I had truly not expected Wayanad to be so beautiful! There are many things to do around Wayand. My list of top 5 things to do at Wayanad are as following:
Jeep Safari/Walking around a Plantation
Wayanad is blessed with beautiful plantations, most of them are huge. The hills are dotted with beautiful tea plantations. Coffee plantations are in abundance too. It is a pleasure to walk around them or go on a jeep safari. The plantations have other trees and herbs too. They are bird magnets. You can never go wrong with a plantation walk or jeep ride.
A Visit to the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the major wildlife attractions around Wayanad are the tuskers! I actually did not visit the wildlife sanctuary but just went on a open jeep ride along the Wayanad Mysore road that cuts through the sanctuary. There are many signs on the road that discourage stopping and photography. We sighted a tusker right off the road! We did not stop but I still managed to click a picture. I was told one elephant was an extremely poor sighting even on the road!
Stay in a Tree House
It is fun to stay in a tree house! I stayed at the Woodpecker Tree House at the Pepper Trail. The tree house was at the level of high tree. It is fun to see an owl sitting on a branch at the eye level. The tree houses sway gently at night. The ramp leading to the tree house was fun in itself winding its way up to the room! At times tree houses can attract rodents if you keep foodstuff but there was no such issue at the Pepper Trail! It is an amazing experience to stay in a tree house, do give it a try.
Visit the Edakkal Caves
Edakkal Caves are two ancient caves in Edakkal. The larger cave has drawings from 6000 BCE! My host and owner of Pepper Trail Resort, Anand Jayan had an interesting theory. He said the people who did the drawings were the vandals of yesteryear. The people who engrave their names now on caves will be marveled at 6000 years later! You let me know how does the theory sounds to you!
The caves were discovered by Fred Fawcett in 1890. The drawings depict a cart with wheels, a chieftain with his wife and child and more.
Hike to the Chembra Lake
I could complete the hike to Chembra Lake and back in less than three hours. However it is very clear to me now that if I do not improve my fitness, serious trekking will be a thing of past soon!
Chembra Lake is a heart shaped lake. The route is scenic but as my luck would have it, all I got was mist. We were required to buy a ticket at the gate from the Chembra Estate. The price of the ticket includes the services of a guide. For me it was a steep uphill walk to the lake.
I am actually not so scared of the walk uphill as it is easier to maintain balance. However, getting down a steep path is another matter! Surprisingly the way down was not as difficult as I imagined! I managed just about fine, which mans a lot of knee ache but no falls or broken limbs!
If you need more ideas about things to do in Wayanad, look at this Wayanad Tourism official video.
The tree house featured in it is at the Pepper Trail! I love the drone shots in the video. Wayanad actually surprised me with its beauty. But then Kerala does it to me every time to me.
PS. My trip to Wayanad was sponsored by Pepper Trail.
After staying in the Woodpecker Tree House at the Pepper Trail in Wayanad, Kerala, I was pretty sure that anything would be a step down after that.
However when I move to the Mackenzie Suite at the Pepper Trail, Wayanad, it had a charm of its on. In the end I was unable to decide, what was more charming, the suite or the tree house! The Mackenzie Suite is located at the upper floor of the Old Bungalow.
Narrow wooden staircases led me to my room. The living room was spacious, one corner had the tea maker, in the center was a lovely seating area by the window and in the left hand corner there were reclining chairs.
Next to the living room was the comfortable bedroom and beyond the bedroom there was a balcony with opened to the laws surrounding the Old Bungalow. The estate was founded by in the 1800s by Colin Auley Mackenzie, a pioneer in the area. In 1932 it was bought over by P. Balaram Kurup and the third generation of the family is managing the place now. You will find Anand Jayan from the family often present at the estate.
The wardrobe area and the bathroom area are conveniently located next to the each other. The bathroom has Kama Ayurveda products. And I had the comfortable suite all to myself.
Sitting in the large wooden Bangalore I realized that at nigh,t the wood makes a creaking sound. A bird would go off near my room at night as well. The sounds that I can figure out what they are, do not bother me. The Mackenzie Suite had only those kind of sounds, so I had a good night sleep on both the nights.
I quite enjoyed my breakfast of idiyappam, the food is freshly prepared at the Pepper Trail. I enjoyed the traditional South Indian food along with the desserts.
On my last day I was lucky to watch a paradise flycatcher from the restaurant which is main porch. It was my favorite place to hangout anyway. The paradise flycatcher was far away but this is my first picture of the bird. Earlier I had only caught a glimpse of the bird in the Madhya Pradesh jungles.
It was fun to roam around the plantation area surrounding the Pepper Trail Resort. There are both tea and coffee plantations within the estate along with herbs and other plants. For those of us who live in large cities we can only dream of such air quality, peace and tranquility.
PS. I was invited by Pepper Trail to stay with them at Wayanad, Kerala.
I have done three back to back trips recently Philippines, Indonesia and then living in a tree house at Wayanad, Kerala with the Pepper Trail. And while I was traveling to Wayand to stay at the Pepper Trail, the currency change happened in India. But the Pepper Trail is the perfect hideout to sit out all your stresses and cares in the world.
I lived both in the tree house and the old bungalow. This post is about the tree house experience. Imagine walking up a ramp and ending almost the tree tops! That is how the Woodpecker Tree House at Pepper Trail is designed. From the outside it merges with its surroundings but from the inside it is luxury.
What fascinated me most was a tree right inside the main room! The main room has a comfortable bed, working spaces and charging spaces. Somehow traveling as a blogger has become about charges for my gadgets as well! There are birds for company! In the wardrobe area there was a tea maker with Twinnings tea bags. The bathroom has Kama Ayurveda bath products.
However the porch with the easy chairs was my favorite area. I could see owls and other birds high up in the trees sitting in the porch while sipping a cup of tea! The tree house swayas gently with the wind. I do not mind the motion, nor does it alarms me. I had a peaceful sleep on both the nights I stayed in the tree house.
The common area at the tree house is a beautiful place too. I think I spent most of my time hanging out there. It is surrounded by the trees on all sides. The trees are bird magnets too. My best bird watching came by sitting in the common area at Pepper Trail!
Pepper Trail accommodations are surrounded by 200 acres of tea and coffee plantations. You can go for a jeep ride or a walk within the plantation. The walk to the pond is lovely.
The food at Pepper Trail is made fresh. They serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian local food. I enjoyed my Kerala vegetarian food immensely. The plantation coffee is amazing. I actually became a coffee fan for the duration of my stay at the Pepper Trail. I was ready to like the tree house more than the old bungalow but when I moved to the old bungalow, I realized its charms too.
While staying in the tree house, I clicked the ramp a lot. The winding ramp to the Woodpecker Tree House was a thing of beauty in itself. At Pepper Trail the rooms have no TV. But then I do not switch on TV even in the rooms where I have them. I reached Pepper Trail after a lot of travel and chaos due to the currency change. It didn’t help that I was ill before my back to back travels. But my stay at the place was exactly what I needed, calm and quiet in absolutely green surroundings. Pepper Trail is the place to go to if you are looking for a tranquil vacation. PS. I was invited to Pepper Trail and I am glad I could go! It is a beautiful place!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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