The etymological meaning of the name 'Shenduruny' has been derived from a tree species locally called 'Shenkuruny or Chenkuruny' (Gluta travancorica), an endemic tree mainly confined to this area. The Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary was formed in 1984. The construction of the Parappar dam across the confluence of the Shenduruny and Kulathupuzha rivers has resulted in the creation of an artificial lake of about 26 sq.kms. which spreads along the middle of the sanctuary.
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.
Historically, Shenduruny has a rich heritage. The cave paintings seen here are comparable to the Mesolithic paintings found in the caves of central . The cave found here is large enough to hold at least twenty people at one time.
How to reach there?
By road : 66 km from Kollam town on the Kollam - Shencotta Road
Nearest airport : Thiruvananthapuram 72 km away.