Wayanad – Day 3

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Wayanad

We got up a little bit late on Sunday. Got ready and headed towards Meppadi. Our first destination – Chembra peak, which is the highest peak in Wayanad, at 2100m above sea level. Trekking to the top takes 3-5 hours depending on the trekker. We took 4 hours to reach the top, including an hours break for photo-shoot & resting.

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The initial 25% of the trek is very steep. And we have to walk through the bushes. Luckily we were there just 2 weeks after the rainy seasons & were spared by leeches. We stopped at half way mark, the Heart shaped lake & spent more than half an hour. It was a very clear sky, with scattered clouds here & there. Chembra was giving us chance to enjoy the view from up above.

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We put on our backpacks and headed towards the top. the final stretch of about 20-25% is also bit steep. And we reached the summit around 1PM. We stayed there for almost an hour – Shashank got busy clicking & I took a short nap :D. View from the top was awesome. It was almost 2PM and we were hungry as we had a light breakfast in the morning and few bread slices while trekking.

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Descent was very quick we took less than 2 hours to come down. We had a late lunch @ Meppadi and headed towards Soochippara falls. In this place, one has to walk down for a kilometer to reach the falls. Though we were tired, we went down to the falls. Sat there in silence watching the water flowing down. It was a refreshing thing to do, just sit and watch.

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From there, returned to our base-camp, Shashi’s place. Packed our luggage, bid Shashi & his family adieu. Caught an overnight Kerala transport bus to Bangalore.

Still there are plenty of places which we didn’t visit like Kuruva dweep, Pakshi patalam, Meenmutty falls. But with a good experienced driver Sathish, we were able to visit lot of places in three days. He knows Wayanad region like back of his hand, he took us through lot of short-cuts which saved us a lot of traveling time. If you happen to visit Wayanad in future & plan to hire a jeep, then let me know Sathish is the best person for that. I can give you his contact details.

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Kerala, I’ll be back soon. That is for sure 🙂

21 comments

  1. Awesome!!
    Its God’s own country, in deed.
    Its lives as it is in your pictures and words. Thanks for the same 🙂

  2. Sitting by the water is very soothing indeed. But it should not be freezing as it usually is in the Himalayas.

    Lovely pictures Prashanth.

  3. Lovely pictures and nice travel log prashanth, look forward to visit wayanad as early as possible 🙂

    Usha

  4. Thanks for the comments, Srik.

    Mridula, yes it was wonderful and it wasn’t much cold there. We are very far from Himalayas 🙂

    Thanks for the visit, Alex.

    Usha, I game for another visit to Wayanad. Even Srik is also ready. Ask Dwaraka to get his bike ready ASAP

  5. The picture of lotus/lily in this post, and in the one before that – they are simply wonderful. I really liked them.

    Somehow many of the other pictures are not visible in my firefox browser. Any idea ?

  6. Nice pix of Chembra and clear blue skies.

    Next year or so, I am thinking of buying an Avenger and do some bike journeys like you 🙂

    From what I have seen there, very unlikely that this trek has leeches, except may be in the first few minutes of trek when you walk through shrubs. Because of direct sunlight, they cant survive in the shola grasslands, but could be found in the shola forst.

  7. Hi Prashanth

    The photos are indeed very good and eye cooling.Am planning to go to wayanad this weekend.

    Any idea of the climate over there this time around

    Cheers
    Vatsa

  8. Nikky, when we visited Wayanad in December fisrt week, rain had just ended. And was getting hot at that time itself. It will be hot now (beginning of summer), it will get hotter.

  9. Hi,
    Lovely pictures of the place. we are visiting wayanad in first week of May. I would appreciate if u could give Satish contact details and a good place to stay(Accomodation looks very expensive). Pls mail me the details at swetha2000reddy@gmail.com

    regds,
    Swetha

  10. hey prashant
    Nice pictures and neat description dude. I enjoyed reading it. You mentioned about this person called sathish….is he still there and how do you know him? I am planning to go to Waynad in Jan 2008.

    thanks
    ajay

  11. Hey prashanth,

    Nice pics man. I am Kiran from bangalore. My wife and I are planning to go to wayanad in next month. If you could you please give me driver sathish’s number, that will be great.

    Thanks buddy and have great time in exploring.

    Kiran

  12. Hello prashanth,

    My betallion is planning for a Bike trip to wayanad on this month 26th. I need to clarify few things regarding the same, so could you please drop me your contact number or mail id to my id(haris.thbs@gmail.com).
    your reports of experience are of high importance to me as we have very less time for planning.

    Hope you don’t disappoint me.

    Thanks,
    Harish

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