Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

An Indian tiger

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary also is known as the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous of the protected reserve forest network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu. It has an extent of 344.44 km2 with four ranges namely Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga, Kurichiat and Tholpetty. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there. In particular, peafowl tend to be very common in the area. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife.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 Biosphere Reserve. It is bounded by protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka in the northeast, and on the southeast by Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu. It is part of the Deccan 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.

The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000+ km²), including all of the sanctuary, is under consideration by the World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.

Average rain fall in this district is 2322 m.m. Annual rain fall in these high rain fall areas ranges from 3,000 to 4,000 mm. High velocity winds are common during the south west monsoon and dry winds blow in March–April. This place experiences a high relative humidity which goes even up to 95 per cent during the south west monsoon period. Generally, the year is classified into four seasons, namely, cold weather, hot weather, south west monsoon and north east monsoon.

Best season to visit: December to May

Climate: Temperature varies from 13ºC to 32ºC

Timings: Everyday From 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Entrance Fees: INR 20 for Adults, INR 10 for Children and INR 300 for Safari

Entry Regulations

1. Visitors are allowed only during the visiting hours.

2. Duration of visiting is maximum 1.30 h.

3. Maximum number of visitors per vehicle is as per its permitted seating capacity.

4. Visiting must be only with a tourist guide/forest personnel.

5. Plastic materials are not allowed during the visit.

How to reach:

Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode

Nearest Airport: kozhikode .

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