Wildlife sanctuaries are established to save the animals, birds and other species. Our country has a plethora of Wildlife sanctuary and parks which have been saving the lives of animals for years together. The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is one such place situated between the two hills namely Anaimalai hills, Tamilnadu & Nelliyampathy hills, Kerala. This sanctuary is in Palakkad district, Kerala and adjoining to the Anaimalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls around 391 Sq.kms. The Sanctuary was officially inaugurated in 1973 and at the time the landscape was 285 Sq.kms. Now Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is being a part of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. It was solely opened in 2010. The UNESCO has taken the sanctuary under its consideration of listing under the World heritage site.
The Jungle reservoirs
The altitude of the sanctuary ranges from 300 to 1438 meters. Karimala, Pandaravarai, Vengolimalai, and Puliyapradam are the key peaks here. Thunacavadu, Parambikulam, and Peruvaripallam are the three artificial reservoirs. The Thuvaiar, Karappara and Kuriarkutty rivers fall into one of the reservoirs. The most famous Thekkedy River also flows here. The tribes such as Mala Malasar, Kadar, Muduvar and others are settled here in six colonies.
Since the Vengoli peak is easy to climb, it has been the favorite tourists’ spot. This also makes the visitors spot Nilgiri Tahrs. Aromatic trees such as sandalwood, teak, rosewood are in the sanctuary. The place owns the pride of having the oldest and tallest teak trees.
Amazing species!!!! Uncountable
The tiger population is famous on the spot. It shows a periodical hype in every census. As per 2010 census, Parambikulam and surrounding sanctuaries have been the dwelling place for over 36 tigers. The tourists can enjoy watching 16 species of amphibians, 124 species of butterflies, 39 species of mammals, 47 species of fish, 61 species of reptiles, 1000 species of insects in the wild sanctuary. They can enjoy the excellent bird watching opportunities with 250 species of birds here.
Tourists will be lucky to spot the Panthers, crocodiles, sloth bears, tigers, elephants, chitals, sambhars, darters, black eagles, Cobras, vipers, kraits, turtles, cormorants in the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. However, out of all the animals, reptiles, bison is the most seen animal in the sanctuary.
Choose your best time
The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is open throughout the year. From the morning 7.00 am to 6.00 pm the sanctuary is open. Safaris will last until 4.00 pm.
Since the place receives about 1600 mm rainfall during monsoon season, it is advisable to avoid the trip during that season. Usually May to September the place receives moderate to heavy rainfall. So January to April, October to December are the preferred time to visit The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary.
Accommodate in the sanctuary
The forest department provides suitable accommodation to the tourists at the forest rest houses at Elathode, Thoonakkadavu, and Thellikkal. The tourists can enjoy tree house in the reserved forest with an advance booking. Anappadi, 8km from Thunakadavu and Zungam, 5km from Thunakadavu are the apt location to view the wildlife through potent binoculars.
Things to do at the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary:
Though sightseeing is allowed here, the tourists can stroll till the park area only. Moving out of the park will be quite dangerous.
Trekking is another popular activity for the tourists and they can go only with the help of experienced guides. If anyone goes alone without any guides, the person will have a definite punishment from the forest department. Self-boating is prohibited here.
Treehouse stay on the Kannimara Thekku tree is a famous activity here. However, prior booking should be done. In the plastic-free zone, the locals may be seen rowing boat, fishing whereas tourists are not allowed with such activities.
Allot your time to see the nearest places to the wild sanctuary
Monkey falls, Pathra Kali Amman Kovil, Parambikulam Dam, Ciscilia Heritage, Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, Pollachi Mariamman Temple.