Muthanga is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Region. This rain forest reserve is connected to two other major sanctuaries: Bandipur National Park in Karnataka and Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.
Established in 1973, Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
The trees and plants in the sanctuary are typical of the south Indian moist deciduous forests and west coast semi evergreen forests. A drive along the road to Muthanga and further, offers chances to watch these roaming animals. Elephant rides are arranged by the Forest Department.
Permitting authority: Wildlife warden, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Sulthan Bathery Ph: +91 4936 271010.
With numerous watering holes, Muthanga has a large population of pachyderms,and has been declared a Project Elephant site.
Other animals species include Leopards, Gaur, Sambar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Hanuman Langur and Slender Loris. The reserve is also home to a small population of Tigers. In addition, there is also a bewildering variety of birds, butterflies and insects.
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, nearly 120 km from Sulthan Bathery.RAIL
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 97 km by road from Sulthan Bathery.ROAD
Kalpetta: 42kms. Sultan Bathery: 17km.
Bandipur National Park 103km in Karnataka and Mudumalai Sanctuary 123km in Tamil Nadu.