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Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary or Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad,
Kerala, has a wide variety of animals. The sanctuary is located 20 km east of Mananthavady, 13 km from Thirunelly on the Kodagu Road.
Wayand wildlife sanctuary situates along the
northern region of Wayanad, which is bordering Coorg district of
Karnataka. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is connected to Muthanga and to
the Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka, and is an integral part of the
Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Flanked by towering mountain ranges on all
four sides, Tholpetty covers an area of 345 SqKm. The sanctuary’s
deciduous forest cover, rich in bio-diversity, is home to 900-odd wild
elephants, apart from numerous other species of animals.
Children will enjoy visiting this sanctuary and seeing different kinds of wildlife and avifaunal species. The elephant population of the sanctuary is close to 900. Other kinds of animals that can be seen in the sanctuary are spotted deer, boar, langurs, and bisons. Tourist guide who will guide you through the sanctuary is found at the entrance of this sanctuary. A two hour safari by jeep is arranged by the forest department into the park. The timings allotted for tourists to explore this sanctuary is between 7 to 9 AM in morning and 3 to 5 PM in the evening. It is mandatory that a guide should accompany you. There are also guided treks daily from 8am -1pm.
Wayanad wild life sanctuary is a good trekking spot where you can explore a lot. The types of deers seen here are red deer and spotted deer. You can also view wild boar, peacocks and peahens. During their courting season, male peacock exhibits its brightly colored tail fully wide open. You can also spot Indian Bison and monkeys. Some rare kind of snakes can also been seen in Wayanad wild life sanctuary Tholpetty located near Mananthavady.
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