Wayanad: In the lap of nature : Part 2
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Day 2: Today we set off with another list of places in Wayanad. First up was the Kanthanpara waterfalls. This was even better than the other one we visited the previous day. We went to the top of the falls and sat on the rocks to enjoy the falls. The water was really cool and soothing. The main thing was that, it was early morning and there was no crowd at all which gave us complete privacy. We then went to the base of the falls and was really refreshing.
After a while at the falls we started towards the next point that was Chembra. We could only drive till a certain distance beyond which we have to trek for which we require a permit from the forest department. The trek is very popular among the youth and we have a heart shaped lake at the summit of Chembra Peak.
The driver Senthil was very friendly and guided us all through the drive to Chembra. At the point where we parked our vehicle we could walk close to the tea plantations and we had a watch tower as well where we had a panoramic view of the entire district. Senthil told us that to visit the entire Wayanad stretch we require at least 1 week.
As we were already short of time we then quickly moved on to Edakkal caves, our next point. Edakkal caves is located close to the ancient trade route from Mysore to Malabar coast. It is not an actual cave but a rift as a result of split between two giant rocks. The main attraction at Edakkal caves is the carvings and paintings by pre-historic civilization which date back to 5000 BC. This is known to be a big discovery in the history of Indian Archaeology. To reach the caves, we have to park our vehicle at the parking lot, then we have to go to the base of the rocky cave by a jeep as the route is rocky which suits only jeeps. Then further we have to climb our way to the top to visit the caves. The caves is visited by a number of people and is worth its popularity. Some movies have also been shot at these caves.
After visiting the caves, we decided to have our lunch at Sulthan Bathery. The driver dropped us to the Sulthan Bathery bus depot from where we went to Mysore. From Mysore we got a bus to Bangalore.
So that concluded a memorable weekend.
How to reach: Easily approachable by road and rail. Take the SH17 Bangalore-Mysore highway. From Mysore take NH 212 till Gundlupet and turn right towards Kalpetta.
All buses towards Calicut halt at Kalpetta and Sulthan Bathery. Buses are available from Bangalore and Mysore.
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