Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is composed of the dense forests and the
Peppara dam built on the Karamana River and was declared as a sanctuary
in 1983 to increase the drinking water supply to Thiruvananthapuram
and the adjoining suburbs. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is merged partially
with the Palode reserve (24sq.kms) and the Kottoor reserve (29sq.kms);
all the three together forming the whole of the area covered by the
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area
of 53 sq.kms with the reservoir spread in an area of 5.82 sq.kms.
Located about 50kms. North East of capital city Thiruvananthapuram
in Nedumangad taluk of Thiruvananthapuram district, the topography
of the wildlife sanctuary is quite hilly.
The major wildlife species found in the wildlife sanctuary are: tiger,
panther, wild dog, lion tailed macaque, elephant, gaur, sambhar, barking
deer, mouse deer, wild boar, Nilgiri langur, Malabar squirrel etc.
The bird species especially the water birds like darter, little cormorant,
pied king fisher and egrets are most commonly seen in the sanctuary.
Several species of snakes including the king cobra and python are
dominantly present in this sanctuary. The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
is also famous for its wide variety of moth and butterflies. Apart
from the wildlife, there are 13 tribal settlements in the Peppara
The forest areas in the wildlife sanctuary mainly consist of three
major forest belts Southern hilltop tropical evergreen forests found
atop the hills with an elevation of above 1000m; West coast semi-
evergreen forests that occur mostly on the hills with an elevation
of 150 to 1050m; Southern moist mixed deciduous forests cover more
than 60% of the area and occupy the lower slopes of the hills.
How To Reach Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
By Air The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram (32 Kms) from where
frequent and regular buses are available for Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary.
You can also board a flight to your desired destination after returning
from the wildlife sanctuary.
By Rail The nearest railhead from the sanctuary is Thiruvananthapuram,
which is well connected with Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and even Kashmir.
The buses are available for the sanctuary from Trivandrum. From Trivandrum
you can also board a train to depart to your desired destination.
By Road Peppara wildlife sanctuary is easily and conveniently accessible
from Vithurai on Thiruvananthapuram - Ponmudi road.
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