Wildlife Sanctuary - Wayanad
It was established in 1973, and is located on the way from Sultan Bathery to Mysore. The sanctuary covers 344sq.km. The area is filled with moist deciduous and semi-evergreen trees, and bamboo groves. There are large portions under teak, eucalyptus, silver oak and rosewood plantations. Elephant, sambar, Indian bison, deer, tiger, reptiles, and peacock can be frequently spotted. Since 1992 the sanctuary has been under the Project Elephant jurisdiction. The sanctuary is divided into two discontinuous ranges – Tholpetty in the north and Muthanga in the south. It is contiguous with Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, and Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka. The Forest Department conducts elephant rides and bus safaris. Paniyas, Kurumas, Ooralis, Kattunaikkans, Adiyars, Kurichyas and other tribes inhabit the forests and remote villages. The sanctuary is easily accessible by road. Buses will connect you with cities in all the three south Indian states. The nearest railway station is at Calicut, 103km away. Karipur airport is the nearest one at 140km away.