Information about Peppara Wildlife
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 50 kms north east
of the Thiruvananthapuram district in Nedumangad taluk in
Kerala. The catchment area of the Peppara Dam constructed
across the Karamana River, was declared as a sanctuary in
1983. About 13 tribal settlements are residing in the
sanctuary, 11 of them are settled in the Athirumala section
and 2 are settled in the Thodayar section. The Peppara
Wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 53 square kms.
Vegetation in the Peppara Wildlife
The vegetation in the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary consists of
the hilly terrain at the height of 100 to 1717 m above sea
level, southern hilltop tropical evergreen forests at 1000 m
above sea level, on less favourable soil and climatic
conditions, west coast evergreen forests that form a
transitional zone between the evergreen and moist deciduous
slopes at the 150 m to 1050 m above sea level and in the
riparian areas. The southern moist deciduous mixed forests
covers 60% of the tract along the lower slopes.
Wildlife Attractions in the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
The major wildlife animals found in in the Peppara Wildlife
Sanctuary are the Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Barking deer, Wild
boar, Tiger, Panther, Wild dog, Malabar squirrel, Lion-tailed
macaque, Mouse deer and Nilgiri langur. Besides this, various
reptiles are also found in the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary like
King cobra, python and a variety of moths and butterflies.
Various birds are also found in this sanctuary like Darter,
little cormorant, pied kingfisher and egret.
How to reach Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
The nearest airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram or
Trivandrum which is about 55 kms.
The nearest railway station is located at Thiruvananthapuram.
The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary can be easily reached from
Vithura on the Thiruvananthapuram - Ponmudi Road.