My visit to Kannur had become interesting with visit to a few beaches and temples. Kerala has enough beaches and greenery to enthrall the tourists. What particularly amazed me were the cleanliness of the surroundings and the freshness of the air. Our next must-visit place was the Banasura Hill in Wayanad, which is located at about 96 km away from Kannur. Moreover Wayanad is a Hilly area and took over two hours to reach by bus.
We started off early from the KSRTC bus stand which offered regular buses to Wayanad. The way all along was picturesque with a lot of greenery and waterfalls. Of course, there were sharp turns and bends but they hardly made us tiring. After two and a half hours we reached the Banasura Hill.
Nestled in the laps of Western Ghats, this hill is located at an elevation of over 2000 meters above the sea level. We wanted to trek the hill for there were a lot of nature and adventure to experience. Climbing the hill we reached the Meenamutty waterfalls, which offered a thrilling view of the water. We stood there for some time to enjoy the falls and take some photographs.
By then, my friend noticed the fresh water aquarium and wanted to visit it. We found a large variety of fishes, which adorned the aquarium. There was also offer for sale of those fishes. Further ahead, we walked to reach the way to Muthanga and Tholpetti wildlife sanctuaries. We didn’t have enough time to visit the sanctuaries.
Nevertheless, we trekked to the Banasura Sagar, which holds the recognition of being the second largest earth dam in the Asian Continent. The water sparkled in the sunlight and I had an intention of trying boating in the sagar. My friend wanted too and we took tickets for a ride on the speed boat.
Next, we reached the Chain tree, which was amazing and then the Edakkal Caves. In the caves we were intrigued by the petro glyphs, which were dated 3000 years ago. The trip to the Banasura Hills was quite memorable and I wanted to visit this place again.