The Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary in Thrissur district is a good spot for nature lovers.
Established in 1958, this 125 sq 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 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.
Nearest railway station: Thrissur
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 98 km away