The Western Ghats are known for exceptional views and glorious vistas! And it is the wildlife reserves and national parks that majorly comprise of the biodiversity in the South India. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is one of the most exciting places in Kerala close to the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border.
Spend a day or two in the lap of mother nature and go for a range of activities and safaris in the offering. A trip to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is all you need to buy yourself moments of tranquility and peace while savoring the best of the South India.
History of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
One of the most protected regions in the Western Ghats, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve was declared a tiger reserve in 2009. The tiger reserve spreads over an area of 391 sq km. The reserve which also includes Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a conservation zone and features in the list of world’s 34 bio diversity hotspots. The tiger reserve is a popular attraction in the Western Ghats and offers the travelers a heavenly experience.
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Geography of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
Located in the Chittur taluk of Palakkad district of Kerala, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is a biodiversity park brimming with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Pollachi and Valparai are the nearby taluks encircling the park region while Thrissur and Mukundapuram are the places bordering the national park area.
The Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is a protected area in the Western Ghats and has defined forest divisions lying in the midst of Anamalai ranges in Tamil Nadu and Nelliampathy ranges of Kerala. An ideal place to be, the tiger reserve is one of the largest in India and a popular habitat of tigers.
Map of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
How to reach Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
By air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airstrip from Parambikulam Tiger Reserve at a distance of 95 km. The tiger reserve can be easily reached from the airport by a private cab in 2 hours.
By rail: Polacchi is the nearest railway station at 38 km from the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. Take a private vehicle from the railway station to reach Parambikulam Tiger Reserve.
By road: The tiger reserve can be reached by road from Palakkad and Coimbatore, both of which is 80 km far from the tiger reserve.
Attractions & places to see in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
Nature’s diversity makes this place a haven for tourists. There are plenty of attraction and exciting things to do in the tiger reserve that you must consider visiting. Evergreen forest, freshwater ecosystem, and marshy land form the tiger reserve, which is widely known as the home of nature’s fiercest predator. Across the span of the park region, there are a few places where you would want to take a detour. Of course, you would!
Kannimara Teak, Orientation Center, Thunakadavu Dam, Parambikulam Dam, Dam View Point, and Vanasree Ecoshop are some of the popular places of interest in the tiger reserve area.
Activities in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
Once you are in the lap of nature, there’s a lot of options that lie before you to make the best of your trip. Walk in to nature’s quietude in the dense woods, take an exciting jungle safari or go for a boating stint in the lake! There’s a lot more to Parambikulam that meets the eyes.
Jungle safari allows you to venture across the park and watch the wildlife in their natural habitat from the close quarters. Dawn is the best time to spot the tiger as they plan to slide behind the bush before the sunrise. A ride can accommodate up to 25 people for the jungle safari.
Pugmark Trekking Trail offers a wonderful experience in the national park region where you explore the park on foot. Elephant Song Trekking Trail and Bearpath Trekking Trail are the other popular activities planned in the park that brings you closer to the best of the wild.
Bamboo rafting is another adventure activity that you can try if you are looking for more of exciting activities in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve.
For jungle safari: INR 200 per person
For pugmark trail: Indians – INR 3600 for a group of 5, foreigners – INR 6100 for a group of 5
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Stay Options in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve has some of the most exciting resorts and huts. Quaint and beautiful as they all are, these stays boast of panoramic vistas and glorious landscapes. Wake up to the infinite views of swaying streams, cascading waterfalls, and lush greenery around. Some of the prominent stays in the park are:
1. Tented Niche – The highlight of a stay in the tiger reserve
2. Tree House – Nothing beats the romantic vibes of a stay in trees
Best time to visit Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
The tiger reserve is a year round destination but monsoon (June – August) is not an ideal time to visit the Parambikulam. However, October – March is highly preferred by tourists because of the pleasant weather conditions.
Entry fee for Indians: INR 23
Entry fee for foreigners: INR 300
Vehicle entry fee: INR 70 for car, INR 150 for minibus, INR 200 for bus
Take a dip in the frenzy! Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is the place you have to be at if you are lured to see the big cat in its natural habitat. And to do that I suggest you some exciting Kerala tour packages now!
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