Wayanad – jamais vu

A quick, nippy trip to Wayanad, the place we go when we have no other place to rock the weekend. Being so close to our place, it’s just like we take a promenade through our backyard. So, in order to get over the monotonous and droning feeling that we get of going to the same place again and again, we experimented a bit.

So used to the day time travel, we decided to reverse the practice. We left Kannur well after 10:30 pm, and by the time we crossed Nedumpoyil and reached the Ghats and hairpins, it was well past midnight. Got to say, this is “the” paramount feeling one could get out of the trip. The midnight fog, the sound and music of the jungle, the danger of an elephant jumping in front of you, all this gives a singular, extraordinary and unique feel to the drive.

Another sight, got to see, the Thunderbolts (the exclusive anti-Maoist commandos of the Kerala Police) doing their job. They were at a check post at Boys Town after Periya Pass, and a group of five men in a car driving well past midnight do evoke qualms. Only the previous day, there was a Maoist attack on a resort at Thirunelli, and this was the same route we were heading to. Couple of days after we were back home, there were news reports that The Thunderbolts had a face to face gunfight against the Maoists. Anyways, they were a lot of buoyant, pleasant commandos who were a pleasure to interact with.

November – December may be the best time to visit Wayanad. The cold weather is at its best, and if you are not going to stay in a hotel with water heaters, you could get the one-shot experience of a shower in freezing waters. We stayed at a friend’s house, and waking up late after the night drive, and a bathing in that chilly icy sunup waters was the closest anyone can get to rapture.

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We had seen everything and anything that Wayanad had to show us, countless times. So this time, we decided to go beyond the Sahyadris. Like us, those who are bored of the same sights and sounds can take a trip to places like Gopal Swami Betta and Bandipur forests; quite refreshing, revitalizing and energizing.

Just take care of one thing, once beyond the borders of God’s own Country, on this route, there is no place where you can get decent food. So be prepared with your stock of Britannia Good Day, Snickers etc to strike back when hunger strikes.

For those who are tired of going to the same place again and again, the best way you can get over it is do it differently. And it can be invigorating like no other!

“There’s an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It’s when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk.

Picture courtesy – my Instagram and Flickr pages

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