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An overview of Wayanad
Oct 08, 2009 04:18 PM 14312 Views
(Updated Nov 10, 2009 08:32 PM)


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Wayanad is situated on the borders of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. It can be approached from the borders of Tamilnadu and Mysore by two to two and half hours by fourwheeler. One has to come through Mudumalai and a part of Bandipur sanctuaries from Ooty, Tamilnadu.

If one takes the Karnataka route he will have to come from Mysore (the nearest city) via Nanjangud, Gundulepet and Wayanad wildlife sanctuaries. It is understood that the nearest rail link is from Calicut. Either way you have to wade through dense forest areas and quite likely you can confront or come across with wild animals especially Elephant or Bison.

The drive eitherway from Ooty or Mysore beyond Gudalaur from Ooty and beyond Gundulpet from Mysore is enchanting and charming as we travel through dense forest, flora and fauna abetting on both sides of the road. The road is NH 2l2 from Mysore which is well laid. The Ooty road which we travelled to a certain distance from Wayanad just for the pleasure of it is absoultely enchanting. Wayanad abounds with scenic beauties of nature, greeneries and one can smell the flavour of pepper wafting throughout in certain areas.

Wayanad's vegetation consists of Tea plantation, Betel tree around which Pepper plant is mounted and grows. The much publicised tourists spots are the Edakkal caves, the Pookot lake, Chain tree, Chembra Peak being the highest peak in Wayanad, Soochipara falls, Kurva Islands, Meenmutty falls, Pazasi Raja tomb - a freedom fighter like Veerapandian Kattbomman of Tamilnadu, Thirunelli Temple and thePhantom Rock. Detailed write up will be given separately with photos or vedios.

There are also other small tourist spots to visit. And whereever you go you have to trek for a minimum of one to one and half kilometre. One must thank the people and the Government or Kerela in maintaining the Eco balance in not laying roads upto the spot. You have to stop your vehicle and trek and the trekking passage has not been distrubed and it is in the natural format.

One should have 'thakath' to withstand especially when one climbs up to reach Eddakkal caves. As some one has mentioned it is really 'painstaking'. The time to visit must be August and September during which you have intermitent heavy downpour as well as sunshine and the experience is least to say very, very, very pleasant. One has to choose either Sulthan Batheri or Kalpetah as the centre place to visit all the places as all the places are within 40 Kms range except the Thirunelli temple which is 70 Kms from either place. Pakshipathalam on the backside of the Thirunelli Temple is a trekking site and one has to get the permision of the forest department to undertake trekking as even during day time you can come across Elephants and other Wild animlas.

All the tourist attraction start functioning only from 9 AM and close by 5 PM. The last entry ticket is issued by 4 PM . This may be due to the fact that all the places are located in dense forest area and it becomes dark by 5 PM and the possibility of Wild animals moving beyond 5 PM. Even the road traiffic to Oooty and Mysore is closed from 9 PM and opens only by 6 AM as per the present policy as to not to disturb the movement of Wild animals.In fact we left Sulthan Batheri in our four wheeler by 6 PM and we were crossing the Muthanga Wild life range and we could spot one Elephant with her baby standing by the road side. As it was dark we could not click a pic. We are also instructed as to not to park or horn or descend down from the vehicle even during daytime.

As for refreshment and food you get mostly only non-vegetarian and in Kalpetah on the SH we located a Woodlands hotel which serves vegetarian food and lo the dosa and other items or prepared in front of your eyes and served hot. One coud find that the prices are very reasonable and the quantity is abundant.Two can share one cup of chai or coffee. We liked Wayand for its sheer climate, greeneries, Tea plantation and of course the climate puncutated with rain plus shine. But for the Thekedy boat tragedy on the other side of Kerela the fallout being suspension of boating in Kurva Island because of inclement weather.

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