Located in Thrissur, Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary attracts wildlife lovers and nature observers from anywhere in the world to soak themselves completely in tranquility and beauty of its dense forests. The moist deciduous forests of the Trichur Peechi Vazhani national park are a haven for a variety of wildlife that consists of many rare species of animals, birds and plants as well. The sanctuary is situated in the basin of the Peechi and Vazhni dams of Trichur.
This sanctuary was established in the year 1958 in Kerala. There is a rich variety of flora and fauna in this sanctuary. One can find more than 60 varieties of plants that include rosewood, teakwood and orchids along with plants of medicinal value. Among the wildlife, one can find animals like leopards, sambar deer, wild dogs, barking deer, spotted deer, bison and elephants.
You can also find many types of snakes and other reptiles here. There is a hill near the sanctuary known as the Ponmudi peak, which goes upto a height of 923 meters. Take a trek on this peak and look at the breath-taking view of the sanctuary from the top of the peak. It is truly a magical experience and one that you shall never forget.
Flora and Fauna:
Evergreen forests are very sparsely seen in this wildlife sanctuary which is blessed with various kinds of flora.In the wet leaves shedding forests, trees like teak, rosewood, irul, thenmavu and venteak grow in abundance.In the evergreen forests, trees like kalpine, kambakam, karakil, whiteakil and ambani are seen. More than 50 different orchids and innumerable rare medicinal plants can also be seen here.
Twenty five types of mammals, more than 60 types of birds and 10 types of snakes are found here. Carnivorous animals like leopard, tiger, fox etc and herbivorous animals like elks, deers, barking deers etc are here. Bison and elephants are rarely seen in the interior forests. Herds of spotted deers are common here. In leaves shedding forests and meadows elks are seen in large numbers. This sanctuary is a dwelling place of many kinds of birds and various species of birds were found out here in the ornithology survey conducted recently.Headquarters of this wildlife sanctuary is at Peechi. An information centre functions here for the tourists. The famous Kerala Forest Research Centre situated here adds importance to this sanctuary.Boating facilities are arranged in the lake, here.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
The wildlife population at the sanctuary includes around 25 types of mammals together with carnivores like the tiger, leopard and fox and herbivores like the barking deer, elk, deer, spotted deer, elephant and the bison. The wildlife sanctuary is also rich in bird life as more than 60 types of birds and 10 types of snakes are also found here.
The Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary comprising of the dense, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests is situated in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. The place is congenial for boating and trekking.
Best Time to Visit:
The best Time to visit Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is from October to March.
How to Get there:
Air: The Cochin International airport is located at a distance of 98 kilometers from this sanctuary.
Rail: The Thrissur railway station is at a distance of 23 kilometers from the park.
Road: This sanctuary is easily accessible from anywhere in Kerala and India as it is well connected by a wide network of roads.
Thrissur (23 Kms.)