Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad (Kerala) boasts of two wildlife sanctuaries at Mutanga and Tholpetty. Muthanga
is just 16kms from Sultan Battery on the Mysore Road. The forests are contiguous
with Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Bandipur in Karnataka. Wild elephants are a common
sight and a tusker racing you on the road cannot be ruled out. Bisons, deer, wild
dogs are also easy to spot. Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary, which is about 25 kms
from Mananthavady is rich in wildlife as well.
Wayanad is homeland of various tribal communities, prominent among them are the
Paniya, Adiya, Kurichiya, Kattunayaka and Kuruma tribes.
The main cash crop is coffee. Other cash crops cultivated are Ginger, pepper, cinnamon,
cardamom and tea.
If you are traveling by road, these are some of the spots you must stop by
Edakkal Caves: Situated at an an altitude of 4600
ft above sea level, these prehistoric caves are just 12 kms from Sultan Battery.
It is a rock shelter formed naturally out of three huge boulders, one resting on
the other two. The exotic ancient carvings and scripts at Edakkal caves speak of
a civilized society of prehistoric age.
Kuruva Dweep: Kuruva Dweep is a group of islets in
the river Kabini along the northeast border of Wayanad district. Kuruva is only
45 km away from Kalpetta, the headquarters of Wayanad district. These islands present
a unique ecosystem, a treasure house of rare flora and fauna.
Thodikalam Shiva Temple: A temple built during Mahabharata
days. The exterior of this temple is decorated with exquisite paintings done about
500 years before Ramayana period.
Accessible from all parts of kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by road.
How to get there:
Nearest Railway station Kozhikode; 72 kms from Kozhikode International Airport;
115 kms from Ooty; 120kms from Mysore
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