Wadi Al Khoud

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great for off-roading

Located close to the old village of Al Khoud, Wadi Al Khoud is great for off-roading, with its stony bed and small water pools. It leads to the village of Fanja.

“Wadi Al Khoudh” is located within 20 minutes outside Muscat Governorate in Wilayat Al Seeb, and is considered one of the largest wadi basins in the Sultanate. Pools are formed in the wadi following heavy rain. It is well worth a visit, to enjoy the green salience, the beautiful rock formations surrounding and its clear water pools and springs of water of the valley
From Muscat city drive on Route 15 “Nizwa Road”, Turn off at the sign for Sultan Quaboos University, Pass the university campus on your right and keep driving until you reach a roundabout, Take left and follow signs for Al Khoudh village, Drive straight through the village passing the mosque, keep going until the road ends and you see the parking area on the right hand side.

There are archaeological and historical landmarks in the Khoudh village, as Bait al Oud, which was build more than 200 years ago, Falaj Abu Bayaha, Falaj Al Sarat and Al Khoudh Castle, which goes back to more than 300 years. It also contains a number of hot springs, such as Ain al Sakhna and Ain al Hab.

The remains of Al Khoudh castle can be seen overlooking the wadi high on a hill to the right and a little further , then you have to stop the car to climb a ramp track to get a bird’s-eye view of the valley below. And there also works are underway on the establishment of a sanctuary for wild plants, which is one of the largest sanctuaries for wild plants in the Middle East.