves.