Photo Credit : Nagesh Jayaraman
The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is in the state of Kerala is spread over the South – East corner of the Western Ghats, it’s total area is of 128 km2 (49 sq mi) . Although it was declared as a sanctuary in 1958, not much was done about wildlife conservation, until 1985, when a separate wildlife wing was set up and as a result, conservation efforts have gathered momentum.This is the drainage basin for the Neyyar River and its tributaries – Mullayar and Kallar. The tourist season here is between the months of November and March. The towering peak of Agasthyamalai at an elevation of 1868 meters is a very prominent landmark. The mean summer temperature is around 35 degrees Celsius and the winter being around 16 degree Celsius. The average rainfall from the Southwest monsoon between May and July and the Northeast monsoon between October and November, is about 2800 mm.
The administrative complex of Neyyar complex Wildlife Sanctuary is about 1 kilometer West of Neyyar Dam outside the sanctuary complex and has an information center, staff quarters, rest house, and a youth hostel. The sanctuary offers facilities for the tourists to visit the lion park and also boat on the Neyyar lake.