Wayanad Sanctuary is the second largest Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. Also known as the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, this wildlife area houses some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna.
Established in 1973, the sanctuary is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphre Reserve. Its bounded by protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka in the northeast, and on the southeast by Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu.
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It is part of the Wayanad plateau and the vegetation is predominantly of the south Indian moist deciduous teak forests. Also, the sanctuary has pastures of the west-coast semi-evergreen trees. One can spot herd of elephants roaming in the area.
Flora: Moist deciduous forest consists of maruthi, karimaruthi, rosewood, venteak, vengal, chadachi, mazhukanjiram, bamboos, more, while the semi-evergreen patches comprises of veteria indica., lagerstroemia, lanceolata, termianalia paniculata.
[Take a walk around the evergreen Wayanad Tea Plantations]
Fauna: Elephants, tigers, panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkeys, wild dogs, bisons, deer, bears, monitor lizards and a variety of snakes are seen.
Avian-Fauna: Peacocks, babblers, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, jungle fowls are a few of the various types of birds seen here.
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Major Attractions around Wayanad Sanctuary
Elephant rides are arranged by the Forest Department. Discovering and observing the wildlife while being atop an elephant is an enthralling and unforgettable experience.
Exact Location: The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located 16 km east of Sulthan Bathery in the state of Kerala.
Area: 344 sq. kms
Route: The headquarters of the sanctuary is in Kapetta, which is well connected to other major cities of Kerala. There are regular buses from Calicut to Kalpetta. The nearest airport and railway station is in Kozhikode. Reaching here, one can hire a taxi to reach the sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit: June to October.
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Things to remember
- Prior permit required from Wildlife Warden, Wayanad Sanctuary, Sulthan Bathery.
- Get the required information about timings and dos and donts of the wildlife sanctuary prior to visiting it.
Other Attractions in the Vicinity
Sulthan Bathery: Located 16 km from the Sanctuary, the picturesque Sulthan Bathery is a popular tourist destination. The Jain Temple and Ganapati Temple are the major attractions of this town. Also, one can visit Edakkal caves which are located 12 km from here. The caves are known for their Stone Age images on the walls, which are believed to be 8000 years old.
Bandipur National Park: Bandipur National Park is known for its Tiger population. Also, the park shelters some of the most rare and endangered species of wildlife. Bandipur National Park is one of the protected areas within Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is an International Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats.
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Madhumalai Widlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is located adjacent to Bandipur National Park, and is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats. Its located at an elevation of 1000 m, and is spread in an area of 321 sq. km. One can spot deer, tiger, wild boar, sloth bear, and more. Also, the sanctuary hosts raptors.
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