We reached Kalpetta at 12 noon and checked-in at Hotel Woodlands. Then, we saw the “dark” side of God’s own country. Saddam Hussain was hanged in some part of the world and the communists in Kerala went crazy. A strike was called immediately and all shops were closed. That was bad and we were confined to the hotel rooms.
This falls is 23 kms from Kalpetta via Meppadi. One has to walk for 2 kms to reach the waterfalls from the parking place. There are nice steps and the path is well paved.
We then proceeded towards Meenmutty falls. We reached a place where the signboard showed 3.9 kms to Meenmutty falls. This distance is to be covered by foot. We were thinking whether to go or not, when the locals told that the car can go further 2 kms, but only on first or second gear. It was tough for my Zen, but could manage without much difficulty. The trek starts from a coffee estate. We took a guide as there were chances of missing in the forest. The trail goes continuously down and it was similar to the last stretch of Dabbe falls trek. It was really tough. Well, I had not done any treks in the last 6 months and that added to the difficulty. It took around 45 minutes to reach the falls. The falls was in full flow.
We were dead tired when we came back to the base point and it required three glass of butter milk to come back to normal.
We reached Edakkal caves late and it was closed. But we finished our lunch (at 4:30PM !!) there.
We then decided to call it a day and went back to hotel.
The New Year morning started with the visit to the Thamarrasery ghat. At the start, of the ghat was chain tree. The story about this tree is interesting. As the tale goes an Adivasi youth was instrumental in guiding a British Engineer through the difficult mountain terrain into Wayanad. Eager to take credit for the discovery, the engineer conveniently killed his guide, whose soul, according to the legend, constantly haunted subsequent travellers. It is further beleived that a preist chained the troublesome spirit into this tree.
A small lake near Vythri.
This is the largest earth dam in Asia. It is around 22 kms from Kalpetta. The lake is surrounded by mountains and forests.
It was around 12 noon and we decided to return back to Bangalore. On the way back, passing through Bandipur forest, I was thinking about the future of these relatively well maintained forests. The recent tribal bill passed gives rights to own the forest land for the tribals. I don’t know how many tribals will benefit but there will be huge rush of poachers and politicians to these forests.
Route: Bangalore -> Mysore -> Nanjanagud -> Gundlupet -> Sulthan Battheri -> Kalpetta
Bangalore – Mysore: 140 kms
Mysore – Nanjanagud: 22 kms
Nanjanagud – Gundlupet: 36 kms
Gundlupet – Sulthan Battheri: 56 kms
Sulthan Battheri – Kalpetta: 24 kms