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Asian Elephants to be found at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala

One of the very popular wildlife sanctuaries in the South Indian state of Kerala (God’s own country) is the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary that is an animal sanctuary and has an area of around 344 sq. km. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is divided into four principal ranges namely the Sulthan Bathery, Muthunga, Kurichiat and Tholpetty and among these four ranges one can get to see the various animals in the wild like the Indian Bison, Elephants, Deer, Bengal Tigers, etc. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Kerala and the place is bestowed with green forests and wildlife and some of the species to be found here are rare and endangered as well. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1973 and is an integral part of the diversity rich Nilgiri Biosphere and the Wildlife Sanctuary is bounded by the Nagarhole and Bandipur National Park in Karnataka to its North East and the Mudumalai National Park of Tamil Nadu in the south east. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for bird lovers with many unique bird species recorded at the place including the Malabar Hornbill and a common bird to be spotted is the pea fowl. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary holds the highest population of tigers in the state of Kerala and out of the total 176 (2017-18) around 75 are to be found in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a Project Elephant and once you go for your wildlife safari inside the forest reserves there is a high possibility of being able to spot these mighty beasts roaming across the forests in herds. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was brought under the Project Elephant in 1991-92 and the sanctuary is divided into the Northern Wildlife Sanctuary and the Southern Wildlife Sanctuary and the area between these two parts was originally a forest but now is covered with the plantation of coffee and spices. The dominant flora of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary include Rosewood and bamboo and more of the dominant fauna of the place includes elephants, tigers, leopards, jungle cats, civet cats, monkeys, wild dogs, deer, gaur, monitor lizards, sloth bears and variety of snakes as well. The bird species recorded at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are pea fowls, woodpeckers, babblers, cuckoos, owls, hornbills, etc. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Deccan Plateau and the vegetation to be found covering the forests is mostly that of South Indian moist deciduous teak forests and the place also has the presence of the west coast semi evergreen trees as well.

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Bengal Tigers are a pride of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. Photo by Alexas Fotos on Pexels.com

The climate of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary can be describes to be pleasant and lovely due to the abundance of forest reserves around the place and a pollution free environment and the sanctuary in Kerala receives an average annual rainfall of 2322mm. In certain areas of the place the annual rainfall is higher and it measures up to 3000 to 4000mm of rainfall. In the months of March and April, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary receives high velocity winds due to the South West Monsoons and during this time the high altitude region of the sanctuary experiences severe cold weather. During the monsoon, the humidity of the place is high and goes up to 95%. Across the year, the climate of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary can be classified into four season namely winter, summer, monsoon and spring. When it comes to one of the most endangered species to be found in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary that is the White Rumped Vulture and the Red-Headed vulture and the sanctuary is a safe haven for these threatened birds. The headquarters of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the Sulthan Battery town that is located at a distance of 98km from the nearest railhead at Kozhikode. The closest airport to access the forest reserves of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is at Mysore that is around 95km and this Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is close to Ooty as well (around 110km) and you can have a beautiful vacation when you come to explore the Silicon Valley of India at Bengaluru and later you explore the heritage of Mysore city and explore the forests of Bandipur National Park and travel to Ooty that is a preferred hill station destination in Tamil Nadu and continue to visit the Mudumalai National Park and finally come to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and finish your exploration of God’s own country of Kerala and enjoy the scenic beauty of the place.

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is described as one of the blessed treasures of God’s own country and the place is located on the south area of the Western Ghats and the vast greenery across the place has earned it a tag to being 8th on the list of the World Biodiversity hotspots. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary can be described to be one of the very picturesque natural sites in the World and the place is characterised with hilly terrain that are separated by dense valleys. Being a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the confluence of the biologically distinct and dense regions around the Western Ghats Mountains, the Nilgiri Hills and the Deccan plateau. The plateau is location mostly in Kerala with some parts also in the state of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu as well.

Beautiful waterfalls at Ooty in Tamil Nadu near Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Beautiful waterfalls at Ooty in Tamil Nadu near Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

The forest authorities of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary conduct jeep safari rides for tourists who want to come to enjoy the vast and diverse flora, fauna and avifauna of the place and the jeep safari ride is an ideal way to explore the biodiversity of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The forest ranges of Muthya and Tholpetty are good for jeep safari rides and visitors have the opportunity to sight a variety of animal species like Elephants, Gaur, Deer, Monkeys, tigers, leopards, bears and also various bird species. The jeep safari rides are conducted every day in two safari slots one in the morning (7AM to 10AM) and the other in the afternoon (3PM to 5PM) and the ideal duration of a jeep safari ride is 1.5 hours (maximum). The best season to visit Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy the jeep safari rides is across July to March and the sanctuary remains closed for visitors from mid-February to mid-April. A total of seven people are allowed to go for jeep safari rides into the interiors of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary that includes the driver as well. Certain set of guidelines to be followed while entering the forests of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary on jeep safari rides are that visitors are to abide by the Wildlife Sanctuary rules, entry to the forest reserves to be made only during the stipulated time, visitors need to obtain permission from the authorities of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary before safari.

Private vehicles are not allowed to go inside the premises of the park for safari and the maximum no of people are allowed as per the permissible limit on one jeep. The services of a driver cum guide are mandatory to be hired while going on safari inside the forests of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Ensure not to carry any inflammable items in your jeep safari ride like weapons, explosives and candles and also banned are use of plastic bags, plastic cup, plates and pet bottles. Ensure that you do not take any eatables inside the park for your consumption and strictly do not feed the animals of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary for your own safety. It is to be noted that any form of pollution is to be created inside the forests of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and do not play loud music, loudspeaker, campfires and cooking and entry in foot in not allowed. Avoid wearing bright coloured clothes inside the forest reserves of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary as this might distract the animals that will run away and you will miss out at the opportunity of sighting them. Ensure not to get down from your safari vehicles at any time during your safari as this is a criminal offence punishable by law and get down at designated points only as will be informed by the jeep driver and guide.

Elephant speices to be spotted at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala
Elephant speices to be spotted at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a success story in the conservation of the vulture species of India that had once roamed freely across the country and they were the best scavengers who fed on the carcass of the bovines. But due to the drug (diclofenac) that was given to the bovines, these vultures consumed it along with the dead meat and this led to the death of several hundreds of these birds and they have now become a threatened and endangered species almost going to the brink of extinction. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the last surviving vultures of the Indian state of Kerala. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is known for the rare sightings of the Eurasian Black vulture that is a large breed vulture and is often spotted in the Eurasian habitats with its range extending to North India. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to five species of vultures mostly the White Rumped, Red Headed, Egyptian, Himalayan Griffon and the Gnereos vulture species. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is also known for the very rare sightings of the Four Horned Antelope that have been seen in camera traps and these are historic sightings that have been recorded here. The four horned antelope aka the Chousingha is a small antelope species that is known to be found in India and Nepal and this antelope species as the name suggests has four horns unlike the other antelope that have two. The four horned antelope has been characterized as vulnerable by the IUCN.

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is known to be one of the very biodiversity rich and the place is no. 7 in the World’s largest recorded population of the Asian Elephants and the Bengal Tigers. The Asian Elephants are one of the flagship species of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary along with the Tigers and the Vultures. The other mammals known to inhabit the sanctuary are leopards, jungle cat, leopard cat, spotted deer, Sambar deer, gaur, sloth bear, wild dogs, wild boar, pangolin, mongoose, etc. The presence of the Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park and the Mudumalai National Park allows a safe passage for the migration of these various animal species across the Nilgiri Hills and most of these areas being protected, so there are strict measures of conservation in place across all these places. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the only place in Kerala where there have been recorded sightings of the four horned antelope species and also the place is the only remaining habitat in Kerala for the vulture population. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a very important Tiger habitat in the country along with the Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park and the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. The forests of the place are rich in teak tree species and there are assets that are worth billions of rupees. Tree felling is banned however with strict conservation measures this is to provide employment to the locals around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Majestic Bird species to be spotted at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala

Another very rare bird species that has been recorded in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the blue bearded bee-eater and it is said to be the largest bee-eater species in the World. This bird species of one among the 6 bee-eaters to be seen across India among the 24 species of bee-eaters to be found in the World and it plays a major role in controlling insects, pests, especially wasps that are poisonous. The bee-eater builds its nest on the ground along the forests of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and it has a pale blue forehead and a beard. The long tail is yellow and square ended and it has short wings and a de-curved slender black bill. The call of the blue bearded bee-eater dwelling in the forests of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is audible from a good distance as well. And before it feeds the young, the bird gives a special call perched atop a tree and the young ones come to the mouth of the nest to take the food. The nest of the blue bearded bee-eater is about two and half metres long and it is peculiar to this bird species. The flora of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a typical of the characteristic of the Western Ghats and the plantation crop of the place are grown in a cool climate. The plantations that are present at the centre of the northern and southern area of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is that of coffee mostly.

The various trees that provide shade to the coffee plantations are rose-wood, nullumurikkua nd certain species of Caussia. In a major of the coffee plantation across the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, a new tree species that is a quick growing is that of the Silver Oak is used to provide the shade to the plantations and the silver oak also provides excellent support to the pepper corns. The silver oak as it grows quite fast is also used for the plywood industry and turns out to be economical to the farmers. Another tree variety that is grown in abundance is the eucalyptus grandis that is a shorter variety of the eucalyptus plant and the fragrance of the leaves of the tree fills across the entire area of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Apart from coffee, tea is also grown in larger estates and the soil of the Wayanad area is good for both tea and coffee plantations. It can be seen that the area around Wayanad is blessed with the biodiversity and wilderness of nature all around and this harbours a grand wildlife and bird species at the same time. Not only is the Malabar area home to wildlife reserves like the Silent Valley national Park and the Muthyala Wildlife Sanctuary it is also home to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary as well.

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The beautiful landscapes of Wayanad around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala

The area across the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the highest indigenous population of the state of Kerala and few of the prominent tribes of the place are Paniyar, Urali, Adyar, Kurichiar, etc. The indigenous people of Kerala who inhabit the areas around the forests of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are believed to be of the Dravidian ancestory and were earlier dependant on the forests for their livelihood and they are dependent on honey, spices, medicinal plants, roots and gooseberry as their way of business to earn a livelihood. The main non-tribal community living around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are the Wayanadan Chetty. Once the forest reserves of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a protected forest reserve these local people had to be rehabilitated and now they live across the fringe areas of the forests and not in the core areas. Since then, the forest department of Kerala have launched several initiatives to rehabilitate their population and foster the growth of these indigenous communities. The Paniyar people living around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are believed to be the single largest tribe of Kerala and their name literally translates to workers in the agricultural fields. Apart from Kerala, the Paniyar people are also known to live in the Nilgiri area in Tamil Nadu and Coorg in Karnataka.

The second tribe are the Kattunayakan who are an ancient tribal race who live in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh as well. It is said that they are the descendants of the Pallavas and their name translates to the King of the Jungle. These people are considered to be the one of the earliest inhabitants of Wayanad and they were mostly dependant on the produce of the forests like honey and wax to earn their living and they were also engaged in agriculture. Another community is the Adiyan who are believed to be originally from Coorg in Karnataka and they were mostly brought in to work in the agricultural fields. Another community living around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the Kurumar and they believe the land to be the main natural resource among the community. The earlier occupation that the people of this community were engaged in was hunting, gathering and cultivation. Today they also are a part of the various government offices and at the same time many members of the community are engaged in agriculture and the women help the men in agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing and pottery as well. Another community of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary who are known to be dependent on the agricultural based economy is the Kurichian who share a close bond with the environment.

The Wayanad area in Kerala is a very beautiful green paradise that is located in the mountains of the Western Ghats and the atmosphere here is clean and pristine that is enthralling and hypnotizing at the same time. The place is located 75km away from the city of Kozhikode and the entire area across the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is filled with abundance of forests and plantations that harbour a wide variety of wildlife and birds as well. The Wayanad area is located at a strategic location that leads to the prominent tourist centres across South India at Ooty, Mysore, Bengaluru, Coorg and Kannur. Wayanad area enjoys a pleasant climate around the year and the annual average rainfall of the place is 2322m. The pleasant weather and the beautiful landscapes around Wayanad offer ample opportunity for trekking, plantation visits and cultivation tours as well. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1973 and the place is contiguous to the protected area of the Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bandipur National Park of Karnataka and also the Mudumalai National Park of Tamil Nadu. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in biodiversity and it is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve.

The Wayanad area in Kerala is a unique and picturesque plateau in the Western Ghats and the entire area comprises of vast stretches of mist capped mountains, clear water springs, wild forests and blue water lakes. A large tribal population inhabit the fringe areas of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and you can have the opportunity to visit their local villages and enjoy their fascinating lifestyle. At the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, tourists can have the opportunity to stay atop tree houses and mud huts and enjoying the various thrills of the jungle life. Other places of interest that can be visited by the tourists around Wayanad are Chetalayanth waterfall, Edakul caves, Pookote Lake, Raja museum, Sri Mahaganapathy temple, etc. The other nearby tourist attractions near Wayanad are Mathunga Willdlife Sanctuary, Tholpetty, Jian temple, Tiger Valley, Meenmutty falls, Chambra hills, North Wayanad Bird Sanctuary, etc.

The area around Wayanad is a beautiful green paradise and it has an environment that is clean and pristine and the place is associated with a lot of history and mystery at the same time. Wayanad is located around 75km away from the sea shores of Calicut (now Kozhikode) and the place is full of forests and wildlife. The name Wayanad is believed to have been derived from ‘Vayad Nadu’ meaning the village of paddy fields and this is no surprise because even today one can see that a lot of local people of the place are engaged in activities related to paddy cultivation and vast stretches of paddy fields can be found around the area. The area of Wayanad was under the rule of several dynasties including the Kings of the Veda tribe, Hyder Ali and even Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan handed over the entire Malabar region to the British as a part of a peace treaty but even then the King of Malabar kept of the fight with the British and only after a few years would the British gain complete control of the Malabar region including Wayanad and they opened up the plateau with its fertile soil for cultivation of tea and other cash crops.

Roads were built to facilitate trade and easy transport of goods and this led to the region to flourish and also allowed people from outside of Wayanad to come and settle across the region. The Wayanad district in Kerala is mostly a mountain district and it is also one of the most picturesque in the state that has rolling hills and a tropical forest as well. Thanks to the plantation of tea, coffee and cocoa, the place contributes well to the GDP of the state of Kerala and has various wealthy businesses and traders who live across Wayanad. The best thing about the place is that is a part of the golden triangle of Southern India viz. Bengaluru, Mysore and Ooty. Apart from tea and coffee, pepper is also another cash crop that is grown across the area of Wayanad and others also include cardamom, cassava and ginger. The ginger variety that is grown across Wayanad is marketed as the green ginger.

Apart from enjoying your safari rides inside the forests of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the entire Wayanad area is a paradise for tourists and adventure lovers and the place offers a plethora of tourism related activities here in Kerala. The activities that are organized for tourists can be classified into adventure tourism across Wayanad, historic tourism, pilgrimage tourist and the recreational tourism. The vast natural landscapes of Wayanad that is filled with mountains, plateaus and the tropical forests of Meghalaya offers adventure seekers a great thrill and the hilly rocks and valleys are in great demand for trekkers who come from all across the World to enjoy the bounties of Mother Nature at God’s own country. One adventure activity that is worth a try on your visit to Wayanad is the trekking to the Chembra peak that happens to be the highest peak in the Wayanad area having an altitude of 2100m. The trek to the top of the peak takes about a day and there are various temporary camps setup at the summit where visitors can halt for an evening and come back the following day.

Once you have reached the peak, the vast scenic beauty of the Wayanad area is simply breathtaking and the view of the blue natural lake is a worthwhile view as well. You have the opportunity of even sighting some of the wild animals on your trek and while at the summit, camping in tents in the chilly open surroundings and sleeping in a sleeping bag is also a rewarding experience. Another place to advent to in case you are looking out for a thrilling experience but after you seek requisite permissions from the Forest Department of DTPC is the Pakshipathalam that is located at the Brahma Giri hills in Thirunally. This place is located at an altitude of 1740m and to reach the summit you will need to trek across 17km across a thick forest. The deep caves that are present along the way is a safe haven for various birds and wild beasts and once you obtain the permission from the forest department, the DTPC can have all the arrangements made for your trek like vehicles, guides, camping gear, etc. at the fixed prices that are laid down.

One popular tourist spot in the Wayanad area that is located near the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary that is located near the Pookat Lake tourist resort at the lake is located 3km away from the Vythiri town and it is one of the most vibrant tourist places in the Wayanad area. It is a vast natural lake that is surrounded by mountains and thick forest cover and visitors can enjoy boating on this beautiful lake. There is a fresh water aquarium that has fishes a wide variety of fishes. Apart from this here is alos a children play area and handicraft and souvenir shopping area as well. Another very beautiful place is the Sentinel rock waterfall that is located at the Socchipara area near Kalpetta. This waterfall is a 3 tiered and is surrounded by the pristine forests of the Wayanad area and also you can get to have a view of the estates of Wayanad from this waterfall area as well. There are tree houses near the waterfall at Soochipara that offer picturesque views of the Western Ghats region here. Apart from this you can enjoy white water rafting, swimming, bathing, rock climbing, etc.

Another rvery interesting place to visit around the Wayanad area is the Kuruva Dweep that is a 950 acre protected river delta that is located on the Kabini River that flows across Wayanad in Kerala and this is the only place in Kerala that is surrounded by purified water source. At this Kuruva Dweep one can have the sightings of the various birds, orchids and herbs and the island can be accessed by rafts and fibre boats. Due to the presence of wild animals in the area you will need to seek permission from the forest department. Another popular place to be visited is the Banasura Dam that is located across a tributary of the Kabini River and this dame was built to support a hydroelectric power plant. The Dam is named as the Banasura who was the son of Mahabali who happened to be one of the great Kings of Kerala and the water reservoir of the dam has a set of island that hosts Asia’s largest earthen resort.

One popular tourist spot in the Wayanad area that is located near the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary that is located near the Pookat Lake tourist resort at the lake is located 3km away from the Vythiri town and it is one of the most vibrant tourist places in the Wayanad area. It is a vast natural lake that is surrounded by mountains and thick forest cover and visitors can enjoy boating on this beautiful lake. There is a fresh water aquarium that has fishes a wide variety of fishes. Apart from this here is alos a children play area and handicraft and souvenir shopping area as well. Another very beautiful place is the Sentinel rock waterfall that is located at the Socchipara area near Kalpetta. This waterfall is a 3 tiered and is surrounded by the pristine forests of the Wayanad area and also you can get to have a view of the estates of Wayanad from this waterfall area as well. There are tree houses near the waterfall at Soochipara that offer picturesque views of the Western Ghats region here. Apart from this you can enjoy white water rafting, swimming, bathing, rock climbing, etc.

Another rvery interesting place to visit around the Wayanad area is the Kuruva Dweep that is a 950 acre protected river delta that is located on the Kabini River that flows across Wayanad in Kerala and this is the only place in Kerala that is surrounded by purified water source. At this Kuruva Dweep one can have the sightings of the various birds, orchids and herbs and the island can be accessed by rafts and fibre boats. Due to the presence of wild animals in the area you will need to seek permission from the forest department. Another popular place to be visited is the Banasura Dam that is located across a tributary of the Kabini River and this dame was built to support a hydroelectric power plant. The Dam is named as the Banasura who was the son of Mahabali who happened to be one of the great Kings of Kerala and the water reservoir of the dam has a set of island that hosts Asia’s largest earthen resort.

When it comes to the experiences around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the two noteworthy names that come to mind are the Muthunga and Tholpetty that are the two premier ecotourism centres of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The two intentions of the place are to educate tourists and visitors about the importance of conservation of the flora, fauna and avifauna at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and it aims to promote responsible travel and taking steps to conserve the bounties of nature on this planet. Also these two ecotourism areas of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are great places for sightings of elephants, deer, gaur, tiger, monkeys, leopards, bears and many other species of reptiles, birds and fishes as well. Another unique thing about the place is the brand of honey that is collected and sold and this brand is the wild gold honey. The ecotourism development committee of the Sulthan Battery area is the wild gold brand of honey and this collection is mostly done by the Kattunayarka tribal people of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and they being endemic to the Wayanad district in Kerala are very well aware of the forest reserves across the place and they have an expertise in wild honey collection. The forest authority of Sulthan Battery collect the honey from the people and they store the honey in huge barrels that are later processed by a three layer net filtering process that allows the honey to retain the quality and the medicinal properties along with the taste of the wild honey that makes it to be very much in demand across the World.

Visitors to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary can come to the various eco stores and retail counters of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and purchase the bottled honey from the place. Certain of the shops where you will find this wild gold honey to the ecotourism initiative of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are Pankuzhi at the Muthunga Mysore road, Muthunga at the Muthings Forest outpost, Begur at the Kantikulam-Tholpetty road and Tholpetty at the Tholpetty forest outpost. Coming to the accommodations around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, there are various options that guests can choose from ranging from luxury hotels and resorts to budget guest houses, homestays and forest guest houses as well. Certain of the accommodation entities offered at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary by the forest department are Cerambi, Sulthan Battery Gaja IB, Chethalayan rest house, Adavi ecotourism centre and dormitory as well. A stay around the forest of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a truly rewarding experience not to be missed out on your visit to God’s own country of Kerala.

The Cerambi is a very unique place to stay on your visit to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and the place is integrated to the colonial culture of this region and visitors to the Cerambi stay at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are reminded of the colonial past during their visit here. The rooms here are famous for their scenic location and it leaves the guests mesmerized. Guests who are visiting this place at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are left enthralled with the overall décor of the place and as the area is surrounded by a forest cover it makes you feel in close touch with Mother Nature. The Suthan Battery Gaja IB at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful forest rest house that comprises of two double rooms and is located near the forest headquarters. Another place that is operated by the forest department of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary for the comfortable stay of guests on their visit is the Chethalayam Rest House that is a heritage British IB that was built in 1911 by the British forest officers solely for the purpose of protection and management purposes and today it is used as a forest IB and the place has two double bed rooms with double beds. Another popular place to stay at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the Adavi that is a popular home with that is located at the Chethalayam area and the place has eight double rooms and one western suite as well.

If you are a budget traveller and you look out for low priced stays for longer duration then you can stay at the dormitories that are located both at the Muthunga and Tholpetty areas. The dormitory stays are very nominally priced and is ideal for school and college student groups who come on excursions to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Apart from managing the stay options for the comfortable stay of guests at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the forest department of Kerala are engaged in various other activities for the overall development of the tourism infrastructure across the place and also the conservation of animals of the sanctuary. One very important thing is the conservation of elephants and for this they have setup the elephant squad and the rapid response team that is needed to the control the movement of stray wild elephants to the human habitats. The rapid response team of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are always on their toes to prevent the wild elephants from straying out of the forest reserves to the human habited areas. Apart from this, the various measures taken around the place are solar fence, trunks and anti-elephant well to avoid human animal conflicts.

When it comes to the pilgrimage tourism across Wayanad, there are various temples across the region that date back to the 12th and 16th century and the temple shrines are located at the Sulthan Battery, Panamaram, Manathovaly regions. These temples around Wayanad speak of the cultural heritage and glory of the Wayanad district in Kerala. One very famous temple shrine is the Thirunelly temple that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and this temple shrine is located at an altitude of 900m. The place where this temple shrine is located is also called as the Thekkau Kasi area of Kerala and as per the local belief; a dip in the waters of the river downhill at Papanasim washes you off your sins. There is also a holy temple pond that is a notable feature of this temple and this temple pond is called as the Panchatheertham. Another very important temple shrine at the Wayanad area is the Valliyoorkara temple that is located in the top of a hill area at Valliyoorkhara and this place is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is also referred to as Bhagyavathy. The idol of Goddess Durga present here is believed to be self-manifested and every year and during this festival thousands of devotees come to take part in it.

This is a very important festival to the tribal people living in the Wayanad area and they observe the traditional ritual of Kalamazhurtu Pattu during the time of this festival. Another prominent temple shrine is the Puliyar Male Jain temple that is also called as the Ananthanatu Swami temple and this is a Jain temple dedicated to Lord Anantanathu. The temple is having beautiful granite carvings and speaks of the glorious era of the Jain community living in the Wayanad area of Kerala. The temple follows a Dravidian architecture and the steps of the temple are colourfully painted and they rise in the shape of a pyramid. Another place that is famous for pilgrimage among the Christian community of Kerala is the Pallikunnur church that is located in northern Kerala and this is a Latin Catholic church that was built in 1908. The devotees and followers of this church come here to be showered with the blessings of Mother Mary and the attendance is at its peak in the month of February when the annual festival is celebrated here.

When it comes to the historical tourism in Wayanad then one place noteworthy to be mentioned is the Edakkal caves that are located at Ambukutty Mela and it is a pre-historic rock shelter that is formed naturally and has three huge boulders that are standing in between. This is a pre-historic cave site and was discovered by a British official who was a part of the Police force and it led to the discovery of the Edalkad rock shelter in 1894. The various rock engravings can be seen at this cave and also to be seen are the various ancient paintings and graphic signs on the cave and it is said that this is the World’s richest pictographic gallery of its kind. Another important historic site is the Pazhassi memorial where the body of Vera Pazhassi is buried. He is considered to be the Lion of Kerala who had put up a brave guerrilla resistance to the British and this memorial honours his name. This memorial is located along the banks of the Kabini River and the Pulpaty cave where the Pazhassi took shelter during the war houses memorabilia of this resistance again the British.

The other noteworthy site that is of interest to historic tourism and Wayand and the Jain temple at Panamaram that is located 5km north east of Panamaram. The first of the Jain people who had migrated to Wayanad area were the Jains who spoke Kannada and they had built the temple shrine along the banks of the River Kabini at Panamaram. The temple structure forms an integral history of the Wayanad area and even though these structures are damaged now but it speaks highly of the stone sculpting tactics of that time. The final site of historic tourism around Wayanad is the Suthan Battery Jain temple that is also known as the Tipu’s fort and is located at the Suthan Battery town. As per historical records, the Sulthan Battery Jain temple was built around 800 years ago and this was later used by Tipu Sultan as a battery for his army and hence the place came to be known as Sulthan Battery. This place was a temple shrine at first and later it became a centre of commercial trade and finally it was used as a storehouse of the ammunition and battery of the army of Tipu Sultan.

Coming to the luxury resorts around Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary then one name that comes to mind at first is the Vythiri resort that is set alongside a slope of a forest clad hill and it is one of the finest resorts to halt on your visit to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The resort is spread across a sprawling campus of 150 acres of land and it has a mountain stream flowing alongside the proximity and this can be described as an ideal jungle stay experience and also a treasure house for naturalists and wildlife lovers. Comprising an area of 150 acres of land this is a small forest area in itself that overlooks the tall mountains of the Western Ghats and has a tropical rainforest cover. The cottages of the Vythiri resort are painted in brick colour and the cottages are linked with stone paved pathways. The accommodations at the Vythiri resort near Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are spacious and equipped with the state of art amenities and a verandah overlook the tropical rainforests of the place. The place offers stay in lofty tree houses that are equipped with all the modern amenities and also cottages on stilts that overlook the stream and some of these cottages are also equipped with Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

At the Vythiri resort there is a rope bridge that connects one end of the stream to another and this leads to the restaurant and coffee shop located alongside and it also overlooks the swimming pool and the forests all around. This is a unique eco-friendly resort that is a perfect jungle hideaway that is set amidst a lush tropical rainforest. The cottages here are rustic and have an indigenous architecture located alongside a beautiful natural stream and you will spot the tranquil birds of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary at the place. The forest that is present across the sprawling campus of 150 acres at the Vythiti resort at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a dense mysteries and tranquil rainforest that is having the oldest thriving ecosystem. A vast range of amphibians, birds, fishes and mammals inhabit the Vythiti rain forest. The trees that are present across this place grow to almost 200 feet from the ground and these also harbour variety of vegetation underneath.

Another very nice place to stop and stay on your visit to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the Wild Life Resort that is located across the forests of Wayanad and the place offers cozy cottages and warm hospitality to its guests. The Wild Life Resort at Wayanad is a home away from home and it is nestled across the vast forests of the Wayanad area in Kerala. The Wild life Resort at Wayanad is located at close proximity to prominent tourism destination of Wayanad and even the Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka. Apart from enjoying your wildlife safari at the Tholpetty range of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary you can also go for trekking into the dense jungles, take a walk across the vast plantations of coffee or pepper or even take a dip on the holy waters of the Papanasini at Thirunally. It is an ideal place to take a break from the chaos of the busy city life and corporate culture and the place can be easily accessed from Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Coorg, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kozhikode, etc. The various facilities offered at the Wild life Resort at Tholpetty are 10 independent cottages on twin sharing basis, room rent inclusion of complimentary breakfast, hot water facility available, in house restaurant that serves delicious North and South Indian cuisine both veg and non-veg cuisine, room service, play area for children, swimming pool, ample car parking space, Wi-Fi, wellness centre with Kerala Ayurvedic massage, camp fire with barbecue for corporate guests, etc.

Another nice place to stay across the forests of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the Lantern Stay Resort that is considered to be one of the best resorts around Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary that overlooks the vast scenic area of Wayanad and its forests. The journey to the resort begins with an exciting jeep ride to the place and this is nestled away from the busy hustle and noise that allows you to spend time here in calm. The Lantern Stay Resort at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal place for nature lovers and birdwatchers because the vast cover of forests across the place is good to attract the birds that come close to the cottages here. The Lantern Stay Resort offers a stay amidst nature and therefore you will not find a TV set in your room and nor will you find high rise malls across the place and you will enjoy a stay at leisure listening to the chirping of birds and insects.

Another very nice stay around Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the Wildflower Resort and Spa that is a chain of resort that have operations across South India and this is one among the most sought after places to stay across Wayanad area in Kerala. The Windflower Resort and Spa is having a very scenic location as the resort is built atop a small hill and the place boasts of comfortable and well-appointed rooms for the comfortable and pleasant stay of guests here around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The cottages at the resort are built in traditional Kerala style architecture that have large windows that allow you to enjoy the scenic views across the place and one recommend room is the Villa with spa bath. The nearby attractions to the Windflower Resort and Spa apart from the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are the Chembur peak and the Lakidi viewpoint. The staff at the Windflower resort and spa at Wayanad is very courteous and attentive at the same time and they provide prompt service and this adds to the great experience of guests. Another popular stay option at Wayanad near the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the Raviz resort and Spa at Kadavu and this is an ideal place to be in case you are looking for a resort across Wayanad with a Swimming pool.

The Raviz Resort and Spa has well-appointed rooms that have an elegant décor, a personal suite and the various luxury amenities that provide a comfortable stay experience. The resort has a wellness centre that provides a soothing Spa that offers the traditional Kerala style ayurvedic massage and also a yoga centre as well. The nearby attractions to this resort are the Hi-Lite Mall and the Beypore beach. The in-house restaurant serves delicious traditional Kerala style meals and also the bar ‘Zirhon’ that serves mock tails and cocktails. Another of the luxury resorts around Wayanad is the Woods Resort that is located at the Sulthan Battery area in Wayanad that is at close proximity to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The Woods Resort boasts of having a lush organic farm within its premise and the farm harbours around 300 species of bamboo that adds to the rustic charm of the place. The place lives up to its name and the place offers you a chance to enjoy the time with your family amidst the serenity of the resort. The cottages are built with teak wood and add to the charm of the luxurious resort. There is a splendid pool area and also a play area for children as well here at the Woods Resort at Wayanad.

Another very nice place to stay on your visit to Wayanad is the Pepper Train Resort that is located at the Mangalam Corp Estate along the Sulthan Battery – Chikiyole road and it is spread across a sprawling campus of 200 acres of prime land. The nearby attractions at the Pepper Trail resort at Wayanad are the Edukkal caves and the Wayanad Heritage museum and the campus of this resort is also having coffee and spice plantations and this is a very elegantly built boutique resort that also provides you a glimpse of the bygone colonial era of Kerala. The place boasts of luxurious tree houses that can be accessed via elevated walkways and these tree houses are luxurious and are perched atop jackfruit trees that provide you a unique plantation stay experience. Within the premises of the Pepper Trail Resort at Wayanad there is a very old 140 year old tastefully furnished Bungalow that adds to the appeal of the grand and elegant property. The staffs at the resort are well trained and they offer you best in class hospitality that is remembered and cherished for a lifetime.

Another luxury place to halt on your visit to Wayanad is the Banasura Hill Resort that is a 4 Star property to halt and this is one of the rejuvenating resorts here around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary that is located at Vellamunda at Wayanad in Kerala. The place is spread across a campus of 15 acres of land and this is located near the Banasura Sagar at the Banasura Dam. The suggested room to halt at the Banasura Resort is the Nalukettu room that offers a traditional Kerala house experience to its guests and the view of each and every room is spectacular.

The Wayanad Silver Woods that is again located near the Banasura Lake and this place offers you a slice of heaven. The resort has a large balcony and spacious rooms that is an ideal place to hang about and admire the grand landscapes across the place. The Wayanad Silver Woods offers you guided birdwatching and tribal village tours and you can also visit the Banasura Hills and the Banasura Sagar Dam area from here. Once place recommended for your stay here is the premier Villa with a lake facing balcony and the pathway across the place provides you a chance to take long leisure walks and provide solace to your mind and body.

Another very nice 4 Star property to halt on your visit to Wayanad is the Blue Ginger Spa resort that is located just about 7km from the Pokothu Lake and it is a very peaceful getaway located far away from the hustle and noise of a busy city life. The resort speaks of well-appointed and distinguished rooms that are categorized into tranquil rooms, ginger suite and chembur rooms and all these rooms provide you with an opportunity to unwind and relax and admire the vast natural landscapes from across the place itself. The place has a big play area within its premises and so you can get to enjoy some outdoor games here and enjoy a complete family vacation. There are various Ayurvedic Spa treatments and therapies available at the in-house spa centre at the Blue Ginger Spa Resort at Wayanad and the resort’s exact address is at Melapoonchola, Old Vythiri, Wayanad, Kerala. The nearby places of attraction at Wayanad from this resort are the Chembra Falls and the Thushavagiri waterfalls. Tariffs for stay at the Blue Ginger Spa Resort start at INR 10,300 per room per night and one recommended room is the Chembur Room.

Another place to stay on your visit to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary at Wayanad is the Upavan Resort that is located at Lakkidi at Kunnathidavaha in Kerala and this is not a very expensive and instead is a budget priced resort with room tariffs starting at INR 5000 per room per night and the place offers gorgeous views of the rolling meadows and lush forest surroundings present across the property. The nearby attractions to the Upavan resort at Wayanad are Soochipara waterfalls, Edakkal caves and Pokothu Lake and a stay here is considered to be a very soothing experience on your visit to Wayanad and a rewarding one as well. Apart from enjoying a luxury stay at the resort, you can choose to swim in the outdoor swimming pool area and also enjoy a spa treatment with your family that is a very rejuvenating experience that allows you to experience the traditional Ayurvedic massage therapies. The recommended room to stay is the Honeymoon suite AC rooms and the option to dine is grand a the Upavan resort and the restaurant here is named as Uootillan restaurant that allows you to taste various Indian and International cuisine.