Now we had to move to another place within Wayanad. Our next homestay was in Bamboo Village, which is located around Thrikkaippetta. We woke up at 6:30am and went for a walk around Treasure Trove. We were surprised to see a lot of action happening at 6:30am. Folks were cutting coconuts out of the trees, rubber collection had started and a lot more.
We came across a place with hill covered with huge farms, bean vines and coconut trees. Our host Sunil confirmed that most of the folks in Wayanad region are into Coffee, coconut, spices, bananas, & other agricultural activities.
After coming back from the morning walk, we thought of taking another round of Treatuse Trove. It was coffee plantation, rubber trees, various varieties of flowers, jackfruit trees, different types of bamboos, which were very well maintained. We also had a look at waste management system Sunil has at his house. And then look a round of machinery for rubber processing.
While having tea, we noticed a man climbing coconut trees to cut the bunches of coconuts. He was quite quick. These coconut trees were approximately 100 feet high. Please see the video to see how these folks climb and descend from a coconut tree.
After breakfast, it was time to pack our stuff and move towards our next homestay, this one too in Wayanad. Sunil dropped us at Bamboo village and we had some interesting conversations on the way. He told us about his daughter who is in 9th standard and is managing the editorial board of her school magazine. Recently she met the District Collector of Wayanad for an interview and she along with her friend managed to take the appointment without anyone's help. Sunil wanted to know more about Creative Writing courses planned by Vibha and was wondering if she can join one of the online courses. Then we had some conversations around the education system in Kerala. It seems that Government schools are becoming popular as compared to private schools now, which is probably opposite of what we have been seeing in other states. Also there is a trend shift wherein top students of a class are opting for non-science subjects.
It was 30-45 minutes drive from Treasure Trove to Bamboo village. Suneesh is our host at Bamboo village. There are many homestays in this village and all are run as a community. Daniel is the lead guide of village who helps guests in planning various activities around the village. After the welcome drink, we planned to take a tour of the village to see what all these folks have been doing for the development of eco-tourism. Suneesh took us to different parts of the village and shared some of the experiences related to the various uses of Bamboo.
All villagers have come together and are building a bamboo town that has different sized villas, which would be used for tourism only. This place is located around a water body and hills. One of the bamboo cottage was ready and someone was already staying there. On the way, we met different villagers busy with different activities. Suneesh also took us to the local tribe who are also part of Bamboo initiatives and the organization is working towards ensuring that all tribal kids are educated and are able to become a part of mainstream.
After coming back home we had lunch, which was served on banana leaves. It was lovely food. Crispy fish was special for us. Complete fish was fried and we were wondering about the right way to eat these. It took some time to figure out and as per Suneesh, bones of those fish are very thin and can be eaten.
After lunch, we took some rest and then went to Chundale. There is an organization called Muddy boots which organizes different kinds of activities around Wayanad. We opted for cycling around tea estates in Meppady. Muddy boots wasted lot of time, even when bookings were done 2 months back. They were not ready when we reached the place. Muddy Boots team was supposed to take us to Meppady and plan the cycling. Finally we took the same auto and headed towards Meppady. It was a beautiful location. I hardly did cycling, as I wanted to make the best of the landscapes around this area. We had only 1 hour in our hand, which could have been utilized either for cycling or photography. Vibha enjoyed a long cycle ride around the tea plantations. It was a lovely evening, although Muddy Boots had put their best efforts to spoil the evening.
After coming back home, we resolved some of the queries by Suneesh. He wanted to download some of the softwares to manage/edit his photographs and few tips around managing his social initiatives through Facebook. Suneesh had a wi-fi at home and we also checked pending emails for last few days.
It was another great day in Wayanad, Kerala !
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