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Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

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Best Time: Oct-May Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Calicut Check Flights

"Second Largest Wildlife Sanctuary in Wayanad"

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary Tourism

Known to be the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad, the area is home to a large variety of wild animals. This sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri Bioreserve along with Nagarhole and Bandipur area of Karnataka. Promising an endearing view with plenty of experiences, the sanctuary has been declared a Project Elephant site. You can spot these animals roaming around freely if you drive along the road. Being a dense forest situated amidst the hills of western ghats, the kind of animals you can spot here would include Indian Bison, tigers, elephants, and deer, Panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkey, wild dogs and bears. With the natural landscape and the wildlife it harbous, the sanctuary attracts photographers and wildlife enthusiats.

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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.

Entry Fee

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.

Safari Timings

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

Booking a Jeep Safari

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

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.

Restaurants and Local Food in Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

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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Suggested Itinerary

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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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.

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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.

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Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- 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.
S?ndhïlvelañ Somasunadaram 1 year ago
Actually u no need to carry all sort of knifes etc.... only bright torch n enough as there no animals like before
S?ndhïlvelañ Somasunadaram 1 year ago
Tree house resorts are good but food are ok to go with
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