Wildlife is important aspect of Wayanad region. Wayanad Wildlife Sactuary is open to tourists who take safaris through thick forest areas which are homes for wild elephants, deer, tigers, leopard, mangoose and many bird species. We were lucky to catch a pair of elephants and few deer just on the side of road as it is said the animals generally come out in the night in search of prey of food.
Wyanad's evergreen forests mark the transition zone between the northern and southern eco regions of the Western Ghats. This is the most species-rich eco region in peninsular India with eighty percent of the flowering plant species of the entire mountain range found here.
Next stop in our intinerary was our Resort. We had booked himagiri stays , situated in Thirunelli. It took us so much time to reach the resort . But it was all worth when we saw it tucked away in a quiet corner away from civilization. And the journey was every bit breathtaking. We entered thick forests into wayanad wildlife sanctuary. We were on our toes as we were expecting to see animals passing by. And then we did. We saw a Lion (as per my speculation). Just managed to get a glimpse of it and it was already halfway into the forest as it had just crossed the road, but we know what we saw !!!! The trip just got thrilling. Resort was clean and properly maintained. You might face a little signal problem but with BSNL and Airtel you are good to go I being a sleepyhead , Slept as soon as I saw the bed and didn't wake up until next morning. But others had their customary "Ghost stories ritual " and Yummy Dinner which I regret missing.Next day I came out of my resort and I was blinded with the greenery. My eyes must be thanking me for the wonderful change of view. I took a little stroll near the resort.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, south India. It is on the way from Mysore to Sultan Battery. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian Bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there. There are also quite a few unusual birds in the sanctuary. In particular, Peafowl tend to be very common in the area.Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. Also known as the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, this wildlife area houses some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna. Established in 1973, the sanctuary is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is bounded by protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka in the northeast, and on the southeast by Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu.