A short road trip to Wayand from Kochi

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During the weekend of Christmas, we decide to have a quick trip to Wayanad from Kochi. It was the first trip of our 10 months old little angel. Though we were bit nervous;at the end she enjoyed the most πŸ™‚ Since we were also accompanied by our parents, it was a bit less-adventurous journey.

Soochipara Waterfalls

We started at around 6AM; took North Paravur route instead of the usual Alwaye-Thrissur route. We had booked at Best Western Plus Ekobarn around 2PM. We decided to cover Chembra side. Since it was already evening, we could see only Soochipara Waterfalls. Meenumutty falls was closed. One should keep in mind that, these destinations are open only untill 5PM for entry. Since monsoon was poor in 2016, overall the weather was not good. We were expecting chill; while it was as hot as Kochi!

Wild Life Sanctuaries

The second day we decided to cover two wildlife sanctuaries. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary was closed due to worker strike. But the journey via jungle was awesome. It’s easy to find deers, monkeys etc on your jungle ride itself. If lucky, it was mentioned even spotting elephants is possible.

While coming back, we decided to visit Thirunelli Temple. A very old temple; still maintained in its same fashion (without much commercial aspects added). Its situated on top of the hill. The ambience itself is great.

Kuruvadweep

Our next destination was Kuruva Islands. I must say this was one of the disappointing destinations; partly because of the hype created and partly because of the weather. The key attraction is a very shot bamboo rafting required to reach the island. Then its a long walk through preserved forest area. It’s rich in its flora and fauna; but enjoying the experience depend on the time of visit. At the end of the long walk is water-interlock of Kabini river created by rocks. It’s a great ambience and fun.

Lakkidi

While coming back, we stopped at Lakkidi viewpoint. This was one of the most memorable sights for me. One could get the complete view of downtown, hairpins and the roads. Our final destination during this trip was Pookode lake.Its a natural freshwater lake with walkways around it and surrounded by forest. Once again, if we had chosen a better time to visit.

Wayanad

Here is the Flickr Album.

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Overall a mixed feeling especially due to the hype Wayanad has. I felt Munnar was much better πŸ™‚ it was a love at first sight for Munnar…

About Vijay Sankar 42 Articles

A techie turned business professional; presently living in Cochin, India. For bread and butter, exploring the domain of marketing attribution. I hold an Electrical Engineering degree from College of Engineering, Trivandrum and Executive MBA (PGPEM) from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

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