Who doesn’t love a weekend vacay in the lush green Wayanad? Most of the travellers heading to Wayanad are looking forward to unwind after a week riddled with work pressure and deadlines. People driving from Bengaluru can take three picturesque routes to Wayanad to rejuvenate themselves on weekends and holidays after toiling hard at work stations. Here’s a lowdown on these three roads and the places of interest on the way.
1. Mysuru Route
The distance between Bengaluru and Wayanad via Mysuru is 303km and it takes nearly seven hours to cover the distance. While embarking on the journey to Wayanad, keep in mind that majority of roads in Wayanad gets enveloped in mist by evening and driving can be an uphill task. Here’s a list of wonderful spots on the route.
Heritage Winery: Just pay a visit to the heritage vinery in Channapatna to get to know how wine is made. You can also literally sink your teeth into some lip-smacking local delicacies in the restaurants in Channapatna.
Barachukki Waterfalls: The awesome Barachukki waterfall is near Shivanasamudra in Mandya.
Gumbaz: The graves of Tipu Sultan and his family could be found in Gumbaz in Srirangapatna.
Mysuru: A short drive from Kattikulam will take you to the Nagarhole National Park.
Bansura Sagar Dam: You can go on a boating spree at the dam and also take a leisurely walk savouring the beauty of the largest earthen dam in India.
2. Kanakapura Route
This is another route from Bengaluru to Wayanad that can take your breath away. It takes close to six to seven hours to reach the destination and the vistas on the way are magical, to say the least.
Chunchi Waterfalls: The amazing Chunchi waterfall lies after the Kanakapura town. People who are into trekking can hike for a while here.
Mudumalai National Park: The Mudumalai National Park that is home to a unique flora and fauna is on this route. Elephants, rabbits and deer, among others, could be spotted at the park.
Sulthan Bathery: The main attraction of Sulthan Bathery is the Jain Temple, which was built in the 13th century.
Wayanad Heritage Museum: The museum houses historical antiques that were found in Wayanad.
Edakkal Caves: You can also visit the world-famous Edakkal caves en route Wayanad.
3. Somnathpur-Bandipur Route
This route cuts through the heart of Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park. The route is replete with many spots where you can take rest and enjoy nature’s enchanting settings.
Chennakeshava Temple: The architectural excellence of the Hoysala Empire is reflected in the Chennakeshava Temple. You can take a breather at the temple and continue the journey.
Gopalaswamy Betta: This is a temple in Gundlupet, which is the highest point in Bandipur National Park.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park: This park throws light on the natural habitat of the tigers.
Chembra Peak: This peak has one of the best trekking trails in Kerala. If you have enough time, then Chembra Peak can give you the right dose of adrenaline rush.