Peechi - Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, a 125 sq. km. sanctuary, situated at about 20 km. east of Thrissur, in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. The Sanctuary comprising of the dense, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests is a haven for a variety of wildlife that consists of many rare species of animals, birds and plants as well. With more than 50 species of orchids, medicinal plants, rosewood and teakwood the sanctuary is a veritable treasure trove of rare flora and fauna. Among the wildlife, one can find animals like leopards, sambar deer, wild dogs, barking deer, spotted deer, bison and elephants.
Established in 1958, the sanctuary is part of the Palapilli-Nelliampathy forests and forms the Northern boundary of the Chimmini Sanctuary.
Having an abundance of enchanting flora and fauna and a lake where you can go boating, this place is a treat for the nature lover.There are innumerable rare medicinal plants, teak, rosewood and so on. The faunal diversity includes over 25 species of mammals including carnivores like the leopard, tiger, jungle cat and herbivores like the Sambar deer, barking deer, spotted deer, Indian bison and Asian elephant. More than 100 species of birds and several species of snakes and lizards are also found here.
The highest peak in the sanctuary is the 923 m. high Ponmudi. The average annual rainfall is about 3000 mm.
For tourists, accommodation is available at the rest house and the information centre at Peechi.
By road: There are direct buses from Thrissur to Peechi. Nearest railway station is Thrissur. Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, 98 km. away.
For more details, contact: The Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Thiruvananthapuram 696 014. Telefax: + 91 471 2322217
The Wildlife Warden Peechi Wildlife Sancutary, Peechi P.O., Thrissur District. Phone: + 91 487 2282017