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iXiGOers Apr 22 2013

Suggest a 1 day tour itinerary for Wayanad.

Nitin Gurha Apr 26 2013
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Evergreen forests and tea plantations wrapped in rising mists, shimmering in practically every shade of green, blue and brown that engulf your senses only to calm them a moment later- welcome to Wayanad, where nature still has her roots deeply set in.

Wayanad being a district is a bit spread out, with many of its attractions concentrated in different pockets.

Given below is a 1 day itinerary for Wayanad that you can use while planning out your own-

Pepper Grove run by the Karnataka tourism department is a good stay option in Sulthan Bathery. From here you can explore one pocket of Wayanad. With jungles changing colours and tea plantations giving way to dense evergreen forest canopies enraptured in rising mist and fragrance, Wayanad is a biodiversity hotspot and is home to some endangered, exotic species.

So pack up your camera and binoculars and head straight to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary lying within Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and holding on steadfastly to its primal wilderness. Acting as a buffer to the Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Bandipur Tiger Reserve, particularly during the dry spells when a number of wild Elephants camp out here, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is considered as one of the bio-geographically richest parts of Southern India.

Through thickets of deciduous, semi-deciduous and semi-evergreens trees, past streaming Kakkayam river, lies the Protected Area home to the Tiger, Sloth Bear, Deers and of course, the majestic Elephants and deadly King Cobra. There are a total of 44 different species of mammals and over a hundred different types of birds inhabit the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, to say nothing of the wide variety of reptiles, fishes, amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies that reside within the forest. Know more about timings and entry fee at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.

There are two discontinuous pockets at the sanctuary and consequently two entrances. One is Muthanga, south of the sanctuary and other Tholpetty, north of the sanctuary.

There is usually a very long queue for the tickets. Its advisable to reach before 6:30 to be able to get in time. On a given visit a maximum of 1.5 hours and maximum of 40 people are allowed inside the sanctuary.

Now that you have traversed the wild side of Wayanad take the fork in the road marking its memory lane and visit Sulthan Bathery, erstwhile Sultan Battery and famous for being Tipu Sultan’s armoury. Out here be sure to visit the ancient Jain temple used by Tipu Sultan, ‘Tiger of Mysore, as a battery back in 18th century.

An ancient, holy town, Sultan Bathery is replete with a number of temples and churches. Stop at Jubilee restaurant, serving malabar cuisine, for lunch and/or evening snacking. Sulthan Bathery’s exploration is bound to take rest of the day.

Head back to the hotel for dinner. There are a good range of hotels in Wayanad to serve world class customer services.

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