“To travel is to live.”― Hans Christian Andersen
Since we had been planning from a long time to visit Kerala, we ended up our discussion with Wayanad for a Thunderbird Ride..Wayanad, with its immaculate, unspoiled and unique natural beauty can truly pass off as God’s abode. However mortals are also welcome to lose themselves in the enchanting beauty of clad mountains, intense forests of Wayanad.
Route : Bangalore- Mysore-Nanjangud-Gundulpete-Muthanga-SultanBathery (290km)
Day 1: 22nd December 2012,we two with our Royal Enfield Thunderbird left Bangalore around 8AM in the morning.Fascinated by apartly cloudy sky we were enjoying the ride to the fullest.After a breakfast break we stopped for Lunch at a restaurant on NH 212 after Mysore.We finished up quickly and headed towards Gundlupet.From here one can find two road ,One to wayanad and one to Ooty. From Bachanahalli the Forest Road will start stretching the driving road around 26km to Muthanga ,the end point.One thing coming to my mind that time is how beautiful God has created a natural dwelling for the animals. The serenity of the surroundings made our drive more pleasant.
Baby elephant with mother crossing road at Muthanga Forest
We stopped for a Tea break at Muthanga as the time was around 4PM.After a chit-chat with some people there we started again to Sulthan Bathery which was 14km ahead.The town is the centre of tourism in Wayanad district.Sultan Bathery was originally called as Ganapathyvattom. The name was changed in the 18th century, when Tipu Sultan captured the Jain Temple in the region. He used the temple as his Battery and thus the town became known as Sultan’s Battery, which gradually became Sultan Bathery. We called the person of the homestay and he told us to drive to Meppadi Road.The homestay surrounded by valley of tea-estate and mountains.Uncle and Aunty were staying in the ground floor and we stayed in the first floor.Aunty prepared delicious authenticate Kerala food for us.In the night time the house was lightened up by glowing paper stars as it was Christmas time. Link to the homestay http://www.maymornholidayhome.com/
The day started with an eye catching view of the tea-estate from the balcony.Roads are blurred among fogs.It was 6 o’clock in the morning.I took a walk on the road with my husband and captured the view with lenses.
After a nice breakfast of Appam and potato stew we headed towards Soochipara Falls.It was a 20min drive which gave us the best view of wayanad.
Both side of the road was lush green tea-estate.People were picking tea leaves among the bushes.As soon as we reached soochipara we saw a security check at the entrance where they make sure you don’t carry any plastic.For that they will take Rs20 rupee per plastic item as a refundable deposit. It took 15 min to reach the waterfall.Plummeting down from a height of about 200 meters, this three-tiered fall is the second biggest in Wayanad and is set in very alluring surroundings.We relaxed for an hour and went to our next destination Meenmutty ,the biggest one.But due to some accident that took place near the fall the day before,it was closed for the day
So with no more option we decided to go to Pookode Lake. As it was sunday there was a huge crowd.We took a walk around the Lake.People were doing boating in that 8.5 hectares spread-ed lake.By the time it was 2PM.After our Lunch we decided to go to Lakkidi.It is situated 700 m above mean sea level, atop Thamaraserry Ghatpass.The view down was breathtaking.Truly mesmerizing…greenery all along. Fascinated by the beautiful winding road,we decided to go down on high mountain slopes.After a short ride we returned to our Homestay.The climate became more colder and we are treated by hot tea and some hot pakodi.
Around 11AM we left sulthan bathery and headed towards Bangalore.The return journey was not that much Refreshing as after Mysore the weather was too sunny.Humidity was more.Finally we reached our sweet home around 8PM as we hit a bad traffic after Mysore.In total we had covered 620KM. I would recommend Wayanad to all those who enjoy spending some time in tranquility away from city chaos..I am lucky to have my husband as he drives in such a pace that it always make my Ride more and more beautiful.