Location: 110 km from Palakkad
Parambikkulam is an oasis of tranquil greenery
nestled in a valley between the Anamalai ranges of Tamilnadu and
the Nelliyampathy ranges of Kerala. The Parambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary
here spreads over an area of 285 sq km on the Western Ghats.
The sanctuary offers an exotic experience of the rare fauna of
Kerala. Quite a few hill tribes, like the Malayars, the Kadas and
the Muthuvans also live in the jungles of Parambikkulam. The fauna
here include bonnet macaques, Nilgiri langurs, lion tailed macaques,
tigers, spectacled cobras, kraits, vipers, turtles, darters, little
cormorants and black eagles.
The sanctuary also has a variety of trees mainly teak, neem, sandalwood
and rosewood. The oldest teak tree 'Kannimari' stands tall here.
Boat cruises can be arranged in the Parambikkulam Reservoir. Trekking
in the sanctuary is possible with the permission of forest officials.
There is a tree-house in the Reserve Forest area in Thoonakkadavu,
the headquarters of Parambikkulam, which has to be booked in advance.
The Rest Houses of the State Forest Department at Thoonakkadavu,
Thellikkal and Elathode offer comfortable lodging.
Getting there:Parambikkulam is accessible by a road from Pollachi
in Tamilnadu. Palakkad-Pollachi is about 45 km by road and Pollachi-Parambikkulam
is about 65 km by road.
Nearest railway station: Pollachi about 65 km
Nearest airport : Coimbatore in Tamilnadu state, about 55 km from