Spread over a sprawling area of 344 sq. km., Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the personified version of famous wildlife sanctuaries in the South. The wildlife sanctuary is a small part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. There are two parts of the wildlife sanctuary- Muthanga towards the east partnering with Tamil Nadu and Tholpetty in the north side bordering Karnataka. The terrains of the forest can be best explored by sitting on the back of an elephant or hopping in a jeep safari. The national park spring back to life during monsoon, at this time group of elephants; roam freely here and there without any intrusions. Muthanga region in Wayanad area is great for elephant sightings, often in the thick bamboo groves flanking the main road. In fact, Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is one of those places where project elephant was started.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most diverse wildlife in the South India. Through the thickest semi-deciduous and deciduous trees, passes the mountain stream called Kakkayam river, where deadly animals like sloth bear, tiger, elephants and deers come to hunt their thirst. Lush green forest of the National Park is home to paddy fields, coffee, rubber plantation and cardamom plantations. The sanctuary has a chequered history. The place is still home to many tribal families that are staying there since sanctuaries.
Wayanad Wildlife Division, Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad District, Kerala 673592, India
7:00 AM to 10:00 AM & 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
11 February to 10 April of Every Year
Duration of Visit:
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Best Season to Visit:
August to February
Flora Spotted here:
Rosewood, Bamboos, Karimaruthi, Venteak, Mazhukanjiram, Vengal, Chadachi
Fauna Spotted here:
Bears, Monitor Lizards, Elephants, Tigers, Panthers, Civet Cats, Monkeys, Wild Dogs, Deer, Bisons
Avian Fauna Spotted here:
Babblers, Owls, Jungle Fowls, Peacocks, Cuckoos, Woodpeckers