Muthanga Travel Guide
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- State: Kerala
- Famous for/as: Jungle
Established in 1973, the sanctuary is bordered by Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the north-east side and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the south-east side. Divided into two parts, the Upper Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in the north and Lower Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in the south, Muthanga is popular for its Project Elephant.
The region was originally ruled by the Vedar king, who was later annexed by the Raja of Kurumbranad. It was later divided into two parts namely, Kottayam-Malabar and Kurumbranad. Besides, the Raja of Kurumbranad also helped the British to fight against Tipu Sultan. After his fall in 1799, the British took over the region.
Historians state that organised human life existed in the region at least ten centuries before Christ. The intrinsic tribals of the region mainly comprise diversified groups like Adiyars, Kurumas, Kurichyas, Kattunaikkans, Ooralis and Paniyas.
The wildlife sanctuary is popular as it has the largest population of elephants in India. Besides, Muthanga has rich flora comprising deciduous and evergreen forests. To explore the sanctuary, the forest department arranges elephant rides at regular intervals.
The nearest airport to the destination is Kozhikode Airport, located at a distance of 120 km from the sanctuary. Kozhikode Railway Station is the nearest railway station, which is situated at a distance of 97 km. The State Transport Corporation operates frequent bus services to Muthanga from various parts of Wayanad District and Kerala. The best time to visit Muthanga is during the months of June and October.
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