Neyyar dam and the wildlife Sanctuary is located at about 32 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the state of Kerala in India. This is one of the most frequented and beautiful tourist spots in the whole of Kerala.
About Neyyar Dam Sanctuary
This Neyyar Dam Sanctuary was notified as a wildlife sanctuary in 1958 and consists of vegetation from tropical wet evergreen forests to grasslands. The catchment area of the Dam is the basin of the three rivers Neyyar, Mullayar and Kallar. Agasthiyakoodam is the highest peak of the region which is about 1890 meters high and the 9.06 sq kilometer area of the Reservoir will make the trip to Neyyar Dam Sanctuary worthwhile.
Flora and fauna at Neyyar dam Sanctuary
You can see various flora and fauna in the lush green forests surrounding the area like Elephants, Nilgiri Tahrs, Barking Dogs, Tigers, Wild Boars, Gaur, Jungle Cats, Sambhars, Indian Porcupines, Malabar Squirrels, Sloth Bears, Pythons, Cobras, Flying Snakes and so on.
On your trip to Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, you can also see various species of birds such as Gray Jungle Fowl, Woodpeckers, Indian Hill Mynas and cuckoos, White-breasted Water Hen, Little Green Heron, King Fishers, Mynas, Egrets, Little Cormorants, Darters and many more. The Neyyar Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala is a treat to all wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.
Other Places to visit around Neyyar Dam Sanctuary
While you are in the wild life sanctuary you can also visit Lions safari park, Crocodile Farm and Deer Farm. Boating facilities are also available there at the lake. Those who like Trekking can go for trekking to the Agasthyakoodam peak.
The best time to visit the Sanctuary will be from September to may, except when it is south west monsoon time in Kerala that is from June to August.
How to Reach Neyyar Dam Sanctuary
You have to reach Thiruvananthpuram international airport or Thiruvananthapuram Railway station. From there you can take a cab to reach the dam site which is about 32 kilometers from the city of Thiruvananthapuram.
If you are reaching either Calicut or Kochi airports of Kerala, take connection trains from the respective railway stations to reach Thiruvananthapuram railway station.