The Neyyar River is another river in Kerala that is found in the Western Ghats. The Neyyar River flows through the Agastya Mala (Agastyakoodam) hills in Kanyakumari before reaching Kerala. Neyyattinkara, which is a popular town in Thiruvananthapuram is named after this rivers, as it flows through the town.
The Neyyar River flows through Neyyattinkara before it merges with the Laskhadweep Sea near Poovar. With an overall length of 56 km, the Neyyar river has several tributaries such as the Kallar river, Mullayar River and the Karavaliyar river. Apart from the tributaries, there are also various small canals along this river. The well known Neyyar Irrigation Project, “Neyyar Dam” is situated through the path of this river. There is also a wildlife safari park that is located near the river.
Recently, the Neyyar river is also facing various issues associated with sand mining and the authorities are trying their best to prevent it. The Neyyar river has a catchment area that is mostly forested, and the command area of the river consists of mixed dryland crops such as coconut, pepper, tapioca, plantain, rice, etc.
The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and the wildlife safari park are situated on the banks of the river and these places are visited by travellers throughout the year. The wildlife sanctuary and the safari park adds more value to the tourism industry in Thiruvananthapuram, as more ecology loving travelers are seeing visiting this place.
The wildlife sanctuary and the safari park are one of the major tourist destinations of this area and there is also an opportunity to go for a boat ride along this river. While taking the boat ride, you will be able to explore and see more of the wildlife activities that prevail in the sanctuary, and if you are lucky, you will be able to spot some wild beasts.
Apart from the wildlife sanctuary and safari park, the Neyyar Dam is also an ideal picnic spot, where the travelers come to spend their day out while enjoying the wild beauty of the surroundings. The Neyyar Dam is just 35 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram city and one of the best tourist spots in the district. The lion safari park at the Neyyar Dam consists of 7 lions that stay over there.
The Neyyar Dam also has a crocodile breeding center, where you can see a wide variety of crocodiles. The wildlife park near the dam also contains various species such as Asian Elephants, Leopards, Slender Loris, Tiger, and reptiles like King Cobra, Travancore Tortoise, etc. There is also a deer park, which adds more value to your travel trip to Neyyar.
Overall, the locations near the banks of Neyyar river are undoubtedly the best travel destinations in Thiruvananthapuram and the travel locations are indeed eco-friendly.