|Exotic Treetop in Kerala Monsoon|
Thousands plan to enjoy Kerala during winter or summer holidays to see beautiful beaches, backwater cruises and houseboat stay, hill stations and national parks. But sadly, encounter crowds and crowds everywhere. Sometimes the very reason you wanted to get away from...
Added to this is a "tourist season" anguish of paying exorbitant prices for your holidays!
So, we had a beautiful dream and imagined fulfilling it. My friend Tommy Singh was excited when I told him my dream and readily agreed to join me. I met him standing outside 2nd AC compartment of Trivandrum Rajdhani Train (No 12432) at a small station Panvel 30 kilometers from Mumbai. Tommy had boarded the train from Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi.
We were thrilled anticipating a most picturesque train journey by Konkan railways during monsoon and then spending our stay clutching to mother earth in a rain forest, climbing to our treetop abode, looking through bamboo framed window at the passing dark clouds, the whistling winds and pounding Kerala rains
Enjoying Monsoon in Wayanad
After great research, we decided to experience three exotic monsoon jungle treetops in an incredible setting in Wayanad district. The first one to visit was a rustic, remote, hidden in nature's lap and economical (around Rs. 2500) with mystic treetops.
|Way to Wynberg Resort|
|One of the treetops in Wynberg Resort|
We were drenched in rain and nature!
We stayed for 3 days in the resorts and the experience was splendid!
The tree top room was too good with a nice valley view and it had all the modern amenities like fridge, TV, coffee maker... Food was the typical Kerala cuisine and tasty. We discussed and left our plan to Mr.Vanchy, the man behind the show and he planned the entire itinerary for us to see, arrangement of private guides and the must see places around. The resort was amazingly amidst the coffee plantations, over viewing the hill opposite surrounded by greenery all around. Excellent location and complete. Of course, there were Eco cottages as well.
The days were cool and nights cooler inside. It was our secret, a home away from home and a school away from school. Where we read our book and where Tommy, my friend turned into a painter. In the evening, we would ask for "Charayam" a country alcoholic drink and enjoy it with spicy raw banana chips
- During our stay we visited:
- Edakkal Caves
- Mudumalai national park
- Bandipur National Park
- Chembra Peak
- Lakkidi View Point
- Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall)
Kuzhivayal Estate, Thrikkaipatta Wayanad- 673121,
Tel. +91-4936- 320630, Mob - 91- 9744541203 / 9526612111/09562256023
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
|Treetop at Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary|
It was a more than 6 hours journey by car and let me tell you, it was most fascinating! Neither we felt the distance of 286 km nor time. It was a drive through Kozhikode and then Palakkad, finally reaching at the sanctuary.
We had booked our treetop through forest department through a friend of mine Jacob in Palakkad.
The sight was amazing! After trekking in the sanctuary on the day one, we discovered that with its panoramic landscape, meandering streams, extensive water spread of the reservoir (where we had our treetop), cascading waterfalls, rolling hills and valleys and wealth of biodiversity, it was one of the most captivating places in Kerala, I had ever seen!
By the evening we returned to our "Erumadams"(as treetops houses are called in these parts)
The dinner served, on a special request, was awesome! Kanji (rice gruel), some forest grown delicious vegetable curry, Chammanthi made out of chillies, tamarind, shallots and coconut.
In the night, I looked through wooden windows at the calm waters of Thoonakkadavu Reservoir. The clouds had cleared. The bamboo forests were lining its creek and a fading in the darkness the teak wood plantation was mesmerizing!
Next day, a safari was arranged in the sanctuary in awesome Tropical Ever Green Forest. We were fortunate to see elephants, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking deer, Common Langur, Nilgiri Langur and a Malabar giant squirrel. The forest guide took us to, apart from Parambikulam, the sanctuary's two other man-made reservoirs namely, Thunakadavu and Peruvarippallam. Finally the guide took us to some special attractions like “Kannimara”, the ever-youthful teak tree, one of the oldest and largest trees in the world (about 360 years old.) and Thuvaiar waterfall- a river cascading and emptying into the reservoir.
On the third day, we left back to our world, leaving God's own rain heaven-Kerala in the monsoon!
To Book treetop at Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary
Parambikulam Wildlife Division
Anappad, Via Pollachi, Palakkad
Phone: 04253 277233 Mobile:9447979102
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|Vythiri Treetop, Wayanad|
|View from balcony-Vythiri Treetop, Wayanad|
If you can spend money, around Rs. 10,000 for 2 then one of the best tree top place in the world, especially in monsoon is Vythiri Resort. It's a life time experience. For a honeymoon or to enjoy combative love games during monsoon or with family to have great fun, there is no other place than Vythiri Resort in Wayanad District. It has five tree houses, including one with child friendly facilities. Built at the height of 60 feet off the ground, gives breathtaking views of the forest around.
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