Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is in god’s own country, i.e. in the southernmost state in India, Kerala. It is an animal sanctuary. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is on the way from Kozhikode or Calicut (old name) in Kerala state and Mysore in Karnataka state.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, as the entry gate at Muthanga village is the most popular one to the sanctuary. Tholpetty is another major entry point to the wildlife sanctuary. Hence sanctuary is also known as Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wildlife Sanctuary at Wayanad is the second largest wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala after Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary alias Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary alias Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary has many large wild animals like Indian tiger, elephants, Indian bison, deer, etc.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary offers elephant safari rides for tourists, which is arranged by Kerala State Forest Department. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary alias Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary has many tribal people still living in the deep forests.
Edakkal Caves are two caves inside the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, which have pictorial writings believed to be drawn around 6000 B.C., and is the only such cave in South India. These caves give ample proof of the existence of pre-historic civilization in the area.
Silent Valley Nation Park is a nearby National Park.
Tomb of Pazhassi Raja (3rd January 1753 – 30th November 1805) , Kerala Simham or the “Lion of Kerala”, can be seen at Mananthavadi. He was the de facto head of the kingdom of Kottayam and fought with The British East India Company and Hyder Ali of the Kingdom of Mysore. There is a Memorial at the site of his burial spot.
How Do I Go to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary alias Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary?
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary alias Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is well connected by road, rail, and air. Kozhikode has the nearest Airport and Railway station to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Night travel through the forest route in Kozhikode – Mysore route is not allowed. Night travel is prohibited by courts to save the wild animals from the speeding motor vehicles, passing through Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary at night.
June to October are the ideal months to visit this wildlife sanctuary at Wayanad district. There is an entry fee to be paid at the entrance.
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