keralawildlife | 03 Apr 2008
These forests which were once extensive and extremely thick, have been over the years been denuded by continuous over exploitation. The sanctuary makes for a wide variety of flora still. All major species of fauna of peninsular India are well represented in the sanctuary. However, due to years of human interference, the fauna is sparse. Some minor wildlife and some elephants and Gaur are also seen occasionally. The sanctuary also offers trekking paths for the adventure traveller.
This is also a Wayanadpart of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, contiguous with Madumalai sanctuary in neighbouring Tamilnadu and Bandipur Sanctuary in Karnataka, covering an area of approximately 500 sq. kms.
The sanctuary is also known as Muthanga, and is some 18 kms from the district headquarters at , Sultan Bathery (Sultan's Battery).
Grasses and bamboo are found in abundance in these forests, among the moist deciduous forests. It is home to great herds of deer, elephants, and Gaur. Many types of monkeys are also seen, as well as those elusive animals, such as the Slender Loris.