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Old 26th August 2013, 22:20   #226
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GPX of Trip 1 - Bangalore to Wayanad
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GPX of Trip 1, Wayanad to Goa to Bangalore
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GPX of Trip 2 - Bangalore to Wayanad and back
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Just had a chat with North Wayanad DFO's office. Pakshipathalam area is declared as restricted and no more permissions to Pakshipathalam treks are granted.

DFO, North Wayanad: Ph: 04935- 240233
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Its been quite a while since I wrote a new or updated a travelogue. Been busy with many of my other passions, predominantly farming. It took a while, and currently seems to have settled down, giving me some moments to pursue my travelogues. So let me start catching up with my travels!


I had a chance to visit Wayanad again. This time I was with my team, who just finished a hectic project and wanted to take a break. They wanted to visit Kerala, and the easiest and nearest option was Wayanad. A few phone calls to Sam Uncle, my friend from the Chardham trip, we got his farm house booked for our stay. The farm house can easily accommodate 10 to 12 guys, and that was what we wanted.

So the dates were decided to be 17, 18, and 19th of January 2014. Civvy and an i10 were the steeds for this drive.

Plan
Day 01 - 17.01.2014 - Bangalore - Talakaad - Somanathpur - Wayanad
Day 02 - 18.01.2014 - Wayanad
Day 03 - 19.01.2014 - Wayanad - Ooty - Masinagudi - Chamraj Nagar - Kanakapura - Bangalore

Total 888Kms of fun!
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Its been quite a while since I wrote a new or updated a travelogue.
Plan
Day 01 - 17.01.2014 - Bangalore - Talakaad - Somanathpur - Wayanad
Day 02 - 18.01.2014 - Wayanad
Day 03 - 19.01.2014 - Wayanad - Ooty - Masinagudi - Chamraj Nagar - Kanakapura - Bangalore

Total 888Kms of fun!
Wow! A travelogue from My dear Laluk after a long time. I am eagerly awaiting your dosages! And a cool place during peak summer!
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Day 01 : 17.01.2014

One of the colleagues came home at 05:45AM, and we started the journey by 06:00 from home. Our mandate was to be at Kanakapura exit of NICE road by 07:00AM for the i10 to catch up.

Bangalore was a pleasant 19 degrees in the morning
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Civvy set for the drive, over a lakh happy miles together, now for the next one
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On the way I picked up another colleague. We reached Kanakapura Exit by 07:00AM after some spirited drive on the empty NICE road!
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This note got my attention

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Soon the i10 catches up, a group pic
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We drove through the empty roads to reach the Talakkadu deviation by 08:15AM
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Another group pic!

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Day 01 : 17.01.2014

We reached Talakkad by 09:00AM.
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Who's this guy?
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I decided to take a walk around the temples, while the other guys visited the temple. Surpirisngly the entire area is filled with sand. The interesting history is documented here

I found this temple first in my stroll
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The next temple is 400m away
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There's a covered walk way to the temple
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There were some renovation going on
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I reached the next temple
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The full loop with details of temples
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These days Nandi even have a cast!
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Day 01 : 17.01.2014

Who's this guy?
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This guy seems to be a Malabar HornBill

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We were a happy bunch!
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We had a great breakfast here
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We then went to Cauvery
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Tempting!!
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At Cauvery River

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Team at Cauvery
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Day 01 : 17.01.2014

BY 11:00 we started towards Somanathpur. It was around 30KMs to Somanathpur.

We reached Somanathpur by 11:30AM
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Parked Civvy next to a colourful house
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Entrance Fee

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I forgot the last time I send a postcard
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Keshava Temple - Details

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Keshava Temple
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Team entering the temple

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Inside the entrance
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Inscriptions dating back to 1269
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Keshava Temple
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Day 01 : 17.01.2014

The Entrance
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Team getting their Souvenirs

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A few decided to wait
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Inside the temple

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Suddenly a set of students landed up

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The place is protected by ASI
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This cart got my attention

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The bullocks had designs on their body
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Sat for a while under this tree, waiting for the team to regroup
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By 12:00 noon we started our drive towards Wayanad.

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Day 01 : 17.01.2014


By 14:00 hours we reached Wayanad and drove straight to Edakkal Caves. Left the team to explore the caves and I went to Agricultural research Station to get a few saplings for my garden. The counter was to close by 16:00 hours, so I rushed the plant selection and finished payment by 16:00. I also collected the grow bags from here for my terrace garden.

I got a call informing me that the team had finished visiting the caves and would be back at the base in another 30 minutes. By this time Sam Uncle also came top the Research Station. We spoke for a moment and I drove back to the caves to meet the team by 16:30.

With the team I met Sam uncle again, and purchased some items for dinner that night. We then drove to the farm house and reached the farm house by 18:30 hours.

That's a tired me with Sam Uncle

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The team made some dinner at the farm house
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It was time for some music and dance!
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I decided to stay in the tent next to Civvy
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A view of the farm house

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Another view of the Gazebo and tent
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We had some camp fire too

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By 23:00 hours we decided to call it a day

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Wayanad was 20 degrees, warmer than Bangalore. We were 360KMs away from home
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Day 02 : 18.01.2014

It was quite a bad idea to have tried to sleep in the tent. The dew started condensing and the tent was wet,so I abandoned the idea and occupied a bed inside the house. After a nice sleep we all woke up around 06:30AM.

It was indeed cold
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We had a passionate ornithologist amongst us
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Morning view of the farm house

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Our guys were engrossed in the morning buzz
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I found this guy
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Quite colourful
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So was the web!
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Nothing to beat a morning cup of chai
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Day 02 : 18.01.2014

After Chai break, we went in search of birds
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We found touch me not
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Bogainvilla
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Wild flower
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I was told this birdie is a native of Wayanad

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Bulbul

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Who's this guy?
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The views were good
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Guys searching for birdies
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Hmm....
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No birdies, guys started back
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We retraced our steps back to the farm house
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The other side was tea estate
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Coffee too
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My collection for my farm
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Day 02 : 18.01.2014

By 10:30AM we decided to explore a bit of Wayanad
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Driving out of the farmhouse was tricky
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It was close
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Phew! Finally made it
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i10 joins
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Going down was fun too!

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Rough roads
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We stopped for a full Kerala meals at a decent hotel and drove towards Kuruva Island

i10 reaches Kuruva Island

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It was already 13:30hours

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After getting the entry tickets we waited for the bamboo raft to get to the island
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Day 02 : 18.01.2014

Finally we reached the island
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I did some balancing!
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Birdies at Kuruva
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Crocodiles of India

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Team getting ready for the fun
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The braves try crossing the river

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Yes we need all the cheers we can get

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Balancing act
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Finally the other bank
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A crocky!
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Day 02 : 18.01.2014

The action continues...
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The river all for us
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Been there done that

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Time to get back
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Balancing act continues

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It was not easy!!

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Finally successful adventure

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One for the record
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Tadpoles!!
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The last glimpse of the river before heading back
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