Wayanad is about 265km (about 7 hours drive) southwest of Bangalore. The three main road routes from Bangalore to Wayanad explained here.
If you are looking for public transport (bus), scroll down below on this page.
Sulthan Bathery, Kalpetta and Mananthavady are the three main towns in Wayanad. See the Bangalore-Wayanad road route map below.
Go for Route C if you are heading to the southern parts of Wayanad (like Sultan Bathery, Vythiri, Meppadi etc ).
Select Route B for heading to northern part of Wayanad (like Thirunelli, Kuruva, Mananthavadi).
Select Route A only if you have some specific reasons (like visit Nagarhole National Park). Or you've already driven Route B&C and now wants to explore a new route! Of these three routes, Route A is the least busy and less trodden route to reach Wayanad.
All the three routes cross the forest as you leave Karnataka and enter Kerala. Driving through the Karnataka forest stretch is not allowed during the night (6pm to 6am).
Select your forward and return routes considering your overall route plan and the itinerary within Wayanad. This may involve going to Wayanad by one route (say , Route A) and return by another route (example, Route C).
Route A/Route B and Route C approaches Wayanad at the two ends of Wayanad’s ‘tourist arc’. Start your Wayanad tour at one end of the arc, sweep your way through and leave at the other end.
Arrange your Wayanad sightseeing itinerary suitably to start at one end (of Route A,B, or C) , as you enter Wayanad. And finish the sightseeing with the beginning of the return route.
This plan will help you to optimise your sightseeing itinerary in Wayanad.
All the three routes crosses three different wildlife ranges, part of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. You have the experience of seeing two different parts of the wildlife sanctuary as you go in and out of Wayanad. (See how nicely two items in your Wayanad itinerary neatly snuggle into the driving route you've chosen!)
Irrespective of Route A, B or C, you'll be first heading towards Mysuru from Bengaluru.
There are two main road routes to Mysuru from Bengaluru, the first is via Ramanagara-Mandya-Srirangapatna (NH275) and the second is via Kanakapura-Malavalli (NH209).
Ramanagara-Mandya-Srirangapatna (NH275) route considered here.
From Bangalore city head towards the Mysore Road. Either you can drive through the city or use the outer ring road (NICE Road). This is a toll express way. On the NICE Road take the 'Mysore Road' exit, to get to the Mysore Road (NH275).
Entry points for NICE road (Electronics city, Kanakapura Road, Bannerghatta Road).
Bangalore to Mysore drive is about 150 km on the national highway (NH275). The highway is in good condition, with 4 lane most of the way. You'll take anything between 3 to 4 hours to reach Mysore from Bangalore. What probably slows down would be the slow moving traffic in the Bangalore city to Bidadi stretch (about 30km). Beyond this traffic moves pretty smooth.
The entry to Mysore city is practically at the junction where the Ring Road that encircles Mysore city, crosses your Highway. If you are entering the city keep driving on the main road you've been driving on. Left turn at the signal will take you to wards KRS Road, Hunsur Road, Madikeri, etc.
There are quite a few restaurants in the Bangalore-Mysore stretch of this route. Watchout during the weekend there generally get overwhelmed with long queues.
A2B at Bidadi is the right place to have breakfast, if you're started early in the morning. A2B appears on your left on NH 275 about 13km from the Mysore Road exit on the NICE road.
Kamath Lokaruchi (after Ramanagara on right).
Kadambam, Vaishali (non-veg), Mc Donalds & Kamath Upachar ( after Channapatna on left).
A2B food court (after Maddur on the right).
Empire Restaurant (non-veg) on right near Maddur.
Righr-O food court (after mandya on the left).
For further route specific details follow the links of the three routes below.
KSRTC (both Kerala & Karnataka state corporations) operate bus schedules that connect Bangalore to Wayanad.
Bus takes about 5½ to 7 hours from Bangalore to Sulthan Battery. There are AC Volvo (Airavat) as well as regular (Sarige) types. There are about 6 KSRTC (Karnataka State) bus services to Kozhikode, all traveling via Wayanad. Kerala's KSRTC operate about 15 daily services from Bengaluru via Wayanad.
Use www.KSRTC.in to search schedules and book buses operated by Karnataka KSRTC and www.ksrtconline.com for Kerala KSRTC. Book your ticket to Kalpetta or Sulthan Bathery (both are towns in Wayanad).
Additionally, from Mysore, there are more bus services to towns in Wayanad.
This route will take you to the northern fringes of Wayanad via Mysore City and Nagarhole forest. The famed Kabini River Lodge, Serai, Kabini and Orange County, Kabini all are located on this route to Wayanad.
Bangalore -- 150km --> Mysore -- 45km --> Hunsur -- 20km --> Nagarhole entry gate -- 30km --> Nagarhole exit gate -- 4km --> Kutta -- 18km--> Kattikulam -- 10km --> Mananthavady
Kerala is often described as the God’s Own Country. Wayanad must be its capital!
Kuruva island also called Kuruvadweep is a popular attraction in Wayanad.
There are two ways to do Wayanad sightseeing; first, craft your do-it-yourself type sightseeing plan and the second, go for a standard sightseeing package the local travel agencies offer.
Thirunelli in Wayanad is popular for two things : pilgrimage to Thirunelli Temple and base for trekking to Pakshipathalam.