Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located in the southern part of the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala, India. Established in 1958, it covers an area of about 128 square kilometers and is named after the Neyyar River that flows through the sanctuary. The sanctuary is part of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve.

The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its rich biodiversity, diverse flora and fauna, and lush green landscapes. It is home to various species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Some of the notable animal species found in the sanctuary include elephants, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Nilgiri tahrs, sambar deer, and various species of macaques.

The sanctuary also has a dam built across the Neyyar River, forming the Neyyar Dam reservoir. This reservoir and the surrounding areas are popular for boating and tourism activities. There is also a crocodile rehabilitation and research center within the sanctuary premises, where visitors can learn about and observe various species of crocodiles and turtles.

Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary offers opportunities for ecotourism, nature walks, trekking, and birdwatching, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. It’s an important conservation area in the Western Ghats, contributing to the preservation of the region’s unique and fragile ecosystems.

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