For travel freak Ajmal Ali Paleri and his friend Shafeeq, the trip to Karapuzha dam in Wayanad district was nothing but dreamy and awe-inspiring. The dam, one of the largest earthen dams in India, is situated in a beautiful place surrounded by small hills and mountains and is 16km away from Kalpetta.
A one-km drive on the road adjacent to the dam’s reservoir would take one to the exquisite resort ‘Vistara’. Ajmal and his friend stayed at this retreat, which is surrounded by water on three sides. The facility boasts of many rooms under three different categories and all rooms have a view of the placid Karapuzha Lake.
Ajmal’s room with a view under the ‘Sky Villa’ class was bliss for the avid traveller who devotes the last day of a trip to ruminating and resting. One could see the reservoir through the glass windows of the elegant room.
The dam, which was built for irrigation purpose, has an island-like place with meadows in the distance. Two to three houses could be seen on the islet but outsiders are denied entry as tribal people live there.
“It is purely out of the world to sit on the balcony in the evening with a cup of hot coffee and look at the flocks of ducks gliding on calm waters of the lake. The sun is all set to go down the horizon and the sky and Karapuzha dam changed their hues within minutes,” says Ajmal. It is ethereal to see the nature’s artistry in the sky getting reflected on the placid lake waters, he adds.
‘Vistara’ resort is one place in Wayanad where you can enjoy the real beauty of a sunset and the sight of tribal people fishing in small boats against the backdrop of twilight is simply amazing Ajmal notes.
Ajmal’s two-day getaway to Wayanad was packed with some enthralling moments -- stay in pristine verdant forests, dinner in age-old caves, and a grand view of sunrise from the high mountains and sunset from the shores of a calm lake. When Ajmal packed his bags to leave Wayanad, he only had one wish – to visit this enchanting hill station again.