Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to
the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipore of Karnataka and
Mudumalai of Tamilnadu.
Wildlife Sanctuary, 15 kms from Calicut is bisected by a tract of
cultivated land into two distinct parts. One falls in the Kozhikode
District and the other in the Kannur District. Wayanad literally means
the 'land of swamps'.
Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the nilgiri
biosphere reserve, which has been established with the chief objective
of conserving the biological heritage of the region.
The sanctuary has excellent moist deciduous teak forests and marshes
dominated by bamboo and other grasses. These forests are also said to be
amongst the most extensively forested belts in the Indian Peninsula.
How To Get There
The nearest railhead is Calicut 110
The nearest Airport is at Cochin,
Places To Stay
Forest Rest House provides
reasonable accommodation .
15 kms from Calicut, Kerala.
Giant Squirrel, Tiger,
September to November.
Flora and Fauna of the Sanctuary
The Floral Cosmos
You will find palnts of maruthi, karimaruthi, rosewood, venteak, vengal,
chadachi, mazhukanjiram, bamboo in the deciduous woods of the sanctuary. And
if you go to the semi evergreen forests you will find plantation of Veteria
indica. Lagerstroemia, Lanceolata and Termianalia paniculata.
The Animal Cosmos
Locate elephants, panthers, tigers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkeys, wild
dogs, bison, deer and bears in the forests carrying out their daily chores
non nonchalantly. Elephants are a prime attraction here and then comes our
very own, much fantasized- Tiger. Yes ! A fair good number of tigers are
inhabiting the sanctuary.
The Bird Cosmos
The docile birds like Peacocks, babblers, owls, jungle fowls attract
tourists to the sanctuary.
The Reptile Cosmos
There are also various varieties of snakes, both poisonous and non
-poisonous and monitor lizards.
Besides touring in the wildlife sanctuary you can enjoy trekking around the
sanctuary. Indulge in outdoor trail to Chembra Peak, the tallest peak in the
region, the heritage tour to witness the tribal culture closely, leisure
tour to Pookote Lake which has boating facilities, children's park,
shop for souvenirs and spices, and a fresh water aquarium. Sentinal Rock
Falls, Sunrise Valley on Chaliyar River and Pazhassi Park on Mananthavady
river. So! Just prepare yourself to rendezvous with the ecstatic wilderness
and here we go......
Prime Attractions of Wayanad
Situated on Ambukuthi Hills, Edakkal caves are 10
kilometers from Sultanbathery, in Wayanad district.