THOLPETTY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Tholpetty reserve is situated along the northern ridge of the district bordering Coorg in Karnataka. The sanctuary is located 20 km east of Mananthavady, 13 km from Thirunelly on the Kodagu Road. In terms of flora and fauna. Ecotourism in Tholpetty is much helpful in creating deep conservation awareness in the minds of visitors. It is much educative and recreational too. It is a main source of livelihood income for local tribes including tourist guides.
The wildlife jeep safari at the sanctuary offers splendid opportunities to spot various animal and bird species in their natural habitat. The safari usually lasts between 2-4 hours and takes place twice a day from 7am to 9am and 3pm to 5pm. The other attractions of the region include a lake, where animals usually come up to quench their thirst during the summer. The sanctuary is connected through a well laid system of all season roads and highways. The prime season for this sanctuary starts from the month of November and extends till the month of May.