Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is located Palakkad district, between the Anamalai ranges in Tamil Nadu and the Nelliyampathy ranges in Kerala along the Western Ghats. The sanctuary is really a heaven for nature lovers .The sanctuary is occupied with Shola forests and bamboo forests. A range of medicinal plants and orchids are found in the forests. Different species of animals that one can see in the area are lion-tailed macaques, Indian tigers, elephants, leopards, gaurs, Nilgiri tahrs, sloth bears, sambar and Nilgiri martens are commonly spotted in the sanctuary. Birds like Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Oriental Bay Owl, Hill Myna, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Fairy Bluebird, Malabar Trogon, Wynaad Laughing thrush, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Great-eared Nightjar and Large-billed Warbler is an exhilarating and unique experience.
PLACES TO SEE
Parambikulam Dam is an embankment dam on the Parambikulam River, Parambikulam located in the Palakkad district in the Western Ghats of Kerala, India, ranks number one in India as well as in the top ten embankment dams in the world in volume capacity in the year 2000.
The Giant Teak
Kanniamra the world’s largest teak tree. Many people visit the place solely to see this giant of 6.57 m girth and towering height of 48.5. It has earned a prestigious position as the largest and the oldest teak tree in the world. Tree is believed to be 400 years old.
Thoonakkadavu is the gorgeous lake formed by the parambikulam dam. The whole sight of the lake with its crystal clear water bounded by lush green forests with otters playing along the banks will be very soothing. In fact it would be so beautiful and inviting that you may think about going for a dip in it.
With scores of peaks, valleys and hilly terrains, Parambikulam outshine in trekking. The highly eye-catching Niligiri tahr, an endangered lot, is spottable in these hills.
HOW TO REACH
Located at a distance of 55 kilometres, Coimbatore airport is the closest to this sanctuary.
Coimbatore is the nearest railway station
Parambikulam can be approached from all parts of the country.
The sanctuary can be visited anytime during the year but it is best to avoid visiting during the monsoons