Kerala, in southern India is famous for its sun kissed beaches, backwater cruises and Ayurveda treatments. But there is another aspect of Kerala, which truly justifies the title “God’s own country”. The wild life sanctuaries of this state provide a wonderful opportunity for a wild life enthusiast to revel in the glory of the Mother Nature and appreciate the beauty of its inhabitants.
Location: Located around 16 km away from Sulthan Bathery, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, popularly known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is a rainforest which connects Nagarhole and Bandipur parks in Karnataka and Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu. Spread over an area of 345 square kilometres, the sanctuary is an abode of rich flora and fauna.
Attractions: Wayanad wildlife sanctuary consist of four ranges – Sulthan Bathery, Kurichyad, Muthanga and Tholpetty, of which Muthanga and Tholpetty ranges are mostly targeted by the tourists’ to Wayanad. They are separated by plantations. These are two eco-tourism centres in Wayanad wildlife sanctuary.
The moist deciduous forest of Muthanga is blessed with varieties of trees and other plants. You can sight here Maruthi, Karimaruthi, Rosewood, Venteak, Vengal etc. Go and get excited with the sight of wild animal like elephant, tiger, panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkeys, wild dogs etc. The sanctuary is also blessed with its endless population of birds like peacocks, babblers, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, jungle fowls etc.
Best Time to Visit: June to October
Things to do: Jeep safari, bird watching, nature trails and visit to elephant camp.
Location: The park is located high in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the southern Western Ghats along the border with Tamil Nadu. It is 4 kilometres from Kumily, approximately 100 kilometres east of Kottayam.
Attractions: Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. Zealously guarded and efficiently managed reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba.
South Western Ghats’ Cardamom and Pandalam hills and slopes provide the perfect habitat to the splendid creatures, like the Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Sambar, Gaurs, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Viper, Krait, Woodpecker, Grackle, Kingfisher and many more. The park is also a Tiger reserve, making the mighty Tiger the most significant feature of the park, followed by the wild Asian Elephants.
Best Time to Visit: November to April
Things to do: Lake Cruise, trekking, bird watching and night safari.