The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 53 sq km on the outskirts of the capital city Thiruvananthapuram on the Western Ghats. It was established in 1938. The place is fascinating for its dam site, thick forest areas, eucalyptus plantations, crystal clear streams and rocky terrain, ideal for adventure expeditions. The forests of the sanctuary occur in the catchment area of the Peppara dam which stands across the Karamana River.
It is home to a wide variety of species such as asian elephant, tigers, sambar, leopard, lion tailed macaque, wild dogs, mouse deer etc. and to about 13 native tribal groups that are still untouched by modern civilisation. The sanctuary has a rich population of mammalian fauna and is emerging as a big attraction to wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists. Birdlife includes the endemics like Malabar Grey Hornbill, White bellied Treepie, Small Sunbird, etc.
Sanctuary consists of Part of Palode reserve and part of Kottoor reserve. General topography of the area is hilly with elevation varying from 100 m to 1717m. There are 13 tribal settlements in the sanctuary. Eleven are in Athirumala section and two are in Thodayar section.
• Neyyar Wildlife Sactuary and Dam
• Trekking to forest area including Bonafalls, Vazahuvanthole waterfalls, Kalarkad
• Flora and Funa
• Tribal Settlements
• Peppara Damsite
• By Train: Nearest railway station is Thiruvavanthapuram Central at 26 kms away
• By Air: Nearest airport; Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 32 km.
• By Road: Peppara is about 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram city en route to Ponmudi. Wildlife sanctuary is easily and conveniently accessible from Vithura on Thiruvananthapuram - Ponmudi road. Frequent and regular buses are available to Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary from Vithura as well as from Aryanad
Best time to visit Peppara is between the months of December to April. Monsoon season
is less recommended because trekking will become risky and dam site will be water