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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

With the onset of summer, the seasonal migration of wild animals has begun from the adjacent wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS).

About Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: This beautiful sanctuary is nestled in the heart of Kerala and was officially declared a Sanctuary in 1973.

Biosphere Reserve: It’s an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO-designated area, and holds a crucial role in Elephant Reserve No. 7 in South India.

Peak Beauty: The sanctuary boasts the stunning Karottimala as its highest peak, offering breathtaking views.

Diverse Forests: You’ll find a mix of South Indian Moist Deciduous forests, West Coast semi-evergreen forests, and various plantations including teak, eucalyptus, and Grewelia.

Unique Wildlife: What makes this place special is being the only sanctuary in Kerala where sightings of four-horned antelopes have been reported.

Feathered Residents: Bird enthusiasts, take note! The sanctuary is home to Egyptian vultures, Himalayan griffon, and Cinereous vultures. Red-headed and white-backed vultures, once common in Kerala, are now exclusive to the Wayanad plateau.

River Rhapsody: The Kabini River, a charming tributary of the Cauvery River, gracefully flows through the sanctuary, adding to its natural charm.

Wild Neighbors: Beyond the sanctuary, the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is also home to other wildlife parks like Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Mukurthi National Park, and Silent Valley. Each one has its own unique allure waiting to be explored.

Read Also: Kerala – Perfect Blend of Nature and History

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