Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Tour Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

India
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Andy Oxley
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
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India

Nestled in the verdant landscapes of the Western Ghats in Kerala, India, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot, teeming with an array of flora and fauna. Spread across 344 square kilometers, it forms an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, reflecting the ecological significance of the region.

The sanctuary is home to a plethora of wildlife. Majestic elephants roam its vast stretches, while elusive tigers move silently through the thickets. Other inhabitants include Indian bison (gaur), spotted deer, sloth bears, and langurs. The region's rich avifauna ensures it's a birdwatcher's paradise, with species like the Malabar grey hornbill, crested serpent eagle, and the white-bellied woodpecker gracing the skies and treetops.

The sanctuary's vegetation is as diverse as its wildlife. The landscape fluctuates between moist deciduous forests, semi-evergreen thickets, and patches of bamboo groves. The rich canopy not only provides refuge to various species but also acts as a significant carbon sink, making it crucial in the fight against climate change.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is not just a conservation site; it's a space where one can deeply connect with nature. Guided safaris offer visitors a chance to observe animals in their natural habitats, while nature trails and treks promise a closer look at the smaller wonders of the ecosystem.

The region is also steeped in culture and history. Ancient carvings and edicts found within the sanctuary vicinity indicate the presence of human settlements from centuries ago, intertwining the tales of nature and civilization.

In essence, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is where the melodies of nature come alive, whether it's through the trumpeting of elephants, the songs of birds, or the whispering of trees swaying in the wind. A visit promises not just wildlife sightings but a profound experience of coexistence and harmony.

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Geeky Facts about Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

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It was declared a sanctuary in 1973.

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There over 45 species of reptiles.

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The highest peak is Karottimala at 1158m above sea level.

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