Being one of the most famous Wadis of the Al Sharqiyah region of Oman, Wadi Bani Khalid is popular for its large pools of emerald green water surrounded by tall palm trees. Unlike other wadis in Oman that are dry in the summer months, Wadi Bani Khalid is known to have a constant flow of water throughout the year. The rocky canyon and cliffs of the Hajar Mountains act as an icing on the cake to the fame and panorama associated with this place. Often touted as the "desert paradise", Wadi Bani Khalid is a good place to visit for adventure lovers, hikers, and picnickers.
The stunning Wadi is situated on the main road connecting Muscat to the city of Sur, and is a great day trip from Muscat, being only 225 km away. One of the most accessible Wadis in the region, Wadi Bani Khalid has been developed with a bridge, seating areas and alone restaurant. The pools of the wadi are perfect for dipping your feet and wonderfully refreshing for swimming.
Wadi Bani Khalid is made up of two sections. The northern part is a leisure area which has palm trees, pristine pools and rock faces for picnics and swims, while the southern part (also known as Wadi Hayer) has a rocky terrain that is perfect for trekking and bouldering. It even includes Muqil Cave which is part of a cave network in the area that opens into a small waterfall.
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