When someone handed over me the brochure of a homestay in Wayanad, I innocently asked him, “So, what is there to see in Wayanad?”. In response to the question, he shot a reproachful look at me. Then, he left out an inaudible sigh and replied, “Wayanad! It is a district!”. I still didn’t get it! Seeing my confused look, he continued, “It is a district! There are many things to see!”. Seeing this to be right moment to close a conversation that was increasingly showing off my ignorance, I smiled feebly and looked around.
A few months later, I’m back from a visit to Wayanad “district”! After spending 2 days in Wayanad, I realized the inner meaning of the words spoken to me! Two days were not enough to see the entire place. There are many places of interest listed under Wayanad on the internet. In two days, you can hardly cover 25% of these places. To make matters more complex, any two places of interest are separated by at least 20 kilometers which translates to a lot of driving. It is difficult to get an accommodation closer to all places you want to see.
So, if you are planning to visit Wayanad, reserve a week. You need as much to cover all the important places. Visit during the monsoon season. It will be raining cats & dogs and the visibility poor. But, it is a beautiful sight! During my stay, there was a light drizzle and the earth around me changed colors! There are no words to describe it. The homestays and the resorts are overpriced. Drive a hard bargain as you will be only coming back to room to drop dead on the bed after all the driving and the sightseeing.
Seen below are some of the pictures taken from the Lakkidi viewpoint that offers a good view of the Thamarassery ghat pass. See video for the famous reference to Thamarassery ghat pass!