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TEAM DOLBY WAYANAD TRIP

Posted on: March 12, 2009


It was on 25 JAN 09. The TEAM DOLBY was ready to Rock off to WAYANAD.

We 17 Boys where on a Trip which was scheduled for Two Nights and One Day, due to some constraints of time we have to make it short. We were only able to see some of the nice places at WAYANAD.

First we went to the Edakkal Caves, and in the Evening we were enjoying at Soochippaara Water Falls. When we were at Pookode Lake it was closing time and we could n’t go for the ride. Later in the Evening we enjoyed the FLOWER SHOW at Kalpetta and a Greta CAMP FIRE at the Base. Late Night We returned with the hope of coming back to WAYANAD once again to catch the all other beauties….. of Land.

A MAN CARRYING WATER IN THE METAL TINS Old( Style).

He was walking so fast that i have to adjust the Camera two times to take the shot.


We reached at Lakkidi around 5:30 AM still too early, I started search for getting rooms for us to get fresh, but as it was 3days off week, in which the Republic Day was part, all Hotels and Inns where full. Finally after getting down around 8-9 places we reached Kalpetta. We were able to check in at a Small Inn for getting fresh. They gave us 2 hrs time, which was ok for us to get a good start. Around 7:50 we were out to some Coffee shop nearby.

I took this at Kalpetta, after getting fresh, all were ready for the first spot.

KALPETTA TOWN, WAYANAD

Off we got to the Land of Beauty.

Fr. Roy (Prayer)

We reached the Edakkal Caves, around 9:30 AM and as we have n’t taken any breakfast, we started the preparation for the same.

We have carried the Gas stove and the pots for preperation and also the good cooks where always with US  🙂

Saji was on Anchor, while Shinto is asking when it will be ready..

All were helping the TEAM and was hungry as it was already 9:00 AM and we have to start the Ride up.

The big water storage.

While all were busy cooking some have side business, one Bunch of Banana was finished while talking and Freejo Carries the rest.

Talks in the middle of cooking. Majo.

“Breakfast ready aakumbozhekkum kurachu vellam kudikkam”

In thoughts….

As soon as we finished breakfast we started to move to the Entrance of the Edakkal caves.

Guys we have a long way to walk…….

“ee thoppi kollaamallo… “

EDAKKAL HERMITAGE – Navigation sign

EDAKKAL CAVES WAYANAD KERALA INDIA

Edakkal caves lies 12km from SulthanBathery Two caves are located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukutty Mala near Ambalavayal.The New Stone Age pictorical writings on the walls of these natural caves at Edakkal are evidence of the civilisation that existed in these regions in prehistorical times. The caves can be accessed only by a 1 km trekking trial from Edakkal.Morning hours are the best time to visit the caves.Entry is permitted only up to 1700 hrs.

“Edakkal” literally means “a stone in between”, and this describes how the cave is formed by a heavy boulder straddling a fissure in the rock. Inside the cave is on two levels, the lower chamber measures about 18 feet long by 12 feet wide and 10 feet high and can be entered through an opening of 5 x 4 feet .’Edakkal Caves’at Ambukuthy near Ambalavayal is belived to be the abode of Neolithic man. The Edakkal cave site is on an ancient route connecting the high rangs of Mysore to the ports of Malabar. A passage opposite the entrance leads upward to a small aperture in the roof through which one climbs up to the next storey whose interior is about 96 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 18 feet high. Light enters the cave through a big gap at the right-hand corner of the roof where the boulder does not touch the facing wall.

The writings and carving on the walls of Edakkal rocks are very rare and historians testify that it is the only one in its kind in all south india where there was the presence of stone age man.

Source :  http://www.naturemagics.com/kerala-art-tour/edakkal-caves-kerala.shtm

It was too crowded as on the 26 JAN 09 and we have to struggle to get to the top of the Caves. There are two sections in this route, First one people goes till the Caves where the stone age man lived and the carvings exists and the other one is beyond that upto a Mountain of height 5000Ft. which only can be climbed in good conditions and with great difficulty. Anyways we where determined to go to the Edges, and we went all the way up to 5000Ft.

While on climb – towards Edakkal Caves.

We have reached here ahead…

Boys for a pose.

Walking the 1.5 Km to the Caves Entrace

Edakkal Caves

EDAKKAL CAVES HISTORY  (from  http://www.edakkal.com/ )
Welcome to the neolithic cavesite of Edakkal
The fascinating prehistoric rock etchings found on the walls of these caves have drawn the serious attention of archeologists and historians worldwide. With at least three distinct sets of petroglyphs, the earliest thought to date back over 5000 years, it is assumed that the Edakkal caves had been inhabited at various stages in history. The name “Edakkal” literally means “a stone in between”, and this describes how the cave is formed by a heavy boulder straddling a fissure in the rock. Inside the cave is on two levels, the lower chamber measures about 18 feet long by 12 feet wide and 10 feet high and can be entered through an opening of 5 x 4 feet. A passage opposite the entrance leads upward to a small aperture in the roof through which one climbs up to the next storey whose interior is about 96 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 18 feet high. Light enters the cave through a big gap at the right-hand corner of the roof where the boulder does not touch the facing wall. Legends of the Caves The name Ambukuthimala is ascribed to the local legend which has it that the caves were formed by arrows fired by Lava and Kusha, the sons of Sri Rama, legendary hero of the Ramayana.Even today there are many who believe that Lord Rama killed Surpanakha, the sister of Ravana, in the narrow fissure at the southern end of Edakkal cave. A local legend associates Kutti Chatan (the little devil of Malabar) with the goddess Mudiampilli, and until recently local people undertook an annual pilgrimage to the peak of the hill to perform a puja (ritual offering) in her honour. The Colonial Discovery of the Caves On a hunting trip to Wayanad in 1890, Fred- Fawcett, the then superintendent of police of the Malabar District, happened to see a Neolithic Celt (stone axe or chisel) recovered from the coffee estate of Colin Mackenzie. An enthusiast in prehistory, Fawcett made local enquiries and went round exploring the Wayanad high ranges. In the course of his rambles he was shown the Edakkal rock-shelter situated on the western side of Edakkalmala. He identified the site as a habitat of Neolithic (i.e. late Stone Age, c4000BC to c1700BC) people on the basis of the nature of representations on the cave walls, which appeared to him as engravings made of Neolithic Celts. It was an exciting discovery, as these were the first specimens of abraded drawings found in India. Tribal Peoples & the Caves Fawcett suggested the possibility that the carvings might have been the handiwork of Kurumbars (a tribal people of the Wayanad). He writes, "The curious reluctance of the Kurumbars to approach the Cave, combined with the simultaneous want of reverence for it both on the part of the Paniyas and the local Hindus, who are very small in numbers and not Iong resident in the Wayanad, might tempt one to hazard the theory as to the carvings being the handiwork of Kurumbars of a bygone day". Nevertheless he utters a word of caution as follows. "It should, however, be remembered that the Paniya is a particularly fearless individual while the Kurumbar is the reverse. The mere existence of the mysterious carvings in the silent, unfrequented cave would suffice to inspire the Kurumbar with a kind of awe and make him terrified to have anything to do with it” .

Robin While Climbing up

Through the narrow gaps of the Cave

Rojan, Majo and Geo.

Climbing is very tough as most of the areas its a single way and one sides passage gets blocked when the other side are passing, so we need to adjust to go up and down.

While we energetic boys where using unconventional routes and paths, people where struggling even to go through some of the easiest ways.

This is one of the big rocks which is sitting in between the two.

This was shot reaching half the way to the caves.

We went straight to the top of the Mountain, Alwin going through a narrow passage to reach the other side of the Mountain.

We reached the base of the big mountain. Now we were 1200Ft from sea level and we have to go and reach the top at 5000Ft.

We started climbing while Alwin was almost exhausted.

Even girls has climbed this far. We were around 1700Ft on top.

It took some time to cover each rocks as it was steep and more people were on the climb.

While on the climb we can see people on the other side of the Mountain, I think most where local people.

There was some ropes and ladders put on to help the climb.

We were almost there on top, I can not believe it. Was Really Really Tough.

Some of the shots took from the TOP.

On top at 5000Ft.

Now I think he is thinking about how to get down this height…

Its really cool to sit here for some time and thoughts flashes through.

Hey thats me on TOP

5000 Ft high, the highest peak I have ever climbed in life….. Wow.

Rojan and Kutts accompanied me and helped me to get to the top as I was having all the things with me to carry.

Finally I was down to the base, which i don’t know how I came down.

It took 1 hr and 25mins for us to climb the 3700ft and more time to get down to the vehicle.

We took lunch after the Edakkal Caves and all very hungry, we continued the journey. This is taken in one of the TEA PLANTATION EN ROUTE


TEAM DOLBY – TEA PLANTATION EN ROUTE

TEAM DOLBY – TEA PLANTATION EN ROUTE

TEAM DOLBY – TEA PLANTATION EN ROUTE

BABU

A LOCAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUS

NATURAL


ME TOO…

ALWIN

ROBIN

VIBIN

BABU

We reached soochipaara around 3PM and the travel was little long around 22Km from Meppadi.

Though  there was less water in the Falls, it was good for a bath and it was ICE COLD and I can see the guys shivering.

Majo in front of the Falls.

Water Splash

Alwin

COOL WATER

Its me………………..

Martin

It was beautiful, the Dense forest and still not much explored places.

We took a coffee break at 4:10 PM

Around 4:40 we returned from Soochippara and we planned to go to Pookkode Lake, we reached the lake late as we got some block in between and as the Park will close at 6:00PM we were not able to enter inside. So we were checking the other options for the time. We planned to got o Kalpetta  as the Flower show was going on and also the CAMP FIRE Arranged.

We were impressed by the efforts done from the Tourism Promotion and WAYANAD District Official for the Show.

A Musical Night

Flowers all the way.

Later in the evening we arranged for a CAMP FIRE, and enjoyed with Party mood.

All were around the fire.

This is called the “KOLKALI” play with the stick.. ha ha

DANCE WITH ME…….







Finally we started the journey back around 12:20 am 27th Morning and was tired. All were sleeping and We reached home back by 5:50 am. It was blazing fast……

We loved the trip and was hoping that we should have taken more time for the trip. It takes at least 3days to roam around in WAYANAD and we were happy that at least we made to there. It was a 620KM Total Trip.

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