Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

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Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 135 Km from Palakkad Town and adjacent to the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary. The Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1973 and spread across 285 Sq. Km laid with serene vegetation between the Anaimalai Hills of Tamilnadu and Nelliampathy Hills of Kerala.

Parambikulam Wildlife SanctuaryParambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, a perfect example of calm, serene and untouched eco system. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary including Annamalai sub cluster and Western Ghats are in consideration as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the most protected ecological section of Annamalai sub cluster of Western Ghats. The wildlife sanctuary is gifted with very rich and various wildlife because of the mosaic pattern of vegetation. This sanctuary has some marshy land and scattered patches of grassland, thickly forested with stands of bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood, and teak.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is perfectly suitable for growing of teak, the region encouraged large amount Teak plantations through artificial regeneration during the early 20's. This was, on the other hand, abandoned at the time the full-fledged Wildlife department was setup in the year 1985. 9,000 ha of Teak plantations in sanctuary are being maintained in a great way because to reinstate the original condition of the forest. A big teak tree 40 meter tall and 6.4 meters in girth is known as a standing monument of the past suitably named as 'Kannimaram'. The tree is about 5 km from Thunakadavu, and is one of the prime attractions at the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mammals of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary include Bonnet Macaque, Lion tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Loris, Tiger, Leopar, Jungle cat, Civet, Mongoose, Fox, Bear, Elephant, Gaur, Nilgiri Tahr, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking deer, Wild boar, Pangolin etc.

The sanctuary houses reptiles like Crocodile, Varanus, Pond Terapin, Cane Turtle, Gecko Skink, Chameleon, Snakes like King Cobra, Spectacled Cobra, Krait, Viper, Python, Green keel back, Rat snake and Vine snake.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is home to different species of Birds like Darter, Little Cormorant, Black eagle, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Black Capped Kingfisher, Great Indian hornbill, Broad Billed Roller, Black Woodpecker, etc.,

There are 124 species of butterflies recorded in the sanctuary of which 34 are rare and endemic.

47 species of fish are recorded in the Sanctuary of which seven species are listed as endangered and 17 are endemic to Western Ghats. Aral, Bral, Vattudi, Tilapia, Noori, Mooshu, Poochutti, Kollotty, Exyprius and Taral are few fishes found here.

The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is administered by a Divisional Forest Officer and the headquarters is located at Thunacadavu and is under the direct control of the Field Director, Project Tiger. There are four ranges with 13 sections.

Best Season: The best time to visit Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is just after the monsoons between August and January when the forests and its environment are lush green with its thick vegetation.

Accommodation: Forest rest house is located at Thunacadavu. The Parambikulam Project also provides accommodation. There are several hotels in Pollachi and Coimbatore.

Visiting Hours: 7.00 am to 6.00 pm (Entry closes at 4 PM)

Entrance and other Fees:

For Vehicles: Rs. 150 for Heavy Vehicles and Rs. 50 for Light Vehicles.

For Indians: Rs. 10 for Adults and Rs. 5 for Childrens

For Foreigners: Rs. 100

For Cameras: Rs. 150 for Video and 25 for other cameras

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Coimbatore (55 Km)

Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad, Kerala (100 km) and Coimbatore, Tamilnadu (84 km)

Road: There is no road directly connecting Parambikulam with other parts of Kerala without having to pass via Tamilnadu. As of now the only road leading to the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the Ambrampalayam - Parambikulam road passing through places in Tamilnadu viz., Anamalai, Vettaikaranpudur and Sethumadai including (Top Slip) Indira Gandhi Wildlife sanctuary and National Park. The nearest town is Pollachi (40 Km)

Important Note:

For the day visitors who just want to drive through the sanctuary in their private vehicle, without availing any eco-tourism packages, only 30 vehicles will be allowed to enter the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary per day, at an interval of three vehicles per hour, staring from 7 AM to 4 PM.

Visitors can book the entry slot for their vehicle in advance over telephone at Eco-care centre, Telephone: 04253 245025.

Confirmed visitors have to report 30 minutes earlier before their reserved slot time, failing which their slot will be automatically cancelled.

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