Exploring Kerala #3: Wayanad Trip

Exploring Kerala #3: Wayanad Trip

This is the third part of my Exploring Kerala series. In the last two parts of the series, I shared my experience about the journey from Hyderabad to Kozhikode with images and words. Kozhikode is the coastal city of North-East Kerala in India. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, landed here in 1498 and discovered the huge pool of spices in this city. And so, he spread the trade road between Europe and Malabar coast.  We visited Wayanad from Kozhikode.

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Mountain ranges of Wayanad.

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Wayanad:

It is the district of North-East Kerala and its headquarters are in Kalpetta town. It is situated at the southern tip of the Deccan plateau. The region of Western Ghats hill range also encompasses some parts of the territory. Hence, it is one of the popular hill stations of Kerala.  It is just 85.8 km from Kozhikode town. We took a road trip for a day to visit Wayanad. The trip was very exciting because of its winding routes within the Western Ghats hill range with breathtaking scenic beauty. There were 9 hairpin bends in the ghat roads (winding roads) towards the Wayanad.

Ghat roads

Ghat roads or winding roads of Wayanad.

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There is another route of Wayanad, which is coming from Bangalore. People often make a weekend trip of Wayanad from Bangalore. There are numbers of Volvo buses of Karnataka  tourism, private cabs, rented cars (from-zoom car) are available for this trip. The best thing is the roads from Bangalore to Wayanad are not so winding. Hence, driving on that route is not so challenging like the roads coming from Kozhikode.

Places to stay :

There are plenty of homestays to stay at Wayanad where you can experience the Malabari lifestyle with typical Malayali foods. But, availability of public transport  is not so good. So, it’s better to keep your car (own/rented) with you.  you can select your preferable homestay by considering reviews and price range from  Homestays or you can also see Trip-advisor for best reviews. If you want to book premium homestays, find those from here.

For budget and premium hotels you can consider Oyo Rooms hotels or homestays. They maintain a standard quality of lodging in a very low budget. Their premium service is also very higher standard.

Biodiversity:

Wayanad is enriched with the huge range of bio-diversity.  You can see the field of pineapple and banana plantation on the steps of the mountain range during your journey.

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Biodiversity of Wayanad

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Masala tea is very popular in Wayanad.  You can find tea garden near  Soochipara falls and many other sides of the hill ranges.  Tea plants are always growing under the shade of big trees. The mystery of masala tree is the farming of spices like pepper, cloves, cardamom and other spices within the tea garden. So, it’s easy to mix the spices, cultivated from the garden with the dried tea leaves to form the Masala tea or the tea with spices.

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Tea and spice garden of Wayanad.

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Wayanad is the ideal place for trekking. Chembra Peak is one of the trekker delight places of this region.. Except that, there are many other visiting places at Wayanad district where you can find fresh water lake, evergreen forest, waterfalls, caves. I will discuss top 5 visiting places of Wayanad in my next post on Exploring Kerala. So, please stay tuned to the Facebook pages of The Beauty of Life by clicking the “Like” bottom of the page or subscribing you Email to this blog (Top right side of the home page). Note:

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The state Kerala in India

The state Kerala in India

If you have not missed the previous series of “Exploring Kerala”, Please visit those by clicking on these two links:

Exploring Kerala #1

Exploring Kerala#2

 

 

 

 

 

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