The Neyyar wildlife sanctuary was set up in 1958 and it is covered with around 12,000 hectares of vegetation. It is at a height of 1,868 m above sea level. It has a wide variety of flora and fauna and the vegetation consists of tropical evergreen, mixed deciduous, sub tropical savannahs etc. It acts as drainage for the Neyyar River and its tributaries Mullayar and Kallar. The peak Agasthyamalai which has a height of 1890 m lies in this park. This peak has a large variety of plant species which includes medicinal plants and rare orchids. The animals found here include Elephants, Sloth bear, Nilgiri Tahr, Python etc.
The ecotourism activities that can be done from here are crocodile watching, boating, trekking etc. Here there is a crocodile farm where there are a large number of crocodiles. In 2007, Steve Irwin Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre were opened. There is a medicinal garden which has around 178 different species of plants. The tourists can enjoy boat riding to the islands in the Neyyar Reservoir. On the way one can find elephants, sambar deers and the Agasthyamalai. There is Lion Park where one can go for safari. During summer season on permission from the Forest Department, trekking can be done on Agasthya peak.
The Neyyar Dam site and the nearby park having beautiful life-like statues are some of the interesting places for sightseeing. There is a famous ashram here known for its ayurvedic treatments and yoga which is just a 10 minute walk from the dam. The tourist season is between the months November and March.
|How to Reach|
|Nearest Bus Station||:||Thiruvananthapuram bus station|
|Nearest Railway Station||:||Thiruvananthapuram railway station|
|Nearest Airport||:||Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at a distance 38 kms|