Wayanad, which is one of the most beautiful places in Kerala, is often touted as the 'Green haven of the Western Ghats.' The lush green valleys, beautiful paddy fields that sway in breeze, majestic woods and the waterfalls are some of the stunning sights in Wayanad.
Besides, there are lots of interesting destinations like the Chembra peak, Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary, Kuruva Islands, Pakshipatahalam, Pookod Lake and the Banasurasagar dam to see in Wayanad.
How to reach
Travellers can reach Wayanad from all major cities through NH 17. This prominent tourist destination is almost 300 kilometres from Bangalore. If you are travelling on bike, it will take up to 7 hours to reach Wayanad from Bangalore.
You can stop at all the view points and enjoy the sceneries that are on the way. KSRTC and private buses run services from Bengaluru to Wayanad. The tickets start from Rs 500 onwards.
Here are three amazing and easy routes from Bengaluru city to Wayanad:
ROUTE 1 – via Mysuru
Bengaluru – Channapatna – Srirangapatna – Musuru – Kattikulam – Wayanad
This is the route that is mostly chosen by riders. There are lots of beautiful sights to see and interesting places to visit on the way. It would take up to 7 hours to cover around 300 kilometres through the NH 275.
Destinations on the way
Heritage Winery: This old winery at Channapatna would surely excite the wine lovers. Wine tours which help you understand about the different varieties of wines could be arranged. The restaurant here serves some mouth watering dishes as well.
Bharachukki Waterfalls: If you are travelling during the monsoon season do not forget to stop at this beautiful waterfall near Sivanasamudra at Mandya.
Gumbaz: The tombs of Tipu Sultan and his family members are at Gumbaz in Srirangapatna.
Mysuru: There are lots of amazing places to visit in Mysuru like the Amba Vilas Palace, Brindavan Gardens and the vibrant markets.
Nagarhole: You could reach this national park and tiger reserve by taking a slight deviation at Kattikulam.
Banasura Sagar Dam: This is located beyond Kattikulam, just before entering Wayanad. Travellers can enjoy many exciting activities like boating here.
ROUTE 2 – via Kanakapura
Bengaluru – Kanakapura – Kollegal – Chanarajanagar – Gundelpet – Wayanad
It would take up to 6-7 hours to reach Wayanad from Bengaluru if you take the NH 948.
Places to visit
Chunchi Waterfalls: This spectacular waterfall is a few kilometres from Kanakapura. You could even enjoy a small trekking trip here.
Muthumala National Park: Nature lovers would surely love the Muthumala national park where you could spot wild animals like elephants, peacocks and deer in their natural habitat.
Sultan Bathery: A Jain temple believed to be built in the 13th century is the major attraction here.
Wayanad Heritage Museum: This place would surely excite those who are interested in the unique history and culture of the place.
Edakkal Caves: These cave complexes which features some prehistoric paintings is one of the major tourist spots in Wayanad. The steep steps and the huge rocks make the hike quite thrilling.
ROUTE 3 – via Somathpur – Bandipur
Bengaluru – Channapatna – Malavally – Somanathpura – Gundelpet – Bandipur – Wayanad
This is the route to Wayanad via Bandipur Tiger Reserve. It would take up to 7 hours to reach Wayanad from Bengaluru if you take the NH 275 and NH 766.
These are some of the places that you can visit en route.
Chennakesava Temple: This temple in Somnathpura is known for the elaborate engravings and stone carvings that date back to the Hoysala dynasty.
Gopalaswamy Betta: This temple is at the highest point in the Bandipuar national park near Gundelpet.
Bandipur National Park: Bikers can enjoy a ride through the dense forests where tigers could be spotted.
Chembra Peak: This is the most amazing place to visit if you are interested in trekking. However, you have to secure permission from the forest department’s office before climbing the peak.
Points to note if you are taking a bike ride from Bengaluru to Wayanad:
• The Bengaluru-Mysore road is in excellent condition; traffic can be avoided if you set out early.
• Notice the sign boards and instructions in the forest area beyond Gundlupete.
• The roads may be slippery during the monsoon season. This problem may be severe on the roads that are closer to Sulthan Bathery.
• Mysore, Kanakapura and Channapatna are places where you could take short breaks. You could enjoy snacks or take rest for a while.
• You may have to ride through deserted areas where there are no human settlements. So, it would be better to travel with the GPS on. You could also download the route maps in advance as there may be network issues.
• Wear appropriate dresses that are comfortable.
• Fish delicacies are sold near the forest reserve areas. You could enjoy some authentic Kerala dishes if you stop by.
• You could take up to 5-6 breaks if you are riding a bike.
Perfect time to visit
The months between October and May are the ideal time to visit Wayanad. Meanwhile, those who love to enjoy the beautiful monsoon can choose the rainy season from June to September. In fact, Wayanad is an amazing place that offers wonderful sights and pleasant climate that excites travellers throughout the year. The visitors would be mesmerized by the unique experiences that await them during each season.