The Peechi – Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary is established in 1958, this 125sq km sanctuary is about 20 km east of Thrissur, in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. 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 more than 50 different kinds of orchids, innumerable rare medicinal plants, teak, rosewood, and so on. The wildlife population includes over 25 types of mammals including carnivores like the leopard, the tiger and the fox and herbivores like the elk, deer, barking deer, spotted deer, the bison and the elephant. More than 60 types of birds and 10 types of snakes are also found.
The highest peak in the sanctuary which stands 45 to 900 m above sea level is the 923 m high Ponmudi. The average annual rainfall is about 3000 mm.
For visiting tourists, accommodation is available at the rest house and the information centre at Peechi.
How to get there:
By road: There are direct buses from Thrissur to Peechi.
Nearest railway station: Thrissur.
Nearest airport: Kochi, 98 km away.