Thursday

Wayanad: Intense beauty
























Wayanad is that beautiful pause, the ever slight hesitation, that nearly realised doubt, so deliciously between a guess and a certainty. Almost real... or unreal. 


On a blissful pause, lulled by my imagination into bucking the tried and tested sights and sounds of a discovery. We took each day at a lazy pace, often plans were made only to be forsaken the next minute, while continuing to slow crawl the day. The soul demanded complete surrender to the experience










It was effortless. For a person who is not very used to trekking or taking in the strong sun, I was happily walking in the plantations, smelling the moist earth and gazing with wonder at Nature aplenty. Getting drunk on the mountain air and wilderness that waited outside my window. Catching the breeze coming off the expansive waters and inhaling the mist. Being strangely weather beaten by evening and looking forward to a good nights rest. 



















The thing about living in a plantation house is that there are many people always about. Yet it was a wee bit overwhelming to be surrounded by such open vast lands...the fear of the unknown (animals, ghosts does climb a notch higher, by night) - took some getting used to.
Calm prevailed at nightfall.  If you ignore the animal sounds, the birds tweeting, the odd desolation here magnifies the night, creating a oneness, a stillness. As if speaking directly to the core.  

 


































I sat listening to the caretakers stories of wild boars marauding the crop, how the labour had to stay prepared for such an attack, how gun toting hunters would be shooed away... fascinating life. I wondered often before closing my eyes to sleep, will I make a good farmer:D 

Every evening we'd sit in the massive porch on these long Plantation chairs, till it was night time, talking softly amongst ourselves, sipping hot chocolate or eating fresh fruits, while soaking the senses with this breathtaking territory. A lavishly created house from wood, Kerala style, perched on the edge of water, hills in the background, grass so green that it was unreal, thus claiming a reward full of pleasure from nature. 

Every morning I'd wake up for some reason by 5ish, open the curtains,  slide back into my warm bed, and gaze at the lights slowly creeping up in the sky,  dew laden foliage, for a true sense of the intense beauty in this extraordinary setting. And soon would be lulled back to sleep.

The road journey from Kozhikode airport to the plantation traverses through the ghats. Eye catching scenic views, dense forests, lofty ridges interspersed with dense fog, reminded me of Conoor. This lovely hill station snuggled amidst the western ghats, could so easily be the get away for the rich and famous I imagine. 





























A word of caution - travelling through the winding route at night aint sensible, because fog swoops in unpredictably and reduces visibility to near zero. Also may be a good idea to hire a four wheel drive, for that ground clearance.

14 comments:

melinda said...

Stunning. Breath taking. Glorious. Perfect Headline to this Post "intense beauty"!:)

Anon said...

Can't get enough of the pristine greens in Wayanad

Archie aka chana:))

gita said...

Nothing like the serene and peaceful beauty of Wayanad

weisel said...

guess these places in kerela are so amazing, be it varkala , wayanand its pure bliss to just go and unwind, to the scenic beauty of these places which you have penned down so well

Anon said...

I visited Wayanad during the rains. Being on the road there is an adventure in itself – the road winds and slithers along the hills, slippery as a snake due to the showers. One second, you’re quietly enjoying the greenery all around you; the next, your heart skips a beat as the car swerves to negotiate a tricky turn. The valleys to the sides extend deep down to the jungles, and I wonder how much scarier they would’ve been if the foliage didn’t block the view down.

Aroon

Anon said...

Great post M - and some good photos! Especially the portico/verandah!

Regards

Ajoy

Anon said...

Experiences like Wayanad are few and far between for a city brat:D

PJ

Shirisha said...

Very nice Photography!!! I loved them all!!

nkitt said...

And once again, what an amazing set of pictures. And since I get to travel to village once a year, I could so much feel everything you wrote. When will I overcome my shyness of taking out my camera :( and the night experience ;p I love it that way, spookish.

Rahul said...

You have described it beautifully. Can feel the calm, the stillness just by looking at those pics.
If the place in your oic is same where you stayed I have not an iota of doubt that you had and amazing time.
Superb post , one whichtakes you on a beautiful journey :D
Amazing post, thanks for sharing....

Pranav Chandra said...

Great post. I really enjoyed reading this. Serene and beautiful. Thank you!

Linda said...

Beautiful!

Anshika said...

India is a peaceful land to explore the wide range of tradition and culture. Thank you so much for the detailing and really appreciate the effort in giving such a wonderful explanation about Wayanad.

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