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Old 28th July 2013, 23:18   #166
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A very detailed account of Wayanad nicely presented.
This log can be used as a guide for those venturing out to explore Wayanad.
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A very detailed account of Wayanad nicely presented.
This log can be used as a guide for those venturing out to explore Wayanad.

Thanks JohnnyBoss.
Some more details about a trip in February is still pending
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Yet another fantastic travelogue. "Civved" series have been my inspiration to travel for quite some time.
I have spent quite a few years playing cricket next to Thalassery fort but looking at Muzhappilangad beach, thalassery and Mahe through your lens seems totally different.
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Yet another fantastic travelogue. "Civved" series have been my inspiration to travel for quite some time.
I have spent quite a few years playing cricket next to Thalassery fort but looking at Muzhappilangad beach, thalassery and Mahe through your lens seems totally different.

Thanks Vancho.
We loved Muzhupilangad beach, and we will return one day for sure with more time in hand
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Amazing pictures Lalu, you really do a great job capturing your travels!

I still remember your trip and our meet clearly! After all, how can we forget, eh?!

Couple of snaps taken by Gautam ji.

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3 DBHPians off to something!
The third picture from BolBolero could have been quite troublesome for us
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Hi Laluks

Greatly appreciate the amount of patience and work you have done in penning this travelogue in so much detail.

I had trekked the Chembra peak a long time back; say around 2001-2002 and had been to the water body thats now called Hrudaya Saras. Is this a name that has come out recently because I dont remember it being called by this name at that time? Also, do you know if its possible to swim there etc,. because, at the time when I trekked, it was boiling hot weather and I was tempted to swim but not sure of the depth and quality of the water, so I didnt dare enter the water.

Did the info office have any info about Hrudaya Saras?

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Wow ! Always enjoy reading and seeing your travelogues and this one is no different - excellent depiction of Wayanad - too good Lalu !
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Hi Laluks

Greatly appreciate the amount of patience and work you have done in penning this travelogue in so much detail.

I had trekked the Chembra peak a long time back; say around 2001-2002 and had been to the water body thats now called Hrudaya Saras. Is this a name that has come out recently because I dont remember it being called by this name at that time? Also, do you know if its possible to swim there etc,. because, at the time when I trekked, it was boiling hot weather and I was tempted to swim but not sure of the depth and quality of the water, so I didnt dare enter the water.

Did the info office have any info about Hrudaya Saras?

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The naming I think is a recent development to sell (rather over sell) Wayanad as a destination.

The guide with me told me that it would be slimy with mosses (payal in mallu). It was indeed, and when we wet our legs it formed a layer and came out like a web. May not be ideal for swimming, looked stale. Depth wise he told me it is deep.

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Wow ! Always enjoy reading and seeing your travelogues and this one is no different - excellent depiction of Wayanad - too good Lalu !
Thanks kannan. Some more to be updated soon
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Trip 02

This year (2013) we completed 15 years of matrimony, and wanted to have something fancy to celebrate the day. But the actual Anniversary dates had exams for the PPGs, and we decided to prepone it rather than postpone the occasion.

While we were at HVK meet in Wayanad in December 2012, a sales guy from a resort approached me and gave me a postcard about a dinner in a cave near Edakkal Caves. The card claimed that it was recommended by Lonely Planet Magazine of December 2012 to be one of the 25 most romantic ideas world wide. Ok, so be it, lets get back to Wayanad again for this romantic fancy idea for the occasion.

Called up the sales guy and got it all booked up with a candle light dinner and an over night stay at the resort.
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So the anniversary drive to Wayanad was planned and executed
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Day 01
22nd February 2013
Bangalore - GaganChukki - Wayanad

We started our drive early by 05:00AM. Instead of the regular Mysore route, we decided to take Kanakapura, Kollegal, ChamrajNagar, Muthanga route to Wayanad.

By 07:30AM we were near Shivanasamudra falls and took a deviation to check the place and to take a breakfast break before continuing, though we knew the falls would be a trickle!

We reached Gagana Chukki Falls by 07:30AM
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The place was empty as expected
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The falls was all but a trickle
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Warning
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A photo for the record!
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We turned back
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It was nice to get the place all for us for a break!

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Day 01
22nd February 2013
Bangalore - GaganChukki - Wayanad

This fellow seemed to be very inquisitive with Jr. PPG
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This puppy was very cute and friendly
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Sr. PPG was getting some attention
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The big mama was relaxed
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The swans made a lot of noise to gain our attention

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They belonged to a resort owned by Karnataka Government, we went there for breakfast
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While breakfast was getting prepared PPGs decided to have some fun at the park
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The puppies too joined them
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Not a bad place at all. Though they were surprised to find us that early on a non season, they made us some breakfast and tea
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There is an ice cream parlour there as well

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After an hour of break, breakfast and rest we decided to start the drive by 08:30AM from there.

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Day 01
22nd February 2013
Bangalore - GaganChukki - Wayanad

We stopped by a big banyan tree
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We checked out the hanging vines
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Sivanasamudram Post Office

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By 09:00AM we exited the place and was back in the main road
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The tourism boards attracted us

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The Talakkad board made us do a customary loop inside Talakkad too
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Civvy ready for a drive back to Talakkad

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Day 01
22nd February 2013
Bangalore - GaganChukki - Wayanad

We drove towards Doddamakkali
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We reached the gate of JLR resort at Dodammakali

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The resort is now closed for some time.
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Some views of the canals

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We were near Shimsha Hydroelectric project

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The roads were narrow and patchy but straight
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We took a deviation to Talakkadu by 10:00AM

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We took a loop inside the area and continued with our drive towards Wayanadu.

We reached Sultan Battery by 13:00 hours and had lunch at a restaurant which served some beautiful meals with fish curry.

By 14:30 hours we reached the Edakkal Hermitage resort we booked.


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22nd February 2013
Bangalore - GaganChukki - Wayanad

We docked our Civvy safely at the parking lot
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We were quickly allotted the cottage

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We were told this was the biggest cottage they had
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The surroundings were nice
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Wifey was quite happy sitting at the verandah

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The other cottages
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That is the cave for the candle light dinner

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There was some space for activities

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The breakfast location
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I returned back to the gate, the road takes us to Edakkal Caves

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I found wifey and Jr. PPG at the verandah
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