Peppara wildlife Sanctuary

Have you ever wanted to feel the best of surroundings amidst the lap of nature? And have you ever felt like being ensconced in the lovely ambience of greenery and wild animals? If yes, then just pack your bags and head towards God’s own country – Kerala and get entangled in the wild beauty of the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary.

This area with the densest of forests and the best kind of natural surroundings  is a great wildlife destination in India. The Peppara dam that has been built on the River Kamarana is a part of this region which was declared a sanctuary in the year 1983. This dam helped in increasing the supply of water to the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and the suburbs in and around the city.

Peppara wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary is joined with the Palode reserve which spans over an area of around 24 square kilometers and also the Kottoor reserve which extends for around 29 square kilometers. The three together form the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary. Spanning over an area of around 53 square kilometers this wildlife sanctuary is a wonderful place to be in. Then there is the reservoir area which spreads over an area of around 5.82 square kilometers which totally makes up the whole area of Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated around 50 kilometers a little to the north east of the city of Thiruvananthapuram, this lies in the taluk of Nedumangad and has a great topography which is seen to be believed. The hilly region here provides a mesmerizing sight and is quite enchanting to all tourists.

The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is actually a “gene pool” sanctuary with a great diversity of flora and fauna. The terrain is rugged here and is dotted with lovely flowing rivulets and beautiful hillocks lined with luscious meadows. Tourists often take the boat rides here which is a thrilling experience. The forests here are subtropical and tropical evergreen type of vegetation and the wildlife here is enviable. Peppara, a wildlife haven and a total feast for all wildlife lovers is today coming up as a great paradise for all nature lovers.

In the southern hilltop tropical evergreen zone, the forest is made up of stunted evergreen forests that is found around 1000m above the height of the top of the hills and they are exposed to heavy wind but the soil is not favorable and the climatic conditions are not suitable for such growth.

The west coast semi evergreen includes the deciduous trees and the vegetation on the hill slopes.

Peppara wildlife Sanctuary

Then you have the southern moist mixed deciduous forests which has a lot of vegetation on the lower hill slopes.

This wildlife zone is made up of animals like the panther, tiger, lion tailed macaque, wild dog, gaur, elephant, Malabar squirrel, wild boar, mouse deer, barking deer, sambar, Nilgiri langur etc. Besides this place is also a bird lover’s haven and is a great hub for water birds like the pied king fisher, little cormorant, darter etc. Then there is the snake population here which includes the python and cobra, and many varieties of reptiles. Peppara is also a great haven for all kinds of butterflies and moths. Besides there is a settlement of around 13 tribes which inhabit here.

Nilgiri langur

Barking deerLittle CormorantDarterPied king fisher

You can reach Peppara by air, rail or by road. Thiruvananthapuram is the nearest airport, and the nearest railhead. There is the Thiruvananthapuram Ponmudi Road which connects to Peppara by road.

The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is thus a lovely region of great vegetation, scenic ambience, and natural surroundings with a lovely mix of green expanse and enchanting landscape.

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