Settled under the core area of Agasthyamala Biosphere reserve (one of the finest biosphere reserves in India), Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most important and notable tourist spots in Kollam. The sanctuary is well-known for its breathtaking beauty of lush forests and crystal clear streams. Acquiring an area up to 171 square km, the main attraction of the sanctuary is lion-tailed macaque attracting visitors from all parts of the globe.
Flora and Fauna
Shendurney is one of the best places for wildlife enthusiast. The sanctuary is renowned for some rarely seen species including Lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri Marten and Brown palm civet.
You can also spot some colorful birds including Lesser Kestrel, Wood Snipe, Lesser Fish eagle and Nilgiri Wood Pigeon.
Moreover, the sanctuary doesn’t seem to disappoint its nature lovers too, the floral diversity of Shendurney is very high and eye-catching. There are several rare and common plants such as Mesua ferrea, Garcinia spicata, Cinnamomum verum, Gluta travancorica and Gordonia obtuse.
Other vegetation includes- West coast tropical evergreen forest, Southern hilltop tropical evergreen forest, Southern secondary moist mixed deciduous forest, Myristica swamp forest and grasslands.
Although, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is open all the year round, the best time to plan your visit is from October to February.