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Banasura sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam (ബാണാസുര സാഗര്‍ ടം), Wayanad By aztonyx (Rejoyce Jose) – March 28, 2009  

Banasura Sagar Dam, which impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River, is part of the Banasurasagar Project consisting of a dam and a canal project started in 1979.[1] The goal of the project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in a region known to have water shortages in seasonal dry periods.

The Banasura Sagar Dam is located 21 km from Kalpetta, in Wayanad District of Kerala in the Western Ghats. It is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia, and an ideal starting point for hikes into the surrounding scenic mountains.[2] It is an important tourist attraction.[3]

In the dam’s reservoir there is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas.[4] The islands with the Banasura hills in the background provide a spectacular view.

 

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Meenmutty Waterfalls

Meenmutty Waterfalls (മീന്മുട്ടി വാറെര്ഫല്ല്സ്), Wayanad By Anoop Madhavan – January 12, 2008 

Disambiguation: There are 3 or more waterfalls with the name of meenmutty in Wayanad. This article is about the one near meppadi town. The name meenmutty means an hinderence beyond which fishes can’t swim. (meen means fish in malayalam)

Meenmutty (meen mutty) Waterfalls near Meppadi ( a small town), is one of the most beautiful water falls in kerala. Meenmutty is actually a collection of 3 water falls. Meppadi is 23 kms from kalpetta.

There are local buses from kalpetta to meppadi and route gives you splendid views of the tea estates.

From meppadi town the water falls is around 7 kms of which 5kms one can go via road. Jeeps or autos are easily available in meppadi town. Its a good idea to carry enough water and eatables with you.

As mentioned earlier there are 3 water falls at meenmutty. The route to third water fall is a down ward trek of around 2 kms and it is very dangerous.

From the starting point of the trek if you take the route which goes towards left, it will take you to the first two waterfalls. It is impossible to reach the third waterfall without coming to the initial starting point. Its adivicable to check for the route with the localites before starting the trek and its not a good idea to go to the third waterfall.

The second waterfall is very wide and there is a small pool formed at the bottom of the fall. During summer season we can take bath there. The first water fall is narrower compared to the second one but its not possible to take bath there. The route to these 2 falls are of moderate difficulty and its not advisable to go there with family as the route gets very narrow and dangerous at some points.

The third water fall is the tallest of the three and its not possible to go near this fall. Attempt to go this water fall only if you are very confident and you have good treking experience. The forest in this area is so thick that you will loose way and may have to wander to findout the way back. Also note that it is not possible to go to go to other two falls from this waterfall.

Route to the third waterfall at meenmutty:

meen mutty

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves (ഇടക്കല്‍ ചാവെസ്), Wayanad By Sabarishr (Sabarish Raghupathy) – August 19, 2007 

These caves have been formed by natural rock splits. The ancient carvings & symbols carved on the rocks can still be noticed. These are also considered as one among the world’s famous carvings. There is also a belief that this place has been proved the earliest centers of human habitation. Hence, these might give you an idea about life & civilization.

Route Suggestions:

If you are coming from Bangalore via mysore:

**Bangalore > Mysore > Gundalpet > Sultan Bathery > Kalpetta > Meppadi **
(This road is in very good condition. Both Karnataka roads as well as Kerala)

You can find accommodation in kalpetta. From there you can easily commute to Edakkal Caves.

Thirunelly Temple

Thirunelly Temple

Thirunelly Temple (തിരുനെല്ലി റെമ്പ്ലെ), Wayanad By binux (Binu K S) – May 20, 2006 

Thirunelly Temple, wayanad, kerala. One of the oldest temples in the world. Tippu attacked undergroud caves, Cave shiva temple pancha theerthakkulam 400 years old stonge henge canal to bring water from a non perennial water source. This was donated by princess of Chirakkal Royal family, Kannur, Kerala.

Believed to be consecrated by lord Brahma Thirunelli is known as the Thekkan Kaasi (Southern kaasi) Pakshi paathalam, Brahma giri range

*Bangalore > Mysore > Gundalpet > Sultan Bathery > Kalepetta > Meppadi *
(This road is in very good condition. Both Karnataka roads and Kerala roads)

You can find accommodation in kalpetta. From there you can easily commute to Thirunelly Temple.

In malayalam thirunelli is written as തിരുനെല്ലി

 

Alternate spellings  thirunelli, tirunelli

Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary, Kerala

Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary

Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary, Kerala (തോല്‍പെട്ടി), Wayanad By w3p706 (Fabian Heusser) – March 2, 2007 

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayayand; 30 kms from Thirunelli Temple, near Kutta. 45 kms from kuruva Islands, Wayanad; 60 kms from kalpetta Near Nagar Hole wild life sanctuary Can see Elephants, Leopards, Tigers, Bison Co-operative forest departmet safari costs Rs 250/- (5 USD)

Vehicles like sumo, and jeeps are allowed. Small cars are not allowed inside. Lots of jeeps are availbile near the sanctuary entrance Best season March

 

Timings: Morning 9 AM to evening 6 PM

Bangalore > Mysore > Manathavady > Tholpetty

 

Pookot Lake Vythiri

 

Pookot Lake

Pookot lake (പൂകൊറ്റ് ലാകെ), Wayanad By Lensman vishy

The serene lake, 19 kms from Kalpetta the district capital of Wayanad is an unavoidable item in the    itinerary anyone who visits Wayanad. Pookot lake offers beautiful views of lush green mountains surrounding it. Boating or just wandering in the woods is upto you !

The best route to reach Pookot lake is:

Bangalore > Mysore > Gundalpet > Sultan Bathery > Kalepetta > Meppadi 
(This road is in very good condition. Both Karnataka roads and Kerala roads)

You can find accommodation in Kalpetta. From there you can easily commute to Pookot Lake. A popular resort, a very eco-friendly one near the area is Vythiri resort on which you can find more on Routez. Though cheaper options might be the lodges in Kalpetta and Meppadi.

Oh yes, now the scary part – there are leeches around the lake when its wet (rainy season) so if you find a cook tickling sensation, don’t be alarmed, its our friendly neighborhood leech, put some salt or some tobaco and he will leave & stick a news paper where he was clinging to stop blood. Now I lied when I said leeches are scary, they are pretty cool !