How to reach Wayanad From Bangalore

I am sure many of you may raise your eyebrows why a blog for such a silly matter.
But this is the major question I am answering regularly to many of my guests and friends who is coming to Wayanad, and that is why I am making it clear in words.

The first thing in determining a route is based on a very simple thing that your mode of transport ,that means whether you are travelling by public transport or in a private cab and another one is that is there any other places also included in your itinerary en route.

Let us take the simple, less expensive eco friendly travel mean, the Public transport. Since there is no rail connectivity to Wayanad the only way is Bus travel.

There are lots of buses owned by both Kerala and Karnataka plying from Bangalore to Wayanad.

Karnataka’s Rajahamsa service is far better when compared to the Kerala super-fast/express services. It’s worth paying extra for the Rajahamsa ticket as it is a long journey.

You will get lot of buses from Mysore to Wayanad also.

The main thing you have to keep in mind is that   Wayanad is not a town or a city. It is the name of a large district with more than half a dozen towns. In all probability, you would be heading to one of its three major towns, Sulthan Bathery, Kalpetta or Mananthavadi. And you have to book your ticket to any of these towns as per your destination.

If you are driving all the way from Banglore to Wayanad,
There are two routes mainly, one reaching Sulthan Bathery 
(Bangalore - Mysore - Gundulpet - Munthanga - Sulthan Battery),
Another one reaching Mananthavadi (Bangalore - Mysore - Hunsur- Nagarhole - Kutta - Mananthavadi).

If you are traveling by car, what I strongly suggest is come by the first route mentioned and return to Banglore thruogh the second route or vice versa.

Since route1 and rout 2 are located at the two ends of Wayanad's tourist arc', by selecting this option you start at one end of the arc, sweep your way through and leave at the other end. And thus you are saving your time and travel cost by avoiding too many up and down travels within Wayanad. We will arrange your itinerary smartly so that you can start at one end of Wayanad as you enter by one route and by the time you complete your tour of Wayanad, you are already near the exit route you've chosen. And enjoying the bonus experience of seeing two different wildlife sanctuaries (Muthanga & Tholpetty) as you go in and out of Wayanad. Plus the third one in Karnataka - The ' Nagarhole National park’

The route to Sulthan Bathery

Either through Mysore city or by the ring road - if you are skipping the city –you should take the road towards Gundulpet, (NH212). 
You can easily get to NH 212 from the city center (palace area). The right branch of the ring road (as it crosses SH 17 when you drive from Bangalore) merges into NH 212, just at the base of Chamundi Hill.

Mysore city to Nanjangud is about 23 km. Traffic is usually moderate it is a two lane and in reasonably good shape. The speed of 60 to 70 KM per hour is reasonably safe.

After Nanjangud town signboards are pretty clear and reasonably frequent. You will not make a wrong turn and neither will you have to ask for directions as it is a straight road up to Gundlupet.

From here up to Gundlupet, traffic slightly thins down, road is good and generally one can compensate the lost time,

Nanjangud to Gundlupet is about 35km. In short, Mysore - Gundlupet distance you can cover in about 1 ½hours, including a bit of city traffic delays. If we take a tally so far, Bangalore - Mysore - Gundlupet stretch takes 5hours, including a lunch and tea break in between.

Gundlupet is a small town with a few eateries facing the highway. As you drive through the town, the high way makes a right turn as its exits the town.

The straight road at this junction goes towards Gopalaswamy Betta , Bandipur, Mudumalai, Theppekaddu, Masinagudi, Ooty etc.

You should take the right turn that heads towards the Kerala border.

Gundlupet to Sultan Bathery distance is about 50km, mostly through the forest.
In about 15 minutes from Gundlupet, you'll enter the forest. Then there's a check post. Traffic is reasonably high, though not very heavy. Apart from the many private cars, this is a busy route with the interstate bus services and truck traffic.

It takes anything up to an hour till you cross the forest.
Watch out for wildlife crossing the road. Inside the forest, the rules are always the same - no parking, no picnic, no horn etc .

A small river and a short bridge across it mark the Karnataka-Kerala border in the middle of the forest. In a stroke, signboards give way to Malayalam. It seems Kerala is in a self imposed competition with other states who own the largest number of check posts.

There is Forest Department check post, commercial tax check post, RTO check post and even a police check post.

And finally Wayanad arrives in style.

Somewhere towards the end of the forest, you will see the entrance to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary; as usual tourist vehicle makes a mess around the area. Take it as a cue for you to join the crowd or slip out and drive ahead to Sultan Bathery. Now you are well in the Wayanad heartland, Sultan Bathery. 

Leave everything else to us.

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