The green canopies of Wayanad, which had dried up in the harsh summer, are back, thanks to the copious Monsoon showers.
The harsh summer had dried up the greenery and water sources leaving birds and animals parched and dehydrated. The scene has now changed and the rich beauty of the forest is back to the delight of trekkers.
The state’s forests and those stretches along its boundaries have now turned a green canvas with grasslands spread out beyond the eye can see. The creepers and climbers too are back. So are the wildlife, including elephants and deer in herds. Animals in large numbers are being spotted by trekkers and jay walkers in the mornings and evenings. However, you need a bit of luck to truly see an animal out there in the Muthanga and Tholpetty wildlife sanctuaries.
The animals tend to get put off by the roar of vehicles and whirr of motors and go into hiding. They come out in the mornings and evenings when the traffic is less noisy.
A trip through the stretches of Muthanga-Gundalpet, Gundalpet-Muthumala-Gudalur, Kattikulam-HD Kote, Tholpetty-Nagarhole-Hunsoor and Tirunelli road will improve your chances of seeing some wildlife.
With water and food in plenty, animals which had spread out in search of both, are back in their natural habitats. Forest officials are a bit apprehensive over the increase in elephant and deer population. Large herds of these animals have become a common and regular feature in Wayanad’s forests.