Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

#1 Jun 28th, 2015, 11:13
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Friends,

We visited Parambikulam tiger reserve yesterday and thought of sharing some information which might help fellow IMers.

How to reach (Using Public Transport):-

Even though Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is in kerala, one has to enter it via Tamilnadu. This is just to make sure even though it belongs to palakkad district, it's more closer to Pollachi (Tamilnadu). So anybody want to to visit using public transportation, make sure you keep pollachi as base. Pollachi is 40 kms from Coimbatore which has Airport/ Railway/ Bus Station.


Bus timings From Pollachi to Parambikulam:-
6.05 , 15:00 Hrs

Bus timings from Parambikulam to Pollachi :-
8.45 , 17:45 Hrs

Bus time from Palakkadu to Parambikulam:-


7:45 hrs

Bus time from parambikulam to palakkad:-

12:30 hrs


All buses to Parambikulam travel Vis Topslip (Tamilnadu) and hence anybody planning to visit Topslip can board the above buses too. For topslip, there are 2 more services from pollachi and I forgot to note down the timings.

Please note, Parambikulam Tiger reserve Safari Starts from Forest checkpost - Anappady. It's almost 4 Kms from Topslip (2 Kms from Kerala Border).

Information Centre Anappady is Extremely well managed with Very enthusiatic employees who explain all the questions with passion. Room Booking/ Safari inside the reserve all need to be done here.

Visiting Parambikulam Tiger reserve using Private Transport:-

Parambikulam To Palakkad 100 kms
Parambikulam to Pollachi 40 kms
Parambikulam to Thrissur 120 Kms
Parambikulam to Coimbatore 85 kms.


From Pollachi, there are super fine road till Sethumadai Via Anaimalai and the Ghat road starts just after Sethumadai. Be ready for bumpy ride as all through Roads are poor to Very poor. Just After Sethumadai, Tamilnadu Forest dept Checkpost will be there. We have to Enter our details in the register and Per car 50 INR and Per person 20 INR and this gate is open between 7 am - 4 pm (For Entry). From here on, Topslip is 12 kms and all through we saw many Fallen trees on the road and road is poor and no human presence. Once we reach Topslip, we need to enter our details again at the Tamilnadu forest dept checkpost and in another 2.5 kms, Tamilnadu border ends.
We need to Enter our details again in Kerala forest dept checkpost and here we have to pay 75 INR and 23 INR per person. From this point, Safari starting point / Parambikulam Tiger reserve Reception / information centre is 2 kms. From information centre , Kerala Forest dept Vehicles (18 Seater) starts for the safari . 170 INR/ Per person and the safari takes 3 hours. For us it took almost 4 hours as Luckily we have a fantastic Forest dept person / Guide (Thank you Mr. Kaliappan. You are one among the rare folks who do their duty with passion) who took most interest and explained everything in detail and the driver is very enthusiatic and stopped at many a places enroute too and we saw many groups of deers (Different Varieties too), very close encounter with 2 wild elephants (Almost 15 metre), Somewhat distant view of 2 elephants ( 100 metres) several peacocks, Monkeys and apart from all of this, we were shown 2 Dams, one of the oldest Teak Tree in the world and a fine lunch at local hotel at parambikulam (70 INR/Person) . Please note Lunch is optional.

There are many a varieties of Accomodation options at Parambikulam which can be booked online at www.parambikulam.org

Very enjoyable climate , Very Dense forests, almost non stop drizzling/Rains, 2 dams with stunning backdrop, and very very enthusiastic Kerala forest dept personnel .

Any one need more info ,Please post.

P.S:- Any one who visits this place can also Visit Masani amman temple - Anaimalai which is very famous in that area and it's just on the way.

Note:- We were told, from Parambikulam , Athirapally(kerala) is just 40 kms away and ONLY forest personnel uses that forest route and that too ONLY in case of emergency.

Cheers
Velu
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#2 Jun 28th, 2015, 11:40
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Nice post Velu and good to see you back. Long time. Post some photos if you get a chance.

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Thanks for the nice post.
I was in Parambikulam in April, and it was certainly not to my taste. I am a hardcore wildlife enthusiast and the distinct feeling I had when in Parambikulam is that it was more like a place for folks to go and spend a few hours away from the city. The so called Safari drive arranged by the forest dept was nothing more than a .. drive through the forest while stopping at the dam, for lunch, for shopping and yes at the teak tree. More a joy ride with a van full of folks than a safari drive into the beautiful Parambikulam forest.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Nice post Velu and good to see you back. Long time. Post some photos if you get a chance.

- Vaibhav
Yes Vaibhav . It's very long time. Hope you are doing great , as always. For this trip, I forgot to take my camera and hence posting few photos which we took from my mobile . Excuse for the poor quality photos.

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Originally Posted by CoundDracoola View Post Thanks for the nice post.
I was in Parambikulam in April, and it was certainly not to my taste. I am a hardcore wildlife enthusiast and the distinct feeling I had when in Parambikulam is that it was more like a place for folks to go and spend a few hours away from the city. The so called Safari drive arranged by the forest dept was nothing more than a .. drive through the forest while stopping at the dam, for lunch, for shopping and yes at the teak tree. More a joy ride with a van full of folks than a safari drive into the beautiful Parambikulam forest.
Hmm . Somehow We felt very interesting as compared to some of the sanctuaries we visited earlier, Parambikulam forest looked more virgin and there is not much crowd and Safari folks really made the difference but otherwise whatever you describe about the safari is true. Even our guide said, to have more enjoyable safari as well as to experience parambikulam, overnight stay is the better option. Early morning safari or late evening safari (Meant for Overnight stayers) has better personalized travel experience as well as animal sightings will be more. Anyways he was telling, there are only 26 tigers in this reserve and the whole reserve is splitted as "Core" and " Buffer Zone" and the Tiger lives in core area and all the safari, Forest dept guesthouses , dam , tribal settlements everything falls under "Buffer zone" and hence tiger Sighting is extremely a rare thing.
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Super information. Thanks.

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Update ( as on 26th January 2018):-

Did a trip again to parambikulam on Republic day and thought of updating few info which might help future travellers.

1) Overall the climate is dry and the scenery is very average
2) Road condition became more worse for the first 11 kms ( Sethumadai to Topslip)
3) Only 2 out of 5 forest dept vehicle are in use for Forest safari . As per the guide , at around 10 am itself, all safaris for the day were booked (last safari at 3 pm) .
4) Unlike before, now All vehicles with high Ground clearance are allowed in lieu of forest dept vehicle for the safari and a forest dept guide accompany the vehicle. Due to this, the animal sightings were very minimal. If at all if anyone plan parambikulam, make sure you hire SUV Or Mini Van . Anyways we saw 2 hatchbacks too BUT in 3 to 4 places they had problems with Ground clearance and struggled a bit.

All in all, Jan/Feb doesn't seems to be ideal to Visit parambikulam .It's better to postpone the trip till pre-monsoon showers.

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Thanks for the updates.

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