Chembanoda, December 2019

These pics are from a road trip to Chembanoda, Wayanad on a Yamaha FZ25 motorcycle.

Day 1

Bangalore – Bellur cross – Nagarhole – H D Kote – Gonikoppal – Tholpetty – Lakkidi

Between Bellur Cross and Nagarhole

After forest checkpost 1 refused entry; on the way to checkpost 2
After checkpost 2 refused entry. Decision time. Go home or find another route.

Drove to Lakkidi via Thithimathi, Tholpetty. Decided against bedding down at a bus stop when I lost GSM/GPS at one point. Lots of chetas glad to help with directions.

Reached Lakkidi Grace Inn around 11p. Lucky to find Hotel Thattukada open after 1230a for some Shark Curry and Parotta.

(P.S: After the trip I learned there are leopards in Vythiri area. No more nocturnal gallivanting in these parts.)

Day 2

Lakkidi – Peruvannamoozhi Dam – Chembanoda – Mananthvady – Gonikoppal – Bangalore

Leaving good old, trusty Lakkidi Grace Inn early next morning.
Lakkidi View Point
Lakkidi View Point
Lakkidi View Point
Lakkidi View Point
Lakkidi View Point
Very crowded. Entire stretch was like this. – Lakkidi View Point
Phone towers in the distance – Lakkidi View Point
Outside Hotel Prosi
Road to Chembanoda
Road to Chembanoda
On the road to Chembanoda
On the road to Chembanoda
On the road to Chembanoda
Road to Chembanoda
Peruvannamoozhi Dam
Peruvannamoozhi Dam
Tea break
End of the road for the bike at least. (Good thing I stopped at Lakkidi last night; no hotel or homestay in sight.)
Turned around. Now to find that church.
Immaculate Conception Church
Immaculate Conception Church
Many km later. Vegetarea.
That’s 991km.

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