The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary also known as Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located 16 kms from Sulthan Bathery in the Wayanad district of Kerala. The Sanctuary covers an area of 345 sq. kms and is bordered by protected areas of Bandipur and Nagarhole of Karnataka in northeast and, Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu in the southeast.
Declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1973, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is an important part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The government initiative ‘protect elephant’ has been efficiently implemented here and, the zone is especially dedicated to conservation of elephants and all kinds of wildlife found in this region.
The sanctuary has a very rich bio-diversity and is surrounded by evergreen, semi evergreen, moist deciduous and dry deciduous forests. Visitors to this sanctuary can explore this protected zone either by a Jeep Safari including one hour ride or by a three hour trek, whichever is preferable.
While moving in the forests you can see elephant herds, deer, wild dogs, reptiles, sloth bears, bisons, wild boars, monkeys, tigers seen occasionally, large variety of birds and varied ranges of flora and fauna, along with enchanting natural beauty.
The Forest Department also provides for elephant rides here. Visiting this sanctuary is a must have experience as it is one of the richest bio-geographic territories of Indian Peninsula.