Road trips from Bangalore 5 – This is the fifth in the series of Road trips from Bangalore – 9 Exciting Options with Itineraries! with all details like route map, places to see and stay, daily itineraries to help you explore heritage, mountains of western ghats, waterfalls, wild life, beaches etc…….
Yes, as road trippers we love to drive to destinations. We love the freedom road trips provide us to stop, look and explore. You might have already read these posts on this blog separately. We thought of putting all of them in one basket so that it will be easy for readers.
We are sharing details about 9 exciting road trips from Bangalore exploring heritage, western ghats, wild life, beaches etc…….. These road trips , cover not more than 300 KMs in a day. The plan is to cover for a week extendable for another two days. It also provide you an option to just plan for as many number of days you wish to.
This is a classic road trippers dream holiday. Similar to the one we had posted on Malnad and Karavali. Distances are not much. Views are amazing. Food is great. Many options to stay. If you get bored of seeing the greenery throughout, a day is kept for just lazing on the beach. You can do Ooty first and Coorg last if you wish to. Here we go…..
The Circuit ( Please click on the pictures to see in higher resolution)
Bangalore – Srirangapatna – Belagola – Hunsur – Madikeri – Iruppu Falls – Thirunelli temple – Kalpetta (Wayanad) – Ooty – Masinagudi – Bangalore
Google Map – Google map of Circuit
Road Condition – Excellent except for few KMs after Srirangapatna
|The sanctum sanctorum of Golden temple|
|Wire suspension bridge over Cauvery in Nisargadhama|
Relax for the day or if energy levels are high visit Raja Seat in Madikeri for sunset and serene Omkareshwara temple in the evening.
Day 2 – Sunday – Explore Coorg
Morning sight from Raja seat
We strongly recommend getting up early to drive to Pookat lake in the morning at sun rise and take a walk along the banks. The lake is of one of the most beautiful places in Wayanad which needs to be savoured when there are no tourists. Go for boating on the lake and return for break fast.
After lunch, visit Meenmutty falls and return to home stay
Road condition – Very Good
Road Condition – Very Good
After breakfast drive to Coonoor and Kotagiri to savour the view of Nilgiri ranges. At Coonoor and Kotagiri you can visit some viewpoints like Lamb’s rock and also Catherine falls.
Day – 9 – Sunday – Ooty – Bangalore via Mysore – 266 KMs
Road Condition – Very Good
Pls check out the following links on this blog related to this post.
Ooty – Escape to Red Hills
Mango Range estate – Ideal location to explore Ooty and Wayanad
Coorg – You are spoilt for options with newly opened fabulous Taj Vivanta and grand old bride of Coorg, Orange County to humble home stays. Unless you are a “resort type” we recommend staying in a home stay where you can get an of authentic “Kodava experience”. Honeypot Homes and Polycad estate are our favourite home stays.
For more options on home stays in Coorg look at this nice webpage :- Coorg Homestays
Wayanad – Here too, you are spoilt for choices. Our choice is the remote and beautiful “Fringeford” and the nice home stay “Glenora“.
Ooty – You should not stay in the city which gets crowded. The best options are “Destiny Farm Stay” and “Red Hills Nature Resort“. Apart from these, also look at excellent properties “Kings Cliff” and “Sherlocks” by Littlearth group. If you have a fat wallet there is always “Fern hill Palace”, “Sullivan Court” and “Savoy Hotel”.
a) This is a quintessential driving holiday. The drive takes you through beautiful spots in Western ghats and Nilgiris biosphere. The drive is through the hills and recommended to drive safe.
b) If you are the “Trekker” kind, add another day in Wayanad and Coorg and also in Nilgiris. There are lot of day trekking options.
c) Madikeri, Kalpetta and Ooty gets crowded during holidays. Be prepared for crowds and long queues for boating unless you reach there early.
d) Madikeri is still a small town and has still retained its charm. You can explore it by foot or by bicycle. Ask the place of your stay for it. While in Coorg don’t forget to taste the Kodava cuisine.
e) If you are a golf enthusiast, both Madikeri and Ooty have excellent golf courses. Check it out with your host for details.
f) Coorg and Wayanad will get chilly at night. The temperature in Ooty may touch zero degree. Woolens are a must in Ooty in winters.
g) Whether you are staying in Taj Vivanta, Coorg or not – it is expensive – do drop in for a lunch there. The place is awesome and the views from the reception lobby is just out of the world. Do this before Taj guys stop entry to non residential guests which they are notorious for!!
h) The drive to Wayanad via Iruppu gives you an opportunity to go through some lovely landscape. The temple in Tirunelli used to be serene and uncrowded. Not anymore.
i) We are strong advocates of getting up in the morning and driving around in the hills when the sun is coming up and there is no traffic. Wayanad is best enjoyed by driving around.
j) Look out for locally made handicrafts – made by tribals – in and around Kalpetta. There is a nice shop near Pookat lake on the highway.
h) You can do boating both in Pookat and Banasura dam. Go there early.
i) The drive to Calicut is nice and views as one drives up and come down to coast is fabulous. The beach in Calicut is beautiful too. Don’t forget to pick up the famous “Calicut halwa” from Shankaran Bakery in the town.
j) The route to Ooty from Kalpetta is very picturesque and goes through beautiful tea gardens. On the way you can visit Meenmutty falls and Phantom rock as well.
k) While in Ooty, drive around. That is the mantra. Ooty town like any other hill station in the country is crowded. Once you get out of Ooty, you will see some fabulous vistas. Plan drives in Avalanche area and to Coonoor/Kotagiri. You will love it.
l) Go to Honeymoon boat house – not the main boat house – where the queues are smaller during season.
m) Ooty has some lovely churches built by British. If you have time do visit them.
n) While in Coorg, you can also take out some time to visit Fort, Nalknadu Palace. Coorg is also famous for its festivals and also the Hockey tournament played amongst the families.
n) On the way back from Ooty to Bangalore, you may stop over for a day in Masinagudi and do jungle safari. Our favourite place is the laid-back Bamboo Banks (See Poorna’s review on Trip Advisor here) . But there are many options in Masinagudi. Another nice place is Inn the Wild
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For more details on Ooty, you may look at these posts on this blog
Ooty – A quick escape to Red Hills!
17 Cool Options to beat the heat in South India!
Ten Things to do in India this summer you haven’t done before!
Some useful Links
On Coorg – Coorg Travel Guide
On Wayanad – Wayanad Travel Guide
On Ooty – Wikitravel Ooty