Panoramic landscape, meandering streams, cascading waterfalls, and a bountiful biodiversity - these are some of the features of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best places to go for wildlife safari in Kerala. This heavenly sightseeing spot is perhaps the most attractive piece of wilderness in the entire stretch of Western Ghats and is popularly known as ‘Nature’s own abode’.
The nature lovers and wildlife enthusiast from different parts of the country and abroad visit this wildlife getaway to enjoy animal sightings. A lot of people simply love to view the elegance of mother nature and capture the same in their lenses. Adjacent to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, it was declared as Tiger Reserve in 2009 to protect the overall ecosystem.
Counted amongst the best wildlife reserves in Kerala, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is home to trees like teak, sandalwood, and rosewood. The Kannimara teak tree, which is believed to be over 350-years-old, too is located in this forest. It is the oldest and tallest teak trees in the world. The sanctuary is home to 39 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 268 species of birds, 61 species of reptiles, 47 species of fishes, 1049 species of insects, and 124 species of butterflies. There are also several varieties of aquatic fauna found here, including mugger crocodiles.
For a relaxing wildlife holiday in Parambikulam, one should book a stay at any of the resorts amidst the greenish plantation of teak and sandalwood to feel connected in the wilderness. The place has several options to stay safe and relaxed. There are many tree huts in the area that provides easy access to the dense forest of Parambikulam and gives an insight of a rich biodiversity of the region. Also, one can find many accommodation options managed by the Forest Department. Have a look at the best accommodation available in the Parambikulam area.
Wildlife safari and trekking in the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary are a must to enjoy an ultimate holiday. Apart from these two activities, one can go for a river boating that flows in the center of Parambikulam Reserve, visit Anakkal Vayal, which is popularly known as ‘dining table of Parambikulam Tigers’ to spot the tigers, and go for a trek along Cochin State Forest Tramway, which was set up in 1905 by the Cochin Maharajas to transport teak from Parambikulam to Cochin Harbour.
To reach the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary on a wildlife holiday with family, one needs to first reach Pollachi. From Pollachi, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the wildlife sanctuary. Nearest airport, and railway station to visit the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is in Coimbatore. See below for more details: