Wayanad 2 Days Backpacking Trip – Bangalore

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  • 2 Days 1 Night
  • Group Size: 8 - 12
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Distance : 270 KM

Overview

Hello travelers!

Nestled among the mountains of the western ghats, Wayanad is one of the loveliest hill stations of southern India. There are many good things about Wayanad like full of greenery, misty mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, lakes, dams, waterfalls, tea estates, coffee estates, historical caves, panoramic views, and top of it all – pleasant climate most of the year. With its rich flora and fauna, Wayanad is part of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve. Wayanad is actually a large district that has varying altitudes between 700 meters and 2100 meters above sea level, which will appear in its climate as you pass by.

Well, if Wayanad is so big, then where all are we heading to?
To start with, we will explore Edakkal caves that are home to one of the oldest human settlements with their rock engravings of the pre-historic era as proof. This hike of 45 mins will be a nice warm-up for our trip. A pleasant view from the top of the caves will compensate for any loss of energy.

Places like Karlad lake and Banasura Sagar dam are the tourist attractions we will tick off. Banasura is believed to be the largest earthen dam in the country. It’s always a serene experience spending time in front of such a huge water body, especially waiting for the sunset. The icing on the cake is the view of the huge Banasura hill in the backdrop. For those who are interested, Karlad Lake has a Boating option too.

An offbeat place called 900-Kandi, a pretty little secret of Wayanad which is not usually thronged by trekkers is next in our list. It is a lush green forest accompanied by grand views of rolling hills, making it ideal for trekking. There are some jeeps ferrying people up and down. Close to 900 Kandi is Wayanad’s longest Zipline and Skycycle adventure activities conducted at a private tea estate. Weather permits, travelers can indulge in these adventures.

Overall, Wayanad has many out-of-ordinary places, which we will run-into on this backpacking trip.

It’s time to travel Wayanad. It’s time to savor this wonderful hill station.

Highlights of the trip:

  • Soochipara Waterfalls
  • Edakkal Caves exploration
  • Banasura Sagar visit
  • Karlad Lake
  • The thrills of 900-Kandi deep forest
  • Tea Estate nature walk
  • Longest Zipline & Skycycle (if available)
  • Campfire with Music
  • Authentic Wayanad food
  • Beautiful hill top stay

Inclusions

  • Travel (Tempo traveler, Non AC)
  • Stay (Dorms on sharing basis at a beautiful hilltop property)
  • Food: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner (Veg and Non-veg)
  • Jeep ride for 900 Kandi
  • Entry charges for Karlad, Soochpara, Banasura, Edakkal Caves
  • Experience all places mentioned in the Highlights section
  • Campfire (if it doesn’t rain) with group activities
  • Trip Leader(s)

Exclusions

  • Lunches, Dinner on Day 2
  • Boating, 900 Kandi Glass Bridge entry, Zipline/Skycycle (if available) and/or any other special activities
  • Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above

Itinerary

Day 0 - Onward journey to Wayanad!

  • Start from Bangalore, an overnight journey to Wayanad of Kerala.

Day 1 - Edakkal Caves, Banasura Sagar, Karlad Lake, Night stay

  • Cross Karnataka-Kerala border and head towards mountains of Wayanad.
  • Freshen up and fuel up with authentic Kerala Breakfast.
  • Drive to Edakkal Caves base point, climb up, explore stone age carvings and enjoy a nice view from the top.
  • Visit very pretty Karlad Lake and spend some quality time.
  • Have Lunch at a local restaurant near Karlad. Note that food options are limited at this place.
  • Give an evening visit to Banasura Sagar Dam, explore the beautiful setting of Banasura mountain in the middle of Western Ghats
  • Reach our homestay located in an amazing hilltop setting by late evening, refresh with Tea.
  • Bonfire with music between 8 to 10 PM (weather permits). After this, we have to respect nature in Wayanad and enjoy our social gathering by sharing stories and playing games.
  • Hot dinner served in the cold climate.
  • Rest for the night in your assigned beds.

Day 2 - Soochipara Waterfalls, 900 Kandi exploration, Longest Zipline(Optional)

  • Freshen up, go around the Tea Estate for a nature walk early in the morning and click some pictures.
  • Have Breakfast, pack your bags, check out of our homestay.
  • Take a journey towards Soochipara waterfalls that has a pool at the base of the falls. We need to walk about a kilometer inside the forest to reach falls. Take a well deserved dip in the falls, if allowed by forest authorities at that time based on the flow of water and climate conditions.
  • Note: There is a Forest Department limit of 1200 tourists to visit Soochipara falls per day. Everyone must stand in queue and take tickets. That’s why we are going here first. If the ticket counter closes by the time we reach there, we cannot help it.
  • (Optional) Visit Wayanad’s Longest Zipline & Skycycle adventure zone. Interested travelers may indulge in these adventure activities if they are open based on weather conditions.
  • Note: There is a limit to number of tickets for Zipline/Skycycle. Usually it’s very crowded over the weekend and we might not get required tickets. We cannot help it as they don’t give preference to anyone.
  • Note: On rainy days, the local authorities might stop these adventure activities and we cannot help it again. Because of above 2 reasons, we made this as an optional activity.
  • Finish quick Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.
  • Head towards 900-Kandi which is in deep forest. Plenty of jeeps ferry tourists up and down over here. This jeep ride is already included in the trip cost. Interested folks may visit the famous (but overrated) Wayanad glass bridge that protrudes into the valley.
  • Say Bye to Wayanad, start back towards Bangalore, stop for a Tea/Coffee break, reach home by night (around 10PM to 12AM) based on traffic conditions in Bangalore.
  • Note: We may not stop for Dinner as our drops may get delayed post midnight. So it is advised to keep munching snacks.

What to Expect

About Trip:
  • This trip involves basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay without any luxury, whatsoever.
  • This is a group trip with shared model. It may not suit everyone – especially for those expecting privacy and comfort. It best suits for people who wish to socialize.
  • Please do not book this trip if you are not okay with above points.

Travel:
  • Tempo Traveler or Mini Bus (with push back seats).
  • Note: This trip involves overnight journey on a push back Seater (Not sleeper or semi-sleeper).
  • We request you to book this trip only if you can handle slight discomfort (especially last row of the vehicle).

Stay:
  • At our beautiful hilltop homestay in the heart of Wayanad.
  • Dormitories on sharing basis, clean washrooms. Boys and Girls separate.

Food:
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner included at the stay. Rest is self-sponsored.
  • Please check Inclusions, Exclusions of Wayanad Trip below for complete list of things included in your trip cost.

FAQ

Pickup/Drop Points

Things to carry

  • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, 
  • A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
  • A small backpack for outdoors (to carry water bottle, snacks etc)
  • Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
  • Poncho or rain proof jacket with a hood (Sept, Oct)
  • Cap/Hat (good to have)
  • Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
  • Power bank, charger, camera, binoculars (if you wish to)
  • Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our homestay
  • Disposable garbage covers (to separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
  • Good grip trekking shoes or sandals
  • Your personal medications, if any
  • Pair of water wear to take a dip in the waterfalls
  • Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
  • Carry your jerkin/sweater – it can get cold at night
  • Carry a lil bit of cash for Sunday Lunch, Dinner and misc. Expenses
  • Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.

What's next after booking your trip?

  • A Whatsapp group shall be created on the trip day and Vehicle & Trip Leader details will be shared.
  • This trip involves traveling with strangers and night stays (if any). Please be mindful that:
    • It is mandatory to share your personal information with the team along with a copy of your government approved ID card.
    • You will need to share your co-traveler(s) details if you have booked more than one seat.
  • Live location of the vehicle will be sent in the group once it starts at the first point.

Terms & Conditions

  • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Do not give advice(s) to the Trip Leader(s) to change the itinerary.
  • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
  • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
  • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
  • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
  • Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
  • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
  • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
  • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
  • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
  • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

 

Cancellation & Refund

Cancellation by Traveler

  • 80% refund/100% postponement if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time. An email has to be sent to muddietrails@gmail.com to raise a cancellation request.
  • No refund/postponing is allowed within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Covid, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
  • Alternatively, you may postpone your ticket to the future event 48 hours before the event start time. (Allowed once per booking ONLY)
  • No refund/postponing is allowed for partial payment – booking fee – which is done to book your slot.
  • No refund during/after the event.

Cancellation by Muddie Trails

Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
We have 2 options in this case:
Option 1: Complete refund.
Option 2: Switch to any other trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.


Cancellation due to external factors

Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.

In these scenarios:

  • No Refund is allowed.
  • 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
  • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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