Situated on the Kerala-Tamilnadu border in the district of Thiruvananthapuram is Pandipathu. Here, nature in its full glory, beckons those who love the solitary charm of wilderness and also those who enjoys wandering and exploring the best that is available.
Pandipathu comes under the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, and is accessible from Bonacaud, which was once famous for its tea plantations, and is also one of the entry points to Agasthya peak.
Sensing the tourism potential of Pandipathu, the Forest Department of Kerala State has given shape to an eco-tourism project called 'Visit To Bison Abode'. It has been named so, due to the presence of the Indian Wild Buffalo or the 'Gaur' on the rolling grasslands and hillsides of Pandipathu. It is reckoned as a special place, where one can sight these majestic bovine in close proximity, grazing throughout the day. Pandipathu has a physical setting that comprises plains, hills and valleys, offering a variety of visual treat to the visitor.
The forest department as part of the 'Visit To Bison Abode' has a two-day package to offer. The package ideally caters to a group of eight, which should seek permission in advance before proceeding. Members of the forest department will accompany the visitors, who will guide and assist during the two-day programme. Campfire and trekking programmes also form part of the two-day programme.
There is a registration fee for the two-day programme, which is inclusive of food and accommodation. Permission and details of the programme can be had from the Wildlife Assistant Warden of Peppara Sanctuary and also from the office of the Wildlife Warden at Thiruvananthapuram.
The Assistant Wildlife Warden
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
Ph: +91 471 2892344
The Wildlife Warden
P.T.P. Nagar, Vattiyoorkavu,
Thiruvananthapuram- 695 013
Ph: +91 471 2360762
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 68 km away
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 75 km away
Latitude: 8.623082, Longitude: 77.180075