Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife SanctuaryThe Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses an area of 344.44 sq km and is made up of two discontinues pockets – Muthanga in the south and Tholpetty in the north.Located 18 km west of Sulthan Bathery,made up of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and the Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.  

An extension of Bandipur National Park on the Wayanad Plateau, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary extends over 344 square kilometers of rich forests with tigers, leopards, elephants, wild dogs civets, etc.It contains the famous Lakkidi Valley which receives the largest average rainfall in Kerala and is home to tribal groups.

The terrain of this sanctuary is undulating and dotted with scattered hillocks. At 1,158 m above mean sea level Karottimala is the highest peak. One third of the total area, nearly 110 sq km, is covered in teak, silver oak, rosewood and eucalyptus plantations. The rest consists of deciduous forests, with a few patches of semi – evergreen trees. Bamboo groves are also abundant. There are different varieties of flora, shrubs and creepers in the forest. According to the 2004 census, elephant number a total of 216 in the Muthanga sanctuary alone; there are also four tigers and sex leopards. The spotted deer, sambar and bison are the herbivores found here.

Getting There

By Air : The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport (Kozhikode),106 km.

By rail : The nearest railhead is Thalassery,80km,Kozhikode is 100 km.

By Road : It is 100 km from Kozhikode on NH 212..

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