The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, or the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, is located on 345 square kilometers of densely forested land. This sanctuary is hugely popular with birdwatchers, for sightings of peacocks, babblers, egrets, snipes, bulbuls, peafowl, and cormorants.
Asian elephants, leopards, cheetahs, tigers, gaurs, spotted deer, sloth bears, sambars and a wide variety of other exotic animals reside here. An elephant ride into the dense forest area to explore the sanctuary can be arranged by the Forest Department. Access to the area without an elephant is limited.