- Places: Cochin, Parambikulam WLS, Kannimara, Kariyanshola, Thellikkal
Activities: wildlife safari, trekking, sightseeing.
Tucked in the valley between the Anamalai ranges of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathy ranges of Kerala on the majestic Western Ghats is the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. This virgin valley that is the pride of Palakkad district is a glorious tribute to untouched nature. The reservoir harbors several varieties of aquatic fauna including mugger crocodiles that are often seen sunning on its banks.
The sanctuary being a major ecological continuum from Peechhi to Eravikulam through Anamalai aids the large viable populations of wildlife. Parambikulam has one of the largest population of gaur (bison). It is also a home to elephants, sloth bears, wild boars, sambhars, chital tigers, panthers and crocodiles. There are also bonnet macaques, spectacled cobras, kraits, vipers, turtles, darters, little cormorants and black eagles. It is the best protected and least crowded sanctuary in Kerala. Now it attained the status of Tiger Reserve. The entry is restricted and allowed only 30 vehicles a day.
Day 1: On arrival at Cochin, we will be picked up by the representatives and then we will proceed to Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve. In the afternoon, we will check in at the tented camp. These camps are very comfortable, twin bedded Swiss tents with modern attached baths. Located sufficiently away from any habitation, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary offers complete peace and tranquility.
1.30 pm: Lunch
2.30 pm: Introduction & Orientation Centre
3.15 pm: We will go for Kannimara Safari.
4.45 pm: Tea Break
6.15 pm: In the evening, we will go for Parambikulam Dusk Ride and then return to our base camp.
8.30 pm: Supper will be served.
6.00 am: Wakeup call with tea/coffee
6.30 am: We will go for Kariyanshola Trail.
9.30 am: Breakfast will be served and we can relax after that.
12.30pm: Lunch will be served.
Proceed to stay in Thellikkal forest IB one. The accommodation is deep inside the forest and has to trek on 8 km to reach the spot. The ambience of Thellikkal Nights in absolute forest with a beautiful lake and vayal in front where one can meet the real tranquility of nature. One armed staff with two trained tribal trekkers will accompany. Overnight Stay follows at the camp to observe animal movements in the grassland and lake side.
Day 3: After morning walk and breakfast return to the base station. Lunch will be served at the base station and we can relax after that. 3 pm: We will walk to the watch tower camp. Here a great opportunity to be in the shoes of dedicated forest staffs of protected areas and monitor the great wildlife diversity of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, a short trek webbing through the evergreen and moist deciduous forests and finally climbing and settling in the watch tower to witness the memorable night that follows. Eco-tourist will be given data sheets, binoculars etc. to count the wildlife sightings that come across. Tea, snacks and packed dinner will be served on top of the watch tower. (Note: No inbuilt toilet facility is available).
Day 4: On this day, we will return to the base station. After freshen up, we will have breakfast and then we will return to Cochin.
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