Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is established in the year of 1973 .It is located in the Chittoor taluk of Palakkad district in Kerala and adjacent to the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu.The Sanctuary spread over an area of 285 sq km and offers a fascinating perceive of rare wild animals.The sanctuary has three man-made reservoirs or dam within the Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary, named as Parambikulam, Thunacadavu and Peruvaripallam and 3 major rivers name as the Parambikulam, the Sholayar and the Thekkedy within the Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary.These three dam was built during 1950 year ago.Thuvaiar water fall- a river descending and emptying into the reservoir is special attraction of the visitor or viewer.

Best time to visit the Sanctuary in the month of November – April. The heavy Rainfall varies from 1400 to 2300 mm around the Parambikulam.Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site .

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary lies between the longitudes 76 35′ and 76 50′ East and latitudes 10 20′ and 10 26′ North.Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary include Flora and fauna in the Forest of Sanctuary.The rich fauna includes tigers, leopards, elephants, sambars, tahrs, wild dogs, Indian muntjacs, spotted deers, jungle cats, bonnet macaques, lion-tailed macaques apart from nearly 150 species of birds.Flora has a variety of trees, mainly teak, neem, sandalwood and rosewood.The place is ideal for boating and trekking .There are 36 species of mammals, 268 species of birds , 61 species of reptiles, 16 species of amphibians, 47 species of fishes and 1049 species of insects in a sanctuary.The place is ideal for boating and trekking .

Among the 268 bird species have been recorded in the sanctuary. 134 species are listed as rare and 18 species are endemic to Western Ghats. Lesser adjutant stork, Grey-headed Fish-eagle peninsular bay owl, Broad-billed roller and Great pied hornbill, Darter, Little Cormorant, Black eagle, Black-capped kingfisher, Great Indian hornbill, and Black woodpecker.

Boating and sailing facilities are available in the reservoirs. In April 2007 a wild fire in parts of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and the adjoining Nelliampathy forests destroyed hundreds of acres of forest tracts and plantations

How to Reach:

By Train: Tamil Nadu Railway station is located 84km and Palakkad Railway station is located 100km away from Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary.

By Bus: Palakkad Bus stand is about 100km, Coimbatore Bus Stand is about 84 km and Pollachi Bus Stand is about 38 km from this Wildlife Sanctuary.

By Airport: Peelamedu airport is the nearest airport and Coimbatore Airport is another one located at the distance of 119 km.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

photo - Nidhin Chandran

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