Wayanad is located at a distance of about 289 km from Bangalore. The town is popularly known as the 'Land of Spicy Hillsâ and is well-connected to Bangalore by roadways, railways and airways. However, the best way to reach Wayanad from Bangalore is by road, a journey of about 5 hours. The places covered during the journey from Bangalore to Wayanad are Bangalore - 33km -> Bolare - 95km -> Bannur - 26km -> Mysore - 25km -> Najangudu - 22km -> Begur - 47km -> Mulehole - 23km -> Sultan Bathery - 24km -> Wayanad. On the way from Bangalore to Wayanad, several petrol pumps, roadside dhabas, multi-cuisine restaurants, South Indian food chains and ATMs, along with the Indo-American Hospital and State Bank of Travancore are located.
Transport options from Bangalore to Wayanad
Bangalore to Wayanad By Car: Take a cab from Bangalore to Wayanad, which takes around 5 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR15 to INR45 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families, seniors and groups.
Bangalore to Wayanad By Bus: Take a direct bus from Bangalore to Wayanad, which takes around 6 hours. Several private as well as government luxury buses operated by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation are available. The Wayanad bus station is situated at a distance of about 16 km from the city centre that can be covered by bus, taxi or auto-rickshaw. Ideal for individual travellers and backpackers.
Bangalore to Wayanad By Train: No direct train is available from Bangalore to Wayanad. However, you can take a train from Bangalore City Junction to Kozhikode railway station, the nearest railway station to Wayanad, which takes around 10 hours. Wayanad city centre is 88 km from the Kozhikode railway station and can be covered by auto- rickshaw, taxi or bus. Ideal for families, seniors and groups.
Bangalore to Wayanad By Flight: There is no direct flight from Bangalore to Wayanad. However, you can take a direct flight from Bangalore airport to Kozhikode airport, which takes around an hour. Kozhikode airport is 100 km away from the Wayanad city centre and can be reached by bus or taxi in about 2 hours. Flights are suitable while travelling with seniors and kids.
I hired a Tavera from Deepam Cab. But the service was very bad. The driver was not good but there were lot of attractions on the way like Mysore Zoo, Barindavan Garden, Mysore Gurudwara, Banasura Dam in Wayanad, Calicut Beach and Kappad Beach. Stay one night at Mysore and then proceeded to Wayanad. In wayanad you can stay two nights.
Good drive and enjoyable self drive. No problems with directions. Have enough petrol pumps and hotels on the way. But need to be careful while driving at night as there is no proper lighting and it is a double road. Morning time is the best time for travel to enjoy the ride and the places.
We got into the SRS travels bus at Madiwala bus stop which is the place all private vehicles starting point. It was started at 10 pm which was delayed by 1 hour because it was the time for 4 days of continuous holidays. It was comfortable journey and had a nice sleep and get down in Kalpetta at 4:30 am early in the morning.
True Excitement/Madness has no definitions, no limits !!!
Its Friday evening 3 pm and I am very excited about the weekend 300 km Wayanad Car Trip. Since we have planned to start at 2 am, I decide to leave office early and take some sleep. I reach home at 4 pm and try hard to sleep. But due to over-excitement, I am able to sleep only at 11:30 pm (too late than what I had planned). The meeting point being Banashankari at 2 am, I put an alarm at 12:30 am to wake up. As soon as alarm rings, I am up and in another 15-20 mins. At 1:15 am I am ready. I give a ring to Kempa and Amit to make sure that they are up and on time. Both of them didn't pick up the call for couple of rings. Kempa finally picks up the third time and says he will be there in time. Amit, known for his chill-ass approach, is still not picking up. Kempa and I decide to go even if Amit doesn't turn up. Finally after 10-12 attempts, Amit just pingís on whatsapp that he is up and getting ready. Me and kempa decide to meet half an hour late at the starting point. I suddenly get a weird feeling, while starting from my place, as its the first long ride (plus at mid night) for me. I reach the meeting point and in another 5-7 minutes, Kempa arrives. Amit has not yet arrived.
After waiting for some time, I tell Kempa to park the car at nearby bus stand and sit there till Amit comes. Suddenly, two policemen standing at other side of road come around and start making inquiries about where we are going, what are we doing etc etc. The policemen indulge in some very vulgar talks to which Kempa and me just react by laughing loudly (Just a fake respect for their jokes). Amit on the way, calls and asks for directions. A bit of guidance on call and finally Amit reaches the meeting point. Finally we start from Banashankari at around 2:45 am. We reach the Mysore Road by 3 pm from where the Bangalore-Mysore highway starts. We are going at a decent 60-70 kmph speed. In some time, we are crossing a check post and 2 hawaldars try to stop us and ask about license, insurance and other stuff. We somehow manage to deceive them that we have valid papers. We see their sad faces as they are not able to get any money from us. Happily, we move from there. I am driving thinking about the start of this trip - What drives us to start so early? Is this madness? Is this an experience to be taken once? All this reminds of the truck and bus drivers who do this kinda of driving daily as part of their work. The number of speed breakers on this route is irritating and I am sure Amit and Kempa felt the same. Finally, at 5:15 am , we stop for tea and some break. Amit talks about his new jacket which is not so good for protecting from cold. Then we start the journey ahead and reach Mysore at around 6 am. As we enter Mysore, I hear a weird sound coming out of my car and I got a bit irritated. I show it to my friends and after some checking, we identify its the chain that has loosened up. Finding a mechanic early morning is no easy. We decide to continue on our journey and find mechanic on the way. The journey from Mysore to Gundlupet is very slow due to my car's problem. At every petrol/garage, we were looking for a mechanic but no luck. Finally on the way we wait for breakfast for around 45 min. I am not in a mood to eat much because of my car problem. Amit and Kempa fill in their stomach tanks and we start again.
Another hour of slow ride and its 9 am and finally we find a mechanic at Gundlupet who does the repairing (plus some oiling) at just Rs. 20. I am very satisfied after the repair. We take the right turn there for route towards our destination. Its a wide road with no traffic and since my car is now fine, we all decide to cruise at good speed. We are finally in good flow, cruising at 80-90-100 speed. After 15-20 min, its a sudden surprise - Its the start of the Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary. The highway passes through this forest which is a beautiful route to drive and view the forest around. We go slowly enjoying the forest view. We manage to get a few snaps as well on the road. The forest route also marks the entry of the Kerala State.
We are finally in Kerala. We continue our journey. Its more of greenery area after the forest area ends. We take a break at the Sultan Bakery area and have some wafers and cold drinks. Its around 10:30 am and we still have around 40-50 km to go. We start again and slowly the confusion of routes begin, as we start approaching the destination. After reaching very near to the destination, which was as per google maps, we get to know from the localities and home stay owner that its not the correct location. The frustration is building up but we continue and finally reach the town Kalpetta which is filled with bit crowd. A bit of searching and we identify the home stay location. Its situated at a good height from the market and so its a better view of the town and peaks around. So its 12:30 pm and around 9.5 hours of driving. We park the car and enter the room.
Amit and Kempa are contented after seeing the room booked by me. We rest for around 15 min and freshen up. We quickly take out the agenda and identify the places to be covered and decide on covering Edakkal Caves and Karapuzha dam. After freshening up, we move out in the town looking for a decent hotel and finally end up at a good restaurant. Amit wants to try the local stuff and so go for a veg Kerala meal. Kempa and I are not sure of the taste and so go we eat biryani and prawns for starter. Amit is very happy with the unlimited meals at Rs.40. Our biryani is decent and the prawns turned out to be very tasty. We are happy with the first meal here in Kerala and also with hotel service. Being too conscious about skin, Amit makes sure that we buy the sun screen lotion before we move out of town. A drive of around 25 km and we are at the parking for Edakkal caves. Then ascend to reach the entrance of the caves route is not too long but its sure to make you feel tired. We take cave tickets and start with the steps. After around 20 min, we reach the caves. We pose for some snaps while Kempa happily takes them. We explore the caves while listening to the guide's explanation. I am not much interested to hear the history and start exploring parts of the caves. Its around 5:30 pm and we are done with the caves and we head next for the Karapuzha dam. The route from the caves till the dam is so horrible that Amit is not ready to drive anymore and asks me to drive the car. We reach the dam and to put it in simple words - We reach the location which is just perfect to spend an evening with best of buddies. The weather is not too hot. The view is amazing and two perfect buddies with you.
We put on some relaxing music and quietly lay down in the rocks as the sun prepares to set. Having an ice-cream, while leaving from the dam, we start back. We reach the room, freshen up and leave down for dinner. Not seeing other options around, we decide to go to the same hotel. This time we go for some vegetable stuff + parathas. We head back for the room and meet the owner of home stay whose bungalow is opposite to our room and get suggestions on the important spots to visit for next day. After getting updates, he leave for the room. Having not slept the previous night and around 11 hours of driving in last 24 hours, we are fully tired and as soon as we reach the room, we are all ready to have some good long sleep. We play some songs on mobile and in no time, we are in deep sleep.
Its a fresh morning and a nice feeling. We are getting ready and we get a knock on the door. Nice breakfast and tea is waiting for our attack. Since Chembra Peak and couple of other major attractions are closed for some reasons, we have more time and different places to cover. We short-list the best of them and start for the outing. This time, our destination, is on different route - The Ooty-Kozhikode Route and some mind-blowing views of tea and coffee-plantations. Amit being a pillion captures some of them in the camera. We reach the Pookode Lake in short time. Entering the park maintained by Kerala Tourism, we see that the lake also has boating. We take a relaxing way around the lake while talking pictures and enjoying the dense trees. Its around 11:30 am and we reach the boating entrance place and purchase the tickets for peddle boats. Our turn has some time and Amit is , as usual, again hungry :P. So we have some breakfast again. Soon, a person shouts out for us informing that its our turn for peddle ride. We happily enter the boat and turn spend around half an hour peddling and listening to some cool songs. Amit wants to be adventures and gives specific directions on from where to take the peddle boat-Just to make it a bit exciting and challenging. We then peddle back to the starting point and spend some time in the park. We then decide to go to the next location - Bansura Dam. Amit is hungry again and we decide to have lunch on the way. We spot a nice restaurant and take a halt there. Nice interior. Wi-Fi enabled :) But the food is not that great and we quickly wrap our lunch.
After a drive of another 20 min, we reach the dam. We park the bikes and from entrance, its 1 km walk till we see a beautiful view of the Bansura river. Even though its hot during this time of season, we see good amount of crowd at this location. A walk of another half km and we reach a nice place at a little height where none of the public is daring to go. We, being adventures people, go there and sit under the shade of some mushroom based structure and share some humorous talks. After some time, Amit spots another location to sit - A climb of few stones and we sit there for some time. An guard at the location comes there and sees us sitting on the rocks. His angry eyes does the talking. We quietly get down. Not sure of his mood, I try to act over-smart by asking him faltoo questions - Sir, where is speed boat inquiry etc. - just to divert his attention and mood. He keeps starring. Amit and Kempa ask me to keep quiet and I quickly follow it. The guard finally moves away and we head towards the ticket counter for the speed boat. Its a long waiting and Amit buy the ticket for us. Every ride being charged at Rs. 500 and allowing 5 people, we start looking out for 2 more people who might want to join us thereby sharing the per person cost. At 4 PM, the ticket counter gets closed following which a couple comes looking for tickets and we target them. They agree. Another wait of 30 min, and its our turn. The speed boat ride begins and we enjoy the speed and the water drops flying around. Its a pretty long ride for around 10 min thatís very much refreshing. The boat-driver gave sudden jerks to the boat by turning left and right suddenly. Very exciting staff. We are finally done with the ride and feeling fresh as we leave back for our home stay.
After refreshing , we move out for dinner. We do some walk down the market road looking for any special local items there but find nothing worth buying. We then decide to try some different restaurant for dinner and find one. We then head back to rooms and decide that since best of places in Wayanad are done with, we can cover Mysore Palace and Mysore Zoo for the next day. A small session of hot drinks and we are off to sleep.
Next morning, we get ready by 9:30 am and are all set to start back for Mysore. We check-out , make payment to Mr. Martin (homestay person), thank him and start our journey back. Aware of road directions, we are in full speed and decide to cover up the journey till Mysore in quicker time. Amit is in full form and is leading the race and reaches Gundlupet in no time. On the way back, while crossing the jungle, we find elephants crossing the road. Amit and Kempa are also lucky to view few deers. The fast pace continues for a long time and just 20 km before Mysore, we take a break of 2-3 min and get to know that we have covered good distance in last couple of hours. Next, we reach the Mysore Palace and spent half an hour there. We have a very heavy lunch at a posh hotel (with poorest management).Next, we enter the Mysore zoo. The zoo was too big and we almost saw all of the animals there. We walked a distance of around 10 km or more to complete the entire round of the zoo. Amit and Kempa also told a nap of around 15 min on one of the benches.
Its 5:30 pm while getting out of the zoo and I am bit worried about the timings as I have a night shift on the same day followed by continuous day duty the next day. We start back and we keep an average of 80 and by 7:15 pm. We start again and we reach Pantharapalya from where Kempa took separate route as he park his bike there.
Then the crawling through the traffic, we reached Silkboard from where we headed in different directions as our bike is park there.
Around 9:20 pm , I reached home and knowing that I had double shift in office coming up in couple of hours, all I could think of was - The trip was definitely worth it.
Thanks to my friends - Amit and Kempa. Looking forward for more trips with you guys in the future.
Good to travel by road. If you are planning from Bangalore. Start your journey around 2am. So that you can reach Nagarhole century by 6am. Nice forest view and lots of animals you can find near to your car. Really a good place to visit in winter. In summer day temp is very high. Ideal to visit during winter.
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