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A weekend in Wayanad

Looking for the most romantic weekend getaway from Bangalore? Want to make an amazing road trip out of it? Then read on!

 

Romantic weekend for 2 anyone? 

 

Wayanad, Kerala is about 300 kms away from Bangalore. Wayanad is a beautiful hill station and most people flock there for the soft, chilly weather - a respite from the hot Indian climate. A scenic drive takes one through the Bandipur Reserve which is just at the interstate border. Although its quite rare to find animals crossing the highway during the day - You never know!

 

Driving through the Bandipur Reserve

 

It takes about six hours to reach the Kalpetta town, from where you can find your way to many resorts. One such resort we chanced upon was the Sharoy Resort.

Located on the backwaters of Asia’s 2nd largest earth dam, the Banasura Sagar dam, the resort has a wonderful location. It is perched on one of the many hills between which the meandering Karamanathodu river flows. The resort is conveniently close to the town, but is far enough to escape the crowds. Its literally in the lap of nature.

 

The Lobby at Sharoy Resorts

 

We reached there at 1 pm, just in time for lunch. We had reserved the Lake view premium villa, since we were celebrating Navneeth’s birthday!

Sharoy welcomes every guest in a traditional Kerala style. After escorting us to the reception desk, the manager Mr. Roy briefed us about the various activities the resort offered with every booking (more on that later) and then took us to the restaurant for lunch.

 

Feasting on a well deserved lunch after the drive from Bangalore 

 

Next, we were guided to the villas overlooking the lake. The room itself was perfectly simple, yet classy. It had a large window by the bed, with a view of the lake. Another panoramic window in the living room was draped with the most colourful curtains.

 

The cozy Lake view room where we spent our weekend

 

The resort has an infinity pool at the edge of the hill. The views from here are nothing short of stunning. The innumerable hills, the thick green forests and the soft mist make a swim in the pool very dreamy.

 

The Infinity pool where we lazed around all afternoon 

 

Beside the pool, there is a small bridge, which leads to a view point from where you can admire the serene beauty of the region. On request, the restaurant arranges a romantic candlelit dinner at this view point. 

 

The "hanging bridge" leading to the observation deck as seen from the pool

 

Another viewpoint is on the terrace of the main building of the resort. This is the highest point in the resort and offers the best view of the entire area!

 


The incredible view from the terrace of the Lobby building

 

Mr. Roy suggested that we take a little jeep ride to the nearby pond. After a bumpy ride through lush greenery, we arrived at the pond to find a pedal boat waiting for us! Then, we were taken back to Sharoy for a walk down to the lake. The soft drizzle didn’t stop us from experimenting with bamboo fishing rods! The resort also offers bamboo rafts to row in the lake.

 

Catching a Shish was a lot easier than catching a fish!

 

There is a kiddie park with some swings, see-saws and slides! For those who want a little bit of indoor fun, the resort has an Ayurvedic spa and a couple of games like foosball, table tennis, carrom, chess, and snooker in the game room. There’s also a well-equipped gym for those who are watching their calories! The resort offers both a la carte and buffet dinners with a good spread of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Its worth mentioning that the staff is quite courteous and is always on their toes to make guests feel special!

 

 

The beautiful walkway to the Spa and the lake view rooms

 

The next morning, we were invited to go a nature walk. The walk is normally a group activity, with other guests and begins with a walk down to the lake. The guide explained a little about the how there were once many tribal villages there in the past decades and took us by the last few remaining huts, while pointing out to plants with Ayurvedic importance.

 

During the rainy season, the water level in the lake begins to rise. By October-November, the lake gets filled making the place even more picturesque. The resort has placed a small wooden seat on the mound in the middle of the lake. When the lake is full, one needs to wade through the calm waist-deep water for a couple of metres to get to this cheeky spot!

 

The bench on the mound, perfect for some deep conversations 

 

A sumptuous breakfast was awaiting us in the restaurant after the nature walk! We had planned to check out after lunch, with a stopover at the Banasura Sagar dam.

 

The greenery is everywhere, even on the other side of the Dam wall

 

There  are also the options of visiting Eddekal caves (from 6,000 BC), Chembra Peak (the famous heart shaped lake), Suchipara falls and the Meenmutty falls, when in Wayanad. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary organises safaris at Muthanga as well. Many trekking tours are also available from the resort, check them out at the reception desk.

 

 

Saying bye to Wayanad... Where next? 

 

On our drive back to Bangalore, we took a longer drive through the Kabini reserve. The roads are quite good and the interstate border is within the forest area! Thanks to the infamous weekend traffic on the Mysore-Bangalore highway, we reached in about 7 hours! 

 

Sharoy accepts reservations directly on their website and through online tour agencies like MMT, etc. They also have a few special packages for families and honeymooners.

 

 

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