(Last Updated on : 20/05/2014)
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 20 kilometres from Wayanad town at a place called Mananthavady in Wayanad district
of the south Indian state Kerala
. Located near the Western Ghats
, the place is highly admired for its spectacular natural beauty and is regarded as one of the most enchanting places of Wayanad. The entire sanctuary is swathed in vibrant greeneries and dense forest. A number of rare medicinal plants
also grow in Begur Wildlife Sanctuary for which it is frequently visited by pharmaceutical companies for research. The ever increasing population of flora and fauna and pristine beauty of the place makes the sanctuary a paradise for nature and adventure lovers. It is also credited to be one of the best wildlife tours of the state. Nature photographers
and trekkers also cherish the place greatly by capturing the surreal moments creating a lifetime memory.
Geography of Begur Wildlife Sanctuary
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary enjoys a moderate climate all round the year making it an ideal place for the growth of diverse fauna. Amid the scorching heat of summer, the place provides a relaxing ambience with cool breeze. Although the overall atmosphere remains pleasant, the temperature of the place varies from 35 to 10 degrees.
Flora of Begur Wildlife Sanctuary
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary forms the habitat for a rich diversity of flora of south India. The major portion of the forest is covered by moist deciduous kind of vegetation. Some of the commonly found species include Cardamom, Pepper
, Tea, Vanilla
and many other condiments. Apart from these, Bamboo
, Mazhukanjiram, Chadachi, Vengal, Venteak, Rosewood, Karimaruthi, Maruthi etc also grow in the sanctuary.
Fauna of Begur Wildlife Sanctuary
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a vast variety of fauna including Leopards
, Tigers, Deer
and many more. It also serves as a home to a number of beautiful birds. The place is best visited during the period of December to May, as after the monsoons the water holes in the sanctuary gets filled, attracting the wildlife to come out of the deep forest for quenching their thirst. The exotic avifauna of the place also attracts many birdwatchers to spot a variety of native and migratory birds.
The nearest airport to reach the sanctuary is Kozhikode
Airport, situated at a distance of about 80 kilometres. Thalassery in the Kannur district
is the nearest railway station which is also located 80 kilometres away from the sanctuary. The place is well connected with a wide network of roads.