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Spreads over an area of about 345 sq.km, Tholpetty Sanctuary is also known as Upper Wayanad Sanctuary, as it is a disconnected part of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located very close to the famous Thirunelli temple. The sanctuary is also considered as the same place where Pazhassi Raja fought the British.
One of the top draws for visitors vacationing to Wayanad, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary amidst mountains on all sides, is abundant with wild animals. Its scenic beauty and pleasant climate are the added attraction for the visitors.
The vegetation types found here are primarily moist deciduous teak forests and semi evergreen tree pastures, which are inhabited by vast reptile population along with a number of snakes species. Monitor lizards are also commonly found here.
The sanctuary is home to 900 wild elephants, apart from bison, deer, langur, wild squirrel, jungle cat, elephant and numerous birds. But visitors are restricted to the outer tourist zone.
Tholpetty Sanctuary is also a haven for bird watchers, who can watch several species of colorful birds. The sanctuary is famous for its night camping and a watchtower, which is located above the lake. This lake is also the main source of water for the wild animals inhabiting the sanctuary.
The ideal time for visiting this sanctuary is between September and May.
Tholpetty is also a primary site for eco tourism. A visit to these ecotourism centers gives its visitors an unforgettable wilderness experience, nature education etc. The Forest department also conducts a two hour Jeep Safari in the morning and evening. For this, special permission is needed from the Forest Department. Medicinal plants garden, Birth Star Plants (Zodiac Plants) Garden, Muthanga Elephant Camp, traditional tribal folk lore etc are the other attractions in Tholpetty.
For adventure lovers also, Tholpetty is an ideal place. There are many trekking areas in Tholpetty. The sanctuary has a moderate temperature throughout the year.
It is opened from 6am to 8am and from 3pm to 5:30pm.
Entry is allowed only using tickets and separate rate
is charged for Camera and guide if needed. Admission Fees: Rs:10 (Indian);
Rs: 100 (Foreigner), Rs: 100 (Guide), Rs:50 – 150 (Vehicle entry),
Rs: 25 – Rs: 150 (Camera).