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Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated about 32 km from the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also a part of the beautiful Neyyar Reservoir, which is an excellent tourist destination and the place offers excellent conditions for boating. The scenic Agasthyakoodam Peak, rising to a height of about 1890 meters above the sea level, is located in close proximity to this wildlife sanctuary.

For wildlife enthusiasts, the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit destination near Trivandrum, Kerala. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary has a rich flora cover that comprises mainly of tropical wet evergreen forests and grasslands. The natural cover fully supports and shelters a large number of beasts like elephants, jungle cat, sloth bear, wild boar, gaur, nilgiri tahr, nilgiri langur and many more. The other chief attractions of the sanctuary are the Deer farm, the Lion Safari Park and the Crocodile Rearing Centre. Neyyar Dam is an attractive place in Trivandrum

The Neyyar Dam is a popular tourist spot with a lake and a picturesque dam site. The lake formed by the dam across the Neyyar River is the bluest of blue, making boating irresistible for tourists. The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary of which the dam also included, is home for several species of fauna such as Asian Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Slender Loris and reptiles like King Cobra, Travancore Tortoise, etc. A crocodile breeding centre and a lion safari park are also located in the dam site.

Common tree species like Terminalia paniculata, T.bellerica, Pterocarpus marsupium, Palaquium ellipticum, Mesua ferrea, Hopea parviflora, Bombax ceiba, Syzygium cumini, Lagerstroemia lanceolata, Adina cordifolia are visible here. There are 39 species of mammals, 176 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 17 species of amphibians and 40 species of fishes that have been found out here.

Reptiles like cobras, vipers, pythons, rat snakes, flying snakes and lizards can be frequently seen in this region.

Means of trekking are available in Neyyar. There are facilities for boating through the beautiful Neyyar River. The major tributaries of this river are Mullayar and Kallar.

A rest house and a youth hostel in Neyyar is about one kilometer away from the Dam. One can easily arrange an overnight stay in the rest house.

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