Neyyar Dam is a popular eco-tourism spot with a lake and a picturesque dam site. The lake formed by the dam makes boating unforgettable for the visitors. A crocodile breeding centre and a lion safari park are also located in the dam site.
The dam is part of the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is set up in 1958 is a colourful canvas of exotic flora and fauna. The Agasthyamalai, 1890 metres high, lies within the premises of the Sanctuary and is home to a wide variety of plant species including rare medicinal plants and brilliantly coloured orchids. Animals like elephants, tiger, leopard, gaur, sloth bear, Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiri langur etc.and reptiles like king cobra and a variety of reptiles inhabit in this forestland.