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iXiGOers Apr 19 2013

Suggest a 3 day tour itinerary for Vythiri.

Manish Kumar Apr 19 2013
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Vythiri's un discovered haven of waterfalls and streams nestled deep in the forests of  Wayanad , are awaiting your exploration. To make the most of your time in  Vythiri , it would be best to arrange your time and activities in a way that makes the best of the days you have to spend in this delightfully tranquil city. 




Given below is a suggested 3 day itinerary that you can use as a guide while planning your own:


Day 1


Making your way through a lush tangle of misty, steamy jungles, past winding plantation covered mountain roads and head straight to Vythiri resort or Green Magic Nature resort for your stay. After checking in and freshening up take Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal highway and make way to Pookode lake. Luminescent like an eyris blue pearl, nestled at the foot of canopied hills, Pookode lake is the perfect welcome to your stay in Vythiri.






Out at Pookode lake take some time to simply immerse yourself in Vythiri’s fragrant forests and head out for a boat ride on the sparkling waters of Pookode lake. You can also indulge in kayaking and row boating at the lake. There’s also an aquarium and handicrafts emporium to explore at Pookode lake. Check out the entry fee and timings at Pookode lake.





After a spot of lunch, possibly by the lake, head out to Lakkidi, a breathtakingly luxuriant valley with gurgling streams and lofty peaks, about 4.6 km away. Out here do make it a point to stop by Thamarassery ghat road and be swept away by the incredibly magnificent view. Be sure to visit the legendary Chain tree where the spirit of Karinthandan lies chained and ask locals for the sinister story behind the tree. You can stop at any one of the roadside small eateries for evening snacks and tea/coffee.






As you head back to Vythiri, take a detour at Vythiri Police station and visit Kanthanpara waterfalls. Set amidst bamboo forests, sublimely beautiful and glorious, Kanthanpara waterfalls are the perfect culmination to your first day in Vythiri. Head back to your hotel for a laid back dinner.






Day 2


After a refreshing breakfast from the hotel’s buffet spread, the day is perfect to head over to Edakkal, 35.3 km away for which you will have to take NH 212/SH 29. Widely popular for its neolithic caves with its name translating to 'stone in between' the name Edakkal more or less describes the caves, a site of immense historical and archaeological significance. Etched with carvings that date back to Neolithic era, the late Stone Age, while some carvings are slightly hazy, most are clear and animal and human figures can be made out with surprising clarity given the time and centuries they have survived. To know more about the caves check out Eddakal Caves.





Usually brimming with tourists, there is an uphill trek of a kilometer to reach the caves with the caves being situated on Ambukuthi mala, Wayanad’s highest peak. On the way up there is a small chapel carved with stories from the Bible as well as a small stall selling coffee and snacks. The way inside the caves is past uneven rocks, an iron ladder and rock walls covered with moss and lichen.





It will possibly take you 2-3 hours to explore the cave by when it will probably be lunch time. Simply make your way to Edakkal Hermitage for lunch, a resort but ideal for dining as well. Their in-house restaurant is set inside a natural cave and usually alight with candles, giving it a hauntingly romantic glow. In addition to its incredible ambience, the restaurant is a good choice for indulging in Malayali cuisine.





Next up is Meenmutty waterfall. 18.3 km ahead of Edakkal caves, take Kolagappara Ambalavayal road and continue onto SH 29 and right past Sreeporkkali temple and Vaduvanchal lie the falls. Glorious and magnificent, Meenmutty waterfalls are three-tiers of sheer cascading beauty. Situated deep within a lush jungle that is a heady mix of deciduous and evergreen forests, the way to the falls is a thrilling trek with the rocks offering some excellent opportunities for rock climbing as well.





Now with night fast approaching head back to Vythiri, 28.2 km away, on Meppadi-Chooralmala road, a drive that will probably take around an hour.


Day 3


Keep the last day for some active immersion in Vythiri’s natural splendor. After a filling breakfast, be sure to pack some food with you as you are unlikely to come across any eateries along the way. Make your way to Chembra peak, situated 6.4 km away Kozhikode- Vythiri-Gudallur highway/SH 29, for a spot of adrenaline pumping trekking. Wayanad’s highest peak, Chembra is actually a part of the Western Ghats with the Nilgiris as its neighbor. Shrouded in mist with a beauty that is heart-achingly splendorous, you will need permission from the forest office to trek Chembra peak. Once you have been issued a pass and all geared up, make your way past its green carpeted and canopied tangle.






Keep a lookout for the heart-shaped lake that marks halfway. Atop the peak you have a glorious view of Wayanad, Malappuram, Nilgiris and Kozhikode sprawling all around you.





The trek through Chembra peak is bound to take better part of the day and by the time you culminate the exploration it will be late afternoon. Make your way to Banasura Sagar dam, Asia’s second largest earthen dam. Set at the foot of Banasura hills, the dam leads to several trekking routes that take you through the surrounding fragrant, lush mountains. Be sure to indulge in a spot of speed boating.  






Whizzing through the water surface amidst the sublime surroundings of Banasura Sagar dam is a perfect way to bring your vacation in Vythiri to a close.

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