Road Trip to Enchanting Wayanad

by Govindan Naganathan


Posted on 3rd Mar, 2015


Wayanad Road Trip

Wayanad is one of the most beautiful road trip destinations in India. You really need to drive to this place to take in the abundance of natural beauty around this green paradise. The pristine locales of Wayanad are the perfect stress busters that can make you forget all your worries in life! Here's a brief summary of my recent road trip from Bangalore to Wayanad.

I traveled to Waynad on 14th February with my wife leaving Bangalore around 8.30Am to reach Meenmutty resorts by 4.30Pm. I had booked my accommodation in Meenmutty Heights Resort very close to Meenmutty falls. Meenmutty Heights Resort is located in a 200 acre Tea and Coffee plantation. It is truly a place to unwind far from the “Maddening Crowd” and is peaceful and serene. The Resort is surrounded by mountains and lush greenery all around which is exhilarating. Since I do little bit of writing I found this place to be ideal for my work.

Meenmutty Heights Resort
MeenMutty Heights Resort

The staff are polite well trained and make you comfortable all through the stay. The room allotted to me (R-1) was spacious with a sit out where from the sunset can be watched. A Mini fridge, coffee maker and bottled water were available in the room to make the stay more comfortable. The rooms are maintained clean with change of bed spreads and towels every day. The resort also has a swimming pool and an ayurvedic massage center. The room service and food quality was quite good.

Meenmutty Heights Resort Room

The morning walk through the plantation was beautiful with the river flowing on one side . There is also a view point where you can see the water flowing from Meenmutty falls. On the whole it was a nice stay we had at Meenmutty Heights and we do plan to visit the place again since we did not visit all tourist spots during this visit.

MeenMutty Heights Resort
MeenMutty Heights Resort

During our stay in Meenmutty Heights we visited quite a few tourist spots in a relaxed way and did not try to cover all tourist spots since we like to enjoy the place and spend time rather than madly rushing around.

Soochipara Water Falls

Nice place to visit while at Waynad. These stretches of waterfalls at Soochipara near Meppadi have heights ranging from 100 - 200feet and the pool at the foot of the falls is ideal for a quick dip. The more conservative people can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery One should be prepared to walk about 1/1.5 Km to reach the fall. The path way through the forest is well laid up to a point. The steps leading to the falls is not so comfortable to walk and near to the falls it is really bad and one needs to be very careful not to slip. The forest department is doing a good job at the entrance by restricting carrying of cigarettes, matches, lighter and plastic material to avoid littering and forest fire. There is an entrance fee of Rs.50/- and charges for still cameras Rs40/- While going down to reach the falls is not very difficult climbing back leaves one breathless. There are small shops at the entrance where one can buy tea/coffee, cool drinks and snacks. At least half day is required to visit this water fall.

Sochipara Falls
Sochipara Falls
Sochipara Falls Entrance Fees

Lakkidi View Point

One of the highest locations in wayanad, Lakkidi also commands picturesque scenery. Llakkidi , is situated 700 m above MSL, at the crest of Thamarasseri Ghats pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and green forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this Lakkidi. There is nothing much to see here except you have a good view of the valley and roads below. A good place to take photographs.

Lakkidi View Point Greenery
Lakkidi View Point Roads

Chain Tree

This is on the road side about 1Km from Lakkidi view point. There is a small temple below the tree and the chains can be seen. It is said that a tribal youth named Karinthandan guided a British engineer to find the path through the dense forest to Wayanad. But the greedy engineer who wanted to take full credit of this discovery killed Karinthandan. The angry soul of this tribal started troubling travelers who used to visit Wayanad. It is said that one priest chained this angry spirit to this tree and hence the name chain tree

Chain Tree Wayanad

Pookode Lake

A must visit place for people going to Waynad. It is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. This perennial fresh water lake, nestled among wooded hills, is the only one of its kind in Kerala. Boating facilities, a children’s park, a handicrafts and spices emporium and a fresh water aquarium are among the tourist facilities available here. For people who like boating there is facility to use pedal boat and row boat but the charges are quite high. The entry fee to the lake is Rs.20/- for adults and still camera is Rs.20

Pookode Lake Wayanad
Pookode Lake Wayanad

Banasura Sagar Dam

One of the largest earth dam in India, as well as the Second largest in Asia. There is a mini - hydel project. A good place to visit but nothing much to see. There is an entry fee to visit the dam and long walk is required to reach the dam.

Banasura Sagar Dam
Banasura Sagar Dam

Kuruva Dweep

This is really a nice place to visit. This 950 acre, uninhabited island on the Kabini River is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs. The most interesting part is the Kabini River crossing in a bamboo raft. There are uninhabited islands in the Kuruva Dweep but one needs to be prepared for the long treks. The right time to visit this place will be after monsoon ie. September to January when the forest will be lush green. This is good place for bird watching and the forest department will provide necessary help. During Monsoon the river crossing will be closed ie., from June to August. There is an entry fee at Rs.80/- for adults and still camera is charged Rs.50/-

Kuruva Dweep
Kuruva Dweep

Neelimala View Point

We were told that going to Meenmutty falls will be difficult and the falls can be seen from Neelimala View Point. One has to hire a jeep @ Rs.400/450 for going to some distance i.e.,a part of the way to view point and walk about half a kilometer to reach the view point. One can see the magnificent Meenmutty falls falling from a height of 300Mtrs in three stages. We can also see a Chaliyar river winding through the hills. The view from Neelimala view point is awesome. The cool fresh air on the hill top is really invigorating and makes it worth visiting this place.

Meenmutty Falls Neelimala View Point
Meenmutty Falls Neelimala View Point
Meenmutty Falls Neelimala View Point

Quick Facts:

Distance from Bangalore to Wayanad : 290Km(approx)

The Route : Click here for the road trip route from Bangalore to Wayanad.

Approximate driving time : 7 to 8 hours





   


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About the Author: Govindan Naganathan

Govindan Naganathan

An Electrical Engineer by qualification, I chose marketing as my profession. I took an early retirement to shift to Bangalore for family reasons and continued as an Engineering consultant for a few years before joining Rotary club. I am passionate about community service, and have been closely associated with Rotary Bangalore - Yelahanka in many of their health care initiatives, specifically paediatric heart surgery for poor children. An avid traveller, I have toured all over India and also visited Italy, South Africa, Singapore, Jakarta, Bali, Yogyakarta (Jogja), Nepal etc. I am a voracious reader with an appetite for new and varied topics across genres. Currently, I am involved in writing blogs and travel reviews, and travelling extensively. You can follow my other blogs here.

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Road Trip, Bangalore to Wayanad, Sochipara Falls, MeenMutty Falls, Banasura Sagar Dam, Kuruva Dweep, Pookode Lake, Lakkidi