Located in the Western Ghats, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary lies 50 km northeast of Thiruvananthapuram city, in Nedumangad Taluk. Formerly part of Paruthipally, the Sanctuary includes portion of the Palode and Kottoor Reserve Forests and covers an area of 53 sq km. Considering the ecological significance of the area, it was declared a Sanctuary in 1983. About three major forest types including the southern hilltop tropical evergreen, west coast semi-evergreen and southern moist mixed deciduous forests are seen in this Sanctuary. Enclosing a dam, thick forests, eucalyptus plantations, crystal clear streams and rocky terrain that sustain rich fauna, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is a delightful ecotourism zone. Around 13 tribal settlements exist in scattered pockets within this Sanctuary.

Ecotourism ActivitiesPeppara is a haven for birdwatchers and butterfly lovers as the area is inundated with a rich variety of rare moths and butterflies. With its diverse variety of forest types and hilly terrain, the Sanctuary supports an assortment of wildlife including tigers, panther, wild dog, lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur and the Malabar squirrel. Water birds like darter, little cormorant, pied king fisher and egrets are also common here, making it doubly satisfying for trekkers and sightseers alike. One or two-day treks are possible, but requires prior permission. The summer months of March to June are ideal for hiking.
In and Around

Ponmudi Hill Station, Lion Safari Park, Kallar, Anappara and Meenmutty Waterfalls are some of the important attractions around here.

Accessing Peppara

Location: Located in Nedumangad in Thiruvananthapuram District, the Sanctuary is accessible from Vithura on the Thiruvananthapuram-Ponmudi Road.
Altitude: 1,715 m above sea level.
Air: 55 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
Rail: 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station.
Road: 50 km from Thampanoor Bus Station. One can take a bus from Vithura (14 km from the Sanctuary) or Nedumangad (30 km).

For enquiries and bookings, contact:
Wildlife Sanctuary Office, Thiruvananthapuram Ph: 0471-2360762
District Tourist Promotion Council, Thiruvananthapuram Ph: 0471-2315397