Located in one of the most wonderful and attractive districts in God's Own Country, Wayanad, is among the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in India. There are a lot of places to visit in Kerala and many of the top tourist attractions in India is located in Kerala. Solicited for the eccentric and scenic views it offers, Wayanad also shelters a wide range of odd and endangered flora and fauna. Numerous wild animals from elephants, tigers and panthers to cuckoos, peacocks and owls, you can see them all here.
Muthanga forest is full of dense thickets, which offers an absolute treat to nature lovers and wildlife lovers. This forest area also happens to be a popular location for birding and you can see a wide variety of birds there.
Another forest is Tholpetty forest which is an ideal option for wildlife sightings. It is fully covered rocky cliffs and gushing water bodies, and numerous hills with its magical and luxuriant greenery and pleasant weather that never fails to amaze, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary offers a great option for a break from a daily busy schedule.
The Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is a combination of both Muthanga and Tholpetty areas, located to the south of Wayanad. Together these two parts cover a huge area of 344.44 sq km and provide a home to myriad rare species of flora and fauna. While you go further inside the jungles as part of trekking, you'll notice thick and green and tall bamboo trees and paddy fields too, which look magnificent. A huge portion of the forest is covered in teak, rosewood trees, eucalyptus trees and silver oak plantations.
When it comes to wild animals, this place is home to large numbers of langurs, monkeys, sambars, bison, bears, and squirrels. Besides, the presence of tigers and panthers has also been noticed all around the wildlife sanctuary. Also, many varieties of reptiles such as flying lizards, golden tree snakes, green whip snakes, crocodiles and even monitor lizard can also be seen in plenty here.
The entire beauty of Wayanad wildlife sanctuary does not end here, the sanctuary is also the best place for birdwatchers and ornithologists as it is home to around 216 species of birds including various species of owls, woodpeckers, peacocks, cuckoos and babblers among others. It also houses for some rare bird species such as Malabar trogon shama and crested serpent eagle too can be observed here.
If you are planning for a break from your busy life schedules and wants to spend your time in a splendid natural scenic location full of wildlife varieties, then Wayanad is Kerala's best attraction and tourist destination.