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View from Doddabetta Point
Ooty Botanical Gardens
Ooty Botanical Gardens
Ooty Botanical Gardens
Ooty Lake
Wax statues at the museum
Wenlock Downs
Jeep Ride in Bandipur
Plantations around Wayanad
Views around Wayanad
Soochipara Falls
Pookode Lake

This is a popular short break that combines popular nature centric getaway of Wayanad (Plantation and rainforest) with Wildlife destination of Bandipur and Hill station of Ooty.

Route

Wayanad (Vythiri)(2) - Bandipur(1) - Ooty(3)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Calicut. Travel to Wayanad. Evening visit to Banasurasagar.
  • Day-2 Wayanad Local Sightseeing
  • Day-3 Travel to Bandipur.
  • Day-4 Morning Safari. Travel to Ooty. Visit Pykara falls enroute.
  • Day-5 In and around Ooty
  • Day-6 Excursion to Coonoor
  • Day-7 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Bandipur - Wildlife and Bird watching at Bandipur (1.00 kms)

Ooty - Ooty Botanical Gardens (1.00 kms), Government Rose Garden (3.00 kms), Wax Museum (3.00 kms), Raj Bhavan Ooty (3.00 kms), Ooty Lake (3.60 kms), St Stephens Church (5.00 kms), Doddabetta Peak (9.00 kms), Pykara Lake (20.00 kms), Catherine Falls (37.00 kms)

Wayanad (Vythiri) - Pookode Lake (5.00 kms), Pykara Lake (17.00 kms), Anantnath Swami Temple (17.00 kms), Banasura Sagar (20.00 kms), Soochipara Falls (28.00 kms), Edakkal Caves (37.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Calicut Departure - Coimbatore
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests may spend an additional night in Wayanad for a comprehensive coverage of the area.

Distances
  • Calicut to Wayanad (Vythiri) -60 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Wayanad (Vythiri) to Bandipur -103 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Bandipur to Ooty -50 kms (2 hrs)
  • Ooty to Coimbatore -86 kms (2.5 hrs)
Route

Calicut - Wayanad (Vythiri)(2) - Bandipur(1) - Ooty(3) - Coimbatore

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Calicut. Travel to Wayanad. Evening visit to Banasurasagar. Arrival at Calicut. Proceed to Wayanad (4500 ft asl - 80-120 kms - 2.5-4 hrs). Wayanad in North Kerala is an evergreen area renowned for its Rainforest character, tea plantation, getaway resorts and salibrious climate all round the year. Evening visit to Banasurasagar Dam.

Day-2 Wayanad Local Sightseeing Explore sightseeing around Wayanad such as Edakkal Caves, Pookode Lake / Boating, Soochipara Waterfalls, Ancient Jain Temple.

Day-3 Travel to Bandipur.  Proceed to Bandipur (100-120 kms - 3-4 hrs). Bandipur is a Wildlife destination enroute to Ooty in Karnataka renowned for its Tiger Population. Evening Safari in Bandipur.

Day-4 Morning Safari. Travel to Ooty. Visit Pykara falls enroute. Morning Safari. Proceed to Ooty (50 kms - 2 hrs). Enroute guests can visit Pykara Falls (25 kms). Visit local Markets.

Day-5 In and around Ooty Sightseeing options closer to ooty to consider comprise Dodabetta Peak, Raj Bhawan, St Stephens Church, Rose garden, Botanical garden, Shooting point, Wax Museum.

Day-6 Excursion to Coonoor After Breakfast day excursion to Coonoor (25 kms) visit tea plantations, Catherine falls , Dolphin's Nose , Sim's park, and various other viewpoints.

Day-7 Departure Depart to Coimbatore (90 kms - 2.5 hours) for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Bandipur :

  • Wildlife and Bird watching at Bandipur - Bandipur forests with its deciduous habitat is the ideal spot for viewing animals like elephant, gaur, wild boar, sambhar. 200+ varieties of birds are spotted in the area especially in winter (Oct - March) such as Paradise Fly-Catcher, Hornbill, Woodpecker, Thrush, Crested Hawk Eagle etc. Jeep safaris are arranged by few lodges around the area.

Ooty :

  • Ooty Botanical Gardens - The Botanical Garden is spread over 22-acres and is in existance since mid 1800s. A flower show is held every May. The Gardens have around a thousand species of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants.

  • Government Rose Garden - The Government rose garden is the largest rose garden in India with more than 20,000 varieties of roses

  • Wax Museum - A wax museum on ooty Coonoor road, that houses life-size wax statues of Indian personalities.

  • Raj Bhavan Ooty - Raj Bhavan Ooty is the Summer residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Gardens here consists of ornamental gardens in an area of about 9 acres, a rich lawn on 3 acres, four rosaries, two lily ponds, a sunken garden, two green houses, a vegetable garden and a nursery.

  • Ooty Lake - Ooty lake is spread over 60 acres offers boating to tourists and is a major tourist.

  • St Stephens Church - St. Stephens Church on Mysore road is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris area dated back to the 19th century

  • Doddabetta Peak - A view point surrounded by dense shola forests from where one can have a panoramic view of the area.

  • Pykara Lake - The Pykara Lake formed after a dam was constructed on Pykara river. There are two waterfalls over 50 meters height that are popularly known as Pykara falls and are a major tourist attraction. Enroute one also stops over at Shooting point, a point where many movies were shot in past.

  • Catherine Falls - Catherine Falls is a double-cascaded waterfall (250 ft height) located near Kotagiri and It is also a major tourist attraction.

Wayanad (Vythiri) :

  • Pookode Lake - Pookode lake is set near Vythiri having a fresh water aquarium, children's park and boat house.

  • Pykara Lake - The Pykara Lake formed after a dam was constructed on Pykara river. There are two waterfalls over 50 meters height that are popularly known as Pykara falls and are a major tourist attraction. Enroute one also stops over at Shooting point, a point where many movies were shot in past.

  • Anantnath Swami Temple - Anantnath Swami Temple is a Jain temple at 6 km from Kalpetta and is dedicated to Ananthnath Swami, a Jain Tirthankar.

  • Banasura Sagar - Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the biggest Earth dam in Asia and it attracts lot of tourists for Boating.

  • Soochipara Falls - Soochipara Falls is a three-tiered 650+ feet waterfall in Wayanad at 15-20 minute drive from Meppadi. It takes 15 minutes walk from parking area to the waterfall. The cliff face here is excellent for rock climbing.

  • Edakkal Caves - Edakkal caves are renowned for its pre-historic carvings and paintings. The caves contain drawings that range over periods from as early as 5000 BC to 1000 BC.

Destination Overview

Coimbatore - Coimbatore is the second largest city in state of Tamil Nadu and a major textile and engineering hub. The plantation areas Coonnor and Valparai and hill station of ooty and kodaikanal are accessible from here.

Calicut - Calicut is a major town in North Kerala and a preferred access point for most North Kerala destinations.

Wayanad (Vythiri) - Vythiri and Lakkidi are rain forests at just 65 kms from Calicut. Vythiri (3000 ft) is surrounded by rain forests and tea plantations all over and enjoy a pleasant weather all round the year.

Bandipur - Bandipur is located on the Mysor - Ooty route and is one of the renowned parks in South India known for their tiger sightings and excellent migratory bird population.

Ooty - Ooty (7500 ft asl) is one of the premier hill stations of India. It is known for its colonial heritage feel, heritage train, tea plantations around it, a wonderful weather all through the year (especially in summer) and is home to quite a few renowned boarding schools.

Access
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Distances
  • Calicut to Wayanad (Vythiri) -60 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Wayanad (Vythiri) to Bandipur -103 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Bandipur to Ooty -50 kms (2 hrs)
  • Ooty to Coimbatore -86 kms (2.5 hrs)

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Distances
  • Calicut to Wayanad (Vythiri) -60 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Wayanad (Vythiri) to Bandipur -103 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Bandipur to Ooty -50 kms (2 hrs)
  • Ooty to Coimbatore -86 kms (2.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

This itinerary is recommended for family travellers who are looking for a mix of Plantations, Hill station and Wildlife with quite a bit of sightseeing and things to do. Guests with interest in homestays and charming stays may opt for homestays in Wayanad and heritage bungalow stays in Ooty. Guests looking to stay away from touristy Ooty may opt to stay in Coonoor.

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