Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary located at about 50 km northeast of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala. Covering an area of over 53 sq km, the sanctuary is known for its verdant tropical forests and a wide variety of wildlife including birds.
Known for its unique eco-diversity, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a sanctuary in 1983, in order to protect and preserve its rich and diverse flora and fauna. The Peppara Dam, a large water reservoir built on the Karamana River and covering an area over 5.82 sq km, is situated in the heart of the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary also houses 13 tribal settlements, which are known for their unique customs and traditions.
Peppara wildlife sanctuary is a ‘gene pool’ sanctuary, with a rich variety of flora and fauna over a rugged terrain with running rivulets, rolling hillocks and green meadows. A boat ride on the site is a fulfilling experience.The sub tropical and tropical evergreen forests are populated with a variety of wildlife. This sanctuary with its rich fauna and birds is emerging as a big attraction to wildlife enthusiasts.
As you go deep in the woods on your Kerala wildlife tour, you may see Elephants, Tigers, Sambars, Panthers, Indian Bison, Lion-tailed Macaques, Wild Boars, Barking Deer, Malabar Squirrels, Gaur, Mouse Deer, Nilgiri Langurs and many other species. For those bird lovers, the preserved area offers a rich variety of birds, including Darters, Pied King Fishers, Little Cormorants and Egrets. The Peppara Wildlife Sancrtuary Kerala also has diverse species of butterflies and moths.
How to Reach Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
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