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Neyyar Dam in Thiruvananthapuram

Nestled in the south-east corner of the Western Ghats, the Neyyar sanctuary is the drainage basin of the Neyyar river and its tributaries- Mullayar and Kallar. Although it was announced a sanctuary way back in the year 1958, not much was finished for wildlife conservation.

Neyyar DamNeyyar dam which was established in the year 1958 is located in Thiruvananthapuram district. Neyyar dam got its title from the Neyyar river that flows through this and occupies the basin of this stream. It lies near the Western Ghats and is an ideal park for a family picnic. The Agasthyakoodam peak is established beside to this dam. This dam is a part of the Neyyar wildlife sanctuary which hosts for a wide kind of flora and fauna. The flora encompass diverse plants of which some have medicinal standards. Animals such as elephants, tigers and wild board are furthermore seen here. It is considered to be a paradise for the environment lovers.

Attractions of Neyyar Dam

Some of the tourist attractions beside this dam is Crocodile reserve, Deer reserve, Lion Safari reserve, Watchtower, Children’s reserve and dam basin. Boating amenities are also provided in the dam lake. 2 canals are there at the bottom of the dam and a little pool in front of it. The view of the whole region from the peak of the dam is actually breathtaking. The park has diverse facilities for the children to have a great time.

In alignment to go to the Lion Safari reserve boat travel is required. Distinct tickets have to be taken for the Lion Safari. If the visitors are more, it may have to wait for some time to get the tickets. Special bus services are supplied for lion safari and it is possible for one to have a close view of the lions as they are not caged. The boat travel to the Lion Safari Park and the bus charge are encompassed in the Lion Safari permit. The Dam is an apt location for touring with a raft! The sparkling backwater welcomes visitors and makes way for a stimulating excursion round the Neyyar Dam.

Facilities of Neyyar Dam

Neyyar Dam lies in the basin where three streams Neyyar, Mullayar, Kallar rendezvous together. Furthermore the Neyyar Sanctuary that is dwelling to many bizare animal species like the Gaur, Nilgiri Tahr, Jungle feline, Nilgiri Langur and Sloth Bear. Wild Elephants and Sambar Deer can be found in the sanctuary. The other locales to visit throughout a Neyyar Dam trip include the Deer Safari reserve, Lion Safari reserve, Crocodile Farm and Watchtower.

A wildlife sanctuary established to maintain wildlife is furthermore in the locality, along with a crocodile farm and Lion & deer safari parks. There is also a crocodile ranch and a watchtower in the region with an entry fee of Rs 5 for Indians, Rs 10 for Foreigners. The dam is effortlessly approachable as normal bus services are accessible from Kochi.


  • Mean summer temperature:  35 degree C
  • Mean Winter temperature: 16 degree C

Where to Stay near Neyyar Dam

  • Rest House, Neyyar
  • Youth Hostel, Neyyar
  • Rest House, Meenmutty

How to Reach Neyyar Dam

  • By Road: Kattakkada or Thiruvananthapuram bus stations are the nearest bus stations to the Neyyar Dam.
  • By Rail: Thiruvananthapuram railway station is the nearest railway station, which is at a distance of 32 kms
  • By Air: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the nearest airport, which is at a distance of 38 kms

The best time to visit this dam is during the months between September and May. The entry fee is less than Rs 100.

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