Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Parambikulam Wildlife sanctuary is located about 110 kilometers from Palakkad. It is ideally placed between the Anamalai ranges of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathy ranges of Kerala on the majestic Western Ghats. This virgin valley that is the pride of Kerala is a magnificent honour to untouched nature. The reservoir harbours several multiplicities of aquatic fauna including mugger crocodiles that are often seen sunning on its banks. It is a part of the neighboring Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamilnadu, is the one of the best in Kerala. The Government of India declared Parambikulam as the second Tiger Reserve of Kerala. Spread over 285sq.km.
Topography is this place really suitable to the growth of teak; the tract encouraged large scale teak plantations through artificial regeneration in the early 1920's. This was, however, abandoned when a full-fledged Wildlife department was formed in 1985. 9,000 ha of teak plantations in the sanctuary are being managed in such a way as to restore the forest's original status. A giant teak tree 40m high and 6.4m in girth is a standing monument of the past aptly named 'Kannimaram'
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary has a rich diversity of flora and fauna which are excellently conserved due to total protection and minimal human interferences. The sanctuary being a most important ecological range from Peechhi to Eravikulam through Anamalai aids the large viable populations of wildlife. It is the home ground for different races of indigenous people who are as well an integral part of the prevailing harmonious ecosystem. The thick, affluent habitat of the sanctuary with ample water supplys make it an abode for wildlife and there by for tourist who can have treasured memories of animal sightings and that of being in the lap of mother nature. It has a large population of gaur, sambar and spotted deer, Nilgiri langur, Jungle cat, lion tailed macaque, sloth bear along with some tigers and leopard. “The cannimare Teak tree”, said to be Asia’s largest, stands about 5km from Thunakadu,the headquarters of Parambikulam. Boating can be done at the lake at Parambikulam. Trekking in the sanctuary is possible with the permission of forest officials.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is sanctuary is easily accessible by road. Public transport buses are available between Pollachi and Parambikulam. Pollachi is 60kms away and has a railway station. The nearest airport is Coimbatore, 100kms away. Visitors can have boat rides in the Parambikulam Lake and tour the sanctuary with the help of guides.