Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in
the Wayanad district in Kerala. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
was established in 1973 and contiguous to the protected area
network of Nagarhole and Bandipur National Park in Karnataka
and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. This sanctuary
is rich in flora and fauna and an integral part of the Nilgiri
biosphere reserve, which was established with the specific
objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region.
The management has also laid emphasis on scientific
conservation with due consideration of the general lifestyle
of the tribes and others who live in and around the forest
region. These forests also have a historical importance as it
was from here that Pazhassi Raja fought the British.
Vegetation in the Wayanad Wildlife
The vegetation in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary consists of
the moist deciduous forest of Teak, Maruthi, Karimaruthi,
rosewood, Venteak, Vengal, Chadachi, Mazhukanjiram, Bamboo and
and semi evergreen forest of Veteria Inica, Lagerstroemia
Lanceolata and Terminalia Paniculata.
Wildlife Attractions in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
The major wildlife animals found in the Wayanad Wildlife
Sanctuary are Elephant, Tiger, Panther, Jungle Cat, Civet Cat,
Monkey, Wild dog, bison, deer, bear, etc. The elephants
occupies prime position. Interstate seasonal migration of
elephants is common. The tiger population in the sanctuary is
fairly good. Monitor lizard, variety of snakes, birds like
peacock, babbler, cuckoo, owl, woodpecker, jungle fowl, etc.
can also be seen in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
How to reach Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
The nearest airport is located at Kozhikode.
The nearest railway station is located at Kozhikode which is
connected with Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Srinagar.
The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is connected with Kozhikode,
Mysore and ooty.