A Complete Travel Guide For A Road Trip From Mysore To Wayanad With Family

Wayanad, located at the borders of the abundant Nilgiris, is probably the most precious gem in Kerala’s treasure trove of scenic destinations. The region is populated by the tribal people of the state who live in harmony with nature. It is a must visit place with family on a family vacation to Kerala. In addition, Wayanad is best experienced when you drive till here, taking in all that the path from Mysore to this magical location. To call Mysore to Wayanad roadtrip scenic would be an understatement. With a forest stretch, multiple waterfalls, and heritage remains dotted on the way, this drive will be one of the best experiences of your life.

mysore to wayanad roadtrip - banasura sagar dam
Photo by Vinayaraj [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons
There are three routes for Mysore to Wayanad roadtrip , the shortest one is 129 km long while the longest one covers 147 km. It will take you about three-four hours, depending upon the route you pick to reach your destination. However, there is so much to see and experience on the way. You may choose to go via NH766, Mananthavadi Road, or SH 33. Here is a list of things you will see if you take a slight detour on the way, rest assured that it would be well worth it!

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

To reach here you simply have to take a right from Gundlupet on the Mysore Ooty road. The wildlife sanctuary is a haven for many animal species and especially for elephants, as they have undertaken Project Elephants. The path through this forest will have you and the kids absolutely enthralled.

Jain Basadi

Once you emerge from the forest, the drive will further take you to this historical remain. Jain Basadi is located in the Sulthan Bathery, a place where Tipu Sultan hid his ammunition when the war was going on.

Wayanad Heritage Museum & Edakkal Caves

On your drive towards Wayanad, you will also find these two cultural heritages, which you can visit and get an insight into the region’s history.


When you are done with the rendezvous with history, get ahead and experience the grandeur of nature at Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, located in Meppadi alongside the Meenmutty and Kanthanpara waterfalls. At this point, bring out the camera and take a few candid photos with family!

Banasura Sagar Dam

Unmissed by anyone traveling on this route, this dam is said to be the largest in India. Banasura Sagar Dam is built on River Kabini and offers a spectacular sight.

Where To Stay In Wayanad

Apart from these, you will come across many other sights and tourist places in Wayanad during this exciting Mysore to Wayanad roadtrip. You will reach the destination tired from the drive and you must rest. Enjoy a restful sleep in the comfortable rooms of Club Mahindra Vythiri Village resort in Wayanad, one of the best resorts located in Wayanad in the country of India. The resort’s in-house restaurant offers exquisite local dishes to satisfy your taste buds. And, to ensure you have made the right decision, you can also check out Club Mahindra reviews to find out what our guests really think.

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