After breakfast in Madikeri we started for Wayanad. We took the Virajpet _ Thirunelly route. Kutta is the last town on the Karnataka side and Tholpatty on Kerala side. This route passes through many coffee estates, Nagerhole forest and Tholpetty forest. We first went to Kuruva Island but it seems one has to get the entry token quite early in the morning since the number of visitors are restricted to 50 or 100. So we could not get entry tickets and we proceeded to our place of stay on Sulthan Bathery.
Since we were hungry we freshened up quickly and went for lunch. There was a small restaurant in the same Hotel complex. It was small but, neat and cheap. Food quality was good for the price. The restaurant's name is Red Chilli.
Pookode lake is medium sized lake but beautiful surrounded by trees on three sides. Usually this place is crowded. It has rowing and pedal boats, there is long paved walkway around the lake and some souvenir shops.
The Google map showed a shortcut road to Soochipara falls around the Karappuzha Dam. Then through an estate road and then on to the main road which also traversed through the estates. Finally we reached the Falls car parking and then walked to the ticket counter. From there it is a medium distance trek to the falls. The way itself is beautiful and the falls was also beautiful. The pond under the falls is good enough for bathing, if you are filled with enthusiasm then you can take bath directly in the falls. But one has to be very careful since the rock edges are sharp and very slippery. But it is worth the effort.
Next day after break fast we through Gundulpet, Chamraj nagar, Thimbam hills, Bannari, Salem we reached back Chennai ending our week long trip.