Peppara wildlife sanctuary

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is lying within a distance of 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala state of India. Highly ecological significances of this area has pushed the government to declare it as a sanctuary. This wildlife zone is covered by evergreen, semi-evergreen, deciduous and swamp forest. Close to 43 species of mammals, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians, and 233 species of birds are creating the song of the forest. This sanctuary is closed to Peppara dam on the river Karamana. This water is the strolling zone for 27 species of fishes. Some of the world renowned residents of this sanctuary are leopard, tiger, elephant, nilgiri langur, nilgiri tahr, sloth bear, sambar, bonnet macaque, python, cobra and etc. Malabar Grey Hornbill, Whitebellied Treepie, Small Sunbird etc are the birds nestling in the sanctuary.This is a hilly zone which is drawing a huge flock of tourists in love with trekking at the high zones of this area also. The peak altitude varies from 333 feet to 5,633 feet.

Travel Tips

  • Best time to visit the sanctuary is January to March.
  • Carry light cotton clothes in grey shades which can create camouflage.
  • Avoid littering the area with plastic bags or chemical materials.
  • Do not create loud noises or talk in loud voice. This will create distraction in the animal’s mind.
  • Avoid going to the area which is restricted.
  • There are no food and water found in this area. So visitors must carry their own food and bottled water.
  • Keep off all type of flashes of mobile camera and video camera.
  • Carry repellent creams to avoid the stings of the insects.
  • Carry emergency medicines and kit always.

When to visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Hot
  • 38° Max
  • 32° Min
  • 32.3 mm
  • Light cottons
Things to do

This highly green sanctuary is bustling with the footfalls of trekkers for years. Fishing and angling in the river can be a great enjoyment also. One can set their feet to the 14 tribal settlements residing in this area. There are no other things to do.

Getting Around

Best way to get to the sanctuary is by private cars or rental cars.

Places to Stay

There are no places to stay in and around this wildlife sanctuary. Nearest accommodation is available at Thiruvanathapuram.

How to Reach

  • Nearest international airport is at Thiruvananthapuram which is connected by major domestic and international carriers with all over the world.
  • Nearest major railhead is at Thiruvananthapuram which is 50km away. There are regular trains connecting this city with other metro cities of India.
  • The sanctuary is connected with several roads of the countries. Thiruvananthapuram to Ponmudi road crosses the sanctuary at Vithurai.

Surrounding Attractions

The scenic beauty of the place will keep the guests busy during their trip. There is the Peppara dam as the surrounding attraction only.

Important Numbers

  • Police: 100
  • Fire: 101
  • Ambulance: 102
  • Thiruvananthapuram Wildlife Division

Forestry Complex, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar

Vattiyorkavu PO, Kerala, India

Phone: 0471 2360762

Mobile: 09447979082