Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located in Wayanad, Kerala. It occupies an area of 344.44 kilometres square. The sanctuary was established in 1973, and is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and is home to some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna. The sanctuary is under consideration by the World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. A large population of tigers have been reported by the monitoring programme of the Forest Department. Out of 176 tigers in Kerala, 75 were identified from the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
The flora of the sanctuary consists of Maruthi, Karimaruthi, Rosewood, Venteak, Vengal, Chadachi, Mazhukanjiram, Bamboos, and more, while the semi-evergreen patches comprise Veteria Indica, Lagerstroemia Lanceolata, Terminalia Paniculata.
Mammals: Elephants, tigers, leopards, jungle cats, civet cats, monkeys, dhole, gaur, deer, sloth bear.
Birds: Peacocks, Babblers, Cuckoos, Owls, Woodpeckers, Jungle Fowls are a few of the various types of birds spotted here.
Reptiles: Monitor Lizards and a variety of Snakes are seen here.
The climate of the sanctuary is salubrious. The months of August to February is considered as the ideal time to visit Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
Nearest Train Station: The nearest railhead is Kozhikode Railway Station, located about 98 km away from the sanctuary.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is in Mysore, located about 95 km away from the sanctuary.
Road Accessibility : Bus or taxi can be hired from Kozhikode, which is located about 110 km away from the sanctuary.