Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the important wildlife sanctuaries of India. Located in Wayanad, the sanctuary consists of four ranges, viz, Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga, Kurichyad and Tholpetty. Muthanga and Tholpetty attract a lot of tourists, since they have a large number of wild animals and birds of prey. The wildlife sanctuary provides the tourists with various adventurous activities, like trekking, safari jeep rides, elephant rides, etc., enabling them to feel a strong connection with nature.
The animal sanctuary is the home to a large number of endangered species of wild animals and birds. Just like Bandipur National Park, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and Periyar Tiger Reserve, this sanctuary focusses of wildlife conservation. You can see herds of elephants moving about in herds in the sanctuary, and at times you can spot animals like gaur, tiger, and monkeys, and birds like parrots, owls, babblers and woodpeckers. The sanctuary is not only rich in fauna but is also rich in flora. It is a thick deciduous forest with trees like maruthi, karimaruthi, and rosewood.
This sanctuary is sought out by many shutterbugs, since it is one of the best locations in India for wildlife photography. The wildlife sanctuary also conducts various Eco tours, which takes the visitors to a large number of inaccessible locations and gives them an opportunity to spot different species of plants and animals, making it informative and exciting at the same time.