Kerala in Rains

When my eyes opened in the wee hours of morning, it was still dark and misty outside. It was raining, and as I rolled down the window pane of the car, droplets of rain sprinkled across my face along with a gush of wind. As the sun slowly woke up from deep slumber, I could see that the forests of Wayanad were greener and fresher than ever. A long drive from Bengaluru through the wet and winding roads of Wayanad district in northern Kerala came to a halt at Kalpetta.


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It was a hasty decision on a lazy Saturday afternoon that made me travel to Wayanad. A day trip to this heavenly place would do no justice to it, as it offers numerous tourist attractions, which would require a minimum of three days to explore. However my intention of this journey was to just soak in the lap of the nature and to get lost in the wilderness. The drizzle only helped enhance the beauty of the wild surroundings.

From Kalpetta I headed towards Pookote Lake, which was filled to the brim with continuous drizzle. A walk in the rains along the lake was truly a memorable experience. The canopy trees and hills in the background of the rain filled lake made it very much like an artist’s creation. The sprawling tea estates of Wayanad looked magical and I did have a few walks through the green and wet estates – a refreshing experience.

Vythiri viewpoint, a few kilometers from Pookote Lake offers some of the stunning views in the whole of Western Ghats. A few hair pin bends down the wet roads with expansive views of the green valley below, took me to the breathtaking viewpoint at Vythiri.

With the drizzle still persisting, the views of the distant hills and valleys below seemed surreal. Other than a few monkeys lazing around, the place was absolutely devoid of tourists and visitors. At a short distance were a tea-shop and what better way to count the raindrops falling over me than with a cup of hot tea in that cold and green environment. The salted mangoes and gooseberries in the jars at the way side eateries were irresistible. On my way back to the top of the hills, I also saw a few waterfalls by the roadside. The water was gushing down beautifully and it made for a quick photography session.

The sky wore a gloomy face and surprisingly time had ticked by so fast that I was forced to have a late lunch at one of the small restaurants that had a board hanging outside which read “Meals Ready”. After a tasty Kerala lunch on a plantain leaf (everyone should definitely experience this), I went in search of Banasura dam. This massive earth dam with spectacular views and a few options like boat rides does have a strong presence on the tourist map.

With dark clouds still looming, it was a nice little walk through the green pathways to the top of the dam. I was completely drenched after the walk. However that did deter me from exploring the dam and its surroundings in the rain. With the fragrance of the wet earth and greenery all around, the feel of standing on the dam and gawking at the humungous reservoir definitely made the trip magnificent.

A visit to other tourist destinations like Soochipara waterfalls and Kuruva islands in this lovely rain would have definitely made my travel exciting. Time constraints didn’t let me do that. However all that I wanted on this journey was to enjoy the wilderness of Wayanad at its best and the timely monsoon magic definitely made this a fabulous experience that would remain etched in my memory forever.

Info Box

Location: Northern Kerala, part of Western Ghats.

Main Hub: Kalpetta

Other Hubs: Sulthan Bathery and Mananthavady

Nearest Rail head: Kozhikode (76 Kms) via NH-212

Nearest Airport: Kozhikode (95 Kms) via NH-212

Distance from main cities: Cochin: (260 kms) and Bangalore:  (275 kms)

Places to visit: Pookote Lake, Vythiri view point, Soochipara waterfalls, Banasura dam, Edakkal caves, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Kuruva Islands, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, Meenmutti waterfalls.

Accomodation: All types (luxury, semi-luxury and budget) of hotels are easily available

Best time to visit: October to March. To enjoy the forests during the monsoon, visit between June and September

Author: R Niranjan

A passionate traveller who loves exploring all kinds of destinations and experiencing various cultures. You can find my travelogues here- http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.com/

Comments

  1. I never visited Wayanad, the photo looks stunning.
    I hope I can visit this place soon. The entire Kerala is green and nice place to relax.

    -Suba

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