Peppara wildlife sanctuary is a 'gene pool' sanctuary, with a rich variety of flora and fauna. The terrain is rugged with rushing streams, flat meadows, gentle to steep hills ranging from 90m to 1717m. The 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 and is dotted with large hills and numerous hillocks with Eucalyptus plantations.
The sanctuary is home to elephants, sambhar, lion-tailed macaques, leopards, and assorted birds. Gaur, barking deer, wild boar, tiger and the nilgiri langur are also among the main inhabitants of the park.
Peppara is accessible from Vithurai on Thiruvananthapuram Ponmudi road. This sanctuary with its rich fauna and birds is emerging as a big attraction to wildlife enthusiasts. It is spread over an area of 53 sq km on the Western Ghats.
A boat ride on the site is a fulfilling experience.
Although Peppara is theoretically open all year, the main season is from January until May
Four daily buses run from Thiruvananthapuram to Ponmudi, via Vithura
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram, 50 kms.