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Wayanad - Truly a nature's paradise Why : Monsoon drive Where : Wayanad, Kerala Distance : ~2000 kilometres Ride : Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Fuel : Petrol Mileage : 15KMPL Stay: Thejas Resorts Route Taken: Hyderabad (Gachibowli) - Kurnool - Bangalore - Mysuru - Gundlupete - Wayanad. Road condition: The road conditions throughout the drive have been splendid and we enjoyed every bit of our drive on the ghat. Except for a few bad stretches in the interiors of the village when we explored new routes, rest of the main roads are excellent. The season being monsoon, added a lot of beauty to the scene. Places to visit in Wayanad: Edakkal Caves Karapuzha dam Phantom hill point Jain Temple Banasura dam Pookot Lake Lakkidi View point Minmooty waterfalls Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary Soochipara Waterfalls Kanthampara Waterfalls A lot of Tea states enroute and amazing roads. Day-00: Hyderabad - Kurnool - Bangalore (550 kms & 7.5 hours including a dinner break) Day-01: Bangalore - Mysuru - Gundlupete - Wayanad (Sultan Bathery) (6 hours of drive time - 275 kms) We reached our stay by 9:00 AM @Thejas resorts in Sultan Bathery. It is sited amidst one of the most beautiful locations of Wayanad between the forest offering best of the authentic Kerala ambience. We started our drive to the first site, that is the Edakkal Caves post breakfast. You need to walk around 2 kms up the hill on a paved path from the parking area. Trek up the Ambukutty hills to reach the foot of the cave which was quite strenuous but adventurous. The rain during our trek added more fun to the scene. The first sight of the cave. It is technically not a cave but a rock shelter caused by a piece of rock splitting away from the main body. Beautiful view of Wayanad from the top of the Ambukutty hills. We had to get down a lot of stairs on our way back from the cave. The view throughout our descent down the hill was just splendid as we walked through the cloud cover. Few stretches of this track were quite interesting. Don't forget to carry an Umberella or a raincoat when you take this place. There are quite a few view points on the edge to get some good clicks of the views that the place has offered us. Our next drive was towards the Karapuzha dam. We took the road which was quite a loner passing through interiors of numerous number of villages as we moved towards this dam. Note: Choose the main road if one has to worry about the road condition as this track doesn't offer you the best of the roads. We chose this track to enjoy the remote beauty through the fields. Karapuzha dam is one of the biggest earth dams India has got and totally for the purpose of irrigation. The path towards this dam offers some amazing views of nature This dam was built on the Karapuzha river a tributary of the Kabini river Some pleasant and beautiful pictures of the place. One of the best places to walk around the path and spend an evening amidst nature to relax Phantom rock is one of the rarely visited archaeological sites in Wayanad which is located 13 kms from Kalpetta. Phantom rock was our last visited spot of the day. We moved back to the resort for the night to enjoy some authentic Kerala delicacies for dinner.