Location : 50 kilometers, north east of Trivandrum
Main Attractions : Varied eco-system and diverse life forms
Declared a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1983, Peppara wildlife sanctuary is the hub of varied life forms and has a very unique and diverse eco-system. Located at distance of 50 kilometers from Trivandrum, Peppara wildlife sanctuary covers a vast area of 53 square kilometers. The Peppara national park, Kerala, is a beautiful park with hilly topography and merges partially with Palode Reserve and Kottoor Reserve. The sanctuary also has a dam built on the Karamana River and is called the Peppara dam.
One can find an amazing variety of wildlife in this sanctuary. The list of wild animals and birds can go on and on! However the wildlife mostly encountered over here are animals like panthers, wild boar, elephants, tigers, lion tailed macaque, gaur, sambar, barking deer, Nilgiri Langur, etc. Apart from the beasts, one can find many birds darting from one place to another and making the sanctuary lively with their noises.
The sanctuary is home to many species of birds out of which the water birds are sighted most of the times. These birds include species like kingfisher, egrets, wild ducks, cormorants, etc. There are many reptiles in the sanctuary too like cobras, pythons and other non-poisonous snakes. The sanctuary also has many species of butterflies and moths. The wildlife sanctuary is made up of three major forest belts namely, Southern hilltop tropical evergreen forests, West coast semi-evergreen forests and moist mixed deciduous forests. The sanctuary not only has wildlife but also has upto 13 tribal settlements.
The wildlife sanctuary is made up of three major forest belts namely, Southern hilltop tropical evergreen forests, West coast semi-evergreen forests and moist mixed deciduous forests. The sanctuary not only has wildlife but also has upto 13 tribal settlements.
How to Reach
By Air : Located at a distance of 32 kilometers, Trivandrum airport is the nearest.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is the Trivandrum railway station from where one can hire local transport to reach here.
By Road : The Sanctuary is well connected to the rest of Kerala by a wide network of roads.