Thinking of going to Wayanad this August.. need suggestions

#1 Jul 11th, 2017, 02:11
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I'm thinking of going to Wayanad next month, August, as the much awaited long weekend arrives around the Independence day. I've been wanting to travel there for a long time since seeing it's scenic pics. Also, I like the rain. But it's going to be a budget trip, will be going with my fiancee.

Currently, my budget breakdown is as follows:

2k X 2 - travelling from Bangalore and back again
2k - accomodation for 2 days
Conveyance / site seeing - ?? (hoping to keep it under 2k).
1.5k - food for 3 days

What do you guys recommend? I've booked an accommodation that's near Sultan Bathery. So that way we should have easier access to the Kalpetta and Sultan Bathery.

0) My bus will reach Calicut early morning around 7/8am. I'm thinking of taking a bus from Calicut to Kalpetta by 9-10am. And once I reach Kalpetta I could either book a cab for the whole day and start sight-seeing or book some taxi till the hotel. Since the hotel's check-in time is 1pm we would have some time on our hands. Any suggestions on what we could do in this time? Also, do they have taxis in Wayanad that we could take for a one way travel from Kalpetta to our hotel? Any idea how readily it's available or how much it costs? I don't know Malyalam so not sure whether that is going to be a problem.

1) Thinking whether I should rent a scooty and travel around to cut costs. It seems they are available for 500-600 per day whereas a cab costs around 2.4k/day . Taking a scooty will cut my expenses like anything. What do you say about a scooty?

2) Since it'll be monsoons in Wayanad I'm not sure how the travelling around and roads will be

3) What spots would you recommend for visiting?

4) Is it safe to walk around at night? Overall how is the place for women's safety?

5) What can I do to cut costs for travelling around to tourist places?
#2 Jul 12th, 2017, 22:45
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@Anchit.

From Bangalore, there are direct buses(KSRTC) to kalpetta/ Sulthan bathery Via Mysore which will take 5-6 hours . Not sure on your mode of transport but bangalore to Calicut bus goes Via Wayanad only.

As you might be aware, all the tourist spots of Wayanad are scattered across the district and definitely hiring cab for touring will be the ideal way.

Kalpetta, Sulthan bathery and Mananthavady are the primary towns in wayanad and Kalpetta is better (Just my view based on my travels) for stay.

As you are on budget, whichever town you select, plan your stay near Ksrtc bus stand / City centre as many a hotels/ resorts in wayanad need personal vehicle with you for conveyance. Definitely it will be safe for walks in the evenings and by maximum 8-9 pm you may be back to your place as generally after 8-9 pm , there will be minimal traffic and roads will be with less people (Except market and restaurants).

Language is not a big issue and you can very well manage with hindi / english.

Have a Nice trip ahead.

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Also being an extended weekend the cost of the hotels might be higher than usual.
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Originally Posted by pmvelu View Post @Anchit.

Not sure on your mode of transport but bangalore to Calicut bus goes Via Wayanad only.
If it goes via Wayanad then I'll ask the bus to drop us there itself rather than Calicut. Probably Sultan Bathery would be on the way.

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As you might be aware, all the tourist spots of Wayanad are scattered across the district and definitely hiring cab for touring will be the ideal way.
Renting a cab would be great no doubt. But any idea whether we can get by with renting a scooty? I'm thinking it should be convinient, provided the roads are good. And if we carry our raincoats too then we should be protected from the rain also. If the scooty is feasible then it would cut a lot of costs.
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Anchit,

2 Wheeler is better in terms of cost BUT Scooty may be underpowered (Especially for Chembara peak view point) and 2 wheeler might be bit risky in Thirunelly temple-Mananthavady Circuit (As it's part of wayanad Wildlife sanctuary) . I dont remember seeing scooty in wayanad and if at all if 2 wheeler is your option, go for a geared one.

Also, Wayanad roads will be narrow and the driving style is bit different with Kerala SRTC / Private buses driving at peak speeds with ease even in Narrow Turns and hence be very careful in turns and in many of the roads it's not so easy to get down and get back to the road as the sides will be deep. Again, as a rule, Avoid driving the 2 wheeler after 6 pm as It will be bit scary and wayanad dont have the concept of streetlights once you are out of Kalpetta or Mananthavady towns.

Out of the 3 main towns I mentioned, Sulthan bathery is bit boring and the only main tourist spot near to the town is Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary. Anyways all 3 towns are almost equidistant from one another(Approximately 25 kms apart) and kalpetta has the most tourist places nearby (Pookoot lake ( Boating, Ride in Horse Cart), Chembara peak view point, Thamaraserry ghat point view).

If you are interested in buying spices, Mananthavady market is the place. Near to the town centre, there will be a lot of wholesale dealers (Who will sell even 1/2 or 1 kg) to general public and its 100% non-touristy price and the prices will be REMARKABLY LESS than the plains.

If you need more info, please post.

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2 Wheeler is better in terms of cost BUT Scooty may be underpowered (Especially for Chembara peak view point) and 2 wheeler might be bit risky in Thirunelly temple-Mananthavady Circuit (As it's part of wayanad Wildlife sanctuary) . I dont remember seeing scooty in wayanad and if at all if 2 wheeler is your option, go for a geared one.

Also, Wayanad roads will be narrow and the driving style is bit different with Kerala SRTC / Private buses driving at peak speeds with ease even in Narrow Turns and hence be very careful in turns and in many of the roads it's not so easy to get down and get back to the road as the sides will be deep. Again, as a rule, Avoid driving the 2 wheeler after 6 pm as It will be bit scary and wayanad dont have the concept of streetlights once you are out of Kalpetta or Mananthavady towns.

Out of the 3 main towns I mentioned, Sulthan bathery is bit boring and the only main tourist spot near to the town is Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary. Anyways all 3 towns are almost equidistant from one another(Approximately 25 kms apart) and kalpetta has the most tourist places nearby (Pookoot lake ( Boating, Ride in Horse Cart), Chembara peak view point, Thamaraserry ghat point view).

If you are interested in buying spices, Mananthavady market is the place. Near to the town centre, there will be a lot of wholesale dealers (Who will sell even 1/2 or 1 kg) to general public and its 100% non-touristy price and the prices will be REMARKABLY LESS than the plains.

If you need more info, please post.

Velu
Thanks for replying pmvelu! It's better to book a cab only then. I checked with the hotel staff for cab rates and they said it'll come to 2200-2400 for a day. Are these the cab rates normal? That's higher than the accommodation itself. Is there no way I can cut costs for conveyance?

Sorry this is my first time going threre so it's a very basic question. Are there any taxis / auto rickshaw / jeep available in Wayanad that tourists can avail? If yes, how expensive/easily available are those?
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Hmm, I myself did many a trips in public transportation but in wayanad it might be difficult to do in economical way as tourist spots are spread all across the district and you might not be able to cover all tourist spots. Yes, Autos / Jeeps are available in Wayanad. Again, they will quote touristy charges and will suggest a package which will again be in high range only . Just an idea. How about ooty ? . 5 hour bus ride from bangalore, and you can book Package tours locally once you are in ooty . for 200 INR/ person per day , you can book 2 Day trips (typically 9-30am to 5 pm) and you can cover all the tourist spots of Ooty/ Coonoor including Mudumalai Wildlife Safari( safari costs will be extra and this is most touristy and hence widlife sightings might be minimal).

If you are more intrested in wayanad. This is what you can do :-

1) on first day, Plan your stay in kalpetta. Get an auto /Jeep and tell him, you want to do ONLY Soochipara waterfalls, Chembara peak view point, Thamaraserry ghat road view point and pookoot lake. In leisure, this will take a day and this will be the best day of your trip
2)Second day move to Mananthavady and make that as base OR you can remain at kalpetta too( just a 750 INR difference in jeep rent probably) Get a JEEP and tell him you want to do ONLY Tholpetty temple, A Safari inside Tholpetty Wildlife sanctuary , Kuruwadweep Island visit and drop back to hotel. Also ask him,how much extra if you want to Visit Iruppu Falls also . Iruppu Falls area is in south Coorg, karnataka but just 10 kms from Tholpetty WLS . If he quotes max 300 INR extra, it's decent. Iruppu Falls area will be super nice with kms of coffee plantations and the falls and the temple out there will be very scenic with brahmagiri mountain ranges backdrop. This day you will be in super scenic routes and possibility of sighting deer and elephant / Wild gaur and lion tailed monkeys. Before booking ask whether Kuruwa Island visit possible ( if it is high monsoon - Chances are minimal in august 2nd week but still) . This will take 3/4 th of your day. Between Kalpetta-Mananthavady and Sulthan bathery, there are very frequent Private buses and for moving from one town to another you can very well OPT for public transportation.

Sorry, I dont have idea on Auto/Taxi Rental fares.

Edakkal caves , Meenmutty waterfalls need considerable walking and hence you may reserve it for future travels.

Be aware, almost every spot I mentioned above need a bit of walking .
From parking place, you need to walk :
Soochipara waterfalls ( 2kms to & fro), Chembara peak view point ( 1km to& fro), Iruppu Falls (2 kms to & fro),

Between ooty and Wayanad, Wayanad will be the WINNER.

Hope this is of some help Anchit. If you need more info, Please post.

Velu
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Hi Velu,

We are planning to visit Wayanad only because we've already been to Ooty before.

I heard that in August it is usually rainy. And many people online were asking to avoid the Soochipura falls because it becomes very slippery there. Also, for pookoot lake people were advising to go early morning only because there is too much of rush later on.
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Anchit,

No, the path to soochipara waterfalls was well paved and anyways as a general precaution during rainy season, we need to take extra care in our steps. I dont think "slippery" is the right word for the pathway of soochipara. But Again, We visited in non- rainy season and hence you could take into account experienced travellers advice who did that in rainy season. Hope you are aware, 99% of waterfalls of kerala are meant for "fantastic Viewing experience" and not for "taking bath" or "getting into waters" .Just a FYI, in tamilnadu , it's Viceversa.

Pookoot lake per se is a smaller area (Rather I could say easy target for families with kids / young couples as that's one among the top places which does not need tiresome walk in wayanad with fantastic boating experience , small park and horse cart ride). Again, We never visited in peak season OR long weekend and boating is" Off" between 12-2 pm for lunch (If I remember correctly ) and take this into account .


Have a safe & fantastic trip ahead.
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Hi Velu,

Thanks a lot for all the suggestions! I am planning to drive to Wayanad. Will start from Bangalore around 3am maybe and take the Bangalore - Ramanagar - Mysore - Gundlupete route. It'll be the first time that I'll be driving outstation. Hope it goes well.

Thanks!
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That's a great decision anchit. Have a fantastic and safe trip ahead.

Velu

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