For wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers, Wayanad's wildlife sanctuaries are a must visit. Divided into two parts, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 344 sq. km.  The first part is Tholpetty which is adjoining the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka. The second is Muthanga, which borders the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu and the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka.


The sanctuaries form an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and are home to tigers, leopards, elephants, panthers, civets, deer, bison, bears, and monitor lizards as well as a wide variety of birds. A survey conducted by the Forest and Wildlife Department has as recorded 189 species of birds.


The vegetation chiefly consists of moist deciduous forest. A huge portion of the forest is covered with teak, rosewood, eucalyptus, kindal and grevillea trees.

Wildlife and Forest in Wayanad



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