Peppara wildlife sanctuary is on the Western Ghats in Nedumangad Taluk. This sanctuary includes part of Palode and Kottoor Reserve forests. It was established as a sanctuary in the year 1983 due to its ecological importance. The forest types in this sanctuary include tropical evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist mixed deciduous forests. Some other attractions of this sanctuary are dam, eucalyptus plantation, rocky terrain, rich fauna and flora etc. There are about 13 tribes settled in this place.
The topography consists of lakes, rivers, mountains, backwaters, forests and farms. The only freshwater lake in Kerala called Sasthamkotta Lake is in this district. The main rivers are Kallada River and Ithikkara River. A major fishing port called Neendakara is located on the banks of Ashtamudi. A large area of this district is covered by forests and there is a Wildlife Sanctuary here called as Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary.
Peppara Echo Tourism
Peppara is a place where the birdwatchers and nature lovers can enjoy them in a better manner. Here one can find rare species of butterflies and moths. The animals found here include tiger, panthers, Nilgiri langur etc and the birds found here include king fisher, darter etc. A glimpse of these alone can satisfy the tourists. In order to do trekking advance permission is required from the authorities. The suitable months for trekking are March to June.
Nearby centres to this place which are the favorites of tourists include Ponmudi Hill Station, Lion Safari Park, Kallar, Anappara and Meenmutty Waterfalls.
Peppara is located in Thiruvananthapuram District at a height of 1,715 m above sea level. The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at a distance of 55 kms. The nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station at a distance of 50 kms. The roads are connected from Vithura and Nedumangad.