Peppara Dam and Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary nestled in the Western Ghats is situated near the Ponmudi Hills and is 50 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. The catchment area of Peppara dam across the river Karamana was declared as a sanctuary in 1983 to protect the rich ecology and the wild life dependent on it.
This sanctuary is spread over an area of 53 sq. km. It is a beautiful place with dense forestation and a sizeable population of wild animals that include Leopards, Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langurs, Wild buffaloes, Elephants etc. There is an abundance of rare medicinal herbs and plants too. It is a treat for bird watchers too as there are quite a number of migratory and non migratory birds here. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations. This venturous sanctuary offers a rich collection of flora and fauna.