Real Traveller :
Vyshak Sathyan shares his experience of travelling in the Wayanad district of Kerela as a local. We first saw his work on his Instagram profile here. His unique style of clicking and editing mobile phone pictures will leave you intrigued and inspired. Don’t miss out on the images of beauty in nature’s little beings. Hope you enjoy this real travel story.
His story in his words:
There is only one word to define wayanad “serene” . I reckon that I’m so lucky enough to be living here. Wayanad is only 3.79 % urbanized and that tells you how much this place has been covered in greenery. Least populated and least polluted. Agriculture and tourism are the two major professions pursued. Malayalam is the most widely used language in Wayanad.
Wayanad has become a much beloved tourist destination with its rustic charm and natural beauty. Apart from the scenic drives and the green rolling hills, Wayanad’s lakes, waterfalls and mountain streams make for ideal picnic spots. Wayanad is therefore a must visit for any traveler with a soft spot for nature and her artistry.
Adventure seekers have plenty to choose from with trekking, camping, mountain biking, speed boating, zip lines and zorbing on offer. Wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers can have a time of their lives with forest trails, tree houses and wildlife safaris. Wayanad also has plenty of attractions for history and architecture lovers.
The Wayanad Village Life Experience lets you explore Wayanad’s culture and traditions by giving you an inside scoop on Wayanad and its people. Their way of living, agrarian practices, their skills like archery, handicrafts, music and artistry are just some of the things that you will get to experience and I’m literally living it. There is no seasonal timing here, which means that you can be here in any time. I assure that you all have a great time being here.
One of the most popular waterfalls in the state of Kerala. A three-tiered waterfall in Vellarimala, Wayanad, soochipara falls are also known as the sentinel rock waterfall. This was taken when some of my Instagram friends came over for a meet. It was a wonderful experience of meeting up people who were strangers and we became friends through social media (Instagram). Loved meeting new people who shared similar interests such as travelling with photography as a passion. I took them all to this very beautiful place. And they just loved the experience.
Did you know, ‘Thollayiram’ is Wayanad’s best kept secret?
I’m revealing the most secret spot and my favorite spot in Wayanad. This place is actually on the way to soochipara falls. Majority of the people are unaware of this very serene place , which is actually a thick forest ,this place is not open for access to everyone.
My best companion ‘Naveen’ and I managed to get into the area . And I can tell you that I have never seen anything like that inside a thick forest. The point that I recommend for this place is that you carry some salt and you may need a match box as well, so that you can get rid of leeches. There are a lot of leeches and the track is a bit rough with quite a bit of adventure in store. But you don’t want to miss this place.
Banasura Sagar Dam
I have visited this place inumerable times and the dam has become a popular tourist destination. Many people visit the place to go trekking at the Banasura Hill. A fun fact: The Banasura Hill Resort ( located approx 20 km from the dam) was rated as Asia’s largest Earthen resort by BBC. On this spot, speed & pedal boating is a hit amongst the tourists. Speed boat ride, in particular, is an exhilarating experience.
This is the highest peak in Wayanad and also one of the best places in Kerala for trekking. The main attraction is on the peak which is the heart shaped lake that looks like a love heart. After an exhausting trek you get that amazing view. We did not feel tired after the trek, thanks to the view and ambiance ! With guidance from an official guide, you will be given enough time (3 hours) for trekking. And the best timeto do so is early morning if you don’t wanna miss that foggy view.
I have never been to such a harmonic place covered with dew drops, a calm and quiet environment. This is also a place for trekking but there is no guide though. You can ride all the way to the hills just like 900. And the best time to be here is evening so that you could really enjoy the sunset. There is going to be a vast area to camp and enjoy.
Wayanad churam (ghats)
This is the last place you could visit as it’s the border to another district, Calicut. It does belong to Wayanad, but actually located in Calicut district. It lies on the Calicut – Wayanad – Mysore route (National Highway 212). Here you will be paying attention to our ancestors ‘monkeys’ and I must mention that they are harmless creatures. You could enjoy the sunset and foggy atmosphere in the evening and early morning respectively.