Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Thiruvanthapuram district, Kerala state, India. The office of the wildlife sanctuary is at around one kilometer distance from Neyyar Dam. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1958.
Neyyar River and its tributaries, Mullayar and Kallar, flows through Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Agasthyarkoodam, the highest peak in Agasthyamalai with a height of 1,868 meters or 6,129 feet, is situated within Neyyar wild life sanctuary. A portion of the Neyyar sanctuary is included in Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve, which was declared as a World Network of Biosphere Reserves and also a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Agasthyamala is a famous pilgrimage destination for devotees of the Hindu sage, Agastya. Selected number of passes are issued each year, during the first week of January. Full size statue of Agathiyar is there at the top of Agasthyamala.
Neyyar Wild life Sanctuary is rich in flora with thick vegetation cover. Fauna includes barking deer, bonnet macaque, elephant, tiger, leopard, sambar, sloth bear, Nilgiri langur and Nilgiri tahr. 39 species of mammals are there in this wildlife park. 176 bird species, 30 reptile species, 17 amphibian species and 40 fish species are reportedly seen in this wildlife sanctuary.
What is there to See inside Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary?
Neyyar Elephant Rehabilitation Center inside the wildlife sanctuary is home to many an elephants; from calves to aged ones. Neyyar Wild life Sanctuary also offers Elephant ride.
Boating facilities are available inside the sanctuary.
There is a deer rehabilitation center inside the wildlife sanctuary at Neyyar.
There is a crocodile farm or crocodile park in the sanctuary. 20 mugger crocodiles are there in this farm.
There is a lion park, with 2 lions, if my memory is correct. Entry fee to Lion safari is rupees 395 per person.
There is an aquarium and the entry fee is rupees 25.
Entry Fee to Neyyar Dam is rupees 10 and car parking costs rupees 25.
There is a guided single day trekking package to Meenmuty falls. Two day trekking is also available here, with overnight stay inside the wildlife sanctuary.
You will get good food with fish fry, at the nearby canteen, on one side of the dam.
How Do I Go to Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary?
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary entry is from the administrative complex of Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, near Neyyar Dam.
Neyyattinkara Railway Station is the nearest railway station at around 20 kilometers distance from the wildlife park entry gate. The nearest airport is at Thiruvvananthapuram, at around 40 kilometers away.