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Not sure how many of you got to travel out of town during the Independence Day weekend but we did get lucky and had an opportunity to visit Wayanad forest range and it was one hell of an experience.

After having checked with over 14 resorts and homestays, we finally managed to find a very decent resort just of the main highway NH 212 nr Sultan Bathery but completely covered with coffee and palm plantation. So the view from our Bamboo cottage was like right in the middle of the forest.

We started from Bangalore at 6.30am and NICE road took us straight to Mysore rd within no time and by 8am we had reached MTR Shivalli beyond Chanapatna town for our breakfast. After a couple of Lotta Iddlis (this guy is really famous for these iddlis) n vadas we were on our way to Mysore. Stopped for fuel at 9.15 outside Mysore town and back on the road towards Nanjangud & Gundlepet. You have to be careful to turn right at Gundlepet town else u’ll head towards Bandipur. The moment you hit kerala border, the entire landscape changes and becomes compeltely green. Trust me, the greenery and fresh air hits you and you slowly start getting used to it.

Day 1: After a simple lunch at our resort (with fried fish ofcouse) we decided to explore the popular Edakkal Caves. We had an option to take a 1km jeep ride which would take us almost upto the caves and save on time. The last stretch up was quite an experience with heavy downward traffic and the continous drizzle. Soon we made it to the caves on top and was worth the climb. On our way back as typical tourists, we shopped for Tea powder, Masala Coffee & palm jaggery (good for diabetics) at the local shops.

Our evening at the resort was quiet and relaxed with a sumptuous dinner and a stroll within the resort property.

Day 2: After a heavy breakfast we pushed ourselves out of the resort to checkout the largest waterfall in this area called Soochipara Falls. After driving thru narrow roads and across tea estates we reached the end of the motorable road from were our trek to the base of the falls began. Took us a good 30 mins to get there and about 45mins to get back up but it was totally worth it. The only sad part was to see people washing their clothes and undergarments here.. Dont’ know wat gets into people when they see a river or stream.. its not like they don’t get to wash their clothes for days together. Why come so far and spoil the environment completely..

After a quick lunch we were back on the road again to visit the famous Pookot Lake and Likkidi View point. This lake is just like any other – a bit cleaner though but the view point at Likkidi was just awesome. Spent a lot of time just gazing into the valley below before we started to head back to our resort. Day 3: After another simple but good breakfast with hot tea we spent time at the small stream which runs thru the resort. Did manage to get a quick kerala style massage and started our journey back to bangalore aroun 11.45am. With stopovers for more pictures we said good bye to this wonderful place known as God’s Own Country.

We stopped over at Royal Orchid Metropole in Mysore for buffet lunch in the ancient palace hall and continued on our journey back. Reached bangalore at around 6pm loaded with memories of our short but releaxing trip.

Quick facts:
Total distance covered: 680 kms
Travel time (one-way): 5.5 – 6 hrs
Total cost of fuel used: Rs 2800
Accommodation: Rs 6000 per couple for 2N/3Days
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