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Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, located about 50kms east of Thiruvananthapuram is nestled in the western slope of southern region of the Western Ghats in Nedumangad. Sprawl over an area of 53sq.km with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations, the place is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists. The sanctuary is home to various species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes and several rare, endemic and threatened plants. Elephant, Gaur, Sambar deer, Lion Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Marten, Slender Loris, Sloth Bear, Leopard Cat etc are some among the animals found here. Birdlife includes the endemics like Painted bush quail, Black rumped flameback, Three toed kingfisher, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Whitebellied Treepie, Small Sunbird, etc.

Peppara was declared as a wildlife sanctuary consequent to the construction of a dam at Peppara, in order to cater to the needs of drinking water purposes of Thiruvananthapuram and suburban areas. Out of the 53sq.km of the sanctuary area, 5.82sq.km is the water spread area of the reservoir. The reservoir formed by the Peppara Dam is the major source of water for the animals and habitat for several water birds.


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›› Valiyakoyikal Palace
›› Kallar
›› Ponmudi
›› Agastyakoodam
›› Thiruvananthapuram Observatory
›› Veli Tourist Village
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