Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is located on Thiruvanthapuram Ponmudi road at the distance of about 50km northeast of Thiruvananthapuram.The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1938. It is spread over an area of 53 sq. km on the Western Ghats.It 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. The Superior time to visit the Sanctuary in the month of January to March. The place is fascinating for its damsite, thick forest areas, crystal clear streams and rocky terrains ideal for adventure expeditions.
The sanctuary has a rich population of mammalian fauna and is emerging as a big attraction to wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists. There are 43 species of mammals, 233 species of birds, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians and 27 species of fishes are found in the sanctuary.The sanctuary has a rich population of mammalian fauna .The common mammals found are Tiger, Leopard, Sloth bear, Elephant, Sambar barking Deer, bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri tahr etc.There are Bird life includes the endemics like Malabar Grey Horn-bill, White bellied Tree-pie, Small Sunbird, etc and Asian elephant, sambar, leopard, lion-tailed macaque can be seen here.
The place is fascinating for its dam site, thick forest areas, eucalyptus plantations, crystal clear streams and rocky terrains ideal for adventure expeditions.Recently, a joint effort has been made by Kerala Tourism with the State Forest Department and the Kerala Water Authority to beautify the damsite and provide more entertainment/leisure facilities here.