Parambikulam National Park In Kerala
Parambikulam national park resides between the valley of Anamalai ranges in Tamil Nadu and Nelliampathy ranges of Kerala on the Western Ghats. It covers an area of 285 sq Kms in the Palakkad district of Kerala. In 2009 Parambikulam was declared a Tiger Reserve and recognized as one of the most protected regions in the Western Ghats.
Kannimara Teak, Parambikulam
Kannimara Teak is one of the world’s largest living tree that is over 450 years old. It measures on average 48.5 meters in height and 6.7 meters thick. The Kannimara Teak tree was awarded the “Mahavriksha Puraskar” (meaning “The Great Tree”) by the Government of India in 1994. The tribal communities consider the Teak tree sacred, worshiping it as the virgin tree. Thus it is named name Kannimara. “kanni” meaning virgin.
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Tours
There are many package day trips like bamboo rafting, jungle safari, Kannimara safari, and tribal symphony. The popular day safari is open between 7.00 am and 3.00 pm, and is conducted daily by certified safari operators.
On the bamboo raft safari you can see spotted deer, elephants, guars (wild buffalo), sambar, hornbills, leopard (if you are lucky), crocodiles (another rare sight), Nilgiri langoor, wild dogs, and even the royal Tiger (a rare sight). Not to worry, trained personnel accompany you at all times.
Night camps include bamboo island night, where you get an opportunity to camp at the top of the bamboo bunch in the Peruvarippallam Reservoir while enjoying the natural beauty and its rich wildlife. There is also the Vettikunnu island night where you break into a cruise on a row boat along the island waters. Thellikkal night stay is a thrilling experience for trekkers. The accommodation is deep inside the forest and to reach the camp you have to trek 8 kms.
Best Time to Visit Parambikulam
The temperature varies from 15 degrees to 32 degrees. July is the wettest month and March is the hottest (best time to see wildlife). January the dry and coolest month is the best choice for trekking.