The Peppara wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best known animal reserves of Kerala. It is situated in Thiruvanthapuram-Ponmudi Road which is about 50 km northeast of Thiruvanthapuram. The catchments area of Peppara dam built across the Karamana River which supplies the drinking water to Thiruvanthapuram the capital city of Kerala. Declared as the wildlife sanctuary in 1983 it occupies the area of 53 sq km out of which 5.82 sq km is for water reservoir. Total are of Peppara wildlife sanctuary includes the area of two other sanctuaries name Palode Reserve which covers 24 sq km and Kottoor Reserve which covers 29 sq km. Known for its unique bio diversity the terrain of Peppara National Park is more or less hilly and provides a shelter to wide array of animals and birds.
The Sanctuary has a rich population of mammalian fauna and is fast emerging a big attraction to the wild life enthusiasts and ornithologists. The wide variety of species include 43 species of mammals, 233 species of birds, 46 species of retiles, 13 species of amphibians along with extensive variety of moth and butterflies. In addition to such a diverse wildlife the sanctuary also has 13 tribal settlements which make it one of the major tourist attractions on Kerala wildlife tours. The Peppara National Park comprises three major forest belts that include The Southern hilltop tropical evergreen forests, West cost semi-evergreen forests and southern mixed deciduous forests that found in the lower slopes and cover about 60% area of the park.
Best time to visit
Though the sanctuary remains open through out the year but the best time to visit is from January to March. Major attractions of Peppara National Park On a visit to Peppara National Park visitors can indulge in various fun filled adventurous activities like trekking, camping, bonfire or they can also visit to the nearby settlements or Vazahuvanthole and Kalarkad waterfalls.
How to reach Peppara National Park
By Air:- The nearest airport to the animal reserve is at Thiruvananthapuram which is 32 km from the animal reserve. Visitors can hire private taxis or cabs to reach the national park.
By Rail:- The nearest railhead from the sanctuary is Thiruvananthapuram, which is well connected to the najors parts in and around Kerala.
By Road:- Peppara wildlife sanctuary is easily and conveniently accessible from Vithurai on Thiruvananthapuram - Ponmudi road.
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Kerala Wildlife sanctuaries
|Peppara Wildlife sanctuary||Neyyar Wildlife sanctuary|
|Shenduruni Wildlife sanctuary||Periyar Wildlife sanctuary|
|Idduki Wildlife sanctuary||Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary|
|Parambikulam Wildlife sanctuary||Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary|
|Waynad Wildlife sanctuary||Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary|
|Thattekad Bird Sanctuary||Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary|
|Silent Valley National Park||Eravikulam National Park|