Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary
The Shenduruny forest is 66 km from Kollam town on the Kollam-Shencotta road. The forest has been named after a tree called Chenkuruny. The artificial lake formed by the Parappar dam across the Shenduruny and Kulathupuzha rivers is at the centre of the sanctuary.
Shenduruny dates back to one of the oldest river valley civilization of India, older than the Indus valley (4400-3700 B.C.). A large cave found at the northwestern part of the Shenduruny river has remains of a stone age culture which dates back to the Mesolithic period. The huge cave which has paintings similar to those found in central India is large enough to hold 20 people at a
The sanctuary is home to the Bonnet Macaque, Gaur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Indian Giant Squirrel, Three-Striped Palm Squirrel, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Mouse Deer, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Nilgiri Langur and many more animals.
Reaching Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary: The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram (72 km away) while the nearest railhead is at Thenmala. The sanctuary is accessible by motorable roads from Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.
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