|The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, lies 16 kilometers east of Sultan Bathery in North Kerala. The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its tigers, elephants, and lush evergreen and deciduous forests. The sanctuary, spread over an area of 345 square kilometers, is rich in flora and fauna, and is one of the biodiversity hotspots of Kerala.
At the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, you can see many of the animals and birds the lush Western Ghats are famous for. The tigers are shy creatures, given to roaming about in their solitary habitat. You will be lucky to catch sight of one. The more gregarious elephants can be seen roaming about in herds, playing with the young ones or bathing in the muddy waters in order to cool off. Apart from these larger mammals, you will also come across many varieties of deer, like sambar, barking deer and mouse deer. The smaller inhabitants of the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary include porcupines, squirrels, and many kinds of insects like butterflies and moth. The wild boar is also a fierce inhabitant of the Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary, and startled visitors will often hear them crashing through the underbrush.
The birds at the Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary include woodpeckers, hornbills, eagles and kites, apart from smaller birds like the egrets and kingfishers. the forests resound with bird calls early in the morning, and at dusk, when the birds gather to roost. In the afternoons, you might hear the sound of a solitary cuckoo calling to the passerby.
The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Wayanad region's biodiversity hotspots. From lush tropical flora to deciduous forests at higher elevation levels, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary has an astonishing diversity of plant life.
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