Peppara National Park

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Thiruvananthapuram District

Area:53 sq km

Uniqueness:The place is fascinating for its damsite, thick forest areas, eucalyptus plantations, crystal clear streams and rocky terrains ideal for adventure expeditions.

Flora:Common tree species are Terminalia paniculta, T. bellerica, PTEROCARPUS MARSUPIUM, Palaquium ellipticum, Mesua ferrea, Hopea parviflora, Bombax ceiba, Syzyguium cummini, Lagerstroemia lanceolata, Albizzia procera, Alstonia scholaris, etc.

Fauna:The common mammals found are Tiger, Leopard, Sloth bear, Elephant, Sambar barking Deer, bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri tahr etc.

Accessibility:By Road – Thiruvananthapuram – 44km, Nearest Railway Station: – Thiruvananthapuram – 44km, Nearest Airport: – Thiruvananthapuram – 49 km

Accommodation:The two Inspection Bungalows of Water Authority are the only available places for accommodation. The famed tourist spot, Ponmudi, is just 35 kms from Peppara and has better facilities.

Season:January to March

Contact:Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife),Forest Headquarters, Trivandrum -695 014

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Location: Thekkady District

Area:777 sq. km.

Uniqueness:The Periyar Tiger Reserve, named after the Periyar River, is one of our prestigious possessions on the High Ranges of Western Ghats, zealously guarded and efficiently managed

Flora:Hopea parviflora, Dipterocarpus indicus, Palaquium elliptium, Veteria indica and Myristica dactyloides

Fauna:Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Barking Deer, Lion Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr.

Accessibility:By Road: Kumily 4km, Kochi 190 km, Madurai 145 Km. Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam 115Km.

Accommodation:Tiger Bungalow, Anavachal – 3 rooms (6beds), Trusker camp,Edappalayam – 2rooms (4beds) Bison camp, Manakkavala – 2 rooms (4beds), Dormitory,Thekkady – 40 beds, Dormitory, Vallakkadavu – 40 beds, Watch Tower, Edappalayam – 2 persons (Rs. 200/day). There are also hotels owned by KTDC (Lake Palace – 6 rooms: Aranya Nivas – 33 rooms, Periyar House – 44 rooms). There are also about 20 hotels in various types around the PA

Season:November to May

Contact:The Deputy Director, Periyar East Division, Thekkady P.O, Via, Kumily

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Kollam district

Area:171 sq. km.

Uniqueness:The sanctuary is a valley of green splendour acclaimed for its rich biodiversity lying on either side of the Shendurney river.

Flora:Common tree species are Gluta travancorica, Terminalia paniculata, T.ballerica, Pterocarpus marsupium, Cullenia exarillita, Palanquium ellipticum, Mesuaferrea, Poeciloneuron indicum, Elaeocarpus tuberculata, Mangifera indica, Vateria indica, Dipterocarpus indicus, Vitex altissima etc.

Fauna:A diverse population of wildlife is present in the sanctuary. Elephant, Gaur, Barking Deer, Tiger, Indian Porcupine, Three Striped Squirrel, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Indian Wild Boar are the most commonly seen mammals. The reptiles present here include the Cobra, Viper, Python, Rat Snake, Flying Snake etc.

Accessibility:By Road: Thiruvananthapuram – 70 km, Kollam – 70 km, Shenkottai – 30 Km. Nearest Railway Station: Kollam – 70 Km., Shenkottai – 30 km. Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram – 75 km.

Accommodation:Accommodation is available at the Rest House at Thenmala owned by the Public Works Department.

Season:October- Feburary

Contact:The Wild life Warden, Shendurney Wildlife Division, Thenmala Dam P.O

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park

Location: Palakkad District

Area:237. 52 Sq.km

Uniqueness:The Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad District is perhaps the last undisturbed tropical rain forest in India. It is also one of the very few continuous forest strips, still left in the Western Ghats.

Flora:Besides an array of plant life, the Silent Valley has over 110 plant species of medicinal value, and seven new plant species have been discovered here.

Fauna:Approximately 30 mammal species including the tiger, leopard, elephant, the Nilgiri langur, the Malabar giant squirrel, the lion-tailed macaque, wild dogs and the gaur can be seen at the park. 120 species of birds, 100 species of butterflies, 400 species of moths, 19 species of amphibians, with 9 lizard species and 11 snake species have also been recorded.

Accessibility:Nearest Airport : Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu (55km), Nearest Railway Station : Palakkad (75km), Nearest Town : Mukkali

Accommodation:There is a Forest Department Rest House at Mukkali, headquarters of the forest Department nearly 23km from the park. (Ph: 0492-453225). There is a 40 bed dormitory (Rs.50 per bed), 3 bedrooms and a two room hut. There are private hotels in Amballoor.

Season:September to March

Contact:Divisional Forest Officer, Chalakkudy Division, Chalakkudy. P.O, Thrissur District Pin-680307

Thattekkadu Bird Sanctuary

Thattekkadu Bird Sanctuary

Location: Eranakulam District.

Area:25.16 sq.km

Uniqueness:Constituted during 1983 it is the only Bird sanctuary in Kerala

Flora:Forest Types includes Tropical Evergreen Forests, Tropical Semi-evergreen forests, Moist Decidious forests, Riparian Forests, Plantations of Teak, Rosewood, Mahagony and Fruit Orchard.

Fauna:The common animals found are Leopard, sloth bear., porcupine etc. Elephants are occasional vistors , Common birds are Indian roller, Cuckoo, common snipe, crow phesant, grey drongo, Malabar trogon, wood peckers, lare pied wagtail, Indian hill myna etc. Rare birds found are Ceylon Frogmouth, Bourdillons Long eared Indian Nightjar, Peninsular Bay owl, Crimson throated barbet, Malabar hornbill, Malabar horn bill, Malabar shama, Greyheaded fising eagle etc.

Accessibility:By Road ? 13km from Kothamangalam, kottayam(83km), Nearest railway station: Aluva(48kms), Nearest Airport: Kochi ? 71 km.

Accommodation:IB, (6beds), Dormitory (50beds), One PWD Rest House at Kothamangalam

Season:October to June

Contact:Thattekkad bird Sanctuary Njayappilli P.O, Kothamangalam

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Wayanad District

Area:344.44 sq. km.

Uniqueness:Rich in biodiversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Interestingly; it was from here that Pazhassi Raja fought valiantly against the British.

Flora:Small patches of moist bamboo brakes and reparian forests are also seen. The shrubs of the forest floor include Butea parviflora, Grewia hirsuta, Desmodium species

Fauna:Elephant, Gaur, Tiger, Panther,Sambar, Spotted deer, Barking deer, Wild boar, Sloth bear, Nilgiri langur, Bonnet macaque, Common langur, Wild dog, common otter, Malabar giant squirrel etc are the major mammals

Accessibility:By Road – Kozhikode – 110 km, Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode, Nearest Airport: kozhikode

Accommodation:Tourist Guest House (Govt.)and PWD Rest House at Sulthan Bathery(about 2 kms). There are also private hotels at S.Bathery

Season:December to May

Contact:The Wild life Warden, Wayanad Wildlife Division, Sulthan Bathery

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