Just like our other trips, this one too was without any prior planning or booking. The fun of travelling to an unknown place without any booking or any information, is an experience in itself. It all started with us waking up early on a September morning (or rather late at night). A quick check on the nearest destination, helped us to zero in on Wayanad District, in the north-east of Kerala, India, Wayanad is set lofty on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 Meters above mean sea level. The natural scenic beauty of Wayanad and its rich natural resources offer several opportunities for adventure tourism. The rocky hills and valley which make the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for catering to the ever increasing demand for adventure tourist.
We started off from Bangalore, at 5:00 AM. We had booked a cab since we dint have our own transport.
After deciding on the route, we selected the route C for our travel. Wayanad is at a distance of 289KM from Bangalore.
We reached Wayanad at around 12 in the noon. Our first destination was the Edakkal caves. These are 6000 yrs old caves with pre historic carvings on the walls. Height of this place is about 4000 ft. above the sea level. You need to climb stairs to reach the cave. The rocks are pretty risky. So be prepared for some strenuous climb up the rocky mountain. The Entry fees would cost you about Rs. 10/- .On reaching the cave, you can further trek for 1000 ft. at your own risk. There are no steps higher than this. But the view from there is quite a mesmerizing one.
We had planned to go to Meenmutty Falls. But we were hard on luck. Being rainy season, most of the waterfalls were closed for the tourist. We were quite disheartened when we found that we would not be able to visit the highest waterfall in Wayanad.
After that we moved towards Phantom Rock. It is at a distance of 5.5 km from Sultan Battery. A lofty rock with a skull shaped rock on top of it. But there is not much to see nearby and best be avoided to save some time.
We reached Kalpetta at around 2:30 PM. Kalpetta is the district headquarters of Wayanad district. There are a number of hotels, resorts and home stays, rates ranging to fit everyone’s pocket. Since we had a little shortage of budget, we took up a room at Chandragiri Hotel. A double bedded room costed us about Rs. 920. The hotel was not such a luxurious one. But it was pretty decent in terms of hygiene and room service.