Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is part of a 391 sq km tiger reserve located in the Palakkad district of Kerala. The sanctuary is home to different species of mammals, fish, birds and butterflies. Tourists can enjoy a 3-hour safari ride that properly covers the sanctuary. The sanctuary also offers opportunities for trekking, camping and bamboo rafting. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between the months of October and March when the weather is pleasant. The sanctuary is about 90 km from Coimbatore. It takes about 3 hours to reach the sanctuary from Coimbatore.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a place exclusively for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers who like a bit of adventure. Many animals and birds can be spotted during your visit. But there is no guarantee that this will always happen. The best part about this sanctuary is the activities they have to offer. Trekking, camping and bamboo rafting are very interesting. Safari ride is also quite good but since the roads are not great, it might be a very bumpy ride. The tents arranged for visitors are surprisingly good. But, of course, you cannot expect any sort of luxury.
We kindly request our guests to respect the pristine environment. Please do not litter or feed the animals. In order for you to enjoy a safe trip, please stay a little away from the animals and do not cause them any indirect harm.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the famous Parambikulam Tiger Reserve located between the Anamalai Hills and Nelliyampathy Hills in the district of Palakkad. The first scientifically made teak plantation in the world was part of this sanctuary. Established in 1973, the sanctuary has three zones namely 1) Tourism Zone, 2) Buffer Zone and 3) Core Zone. Tourists are allowed to have trekking, camping and other activities only in the tourism zone. The sanctuary has evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, moist deciduous montane grass lands and Shola forests. It is home to more than 1400 species of flowering plants and hundreds of species of mammals, amphibians, fish, birds and butterflies.
The entry fee is INR 50 for light vehicles and INR 150 for heavy vehicles. A three-hour safari ride will cost INR 150 per head. The safari ride is possible only when there are at least 20 visitors. Otherwise, you can buy 20 tickets and use the ride. Private vehicles are not allowed into the sanctuary unless you have booked an accommodation inside much in advance. Trekking is possible at the sanctuary. The price range for trekking is between INR 600 and INR 6000 for a group of 5 visitors. The price varies depending on the trekking trails you choose. Bamboo rafting and camping are also possible in the sanctuary. You can even buy some souvenirs like key-chains, wood-crafted materials and paper bags.
It is dangerous to roam around in the sanctuary after 6:00 PM. Although the sanctuary is open from 7:00 PM to 6:00 PM, the entry closes at 4:00 PM. Binoculars and cameras can come in handy. Make sure to wear light-coloured clothes and comfortable shoes, especially if you're planning for a trek.