Location : 66 kilometers from Kollam district
Main Attractions : Pre-historic caves, varied forms of wild animals
The Shenduruny wildlife sanctuary is located at a distance of 66 kilometers from Kollam town. The wildlife sanctuary has been named after a tree that is found here that is called Chenkuruny. At the center of the Shenduruny national park, Kerala, is an artificial lake formed by the Parappar dam and the Kulathupuzha River. This lake is also an important tourist attraction and is worth a visit.
The Shenduruny wildlife sanctuary is home to diverse forms of wildlife and vegetation. The sanctuary is covered with lush forest cover and has many exotic plants, some of which are medically important. Among the wildlife, one can find animals like elephants, gaur, leopards, Nilgiri Langur, spotted deer, barking deer, boars, bonnet macaque, etc.
It is believed that Shenduruny was the spot of one of the oldest river valley civilizations of India and dated back to 4400-3700 BC. This is older than the Indus valley civilization of North India. There is a huge cave in Shenduruny that has remains of the Stone Age that dates back to the Mesolithic Era. There are cave paintings in the caves that resemble ones found in central India. The caves are large enough to hold 20 people at a time.
How to Reach
By Air : The nearest airport is at Trivandrum, at a distance of 70 kilometers from the sanctuary.
By Rail : The sanctuary is easily reachable from Thenmala railway station, located near the sanctuary.
By Roads : The sanctuary is well connected to Kollam and Kerala by a wide network of roads.