To get to Wayanad district from most parts of Kerala state, the only way is to cross one of several mountain passes. From Ernakulam area, the distance is only around 290KM, but it can easily take upwards of 6 hours to reach there as the traffic after Thrissur and the narrow ghat roads after Thamarassery can slow you down. But, once you get there, the natural beauty is all around. Thamarassery mountain pass (churam/choram) has nine hair-pin bends and after that stretch is the Lakkidi View Point. There is limited parking on the valley-side of the road (one can park on the road shoulder on the other side of the road as well, but as it is a state highway, it is best avoided, if possible) - as a road-side attraction extreme care needs to be taken especially with kids. The sweeping view of the mountain pass is definitely worth a stopover - some of the hair-pin bends are very visible on a clear day.
A few kilometers after the mountain pass is Vythiri Village, a tourist hot-spot - the hill station is known for several health resorts and spas. Pookode Lake turn-off is just before Vythiri - there is a sign-board for the sharp-left turn-off and it is about a kilometer from that point.
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Last Updated: 08/2016.