The Muthanga wildlife sanctuary or Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is a lush green protected ecosystem rich in both biodiversity and many eco-tourism activities. It is the second-largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. This 345 square kilometres establishment comprises of two parts, Muthanga and Tholpetty ranges. These parts are separated by plantations and are an integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The best part of the sanctuary is the long drive through the forest. Wild Elephants, Deer, and Guars roaming freely in the wildness are a common sight in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is also a shelter for species like Indian Bison, Panther, Jungle Cats, Civet Cats, Monkeys, and Wild Dogs. The sanctuary is also popular for its population of birds like peacocks, babblers, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, jungle fowls etc. All these with various Eco-Tourism activities make this sanctuary one of the best weekend destinations in the Western Ghats.
Eco Tourism Activities in the sanctuary
Various eco tourism activities are being conducted inside the sanctuary under the supervision of the Kerala Forest Department. These activities not only recreational but also generate awareness and educate the visitors on the importance of conserving the place. Major Eco tourism activities are as follows.
The Eco Development Committee provides an amazing jeep ride through the treacherous jungle paths inside the sanctuary. It is better to take this ride in the morning or in the evening since the animal activities are high during these hours of the day. In these guided safaris you will be able to see various wild animals in close proximity. In your lucky day you can even have a close encounter with the big mighty cats. The rent for the jeep safari is Rs. 725 for seven people. Timing – 07.00 AM to 10.00 AM and 03.00 PM to 05.00 PM.
Guided trek through the sanctuary provides a safe and exciting chance to explore the life dwelling within the depth of this mighty forest. 150 rupees for adults, 65 for students, and 360 for foreigners
How to reach
The sanctuary headquarters is located 15 km away from Sulthan Bathery, 42 kilometres from Kalpetta and 51 kilometres from Manathavady. The closest railway station and airport is located at Calicut (Kozhikode). The sanctuary is a 100 km drive from Mysore (Karnataka).