Wayanad Trip

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 ...


U went all the way up there and didnt u got to soojipaara?

Posted by joji on September 14, 2007 at 02:47 AM IST #

Yes, sadly there were many other places we could have visited but were not able to get to those, primarily due to time limitations - we wanted to get back to Bangalore by Sunday evening.

Frankly, trekking up to each of these spots took too much time, especially Meenmutty falls ... hopefully we plan another trip and cover some different spots next time. Having two full days to explore should be helpful !

Btw, have you been around these places ?

Posted by John Morrison on September 14, 2007 at 03:08 AM IST #

hello john ; ur travelogue really inspired me so much @ i finally made a trip to wyanad with my friends last week. im lucky that my friend suseela hails from s.bathery @ she @ her family tuk care of us so well@ got all the arrangments done for us to cover all imp places in wyanad.i think v vsited a few more places like thirunelli temple 2 s.para waterfalls. pls dnt miss these paces when u vsit this place next.

Posted by sreekumari on October 20, 2007 at 01:11 PM IST #

Hi Sreekumari,

I'm really glad to see you guys had a great trip. Thanks for the feedback and will remember your advice.

Posted by John Morrison on October 20, 2007 at 01:28 PM IST #

Hi John,

We are also planning to go to Wayanad.
But here are some queries:

Is it better to stay at Sultan Bathery or Kalpetta? I think most sites are close to Kalpetta than from S. Bathery.

How was "Orchid Resort"? Can you please mail me their contact number?

Hoping to get a reply soon.


Posted by Rahul on February 08, 2008 at 04:19 AM IST #

I'm not much of an expert on Wayanad, but have access to a friend here at Sun who is a native of the place. His name's Sunil and he helped us a lot with our trip. So, here's an answer to your queries, from Sunil ! ....

"Kalpetta is a a better place to stay than Bathery, b'cos most of the tourist spots, such as Pambra Peaks, Soochipata Water Falls, Pokkodu Lake, Wythiri Hill Station are nearby. In Kalpetta, hotel charges will be higher than that of Bathery. Again you should take a decision based on where you want to go and how much time you wish to spend. For example, trekking in Pambra peak may take one full day and will make you exhausted. Kalpetta is 30 kms away from Bathery and the road is too good. So, even if you stay in Bathery, it is just 30-minute drive from there.

Orchid Resort Number: 04936 - 262844, 04936 - 220583"

Posted by John Morrison on February 08, 2008 at 05:49 AM IST #

Thanks very much for the info and that too so quick. We were of the opinion here(in Chennai) that since it would be a hilly area, it would take a long time to travel between these 2 places. Actually we are coming from chennai and have to make a decision of the mode of transport - Train to Calicut and then by bus to Kalpetta OR directly by bus (via Bangalore-Mysore-Gundulpet) to Sultan Batheri (as we thought it would be closer to Karnataka border). But as you said that the road is good, i think the BUS would take at max an hour to ply between the two places.

We are NOT planning for the trekking in the peak due to time constraint.
Instead we'll utilize the time to visit other places.

If possible, can you give us Sunil's contact(and timings convenient for him) in case we wish to talk to him regarding the trip.

Thanks also for the Orchid Resort contact.

Posted by Rahul on February 08, 2008 at 06:14 AM IST #


Forgot to ask you - How was your experience at Orchid Resort? How were the rooms, service, food, staff etc. (it'd be great if you could rate them on scale of 1-5)?

actually we are organizers for this tour. so looking into details. if the accommodation is good, half the problem is solved.

Posted by Rahul on February 08, 2008 at 06:21 AM IST #

Provide me a mail id where i can send Sunil's contact #

Orchid resort was good. We went in a group and shared a few rooms which were in good shape. Its not crowded or so and we were the main group there. Food - you might need to tell in advance what you need and they will cook that. We liked the food. They have some log cabins / huts too .. but we did'nt take that since it rained when we reached there and the thatched roofs leaked a little. The concrete rooms were good and we moved in there. Staff are friendly and not many staff ... we knew 2- 3 people there who met and attended to our needs. Its not a big resort but a nice little (ok, its not too small but comfortable sized) place with lots of greenery everywhere.

Posted by John Morrison on February 08, 2008 at 08:19 AM IST #

My e-mail address is rahuldangra@rediffmail.com
Thanks a lot for your cooperation.

Posted by Rahul on February 08, 2008 at 09:19 AM IST #

Ur info was very good...... Wat abt kuruva dweep in wayanad?? and chembra peak?? could u tel me how much time one would ve to spend in these 2 places,cuz we r goin 2 wayanad on comin tueday night.. we ll start site seein 4m wednesday........

Posted by Prabhakaran on February 26, 2008 at 11:39 PM IST #

Hey, since you guys have already travelled to Wayanad can you help me out with some real cheap hotels or rooms there. We will be 6 people and we dont want any luxury. Even if there is no bed it will do, we are going there purely for adventure and that is the only thing that we want to do there. So incase you have some idea please assist me.

Posted by Sarthak Bartaria on March 20, 2008 at 03:07 PM IST #

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Posted by tom on June 29, 2008 at 11:12 PM IST #

Hi John, lovely pics of foxes. If you wish I can feature this blog in AdmirableIndia.com


Posted by AdmirableIndia.com on September 17, 2008 at 03:19 AM IST #

Thanks for the comments, Maneesh. Feel free to post on your site.

Posted by John Morrison on September 17, 2008 at 03:24 AM IST #

if any body want to stay in wayanad contact v.saji@yahoo.com or 04936211713

Posted by saji on September 30, 2008 at 07:02 AM IST #

Dear john its great expereince you have, i think u forget to one think, wayanad u can see the disintive tribal communities, who have the real knowledge of nature,live through the nature.we are trying to who is intreseted to living with the tribal culture and who would like to escape from the busiest world, so pls go through: www.greatwayanad.com

Posted by shajeer on December 15, 2008 at 01:08 AM IST #

If anyone needs more info on Wayanad, please visit http://www.wayanad.net

Also Wayanad.co.in offers hotel reservation http://www.hotelscombined.com/?a_aid=11778

Posted by Wayanad.co.in on January 15, 2009 at 04:42 AM IST #

hi! there is no way other than posting a comment on my wayanad trip... more than that i beleive that it was a charming one when it was taken care by the wayanad noticeboard group. their services were gorgeous from the time we arrived at calicut air port throughout the tour program, till we reached the airport for departure. plz do visit wayanad-tourism.com for further details.

Posted by clinsil on June 18, 2009 at 10:53 AM IST #

hi, friends... its always good to say a few words about the good things and good people. i take this occasion to thank the wayanad noticeboard group for their help to get a 5 acre land at wayanad, kenichira. a wonderful and marvellous place surrounded by full of greenary... a lot of thanks to mr.santhosh, MD of the group.. for further details visit wayanad noticeboard.com

Posted by hebinz on June 18, 2009 at 11:01 AM IST #

please visit,http://www.wayanadtourist.blogspot.com/

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Posted by the surat on August 12, 2009 at 03:50 AM IST #

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