Wayanad Day Tours

  • Plan Wayanad 1 Day Trip effectively.
  • Know about the Options available for Wayanad Day Tours.
  • Select the places in Wayanad for the Trip of your interest.

This page is a complete guide for you to plan your Wayanad 1 Day Trip effectively. Wayanad is an amazing hill station in northern Kerala, India. It is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Kerala for its scenic beauty, greenery, amazing resorts and great food. Wayanad is known for waterfalls, natural lakes, the biggest earth dam in India, wildlife safari, scenic viewpoints and much more. If you are a person who likes to go for a trek, Wayanad is one of the top places you should consider.  One can plan the visit to Wayanad along with nearby tourist destinations like Calicut, Mysore, Ooty, Coorg, Kabini, Bandipur, Bekal and Kannur.

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Cheengeri Hills – Evening view from the top

Are you looking for a Wayanad 1 Day Trip?

If you are looking for Wayanad 1 Day Trip, you can consider options depending on the place of stay and the activities you would like to take up. The advice from Groowynd, Featured on TripAdvisor.com with different options considering the taste of the traveler. All significant destinations/experiences in Wayanad are covered here.

Wayanad is a district (there is no specific place as Wayanad) and the major towns are Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery and Wayanad. So, if you are enquiring about Wayanad, you may have to mention a specific place like Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery or so. if you are searching for a bus to Wayanad, you may have to enquire about Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery etc.

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Banasura Sagar Dam View

Wayanad 1 Day Trip: How Can you plan?

If you are planning a 1 day trip in Wayanad or would like to know various options for planning your Wayanad Tour, the following information would be useful for you. Based on the place of your stay and time of arrival you can plan Wayanad Day Trip.

Ideally, it is better to start by 0830 h for your Wayanad trip so that you reach your first destination before the rush starts. However, if you are planning for a Wildlife Safari, Chembra Peak Trek, or morning trek at Cheengeri Hills or Kurumbalakotta, it is suggested to start at 0530 h depending upon the place of your stay. Consider any of the following based on your interest, place of stay and time you can spare.

1. Banasura Sagar Dam – Karlad Lake – Pookode Lake – View Point

Places covered in this Day Tour of Wayanad are Banasura Sagar Dam (speed boat and row boat available, second largest earth dam of Asia). Visit Karlad Lake (You can go for activities like boating and ziplining), Meenmutty Falls near Banasura (this is another attraction in the area) Pookode Lake (pedal/row boat, the natural freshwater lake at an altitude of about 800 meters from the sea, in the mountains).Lakkidi View Point(wonderful view of Valley and Ghat section from a height of 700 meters above mean sea level). Chain Tree Wayanad(on NH-212, narrates a story that is a combination of myth and truth). If you have time you may also consider En Ooru near Lakkidi. If it is not a busy day, you would be able to add Ziplining by Muddy Boots or Ziplining at Chundale during the trip.

2. Edakkal Caves – Museum – Kanthanpara Falls – Cheengeri Hills

If you are looking to have a couple of trekking in Wayanad in a day, you may consider Edakkal Caves – Phantom Rock – Heritage Museum – Kanthanpara Waterfalls – Cheengeri Hills Trekking. You can start from your hotel/resort by 0830 h to cover all these places. If you can start your day @ 5:30 h and you are staying in Sulthan Bathery or Muthanga area, you can also consider an early morning safari to Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary.

3. Muthanga Wildlife – Edakkal Caves – Museum – Cheengeri Hills

Places covered are Edakkal Caves (this is a cleft between rock, 1 km semi-hard trekking from the parking area, wonderful view from top, famous for pre-historic carvings on the wall of the cave).
Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary (Wildlife sanctuary on Sulthan Bathery-Mysore road, jungle safari available in morning and evening, need to reach at least 1 hour before the scheduled time, the ticket subject to availability of jeep on arrival).
Wayanad Heritage Museum (collections of remnants of the second century, utensils, weapons etc, historical place).
Jain Temple at Sulthan Bathery (Serene place near Sulthan Bathery town, one of the ancient Jain temples). You may also plan for an evening trek to Cheengeri Hills (a great place for a sunset view, it is semi-hard trekking and one of the best places for trekking in Wayanad). If you are interested in flowers/agriculture, consider visiting RARS at Ambalavayal.

4. Chembra Peak Trekking – Soochipara Falls – 900 Kandi Glass Bridge

Places covered are Chembra Peak (one of the best trekking experiences in South India, with a breathtaking view from the top, trekking 4 km one way, (Try to reach for Chembra entry by 0630 h, undertake this trip in a single day if you are used to going for long treks). Soochipara Waterfalls (famous waterfalls of Kerala, get drenched below the falls, 1 km semi-hard trekking from parking), if you are fine going for another trek. Later, you can visit 900 Kandi Glass bridge as well.

5. Kuruva Islands – Tholpetty Wildlife – Thirunelli Temple – Pazhassi Tomb

Places covered in this Wayanad Day Tour Package are Kuruva Islands (a chain of islands in 900 acres, rich in greenery, cross over in raft, soft trekking, try to reach by 9 AM to ensure that you get ticket). Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary (Wildlife sanctuary close to Karnataka border, jungle safari available in morning and evening, need to reach at least 1 hour before the scheduled time, the ticket subject to availability of jeep on arrival). Thirunelli Temple (an ancient temple in South India, at an altitude of 900 m, draws pilgrims from all over).

6. Muthanga Wildlife – Kuruva Islands

If you are staying in Sulthan Bathery or Irulam area (Jungle Bay Resort, The Woods Resort etc) you can even plan for visiting Kuruva Island from Pakkam area (Sulthan Bathery – Irulam – Pulpally – Pakkam route) in the morning. Afternoon, you can consider Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary (Jungle Safari available in the morning, 7 AM and afternoon, 3 PM. Need to reach one hour before).

7. Kuruva Island – Banasura Sagar Dam – Karlad Lake

If you are staying in Mananthavady/Panamaram/Meenangadi/Padinjarathara are, you can consider this Wayanad 1 Day Trip. Try to reach Kuruva Island by 0830 h. You also would be able to cover Meenmutty Waterfalls, if there is no much rush in the activities at Banasura Sagar Dam and Karlad Lake.

8. Edakkal Caves – Museum – RARS – Phantom Rock – Karapuzha Dam

Start your day with Edakkal Caves by 0830 h and you will have a comfortable trek in the morning. Later, visit the Heritage Museum at Ambalavayal and you can cover RARS (Regional Agricultural Research Station). Further, you can travel to the Phantom Rock. Spend an evening at Karapuzha Dam, a wonderful place with activities like ziplining.

9. Edakkal Caves – Phantom Rock – Karapuzha Dam – Uravu

If you would lie to buy some of the unique handicrafts made out of Bamboo, you should visit Uravu (Indigenous Science & Technology Study Centre). You can start your day visiting Jain Temple at Sulthan Bathery and further Edakkal Caves – Phantom Rock – Uravu – Karapuzha Dam.

10. Edakkal Caves – Karapuzha Dam – Pookode Lake – View Point

You can also consider starting your trip at Edakkal Caves, covering Karapuzha Dam – Pookode Lake and View Point, if you are traveling back via Calicut. Lakkidi view point is closer to the ghat section on Wayanad – Calicut road.

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Boating Experience in Wayanad

11. View Point – Pookode Lake – Tea Museum – Vythiri Park

This is one of the Wayanad 1 Day Trip options, where you don’t have to travel much in a day. All places are in Vythiri area. You can spend an afternoon with activities at Vythiri Park.

12. Full Day @ Vythiri Park

Vythiri Park is a place where you can enjoy your day, especially if you are in a group. There are lot of activities like Rain Dance, Sky Rller, Zip Bike, Wall Climbing, Burma Bridge, Hanging Bridge, Zig – Zag bridge and much more. It is very conveniently located in Vythiri area.

13. Banasura Hill Trekking

This is another trek in Wayanad and if you are staying in Padinjarathara area, it will be easier to reach the place in the morning.

14. Customized Half – Day Tour and Cooking Class

This is one of the customized trips by Wayanad Destination Experts and the day is followed by a 3 hrs cooking class in Wayanad at our featured homestay. Thie trip will end a delicious dinner with the hosts. Pre-booking is required for this unique 1 Day Trip of Wayanad. You may write to info@groowynd.com to book the customized tour and Cooking Class in Wayanad.

You may also write to info@groowynd.com for customized Wayanad Tour Packages including your pick up from Calicut, Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Kochi, Mangalore etc by exclusive cab. Alternatively, if you are planning to arrive Wayanad from Trivandrum or Bangalore by bus, we can customize your Wayanad Package including cab for pick up and sightseeing with stay in Wayanad Hotel, Resort or homestay. You may also contact us for booking of hotels/resorts at the best rates, yes it will be better than the online available rates. Details for 2/3 Days Wayanad Tour Packages on Arrival.

  • Time of Pick Up : 0830 h.
  • Days of Operation : 7 days.
  • Time of Drop : 1900 h.
  • Mode of Transport : Depends upon No of persons.
  • Place of Pick Up : Guests will be picked up from Sulthan Bathery, Kalpetta or Vythiri based on the place of stay included in your package.

write to info@groowynd.com or WhatsApp to book Wayanad Tour Packages or other Customized South Indian Tour Packages. Destinations that can be combined with Wayanad are Coorg, Ooty, Mysore, Kabini, Bandipur, Mudumalai, Kannur and Calicut.

How to Reach Wayanad?

Wayanad is well connected with major cities by air, rail and road routes. The nearest railway station to Wayanad is Calicut (CLT – also known as Kozhikode). The nearest Airport to Wayanad is Calicut International Airport (CCJ). Wayanad is very well connected to cities like Bangalore, Calicut, Mysore, Kochi, Ooty and Coimbatore by road.

  • To travel from Bangalore to Wayanad, you can follow Mandya-Mysore-Nanjanagud- Gundlupete – Wayanad route. The distance from Bangalore Airport to Wayanad (Kalpetta) is 323 km, covered in 7 hrs during normal traffic. Starting early morning from Bangalore is suggested. Also, there are buses from Bangalore to Wayanad at regular intervals from Bangalore Satellite bus stand (Kengeri), which can be booked on KSRTC Kerala or Karnataka website.
  • Mysore to Wayanad can be covered in 3 hrs via Mysore – Nanjanagud – Gundlupete – Kalpetta (Wayanad). The distance from Mysore to Wayanad (Kalpetta) is 140 km. You can travel by cab or bus. Buses will be available from Mysore Suburban stand.
  • Calicut (also known as Kozhikode) to Wayanad route is Calicut – Koduvally –  Adivaram -Kalpetta (Waynad). The distance between Calicut and Wayanad (Kalpetta) is about 80 km and it takes around 2 h to reach Wayanad from Calicut.
  • Trivandrum to Wayanad travel can be done by overnight bus, you can check Kerala or Karnataka KSRTC website. Alternatively, you can arrive Calicut by train and take a cab or bus for your further trip.