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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipore of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu.

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Wayanad 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

By Rail
The nearest railhead is Calicut 110 km.
By Air
The nearest Airport is at Cochin, 300km.

Places To Stay

Forest Rest House provides reasonable accommodation .

General Information

15 kms from Calicut, Kerala.
Main Attraction
Giant Squirrel, Tiger, Leopard.
Best Time
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......

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