Peppara Wild life Sanctuary is situated in the Thiruvananthapuram Ponmudi road in a hilly area with an elevation of 100 meters. This Peppara Wild life Sanctuary lies about 32 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram.
About the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
You can find some major peaks in these hills, they are Chemmunjimottai (1717m), Athirumalai (1594m), Arumukhamkunnu (1457m), Koviltherimalai (1313m) and Nachiyadikunnu (957m). The rivers you find here are Karamana river and its tributaries.
About Peppara Dam
Actually the Peppara Dam was commissioned for improving the drinking water supply to Thiruvananthapuram city and the suburbs in 1983.Nowadays efforts are being taken to beautify the Dam and rthe reservoir by the Kerala tourism and the state forest Department. They plan to provide more entertainment and leisure facilities in the area.
Flora and Fauna at the peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
You can find various forest types there like West coast tropical evergreen, Southern hilltop tropical evergreen, West cast semi-evergreen,Southern moist mixed deciduous forest, Myristica swamp forest, sub-montane hill valley swamp forest. There is a rich population of fauna and is emerging as an attraction for the tourists and ornithologists. Some of the mammals found in the Sanctuary are Tiger, Leopard, Sambar Deer, Elephants, Bonnet Macaque, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Tahr and Nilgiri Langur,
Accomodation facilities at Peppara Wild life Sanctuary
The facilities are not there near the sanctuary except for an Inspection Bungalow of the Kerala Water Authority.
You can stay at Nedumangad town where in you can get budget oriented decent hotels to stay. Nedumangad is about 30 kilometers from the Peppara wildlife Sanctuary.
You could also stay in a hotel in the city and drive down in the morning to see the Dam and the Sanctuary and return in the evening.
The best season to visit the place will be January to March but the Sanctuary is open through out the year.
Other recreational facilities at the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
You can also trek in the forest area, the terrain being rugged with rushing streams, flat meadows, gentle to steep hills ranging from 90m to 1717m. The other attractions of the area are the Bona falls, Vazhuvanthole waterfalls, Kalarkad waterfalls and you can also visit the settlement areas as well. You can go for boating in the reservoir. The sanctuary is spread over the area of 53 square kilometers.
How to Reach peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
The nearest airport and the railway station are at Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. You can reach Thiruvananthapuram through well connected flights and trains from differentr parts of the city.
From the city it is just 32 kilometers on the Ponmudi Road. You can get bus transport or Cabs to reach the Sanctuary.