Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls over 53 sq. KM comprising Peppara dam and the areas around it. It is endowed with a rich variety of flora and fauna. The biodiversity and the scenic beauty of the place attract wildlife enthusiasts from different parts of the world. The place is fascinating and also dwells tribal people who are still untouched with the contemporary lifestyle existing outside the forest.
The sanctuary consists of varieties of wildlife species and dwells both carnivores as well as herbivorous animals. It has a considerable number of wildlife fauna of almost 43 species of mammals. Some of the commonly spotted animals in the sanctuary are Leopards, Gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Lion tailed Macaque, Mouse Deer, Elephants, Wild dogs, Mouse Deer, Barking deer, Panthers, Wild Boar etc.
The sanctuary also houses a variety of avi-fauna for the bird lovers. Some of the colorful birds found in the sanctuary are Malabar Grey Hornbill, Egrets, Red winged crested cuckoo, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Whitebellied Treepie, Black & Orange flycatcher, Pied kingfisher, Kerala laughing thrush, Grey headed fishing owl, Cormorants, Small Sunbird, Darters among others. Capturing some cool snaps of these colorful and beautiful birds provides a great experience and enjoyment.
The sanctuary has 46 species reptiles dwelling in the forest. Some frequently sighted reptiles in the sanctuary are King Cobra, Turtle Pythons. Apart from these there are 27 types of different fishes and 13 varieties of amphibians. The rich ecosystem of the sanctuary provide tourist to visit and explore it.
The vegetation of the sanctuary encompasses different forests including tropical evergreen, semi-green and mixed deciduous. The variedness in the vegetation has resulted in flourishing the different types of trees and other plants. Some common trees and plants found in the forest are Alstonia scholaris, Terminalia paniculta, Palaquium ellipticum, Hopea parviflora, Syzyguium cummini, Mesua ferrea, Lagerstroemia lanceolata etc. The dense forest and the rocky landscape covered with lush green environment provide an eye-catching sight for the visitors.
Things to do
The most interesting activity to do in the Peppara wildlife sanctuary is to trek into the green and beautiful forest. Bird watching is another suitable option for the visitors.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the sanctuary is October to march as during this season, the climatic condition is pleasurable and clear. It is recommended to avoid visiting during the monsoon season because during this season the area receives heavy rainfall and the forest is also covered with dense bushes and grasses. Inside the forest are Kalarkad waterfalls, Vazahuvanthole waterfalls a trek to waterfall provides visitors an adventurous experience.
There are various private hotels in and around the forest catering the accommodation needs of the tourists. Tourists can please stay at reasonable tariff in these private hotels.
Popular Resorts and Hotels
There are several popular hotels and resorts located near the sanctuary. Some popular resorts and hotels are Ideal Ayurvedic Resort, Niraamaya Retreats – Surya Samudra, God’s Own Country Ayurveda Resort, etc.
10 Am to 5.00Pm
INR35 (*Entry fee are subject to change from time to time)
Things to Note and tips
- Abide by the rules and regulations set by the concerned authority
- Do not disturb the serenity of the area and keep the forest waste-free
- Take cameras and binoculars
- Avoid carrying any sharp weapons or fireworks
The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram located at a distant of 56KM and the closet railway station is also situated in 50 Km away in Thiruvananthapuram. Taxi and bus facilities are available at regular interval which the tourist can board to reach the sanctuary.