Agasthya Vanam Biological park
in 1997 the Agasthya Vanam biological park, is named after the magnificent
Agasthyakoodam Peak looming at a distance. The park covers a total area
of 23 sq kms out of which 17.5 sq kms are marked for natural regeneration,
for the growth of vegetation and development of a thick jungle. The remaining
area is to be used for manipulative programs of conservation.
This project was constituted by the government of India after a scientific
review committee recommended the setting up of a biological reserve in
the highly degraded forest area know as the Kottor Reserve. This park
has been set up for the regeneration, conservation, and propagation of
a variety of wild animals, birds and plants.
Though the area selected has negligible tree growth and wildlife, it
has water sources in abundance and the soil is suitable for large scale
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
sanctuary was set up in 1983 taking into account its diversity in ecological,
faunal and floral content. The sanctuary has substantial natural vegetation
cover ranging from sub tropical forests to tropical evergreen forests.
The sanctuary covers a total area of 53 sq kms. The terrain is rugged
with rushing streams, flat meadows, gentle to steep hills ranging from
90m to 1717m. The sanctuary is home to Elephants, tigers, wild boars,
Nilgiri langur, gaur and palm squirrels
The Neyyar sanctuary
Neyyar sanctuary is spread over the Southeast corner of the Western Ghats,
and covers a total area of 128 sq kms. This is the drainage basin for
the Neyyar River and its tributaries - Mullayar and Kallar. Although it
was declared as a sanctuary in 1958, not much was done about wildlife
Then in 1985, a separate wildlife wing was set up and as a result, conservation
efforts have gathered momentum. This sanctuary has a substantial natural
vegetation cover. The diversity of its flora makes the sanctuary an ideal
gene pool preserve. The towering peak of Agastirmalai at an elevation
of 1868m is a very prominent landmark.
The mean summer temperature is around 35 degrees centigrade and the winter
being around 16 degree centigrade. The average rainfall from the Southwest
monsoon between May and July and the Northeast monsoon between October
and November, is about 3000mm. The tourist season here is between the
months of November and March.
The administrative complex of Neyyar complex Wildlife Sanctuary is about
1 km West of Neyyar Dam outside the sanctuary complex and has an information
center, a Crocodile farm, staff quarters, rest house, and a youth hostel.
The sanctuary offers facilities for the tourists to visit the lion park
and also boat on the Neyyar lake.
Peppara is on the Western Ghats in the Nedumangad Taluk of Thiruvananthapuram
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For enquiries regarding entries to wildlife sanctuaries, contact
The Chief Conservator of Forests(Wildlife)-
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - 695014
The Wildlife Warden-
Thiruvananthapuram Wildlife Division, Vattiyoorkavu P.O, Thiruvananthapuram
The Assistant Wildlife Warden-
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Dam P.O ,Thiruvananthapuram District