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Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Located at about 50 km northeast of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala. At the heart of the sanctuary lies the Peppara Dam spanning the Karamana River. The area was declared a protected sanctuary in 1983. Since then the wildlife of the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary has grown by leaps and bounds, and the sanctuary is now home to elephants, gaur, sambar, wild boar, panthers and many other animal and bird species. Covering an area of over 53 sq km, the sanctuary is known for its verdant tropical forests and a wide variety of wildlife including birds. Known for its unique eco-diversity, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a sanctuary in 1983, in order to protect and preserve its rich and diverse flora and fauna.

The hilly parts of the sanctuary harbor tropical forests. These green forests are found at a height of 1000 meters or more. The lower slopes are ideal for tropical forests, and the foothills harbor the deciduous forests. The mixed vegetation and topography of the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary ensure that there are many kind of bird and animals species found at the sanctuary.

The major wildlife in Peppara include Elephants, Indian Bison, Sambars, Barking Deer, Wild Boars, Tigers, Panthers, Wild Dogs, Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs, Malabar Squirrels and Mouse Deer toname a few. The birds include water birds like cormorants, egrets, kingfishers and kingfishers.

Apart from this, one can also find reptiles like the King Cobra and pythons hiding under the moist, rocky crevices. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is also famed for its butterfly population. You can see these playful, many hued creatures flying from flower to flower, or frolicking with each other under the warm Kerala sun.

How to reach:

Air : The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram is just 36 Km away from Peppara.

Rail : The nearest railhead from the sanctuary is Thampanoor Railway station in Thiruvananthapuram city which is well connected with all major cities and is just 30 km away from Peppara.

Road : Peppara wildlife sanctuary is easily and conveniently accessible from Vithurai on Thiruvananthapuram - Ponmudi road. The buses are available for the sanctuary from Thiruvananthapuram.

Kerala Escapade

Duration: 06 Days
Destination: Cochin - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey

DAY 01 - 02 - 03 : Cochin - Periyar

Day 01 - On arrival, Passion To India tour manager would be greeting you and assisting with hotel check-in. A brief up on your tour plan would be provided. Relax for the rest of the day. Overnight stay.

Day 02 - Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks. Vasco-de-gamma placed it on the world map. Visit Fort Cochin, Mattancherry palace, Jewish synagogue, St. Francis church and view the operation of the Chinese fishing nets. In the evening, visit Cochin cultural centre for enjoying the Keralas traditional art - Kathakali, performed by professional artist. Over night stay at Cochin.

Day 03 - Post breakfast, drive down to Periyar. Check-in to the hotel. Later, take a spice plantation tour with an English speaking naturalist. Rest hours free to stroll in the village. Overnight stay.

DAY 04 - 05 : Periyar - Kumarakom

Day 04 - Morning, take a cruise in Periyar Lake. Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat.. Post lunch take relaxation and over night stay.

Day 05 - Post breakfast drive to Kumarakom backwater boat jetty. Upon arrival embark your Houseboat and start the journey through the cannels, lagoons and paddy fields. You will be served delicious food on board. Over night stay in your deluxe houseboat.

DAY 06 : Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin

Day 06 - Post breakfast you will be disembarking from the house boat at Alleppey finishing point boat jetty, from there your car will pick you up and continue drive to Cochin to board your flight for onward journey.

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