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What You Should Know More About Camping in Wayanad
Situated in Kerala, Wayanad is mainly known for its luxuriant forested lands enriched with misty valleys.
By air: The nearest airport to reach Wayanad is the Calicut International Airport which is located around 65 km away. After landing, one can easily find taxis and cars that will take them directly to the Wayanad district.
By road: If you are travelling by road, you can get access to the place through many roads from different parts of Kerala as well as Karnataka. Visitors can easily board KSRTC buses from cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Cochin and many other that will directly lead you to your destined place.
By train: As per the information, the Wayanad district is not directly connected by the railway service so the visitors and the travelers can take a train till Kozhikode and after reaching can hire taxis and cars to travel to Wayanad.
The distance between Bangalore (the most important city with an International Airport) and Wayanad is 282.7 kilometers via the NH 275 and NH 766. The aerial distance on the other hand is just about 217 kilometers. There are several direct buses to Wayanad that ply from Bangalore.
The bus journey will take about 9 hours. The best way to reach Wayanad is however, driving your own vehicle. It will be a pleasant journey and you will be traveling across a highly scenic route. The roads are in good condition but you will need to be careful when driving through the ghats.
There is no direct train between Bangalore and Wayanad. The closest you can reach Wayanad via train is by taking the Tirupati – Chamrajnagar Express from Banaswadi Station. Your stop will be Nanjangud, 109 kilometers from Wayanad. An alternative train route is reaching Kozhikode Station, which again is about 100 kilometers from Wayanad.
The best time for camping in Wayanad is between the months of October and May. This is when Wayanad is at its coolest and the temperature is comforting for all kinds of outdoor activities. While several people go to Wayanad in other months of the year too, rain could be a problem if you are planning to set your tent outdoors.
It is possible to camp in Wayanad during the monsoons but rains are always discomforting when you are pitched outdoors. You can however, book a homestay in Wayanad that allows for both indoor and outdoor accommodations. You can always switch between your tent and an indoor room, depending on your needs.
When on a camping trip to Wayanad, you should be carrying:
Tented accommodation for overnight camps come to around INR 12,500. However, there are a lot of homestays that offer cheaper camping opportunities. It is necessary that you enquire beforehand. Also, camping during the monsoons is cheaper than in the peak of tourist season that extends between the months of December and February.
Wayanad is a great place for camping, especially if you have the opportunity to set up your tent in the middle of the lust tea plantations. With the exotic hills all around and an ambience that is set to the harmony of nature, it’s an experience that you wouldn’t forget for the rest of your lifetime. Popular places for pitching up a tent in Wayanad include:
Prices for camping start as low as INR 1,500 in some of these properties. However, you may have to carry your own tent. It is also advisable that you pitch your tent in dedicated camping spaces and not go about setting your camp anywhere in the wild.
It is necessary that you seek the permission of the forest department before setting up a camp. In some cases, you are even allowed to set up a bonfire and spend the night dancing, just like our early ancestors would have spent their nights.
Cave camping in Wayanad is completely organized and you have amenities like guides, night treks, flashlights and welcome drinks. Alcohol and smoking during cave camping is strictly prohibited.
Cave camping in Wayanad is a truly amazing experience. The caves are further naturally air conditioned and you would be sheltered from rain.
The caves that are famous for camping include:
Things that are usually included in your camping package are:
Though the camping sites in and around Wayanad are carefully organized, it always helps to take your own precautionary measures. Here are the things that should protect you from insects and wild animals:
The adventure lies in the constant excitement of being in the wild and encountering the small threats that might be lurking around. It is necessary that you take a good bath before getting into your sleeping bags.
Sweating does invite insects and reptiles. Also, camping by a fire ensures that any kind of small animal, howsoever harmless is kept at bay.
To protect yourself from bad weather, it is relevant to carry
Rains in Wayanad are usually encountered between the months of July and November. If you are traveling during this period, it is necessary that you are rightly prepared and are carrying:
The monsoons around these hills are pretty amazing and this is also the time of the year when the nature is at its best.
Most organized camps in Wayanad provide for breakfast and dinner. Depending on the itinerary / camping package you have bought, you can expect a range of dishes.
Usually, camps offer:
The menu for the dinner is however, highly dependent on the organizers. If you have booked a customized group camping trip, the food choices are more flexible.
Camping, regardless of day or night camps, can be full of surprises. You first line of defense is always the cloth you are wearing.
For nights: (similar to mornings)
The activities organized around camping trips in Wayanad include:
There are dedicated guides who ensure that you trip will be exciting and you will have a lot of memories to take back.
Smoking and drinking during camps is strictly prohibited if you are in cave sites or in protected forest area. Several private camps however allow for drinking and smoking inside their compounds.
Most campsites provide makeshift toilet facilities. This is as close to living a life in wilderness for a day. The toilets are well-established and clean enough to be used. Also, toilet facilities ensure that there is no harm to the environment or hygiene of the place.
Most camp organizers have a doctor on call. If you are likely to fall ill during outdoor camps, it is necessary that you enquire with the organizers beforehand. If on the other hand, you are camping in private compounds, such as homestays and resorts, there is always a doctor on call available.
It is however recommended that you carry the basic medicines.
There are a lot of things to do in Wayanad besides camping and top sites to visit include:
Wayanad is a paradise. Set in the laps of the picturesque Western Ghats, Wayanad is a place that offers the best of nature and wildlife. So close to the city of Bangalore and yet a completely different kind of place – Wayanad has been welcoming outdoor lovers all-round the year.
It’s the natural beauty, the opportunity of so many adventure experiences and the very calmness of the hills that make Wayanad a perfect place for camping.
Wayanad has got various places to visit and for sightseeing. Here are some of them:
Playing loud music is forbidden at the campsite. However, you can always bring down the decibels and have a party of song and dance. It is necessary to know your limits. At Wayanad, you share the forests with a lot of wildlife.
It should come to you as to what is appropriate. There is however strict limits on the loudness of music you can play and the time limit for night parties outdoors.
Traveller Tales from Wayanad
18 September 2017
"Loved the experience! The accommodation is clean and comfortable. The plantation is serene and cycling in those ridges was very satisfying. The organisers are very cordial and friendly and the food is homemade so delicious. After cycling for half a day, you spend the night under the stars, sitting around a bonfire and end the day with a fitful sleep in the tent. A memorable experience and extremely rejuvenating."
03 April 2016
Wayanad – Wow! I never knew a place can be this beautiful. Since we are not very familiar with South India or the languages spoken there, we took this package. We were in for a big surprise. The hospitality was awesome. Overall camp experience was very good too. The food was different and unique. We had a lot of fun.
13 November 2014
I was not convinced to go there in the beginning but my kids took me there, and after coming there and spending some quality time with them I really enjoyed being with my family in such an awesome place.A lovely and memorable experience it was. It is the best family holiday destination!!
18 March 2016
I have never been to Wayanad – Whoa! It is one brilliant place and this is so beautiful. Since I have never been to Kerala I took this package. I am happy for it. The service of organizers was awesome and the best. Overall experience was excellent.
17 August 2013
It was a lovely experience to get up in the early morning together with the rising sun and to go to bed after camp-fire in the late night together with the twinkling stars! Away for some days from your urban concrete rush in the lap of nature .
16 April 2017
"We were group of five people and we really enjoyed the cycling on the hills and weather was awsme we gone mad in the camping.The host is really friendly guy he will guide you perfectly.This is the best experience ever in wayanad kerla "
14 November 2014
[Factually incorrect] ·Gym ,Jogging Track, Indoor and Outdoor Games , Convention Centre,Baby Pool, Aqua Leisure Centre ,Angling Island, Swimming Pool and Health Club , almost all things are present there, so we did have good stay there.
14 September 2015
Wayanad is the best place for camping and cycling was the icing on the cake. Its so damn green and beautiful - amazingly beautiful place. Loved riding on deserted roads. Great place, had and amazing time.
02 January 2015
This place is more than anyone could ever ask for. Shaded by tall coconut fronds and beautiful environs make you forget that you are on earth. Truly heavenly! Very comforting and good experience.
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