Located in Pathanapuram Taluk, 66 kms from Kollam Town on the Kollam – Shencotta Road, Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the richest floral areas of Kerala. Declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1984, it covers a total area of 100.32 sq.kms. The name Shenduruny is derived from the tree called ‘Shenkuruny or Chenkuruny’ (Gluta travancorica) mainly found in this region.
The fauna status of the valley was found acceptable and the Government declared it as a wildlife sanctuary in August 25, 1984, as per the recommendations of the Quilon Circle Committee report. Now this comes under the hiruvananthapuram Wildlife Division. At the centre of the sanctuary lies an artificial lake of about 26 sq.kms. formed by the Thenmala (Parappar) Dam built across the Shenduruny and Kulathupuzha rivers.
Flora and Fauna:
Flora:The Shenduruny wildlife sanctuary is home to diverse forms of wildlife and vegetation. The sanctuary is covered with lush forest cover and has many exotic plants, some of which are medically important.
Fauna: Among the wildlife, one can find animals like elephants, gaur, leopards, Nilgiri Langur, spotted deer, barking deer, boars, bonnet macaque, etc.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
The Shenduruny wildlife sanctuary is home to elephants, gaur, leopards, Nilgiri Langur, spotted deer, barking deer, boars, bonnet macaque, etc.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit the sanctuary is November to April.
How to Get there:
Air: The nearest airport is at Trivandrum, at a distance of 70 kilometers from the sanctuary.
Rail: The sanctuary is easily reachable from Thenmala railway station, located near the sanctuary.
Road: The sanctuary is well connected to Kollam and Kerala by a wide network of roads.
General Information/ Tips:
The Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife)
Telefax: 0471 322217. Or
The Wildlife Warden Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary
Thenmala Dam P.O. Kollam district
Phone: 0475 344600.
Kollam (66 Kms)
Elephant, Leopard, Gaurs