Parambikulam Tiger Reserve which also includes the former Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Western Ghat mountain regions of Southern India. The Tiger reserve also constitutes part of the border regions between the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is situated at a distance of 89 kilometers from Palakkad and 44 km from Pollachi, adjacent to Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu. Although Parambikulam belongs to the state of Kerala, it is accessible only via Pollachi in Tamil Nadu.
The park is thickly forested with bamboo and other such tropical wet and evergreen trees. The terrain is hilly owing to it being a part of the Western Ghats. The reserve supports diverse habitat type’s viz., evergreen forests,semi evergreen, moist deciduous, dry deciduous and shola forests.
The sanctuary includes 36 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 268 species of birds, 61 species of reptiles, 47 species of fish, 124 species of butterflies and more than a thousand species of insects. The animals consist of lion-tailed Macaque, NilgiriTahr, elephant, tiger, pantThe common species found here are Asian Elephant, Gaur, Royal Bengal Tiger, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Common Langur, Nilgiri Langur, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Sloth Bear, Panther Wild Dog etc.
Valparai is a hill station located in the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. It is 104 km from Coimbatore and 64 km from Pollachi 110kms from Ernakulam (Cochin). A pollution free& heavenly land,Valparai is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anamalai mountain range. Valparai is not just a small town. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around.
People are approachable and very friendly. This is a one of the places that you shouldn’t miss in your life.
The unique grass forests, Grass Hills, are also located near Valparai. The hill sports tall grass and houses elephants, boars, cheetah and other wild animals. In addition, one can drive around the mountain tea estates enjoying the pleasant climate and forget the once dense forest that have paved the way for tea bushes. From Valparai one can visit the Aliyar, Sholaiyar and Nirar dams.
The drive from Valparai to Athirapally is a must do in the itinerary through dense forests. This 30 kms route is closed from 6pm to 6am due to thickly forested area through which the road winds itself down to Athirapally.
Athirappilly Falls is situated 1000 ft above sea level on the Chalakudyriver, at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges of the Western Ghats, Athirappalli is a scenic combination of forests and little streams. Falling from a height of 80 feet, this is one of the largest waterfalls in the state. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered hornbill species are seen.
Daily Jungle Safari trips are organized by Thrissur District Tourism Promotion Council with Athirappilly Destination Management Council