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What You Should Know More About Sightseeing in Wayanad
The distance between Bangalore and Wayanad is 282.7 kilometers via NH275 and NH766. The aerial distance is about 217 kilometers. Direct buses to Wayanad ply from Bangalore. The journey will take you about 9 hours.
The best way to reach Wayanad from Bangalore 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 tourist season in Wayanad is between October and May. This is the ideal season for wildlife trips and to do adventurous activities in Wayanad. Some tourists, especially those who are looking for the raw charm of nature, prefer the months between June and September. However, it is the winter months that Wayanad gets the maximum amount of tourist footfall.
When visiting Wayanad, it is essential that you carry:
Here is the list of all the places to visit in Wayanad and you shouldn't miss to visit anyone f them.
Places to see and things to do in and around Kuruvu Island include:
Wayanad offers a lot of trekking opportunities. If you are ready to explore, here are treks you shouldn’t miss out upon:
If you are traveling with your partner, the places in Wayanad that you can’t miss include:
Wayanad in the monsoon is a different charm altogether. This is when the sky will be at its glorious best and the waterfalls in their full volume. Monsoons bring in the richness of forest. There’s greenery all around. However, you should be ready to experience day long spells of rain.
Kids will enjoy a visit to:
Top waterfalls in Wayanad include:
The Bamboo Village in Wayanad is a different kind of experience altogether. Also known as the Thrikkaipetta Village, it’s a charming human habitation that is enveloped by natural greenery from all around.
Besides farming, the locals are masters in the art of bamboo crafts. If you are traveling to the Bamboo Village, take the opportunity to be a guest at one of the several local houses. You will be taken care of and this is also the best way to experience the modesty and natural charm surrounding the Bamboo Village.
Walk for hours in the lush greenery, volunteer for household chores, participate in the cultural programs and learn a trick or two about bamboo crafts. It’s the simplicity and art that will take you by surprise.
Staying in a coffee plantation inWayanad is a great way to experience the hills and the nature around. The region is especially famous for its coffee gardens and it will be easy to find a host.
There are also several resorts in the coffee plantations around Wayanad that you can choose to accommodate yourself. The best part about your stay in the coffee plantation is being able to stay so close to nature, yet have your own privacy.
To make your stay comfortable and pleasant Wayanad has some best resorts and here they are:
To get a homely experience when you are far away from your home you can stay in some of the amazing homestays in Wayanad:
Wayanad has in fact been one of the top places to visit for solo female travelers from across the globe. The hills are completely safe when it comes for personal security and safety. The worst that can happen is you injuring yourself.
People are very friendly in this part of the world and they will always come forward to help you, whatever be your problem. So, just pack your bags and head for the hills. It will be a vacation of peace and soul-searching.
The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, also called the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a heaven for all wildlife and nature lovers. It is frequented throughout the year by photographers and nature lovers. Located just about 16 kilometers from Sulthan Battery, it’s a rainforest that connects the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks.
The sanctuary is itself spread across 345 sq km and hosts a lot of endemic flora and fauna. The most talked about flora include maruthi, rosewood, karimaruthi, vengal and venteak. Top wildlife include the tiger, elephant, jungle cats, leopards, civet cats, wild dogs (dhole), monkeys and more.
You will also be able to spot several bird species, including babblers, peacocks, woodpeckers, jungle fowls, owls and more.
The entry fee to the sanctuary is INR 10.00 for Indians and INR 100.00 for foreigners. For kids below 12 years of age, the entry fee is INR 5.00.
If you are planning to take a safari, the fee for the trip would be INR 300.00. you will also have to pay a guide fee of INR 100.00. Camera charges are INR 25.00 for normal still camera. If you are carrying a professional video camera, the charges would be INR 150.00 per camera.
The best time to visit the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is between January and May. This is the time when you have the maximum chance of spotting the wildlife in the safari trails.
A part of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the Muthanga Sanctuary is just about 16 kilometers from Sulthan Battery.It will be easy to reach from any spot in Wayanad. Wildlife safaris are offered by the forest department. However, the maximum duration of your visit will be 1.30 hours.
The permission for a safari is also restricted to light vehicles only and it is also necessary that you are accompanied by a tourist guide or a forest personnel.
The Heart Shaped Lake is on the way to the chembra Peak. You will need to trek to this lake. Permission is required for this trek and needs to be collected from the forest office in Meppadi. The lake forms a major tourist attraction and it is also believed that the lake has never dried up.
To get to the lake however, you will need to trek for about 2 kilometers through dense vegetation, halfway to the peak.
There are enormous activities in Wayanad to do and enjoy the most.
The Kuruvu River Island is a 950 acres of protected delta on the KAbini River and is the only island that is surrounded by fresh water. The island is home to dense evergreen forests and is home to some of the most rare and endemic flora and fauna.
Several orchids, herbs and other medicinal plants grow here in the wild. It consequently gets a lot of attention and has also become the most visited place in Wayanad. The Kuruva Islands is 10 kilometers from Pulpally and can be reached on bamboo rafts and motor boats.
You will need to seek permission from the district office to enter the islands. Walking in the evergreen forest jungles can be an amazing experience, whether you are traveling solo or with a group of friends or with your partner.
The BanasuraSagar Dam is located about 21 kilometers from Kalpetta and would be easy to reach via public and private transportation. It is famed for being the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest for Asia.
The BanasuraSagar dam is the starting point for several hiking trails. You can also take a boat ride in the Banasura Dam water or camp for the night under the stars. The scenic mountains around transport you to a different kind of high! The experience is completely different from the hustle of cities like Bangalore.
A tea plantation tour in Wayanad is a great way to savor the beauty of the hills. The green tea plantation is terraced gardens are any nature lover’s dream and the green delights is an experience that you shouldn’t miss. Visit to tea plantations should definitely be included in your Wayanad tour.
Most tea plantation tours are offered for three hours where you trek through vast acres of plantations. Your guide will give you interesting insights on how the plantations are taken care of; their history and you may even try your hand at plucking. You may also hope to buy some freshly dried tea leaves.
Traveller Tales from Wayanad
11 October 2015
Chembra Peak is amazingly beautiful. The lake, the peaks and the entire trail is a fun journey and a perfect place if you are looking for a trip with friends, Had a great experience, the views are simple beautiful. Amazing time. I'm certainly looking out for more treks similar to this one and i recommend it to all. Its a must for everyone atleast once.
05 February 2016
Enjoyed our stay here at the Bamboo house and spent quite the relaxing holiday with our loved ones, making our summer vacation perfect. We got to explore the magical Edakkal caves and believe me, these caves are abundant with tribal art and beauty of a whole different kind. We loved every minute here and shall visit again.
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!!
16 August 2015
Amazing experience! Chembra peak is damn beautiful and the entire region is so clean that it instantly allures you with its virgin views. Great experience - loved the entire excursion and had a fun time with rest of the group members.Only wish we could reach the actual summit though.
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 .
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.
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.
29 December 2015
I went for this trek or getaway with my gal pals and had a great time.The views are surreal, the trek is difficult but the guides are very helpful. It was really helpful for all of us and acted as a stressbuster for us!
29 December 2015
I was slightly scared as this trek was a little challenging but it was worth it. Also then it was through a jungles. But overall it was a fun experience. Amazing destination and an ideal getaway!
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