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Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

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State rank: 36 out of 39 Places To Visit In Kerala


Ideal duration: 1 day

Best time: Oct-May (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Calicut (Check Flights)


Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary Tourism

Also known as Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, this area is home to a large variety of wild animals such as Indian Bison, tigers, elephants, and deer, Panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkey, wild dogs and bears.

Here, you can find deers, elephants, barking deers, panthers, wild cats, Indian bisons, tigers, peafowls, peacocks, wood peckers, and cranes. Also known as Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, among birds, you can possibly spot peacocks, babblers, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, jungle fowls and peafowls. This sanctuary is a part of Nilgiri Bioreserve along with Nagarhole and Bandipur area of Karnataka. You can also enjoy elephant rides here.

Hotels in Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Top Hotels in Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Le Eden Resort

    INR 2,775 /night onwards

  • Kedara Village

    INR 3,150 /night onwards

  • Wayanad Fort

    INR 4,000 /night onwards

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Established in 1973, this botanist paradise is a conglomeration of semi-evergreen, moist and dry deciduous forest. Muthanga wildlife sanctuary, part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve was brought under the project tiger between the year 1991 and 1992. Currently, it holds the title of being the second largest wildlife sanctuary in the state of Kerala.

With Wayanad's salubrious climate, a wild combination of civets, monkeys, wild dogs, monitor lizards, bisons, varieties of snakes and elephants flourishes in the sanctuary. Rich in avifauna, Muthanga wildlife sanctuary is not only famous for fowls, peacocks, owls and cuckoos but also for white ramped-vultures and red-head vultures. These varieties of vultures are endangered as they are killed to develop diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug.

The entry fee to the Muthanga wildlife sanctuary is very affordable. Indians only need to pay INR 10 and children below 12 and students with ID card need to pay only INR 5, while foreigners have to pay INR 100.

The safari timings are 7.00 hrs to 10.00 hrs and 15.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs

Muthanga wildlife sanctuary supports jeep safari, trekking and bird watching. It also provides elephant camp visit and an opportunity to experience tribal folklore. The entry fee for jeeps is INR 75 and jeep charges is INR 600. The duration of the jeep safari would be about one and half hours. Private vehicles are not allowed inside. Only registered vehicles with permission are allowed inside. The number of passengers per vehicle depends on the seating capacity of the vehicle. Moreover, the group will be guided and accompanied by a tourist guide or forest official.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the other name of the Wildlife Safari in the untamed land of Muthanga. The place is an abode to an exotic range of flora and fauna. It is a UNESCO marked heritage site and was declared as a site of Project Elephant in the year 1992. The sanctuary is a home to many animals including Gaur, Dholes, Cheetal and Jackals. The aromatic tea and coffee plantations also add to the charm of the place.

While this UNESCO recognized wildlife sanctuary is brimming with excitement and adventure, you will find your options for cuisine somewhat limited. Malayalee fare is available in the resort, however, it is advisable for you to carry your own snacks.

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Reach the place early in the morning, as the entry timings are from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM or in the evening from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Hire a jeep to explore the sanctuary. 

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Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews

9 months ago by Kovid Kapoor

- Do not step outside the residential area at night. Always carry a knife, torch and spare batteries. Also, carry your own drinking water and other fluids.

9 months ago by S?ndhïlvelañ Somasunadaram

Actually u no need to carry all sort of knifes etc.... only bright torch n enough as there no animals like before

9 months ago by S?ndhïlvelañ Somasunadaram

Tree house resorts are good but food are ok to go with

9 months ago by Ishita Kumari

Wow...It's a wonderful place. I am planning to visit Kerala and I love wildlife. Your tips are very useful for me. Thanks for sharing this article. Keep posting more interesting place

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  What's Great?

Home to a plethora of birds and animals, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka is considered to be the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and bio-geographically one of the richest tracts of peninsular India.

  What's not so Great?

Not safe to travel beyond the residential area at night.

For Whom

An ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The beautiful flora and fauna captivate the attention of youngsters and children alike.


How to Reach Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

The nearest airport is in Calicut as the place does not have its own airport. The nearest rail head is in Kozhikode. The place is well connected through roads from places like Bangalore. (Read More)

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