Peppara wildlife sanctuary
Peppara wildlife sanctuary is one of Kerala’s well known destinations, a popular wildlife getaway and a good example of nature preserved in all its glory. Declared wildlife sanctuary in 1983 due to its rich flora and fauna and ecological significance, the sanctuary has since witnessed a gradual increase in its popularity.
Located 50 km north east of thriruvananthapuram in Nedumangad taluk, the sanctuary is spread over an area of 53 sq.kms. and includes parts of Kattoor and Palode reserve. The area also includes Peppara Dam built on the Karamana River to increase the quantity of water supply to Thiruvananthapuram and adjoining areas. Also located within the area are 13 tribal settlements.
Peppara wildlife sanctuary (Flora & Fauna)
Flora: Displaying abundant greenery and forestation which may be classified into Southern Hilltop tropical forest, West Coast semi-evergreen and Southern moist mixed deciduous forests. The sanctuary overall has a hilly topography. Reptiles includes King Cobra and Python
Fauna: Its abundant variety of fauna includes Tiger, elephants, barking deer, Sambar, Panther, Lion tailed macaque and Malabar squirrel.
Avifauna: Avifauna population includes king fisher, darter, egrets and little cormorants.
Peppara wildlife sanctuary(How to reach)
By Air: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at 32 Kms is the nearest one from where various modes of local transportation may be hired to reach here.
By Rail: Thiruvananthapuram railway station is nearest one well connected to all major cities and towns.
By Road:The Thiruvananthapuram - Ponmudi road or the Vithurai routes are most convenient to get to the sanctuary.