Parambikulam - Palakkad

Tucked away in the valley between the Anamalai ranges of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathy ranges of Kerala on the majestic Western Ghats is the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 277 sq km, the Sanctuary, a haven of tranquil greenery boasts of the first ever scientifically managed teak plantation and the world's tallest and oldest teak tree. The famous Kannimara teak tree, believed to be over 350 years old is about 5 km from Thunacadavu, and is one of Parambikulam's prime attractions.

Many peaks are also seen here, of which the Karimala Gopuram is the tallest at 4,718 ft. A favourite with visitors, the Vengoli Peak is an easy climb and those lucky enough might even get to see the endangered Nilgiri tahrs. Watered by three dams, namely Parambikulam, Thunacadavu and Perivarapallam, a unique feature of this Sanctuary is the presence of a series of reservoirs interconnected with tunnels, channels, river courses and canals. The deep freshwater ecosystem created by the construction of these dams adds to the diversity of the Sanctuary..

Ecotourism Activities

Bestowed with rich flora and fauna, Parambikulam is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. While deer, sambar and gaur roam around in the Vayal area, deep inside the Sanctuary can be seen lion tailed macaques, slender loris, king cobras, the royal Bengal tiger, cane turtle and the Nilgiri marten; as also 250 species of birds including the Malabar grey hornbill, great pied hornbill and the Peninsular Bay owl. The Sanctuary's spectacular floral diversity - seen in the 285 species of endemic, rare and endangered flora, 1320 species of flowering plants, including 70 species of orchids, about 50 endangered medicinal plants - makes it ideal for nature lovers as well.

Numerous activities including camping out in the forests, staying in watchtowers to view the animals, boating in the reservoirs, row boating at Thunacadavu and Parambikulam lakes, bamboo rafting and bird watching are possible here. A hilly terrain with many peaks and valleys, Parambikulam offers an assortment of soft, medium, tough and adventure trekking trails, classified on the basis of their length, duration and difficulty of the terrain. Each group of visitors must get permission to trek, from the Forest Information Centre at Anappady and hire a tribal guide.

Soft Trekking Trails

Elephant Song Trail 6 km (Anappady-Karianshola-Anappady).

Peacock Trail 6 km (Anappady-4000 Point-Seechali Vayal-Thunacadavu).

Flying Hooves Trail a) 8 km (Parambikulam Dam Site-Kothala-Parambikulam River Crossing-Tramway Line- Parambikulam).

Kannimara Trail b) 8 km (Thunacadavu-Teak Plantations-Kannimara Vayal-Kannimara Teak-Thunacadavu).

Medium Trekking Trails

Tarantula Trails

10 km (Parambikulam-Tunnel Entry-

Evergreen Forests-Vengoli

Viewpoint-Rock Point-Thunacadavu).

Bison Trail

10 km (Anappady Depot-

TP Block 1-Chettivara-Seechali-

4000 Point-Anappady).

Dr. Salim Ali Trail

12 km (Parambikulam Dam Site-

Tramway-Kuriakutty-Parambikulam).

Tough Trekking Trails

Sundew Trail

12 km (Parambikulam-Earth Dam-Teak Plantations-Bamboo Break-Evergreen Forests-Grassland-Karimala Peak-Kalyanathee-Parambikulam).

Hornbill Trail

20 km (Anappady-Karianshola -Pandaravaramalai Peak-Return to Anappady through Inter State Boundary).

Amphibious Trail

20 km (Parambikulam-Tunnel Entry-Waterfall-Alamaram-Velayudhankai-Return to Parambikulam by Bamboo Raft).

Adventure Trekking Trails

Needle Peak Trail

20 km (Keerappady Valley-Naikarkadu-Kuchimudi Teak- Keerappady).

Rocky Ridge Trail

25 km (Parambikulam Coupe Road-Vengoli Peak-Rocky Ridge-Inter State Boundary-TP Block 1-Anappady).

Accommodation

Tented cottages in Parambikulam Sanctuary; The Forest Department Inspection Bungalow, Thunacadavu; PWD Inspection Bungalow, Thunacadavu; Treetop huts at Thunacadavu and Parambikulam; Wireless station on Vettikkunnu Island accessed only by boat; Overnight camping in machans at Chungam, Anappady, Vengoli, Kuriakutty and Annakal Vayal; Dormitory at Anappady; Community Hall at Parambikulam; the Bison Valley Lodge at Parambikulam all have to be booked in advance through the Anappady Information Centre.

Accessing Parambikulam

(6 am and 2.30 pm)

Location: Chittur Taluk of Palakkad District. To reach the place one has to go to Pollachi via Coimbatore or Palakkad.

Altitude: 300 m to 1,400 m above sea level.

Distance

Air: The nearest airport is Coimbatore (55 km).

Rail: Nearest rail head is at Palakkad (125 km).

Road: 39 km from Pollachi, 98 km from Palakkad and 102 km from Kochi.

In and Around

Peermedu, 39 km from Periyar is a scenic hill town covered with aromatic spice gardens including coffee and vanilla as well as tea, rubber and various other crops.

Accommodation

Thekkady has a wide range of options including a stay atop the watchtower to stays at motels and luxury resorts like the Muthoot Cardamom County, Shalimar Spice Garden, Jungle Village etc. There are also a few retreats set right inside the Reserve - Bamboo Grove Lodge, Taj Garden Retreat and the Spice Village. Tented accommodation is also available at Vallakkadavu, run by the eco-development committee of the Reserve.

Accessing Periyar

Location: Situated on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, Periyar Tiger Reserve is about 4 km from Kumily town.

Altitude: 900 to 2,019 m above sea level

Timing: 6 am to 6 pm

Distance

Air:The entry point to the Reserve is Thekkady, which is accessible by road from the airports of Madurai (145 km), Kochi (190 km) and Thiruvananthapuram (272 km).

Rail: The nearest railhead is Kottayam (114 km).

Road: Thekkady is just 5 km from Kumily on NH 220. Kumily's KSRTC Bus Stand has regular connections with all the major cities in Kerala. Thekkady is on SH 19, connecting Munnar to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

For enquiries and bookings, contact:

Periyar Tiger Reserve,Thekkady Ph: 04869-222027.

Periyar Ecotourism Centre ,Ph: 04869 - 224571.

District Tourist Promotion Council ,Idukki Ph: 04869-222620.



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