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Wayanad: Six dudes hit NH 212!

I finally visited my last remaining southern Indian state "God's own country" -- Kerala. A group of us six dudes went for a road trip to Wayanad. This was to be my first tryst with the Kerala, and boy it wasn’t at all disappointing.

We booked a Tata Sumo, and started around 6.15 am on Saturday, April 19. By the time we were done with the pick-ups, it was already 7.30 am. We then took the route of Bangalore-Mysore-Gudalur-Wayanad. We literally zipped all through Karnataka, and took the NH 212 to Wayanad from Gudalur (or Gundlupet).

Airfare for Rs 599 and less!

En route to Wayanad, we had to pass through the Bandipur national park and the Mathunga national park. It was lush green and dense, however, we could only witness elephants during our journey.

We reached Sulthan Bathery around 1.30 pm, and were throughly surprised that it was pretty humid and wasn't at all what we pictured it to be. So we moved ahead to Kalpetta, which is further 25 kilometers from Sulthan Bathery.

At Kalpetta we checked in to Arun Lodge. We got decent double bed rooms with a clean toilet and a TV (the bare minimum for stay) for just Rs 440.

Later in the evening we went to the Pookot lake, the images say the rest. After Pookot we went to the Banasura Dam. I guess this place is a must watch for visitors; it is the biggest earthen dam in Asia. The reservoir and the partially submerged hills tell a story.

Text and photograph: Ankur Mehrotra
Also read: Thumpamon: Where fireflies light up the night

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