By John Morrison on Sep 13, 2007
Well, its been a few days since i've posted anything ... partly due to the hang-over from a recent team outing to Wayanad located in God's own country a.k.a. the beautiful and very green state of Kerala.
For those interested, here's a real quick summary of our trip ...
- About 10 of us from our team, started from Bangalore at around 7:00 AM on a bright Saturday morning. We had hired a Force Traveller to ferry all of us to Wayanad.
- On the way, we stopped at the Shivalli restaurant for breakfast.
- We passed through Mysore city and traversed through Bandipur forest
- Reached Sultan Bathery, our destination in just about 6 hours since we left Bangalore
- We stayed at the Orchid Resort, initially in the thatched huts to experience nature first hand - but a short rain later (when some of the huts leaked a little), we moved to contemporary concrete dwellings with plumbing and electricity ... frankly, i was very happy to stay in familiar environs !
- After a super Kerala style meal, we set off on a safari to the Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary. Apart from some great scenery in the jungles, we spotted couple of foxes that walked alongside our vehicle for sometime and posed for snaps; we did see several deer idly standing in herds and watching us watch them; oh yes ! we also saw couple of peacocks, but nothing much else ... guess we were'nt too lucky that day
- Saturday evening after the safari was time to see most of the team in their natural state ... with "interesting liquids" flowing freely, and lots of delicious food, we stayed up very late ... singing, shouting and generally having a boisterously fun time !
- Woke up fresh on Sunday morning and got ready to visit couple of tourist spots
- Our first stop (after a very filling b'fast) was Edakkal Caves, which has carvings from the Stone Age / Neolithic times ! The climb to the caves is fairly steep and can be a challenge for folks who are not in the right shape (yep, round i realized is not the right shape to be, while attempting to clamber onto the rocks to see what the neolithic man has carved !)
- After this pretty hard endeavor, we proceeded towards Meenmutty falls. Vehicles can not go close to the falls and we had to park our automobile a little distance away and walk for about 3.9 kilometres to reach the falls. A quick word of free advice - to the faint-hearted and not so nimble-footed, out-of-shape and out-of-breath types ... stay away from this place ... its sooo very easy to take a wrong step and be terminated or better - break a few bones and be rendered immobile for some time. OK, if you are confident and feel fit as a fiddle, trek along ... there's some truly breath-taking scenery on the way to the water falls. You walk through tea, pepper and coffee plantations and to add spice to the spicy climes is the presence of cool mist that floats all over the path ... the trek can at times get ethereal (until you reach the more dangerous part where you start praying and clawing onto earth and plants around) ...all in all a great experience ... Even for folks who are fitness-challenged, you should walk for atleast about 2 kilometeres where the path is safe, see the beautiful scenery and fill your lungs with the fresh crisp oxygen rich invigorating air !
- Well, after Meenmutty falls with little energy left, we had a heavy meal following which, we went over to the house cum plantation of our friendly documentation team member (Sunil), at Wayanad - I must admit, this was a very nice experience. After spending some time there, we finally decided to start on our journey back to Bangalore
- Except for a short stop at a roadside tea stall for some hot tea (it was good !), we reached Bangalore virtually non-stop and in record time. Needless to state the obvious, the journey to Wayanad and back to Bangalore was definitely fun filled, with lots of leg-pulling and light banter
Its definitely been a very memorable trip and is one in a series of trips our team's been having ... the last one was a super exciting, adrenalin pumping trip to Coorg ! wow ... it was mind-blowing to say the least ... on hind-sight, we really had tonnes of fun and carried several memories of that trip too.
Btw, in case you are interested, here's some snaps of the scenery ...
- The Jeep that carried us to the starting point of the trek up, to Edakkal Caves
- On the way to Meenmutty falls ... misty locales
- Another one ... on the way to Meenmutty falls
- OK, another one ! ... on the way to Meenmutty falls
- Deer seen during the safari in Muthanga wildlife sanctuary
- An elephant grazing
- Foxes seen in Muthanga
- Entrance to the Orchid resort where we stayed at Wayanad
- One of the huts at the resort where we stayed
- A view of the "concrete" dwelling at Orchid resort and the vehicle we used for our travel
- View of the scenery from Edakkal Cave
- View of some of the carvings inside Edakkal Cave
- Some more inscriptions inside Edakkal Cave