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Which is a better destination - Wayanad or Coorg?

Benazir Khan Dec 26 2013
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The conclusion behind the better of the two is hard to arrive at, but one can certainly conclude where you should be headed, based on the idea behind your travel plans. While both are exotic and breathtakingly beautiful hill stations of South India, their unique qualities as individual destinations set the two apart.

Wayanad lies in Karnataka, while Coorg in Kerala. The similarities between the two destinations lie in the fact that they have equally cool temperatures, owing to the hilly and mountainous terrains the two hill stations are surrounded by - Coorg is surrounded by the Sahyadri mountains and Wayanad by Chembra, Banasura, Brahmagiri are some other peaks.

In a nutshell, both have the similar attractions of hills, peaks, a mountainous terrain surrounding them from all sides as they have waterfalls, streams and small rivulets surrounding their rocky terrain. The hill stations of Wayanad and Coorg are replete with the options of trekking and several trails, together with hilltops and old miniature historical sites, plantation estates. Wayanad and Coorg however have their differences - however small or big in a tourist's eye.

Wayanad is locally known as “green paradise,” in Kerala, and is nestled by the Western Ghats that border it from close quarters. However, it makes for more of an offbeat option in terms of a destination. Wayanad is not as much of a popular destination as is Coorg, relatively speaking. The place is more of a cultural hub - what with several tribes happily cohabiting in several places to visit with a regular crowd. There are several tribal events - dance performances, and song recitals among others that are regularly held here from time to time.


A photo of Wayanad (by Aneesme)

Coorg on the other hand is a commercial hub of a hill station. Made famous. by India’s very own colonial legacy makers, the place has been known through time as the “Scotland of India,” and more often than not, as the “Kashmir of South India.” Coorg is known for its mouldy, misty cool ambience, with its typical sense of woolliness visible through the woods, which only makes for more and more of a love song in motion. Resorts and other things to do, which should ideally include doing nothing but trailing through the woods and kicking back and enjoying the lush greens should form the order of the day here.

So the choice is simple - if you’re choice is of an offbeat but immensely enlightening experience, with very unique observations to make, that expand your worldview, then Wayanad is the place to head to.
If you think conversely, of a location to be in where all that matters is to break bad in terms of a complete disarray in terms of your clockwork, regular lifestyle; and to rejoice in the bounty of nature with nothing to worry about in the least bit. Where all that you have to do is just breathe, then head to Coorg. You may have a look at these holiday package options for the same.


A photo of Coorg (by Michael Kohli)

Whichever of the two you choose, definitely take enough time out to explore the plantations associated with these individual regions intricately - Spice and cardamom plantations in Wayanad and the coffee and tea plantations in Coorg. Don’t merely shop till you drop here, (since this is but a natural inclination), but take those memorable landscape snapshots for memory sake and share with us a copy or two as well. Bon Voyage!

If you are planing to visit Wayanad shortly, it is advisable to book the train tickets well in advance and doing a PNR status check when required. Check out the online train ticket booking option on ixigo.

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