Weekend gateway to Ooty and Wayanad

//Weekend gateway to Ooty and Wayanad

Weekend gateway to Ooty and Wayanad

March is a season where the sun takes charge of its duty and was in full swing by heating up the weather. To beat the heat, I chose to travel places where I could enjoy some cool breeze and good weather. Thinking of hill stations, reminded me of popular places like Wayanad and Ooty. I charted out on the places which I wanted to visit during my trip and came up with some good places.

Day 1

I started my journey from Bangalore around 3:30 am and head towards Mysore. When I started from Bangalore, the weather was pretty good. Nearing to Mandya, I started feeling drowsy and then I decided to take a break. The guy at tea stall was setting up his shop, on requesting he agreed to prepare tea for me. He played the radio while he prepared tea. Listening to old Kannada songs, I enjoyed every sip of tea and gazed the sky. As I realised, I spent more than 20 minutes, quickly took off from there.

Dark started to settle when the sun started to rise. The transition from night to day is something quite beautiful. If you don’t believe me then take a look at this picture.

Around 6:00 am, I reached closer to Mysore. I took a deviation from Mysore and started riding towards HD Kote. While on my way, I was struck by the beauty of mother nature.

Field covered with mist

Took a couple of images and started my journey. As I travelled through some villages and entered forest area, I witnessed temperature started dropping and road completely covered with mist.

 

 

After riding through a couple of kilometres, I was stopped by forest official and asked to accompany one more rider as he was not comfortable to pass through the forest area. As we rode, I questioned him(Sajid) “What made you wait at the check post for a company?”. He (Sajid) told me “During his last visit through this forest, he witnessed a large number of elephants crossing the road and he had a bit of bad experience”.

Listening to his story, I was bit enthused to get see some wild animals “Maybe a lion or tiger :P”. Passing through the thick dense jungle, looking out for animals, something caught my eyes.

Look closer

Soon we reached Bavali and that’s the first village which we get after HD Kote. Make sure that you fill the tank at Mysore before you start your journey. The next fuel station is at Mananthavady and to get help also it would be difficult because you will be passing through the forest area.I suggest, fuel up your tank and carry some to spare.
I reached Mananthavady around 9:00 am and made my second stop to tank up and had some tea. I had already crossed Karnataka border, I witnessed the road hindered making me difficult to be at constant speed.

Kerala reminds me of tea plantation and beautiful climate. On the move, noticed that tea plantation was covered on either side of the road. I stopped by to click some pictures of those.

Tea plantation covered with mist
Looking at my itinerary, I had Makkiyad Meenmutty Water Falls listed top and was eager to visit this place. Nearing to my first destination, I was informed by native people that the waterfalls have been closed by the Kerala forest department due to fire mishap. Now that’s a disappointment!!! I had to move on to my next place but before that, I decided to have my breakfast.
Stopped by at a small hotel and had Kerala’s famous Puttu and Kadala curry and masala tea. ( Sorry, didn’t click the pictures ). I spent almost more than 45 minutes as the place was quite and peaceful. Banasurasagar Dam was next in the list and 30 km far, I analysed that it would take good 1 hr 30 minutes for me to reach there.
Around 11:25 am, I reached Banasurasagar Dam and managed to keep my luggage at one of the local shops. I entered the dam by paying 20 rs for the entrance and 25 rs for the camera.

First view from entrance

Top view

Banasura Sagar Dam, which impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River, is part of the Indian Banasurasagar Project consisting of a dam and a canal project started in 1979. In the dam’s reservoir, there is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas. The islands with the Banasura hills in the background provide a spectacular view. It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia.

Wide view

 

 

 

 Boating can be done. For more information, you can check out my video at the end. We can even transit from the entrance to the dam by Jeep run by the local authority by paying 50 Rs/ per person one way.
I left Banasura Sagar dam around 12:00 pm and headed towards Lakkidi viewpoint. On my way to Lakkidi viewpoint, I stopped by a place named Pookode lake. I got to see a lot of people visiting this place. To visit this place you have to pay entrance fees of 20 Rs and for camera 25 Rs.

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Pookode lake

 

 

 

Not much to do and see in this place, So I captured some picture and left from there to Lakkidi viewpoint. Lakkidi viewpoint is the gateway of Wayanad district of Kerala state, south India. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. It is situated 700 m above mean sea level, atop Thamarassery ghat pass. Vythiri is the nearest town, just 5 km from Lakkidi.

Lakkidi viewpoint

 First view

Can you zoom in? let me help you

Zoom……

Spent some time at this place looking at the view, clicking pictures, I made my move. Running away from scorching heat, I headed to a local veg restaurant. Relaxed for a while and had my lunch. Feeling exhausted and indolent, I realised I had to cover a couple of more places and reach Ooty by night. Packed my things and started riding towards Soochipara Waterfalls. Nearing by to my destination, I was disappointed once again. Kerala forest department had passed the order of banning the tourist visit. I left disheartened from there and made my journey towards Edakal caves.

On my way to Edakal caves, I noticed a place named Kanthapara waterfalls been written on a board. For a minute I went pass that board thinking it would be a disappointment, but for the unknown reason, I took a U-turn and headed towards the falls.

Travel through the small road and coffee plantation. After progressing 4-5 km of deteriorated road, I reached my destination. Paid 50 Rs as part of entrance fee and followed the pathway. I saw water flowing through a small stream and the signboard stated 100 mtr more to reach the falls.

 

As I neared the falls, I discovered the sound of a waterfall.

Kantharapa waterfalls

Returning disappointed from the earlier places, Kanthapara was a treat for my eyes to see a waterfall. I left from this place around 3:00 pm assuming that I might need an hour to spend at Edakkal caves. I managed myself to reach Edakkal caves exactly at 4:00 pm and got to know that it closes by 4:00 pm.

Make a note of the timing and holidays

It was just not my day!!! Then I made my move towards Ooty and here’s some pictures which I clicked on my way.

 

 

Roads were simply superb with some amazing views.

I reached Ooty around 9:00 pm and relaxed for rest of the day.

Day 2

I started my journey around 7:00 am and headed towards Coonoor. Coonoor is a Taluk and a municipality in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor is located at an altitude of 1,850 m (6,070 ft) above sea level and is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty.

With a list of places to visit in Coonoor and falls one after the other, Lambs rock was the first place you can visit.

 

 

Entrance of Lambs rock

 

 

 

This place is an absolute beauty

Next, I headed towards Dolphins nose and you fall in love with this place.

 

Beautiful landscape

Nearing to Dolphins nose, you can see Catherine falls.

Entrance

 

 

After visiting Dolphins nose, I headed towards Doddabetta peak which is around 30-40 km from Dolphins nose.

Around 10:00 am, I reached Doddabetta peak. This place was flooded with tourist and took 20 min to sort out the parking space.

 

Map

For entrance they will charge 20 Rs/ head and 25 Rs for Camera

 

 

 

 

You can also enjoy some hot Pakoda and tea.

Next, I headed towards my room, vacated and headed towards the Botanical garden in Ooty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I quickly ran through the Botanical garden and from people, I reached Ooty lake and boat house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this, I started my journey towards Bangalore. I took Ooty – Mysore road which goes via Masinagudi and then through Bandipur forest. Masinagudi has got some beautiful views with 36 hairpin bends. It’s a single and well-maintained road. Every turn you take, you will love and enjoy it.

For more, you can check out my video

Near Bandipur

I reached Bangalore around 9:00 pm and rested for the day.

Note:

You can find trip sheet HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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