Lying towards the north of the district of Wayanad, this region harbours a rich diversity of flora. Open to wildlife jeep safari twice a day, you are bound to spot various animals and bird species in their natural habitat during the 1.5-2 hour journey. A lake where animals come down for a drink is a major attraction here. The forests constitute various forest types like the tropical moist dry deciduous, patches of semi evergreen forests and trees and plants like the bamboo and long spiky bushes of ginger. Plantations of teak, eucalyptus, silver oak and rosewood cover about one third of the sanctuary. Frequent sightings of elephant herds, deers, big cats, panthers, tigers, langurs, bonnet macaques, bison, sambar deer, malabar squirrels, bears and the rare Slender Loris have all been reported in these forests. Fact: Muthanga and Tholpetty are both part of the UNESCO‚??s Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the first international biosphere reserve in India Ecotourism in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary- Tholpetty Muthanga and Tholpetty are the two ecotourism centers in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Visits to these ecotourism centers provide unforgettable wilderness experience, frequent sightings of free ranging wildlife like herds of elephants, guars, deers, monkeys, tigers, leopards, bears, many species of reptiles, fishes, butterflies, birds including vultures etc, valuable nature education information from interpretation centres etc Medicinal plants‚?? garden and Birth Star Plants‚?? (Zodiac Plants) Garden. Ecotourism in Muthanga and Tholpetty is much helpful in creating deep conservation awareness in the minds of visitors. It is much educative and recreational too. It is a main source of livelihood income for local tribes including tourist guides. Ecotourism in these two centers are managed by Muthanga and Tholpetty Eco-Development Committees (EDCs) under supervision of Kerala forest department. Eco tourism programme Jeep safari Interpretation centre visit Jeep Safari Entry Time Daily - 7.00 to 10.00 am & 3.00 to 5.00 pm Duration of visit 1.30 hours (maximum) Best Season August to February Closure period February 11 to April 10 Entry Regulations ‚?Ę Visitors are allowed only during the visiting hours ‚?Ę Duration of visiting is maximum 1.30hours ‚?Ę Permission for jeep safari is restricted in registered vehicles only. Visitors shall not come out of the vehicle during jeep safari. ‚?Ę Maximum number of visitors per vehicle is as per its permitted seating capacity ‚?Ę Visiting must be only with a tourist guide / forest personnel ‚?Ę The ecotourism centers are ‚??plastic free zones‚?? ‚?Ę Plastic materials are not allowed during the visit ‚?Ę Visitors must follow the rules and regulations Distance: Kalpetta: 59kms. Sulthan Bathery:66km Mananthavady:24kms Open: 0700 ‚?? 1000, 1500 ‚?? 1730. Contact: Asst. Wildlife Warden, Tholpetty. (04935) 250853
Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala
Distance 30.64 km apart.
Vythiri, Wayanad, Kerala
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