After 13 years, I received another opportunity to visit Wayanad in Monsoon. Unlike many other forest-hilly tourist places in Kerala, Wayanad provides a spectacular different feeling to the visitors. When you ascend the Thamarassery pass in the rain, the excitement will kick in like thunder just as did to me. We stayed in a holiday home near Cheengodu, Sulthan Bathery – Kalpetta route. A Small but beautiful house owned by my friend Mr. Sajith Kumar. For those who are interested in a Holiday House in Wayanad, please check this link for information about the house.
First Day, we started for Bandipur Tiger Reserve And National Park , as usual we did not see any tiger on the way but many deers, peacocks and elephants. But the catch was a Hilly Temple station known as Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta. It is a hill (betta in Kannada) located in the Gundlupete Taluk, Chamarajanagar district of the state of Karnataka at a height of 1450m and is extensively wooded. It is also the highest peak in the Bandipur National Park. It lies in the core area of the Bandipur National Park and is frequented by wild life including elephants. Dense fog predominates and covers the hills round the year and thus gets the prefix Himavad(in the language of Kannada) and the temple of Venugopalaswamy (Lord Krishna) gives the full name of Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta.
This temple was built by the Chola King Ballala during AD 1315. Later the Wodeyars Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore who were ardent devotees of Lord Venugopala displayed keen interest in maintaining the hill temple.
Valley of Betta is a farmer’s village, the road through gives us a pleasant experience of village peasant life.
We returned via Gudalur – Devarshola to cheengodu, Wayanad. It is a round trip crossing TamilNadu and Karnataka checkposts covering Bandipur-Muthumalai reserver forests.
A full day ride in the wild !!
On our return, we visited Pookodu Lake , another beautiful scenic place in Wayanad. On the way to top and towards the valley, the view from Thamarassey pass was spectacular.