Wayanad is among the most beloved treasures of God’s Own Country and here it is that its eponymous wildlife sanctuary was set up in 1973. These are located in the southern trenches of the famous Western Ghats, ranked 8th in the list of the World’s Biodiversity Hotspots. The landscape usually consists of hilly terrains interspersed with dense valleys, which have helped build its reputation as one among the most picturesque natural sites in the whole world.read more
This area is renowned with having world's largest recorded population of Asian Elephants and Tigers. Both of these species, along with the Vulture, are considered the flagship species of the Sanctuary. To this, we add Leopards, Jungle Cats, Leopard cats, spotted deer, Sambar deer, Gaur, Sloth bear, Wild dog, Wild boar, Indian pangolin, Stripe-necked mongoose and plethora of other mammals.
Its location plays a huge role in its importance to the local ecology, as it shares its borders with the other protected areas of Bandipur and Nagarhole Tiger Reserve in North-East side and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve of Tamil Nadu in the south-eastern side. These offer a natural corridor for the seasonal migration of animals.
Wild Gold is the popular pure wild honey that is collected from the sanctuary area by the tribal communities.read more
Muthanga and Tholpetty represent the two premier ecotourism centres in the Sanctuary. These venues are great ways of informing visitors over the importance of conservation. Eco-tourism sites promote the concept of responsibly travelling and partaking in the natural boons of the planet. More
The headquarters of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Sulthan Bathery town, which is about 98 km from the railway junction at Kozhikode. The closest airport lies in Mysore and is at a distance of 95 km. Distance from the Sanctuary Head Quarters at Sulthan Bathery to important nearby places: Muthanga-15 km, Tholpetty- 60 km, Kalpetta- 25 km, Mananthavady- 45 km, Pulpally- 25 km, Kozhikode- 98 km, Mysore- 110 km, Ooty- 110 km.