Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
About - Established in 1973, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the south Indian state of Kerala. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest sanctuary in Kerala and is extremely rich in flora and fauna. This sanctuary is also a home for a number of endangered species of both flora and fauna. One can easily spot Indian Bison, Tiger, Elephant deer and many other animals in this sanctuary and Peacock and Peafowl are very common in this national park. Visitors of this wildlife sanctuary enjoy an enthralling and unforgettable experience while exploring the beauty of this reserve during their Elephant Safari. Spread over an area of around 344 square kilometers, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was brought under the Project Elephant Reserve in the years 1991-92.
Flora and fauna
The flora of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is characterized by the Western Ghats and general plantation crops grow here in cool climate. A large portion of this area is covered by coffee plantation. The forest in this area mainly comprises of rosewood, Maruthi, Karimaruthi, Venteak, Vengal and bamboos. A wide variety of fauna are also found in this national reserve. The sight of the herd of elephants is something that every visitor of this national park dreams of. Apart from elephants, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is also a home for many other animals like Bison, Tigers, Civet cats, Jungle cats, Wild Dogs, Deer, Bear, Monitor Lizard and a wide variety of Snakes. Avifauna of the park includes Peacock, Babblers, Owls, Woodpeckers and Jungle Fowls that can also be spotted in this reserve.
Jungle Safari – Wildlife Sanctuary in Wayanad is an ultimate destination for adventure tourism and its natural scenic beauty and rich natural flora gives an enthralling experience to the visitors. One can enjoy jungle safari in the jeep or on the elephants here, which is another amazing experience for the travelers.
Trek to Chembra Peak – A day long trek to the highest mountain in Wayanad at 2100 meters above sea level provides the thrill element to all adventure lovers. A beautiful heart shaped lake at the peak and the breathtaking view from the top refreshes the trekkers.
Trip to Kuruva Island – This uninhabited island is spread over 900 acres of evergreen forest in Kabini River. One can enjoy picnic amidst the scenery and soothing silence of this island.
A Visit to Lakkidi – One of the highest peaks in Wayanad, Lakkidi enchants its visitors with serene greenery, majestic peaks and crystal clear water streams.
How to reach ?
» By Air - The nearest airport for reaching Wayanad is at Kizhikode which is at a distance of 90 kilometers. Regular bus and taxi services are available from Kozhikode for Wayanad.
» By Rail - Nearest railhead is at a distance of 77 kilometers at Kozhikode (Calicut).
» By Road - Wayanad is well connected with major cities of Kerala by road. Regular bus services are provided by government as well as private operators.
Best time to visit
Since the temperatures rises to 35 °C in summers and during monsoon season Wayanad receives good quantities of rain, therefore the best time to visit Wayanad is between the months of October and February.