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Wayanad (Muthanga) Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Read about Wayand National Park of India.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Location : Kerala, India
Total Area : 344 sq km
Established In : 1973
Main Attractions : Tigers, Elephants, Sloth Bears, Panthers, etc
Best Time to Visit : June to October

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the South-Indian state of Kerala. It is also known as the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary and was set up in the year 1973. Later, the sanctuary was declared as a national park. Wayand National Park of India is spread over an area of 344 sq km and forms a part of the Wayanad Plateau. It occupies area in two districts of Kerala. The northern part of the Wayand National Park falls under Cannanore district, while the southern area comes under Calicut district.

The term 'Wayanad' literally means the 'land of swamps'. Wayand Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The sanctuary was set up with the aim of inventing scientific conservation methods, which will be in harmony with the traditional lifestyle of the tribals living in this region. The best time to visit Wayand National Park of India comprises of the months of June to October.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary The terrain of the Wayanad National Park comprises mainly of moist deciduous forests. These forests mainly consist of Teak, Maruthu, Karimaruthi, Rosewood, Venteak, Vengal, Chadachi, Mazhukanjiram and Bamboo tress. The semi-evergreen patches of the park have Veteria Indica, Lagerstroemia, Lanceolta, Terminalia Paniculata, etc.

The most popular wild animals of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary of India consist of Tigers, Elephants, Panthers, Civet Cats, Jungle Cats, Deer, Wild Dogs, Bisons, Sloth Bears, Monkeys, etc.

Monitor lizards and a variety of snakes can be seen inhabiting the Wayand National Park.

Bird Species
The most common bird species of Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary of India are Peacocks, Woodpeckers, Jungle Fowls, Cuckoos, Owls, Babblers, etc.

How to Reach Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

By Air : The nearest airport is at Calicut.
By Rail : A good network of railways connects Wayanad with the other parts of India.
By Road : There are frequent buses as well as taxis to and from Calicut.