Small and cosy as the Sanctuary is, there are a number of features that are enjoyed and valued by its residents and visitors alike.

Here are some of them:

It is important to note that the Sanctuary is not a tourist destination. It is neither a resort nor a hotel, nor a homestay nor a conference centre. Nor is it an institution catering to mass education. The Sanctuary is first and foremost a community (of plants, animals and humans!), and a place of enquiry and discovery for all.

This being said, more than 3,000 visitors a year come to the Sanctuary during the dry season to learn about native plants and forest conservation, and living-in-nature. The garden is open to the public, mostly local people from north Kerala come for daytime guided tours free of charge.