The Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus speciosus) is sitting on a plant and watching doubtfully.

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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (Muthanga)

Northern Kerala

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Nearby Northern Kerala attractions

1. Jain Temple

8.05 MILES

The 13th-century Jain temple on the western edge of Sultanbatheri has splendid stone carvings and is an important monument to the region’s strong…

2. Edakkal Caves

9.48 MILES

These remote hilltop 'caves' – more accurately a small series of caverns – are celebrated for the ancient collection of petroglyphs in their top chamber,…

3. Wayanad Heritage Museum

11.3 MILES

In the village of Ambalavayal, 12km southwest from Sultanbatheri near the Edakkal Caves, this small but fascinating museum exhibits tools, weapons,…

4. Bandipur National Park

14.73 MILES

This park covers 880 sq km and was once the Mysore maharajas’ private wildlife reserve. It's noted for herds of gaurs (Indian bison), chitals (spotted…

5. Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

15.69 MILES

In the foothills of the Nilgiris, this newly enlarged 765-sq-km wildlife reserve is like a classical Indian landscape painting given life, with chital…

6. Elephant Camp

15.86 MILES

In mornings and evenings you can see the reserve's working elephants being fed at the elephant camp just east of the Mudumalai reception centre, where you…

7. Uravu

16.44 MILES

An 11km drive east from Kalpetta, the Uravu nonprofit collective of 200 workers (most of them women) creates all sorts of artefacts from bamboo. You can…

8. Panamaram Jain Temple

19.45 MILES

Seemingly being allowed to collapse into oblivion, this ancient, partly ruined roadside Jain temple displays fine stone carvings backed by lush greenery…