Places to See in Parambikulam

Parambikulam Dam is an embankment dam on the Parambikulam River, in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Indi. 7 Districts of Kerala and Tamilnadu uses the Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) Dams water for Drinking and Irrigation. 10 Dams are connected with Parambikulam Dam with Cannels and Tunnels. Parambikulam Dam Stores More than 17,000 MCFT. Of Water. Valparai area is the one of the most important water catchment area for the Parambikulam Dam.

Kannimara teak is one of the largest living teak tree in the world. It has an amazing girth of 6.48m and a crown height of 48.75m It is believed to be around 400 years old. According to the local tribal belief here when this tree was trying to be cut down, blood spurted out from the place of cut. This tree was being since then worshipped by the local tribes in Parambikulam as "Virgin tree". Thus the name Kannimara is given as the word ‘ Kanni’ means ‘Virgin’. This tree has been awarded ‘Mahavriksha Puraskar’ by the Government of India.

Parambikulam Sanctuary: This Sanctuary lies adjacent to the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, the 285 sq km stretch of forest which is also known as the Parambikulam Sanctuary, it is one of Kerala’s premier wildlife reserves. Tucked between the picturesque Annamalai ranges of Tamil Nadu and Nelliampathy ranges of Kerala on the Western Ghats, the sanctuary untouched by human habitation, harbors where several varieties of aquatic fauna including mugger crocodiles that are often seen sunning on its banks. The area is hilly and rocky, drained by several rivers, including the Parambikulam, the Sholayar and the Thekkedy.

The sanctuary is abundant in animal life consisting of 39 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 268 species of birds, 61 species of reptiles, 47 species of fish, 124 species of butterflies and more than a thousand species of insects.

Elephant Camp at Parambikulam

By- Thangaraj Kumaravel ( Flickr)

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