Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary is situated in Chittur taluk of Palakkad district and is about 100 km away from Palakkad. The challenging hill ranges here are placed at an altitude of 300 to 1438 m above sea level and the place offers a good climate with temperatures ranging from 15 degree Celsius to 32 degree Celsius.
Sprawling over an area of 285 sq km, Parambikkulam can boast of the first scientifically managed teak plantations of the world and also houses the world’s tallest and oldest teak tree.
Peaks and valleys
Parambikulam offers a treat for the eyes and minds of nature lovers and the two important peaks and seven valleys here are endowed with nature’s bounty.Vengolimala, one of the two slopes is a trekker’s delight with its steep slopes and cliffs and you stand a good chance of spotting the endangered species, Nilgiri Tahr, here. The tallest peak in the region is Karimalai Gopuram situated about 1430 m above the sea level and the place offers an enchanting panoramic view of the surroundings and the valleys.
From this vantage point, you will be able to watch the incessant flow of the backwaters of Thunakadavu and Parambikulam reservoirs apart from the verdant greenery of the forest region as well as the teak plantations. There is a watchtower here where you can stay and enjoy the nocturnal life with prior permission from authorities.
About seven kilometres from Thunakkadavu stands the teak tree called Kannimara (Connemera – Irish name) considered to be the oldest and largest teak tree in the world. The tree, believed to be more than 350 years old, has a height of 40m and girth of 6.4m. To encircle this awesome tree that stands majestically in the forest, four persons with their hands outstretched will be needed.
If you want to get an insight into the ecosystem of the sanctuary, take a visit to the interpretation centre at Anappady.
How to reach
Approach By Road
From Palakkad (Kerala) – 100 km
From Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) – 84 km
From Pollachi (Tamil Nadu) – 38 km
Palakkad (Kerala) – 100 km
Calicut International Airport.