With 26% forest cover, far greater than any other district in Kerala, Wayanad is home to two major wildlife reserves: Muthanga and Tholpetty. Taken together, these two sanctuaries are home to an incredible range of flora and fauna, including several endangered species. As part of the Western Ghats, they constitute an important swathe of the last surviving tracts of a unique ecosystem. For wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers Wayanad’s wildlife sanctuaries are must visit destinations!
1. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Muthanga
Spread over avast area Muthanga is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Region. Located 18 kms East of Sultan Bathery, it is a rain forest reserve connected to two other major sanctuaries: Bandipur National Park (103kms.) in Karnataka and Mudumalai Sanctuary (123kms.)in Tamil Nadu.
The vegetation is predominantly moist deciduous forest with smaller stretches of swamps, teak forests, bamboo and tall grass. With such profuse and varied flora, this region hosts several rare herbs and medicinal plants.
With numerous watering holes, Muthanga has a large population of pachyderms,and has been declared a Project Elephant site.
Other animals species include Leopards, Gaur, Sambar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Hanuman Langur and Slender Loris. The reserve is also home to a small population of Tigers. In addition, there is also a bewildering variety of birds, butterflies and insects.
Kalpetta:42kms. Sultan Bathery:17kms
2. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Tholpetty
Tholpetty reserve is situated along the northern ridge of the district bordering Coorg in Karnataka. In terms of flora and fauna, Tholpetty is much similar to Muthanga.
The best season to visit both the sanctuaries is from November to May.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Wildlife Warden, Sultan Bathery
Tel +91 (0)4936 220454
Asst. Wildlife Warden, Tholpetty
(who can be contacted through the Divisional Forest Officer - North,
Tel +91 (0)4935 240233)