Muthalamada (Palakkad): Yet another major travel destination in Kerala is reopening after remaining closed for several months considering the COVID-19 situation. Visitors who had carried out advanced booking would be allowed at the Parambikulam tiger reserve from December 12 by following all pandemic-related protocols.
The reserve, which is noted for its rich wildlife and the Connemara teak, had earlier barred entry for the public from March 10 this year.
With Parambikulam reserve resuming tourism-related activities, visitors can hop on to the 10 safari vans which take them to the interiors of the forest. Guides belonging to the local Adivasi tribe would enlighten visitors on the peculiarities of the forest and wildlife during the safari that lasts three-and-a-half hours. For tourists looking for a place to spend the night in Parambikulam, the Forest Department’s tents, Inspection Bungalow and tree huts are available.
The main attractions at Parambikulam include wildlife such as spotted deer, barking deer, Indian Gaur and wild elephants; Connemara teak, which is a most special teakwood in Asia and the Thoonakkadavu and Peruvarippallam dams.
Things to note
Advanced booking is mandatory for visiting Parambikulam tiger reserve. Visitors who intend to take part in the safari have to call the information centre and book their seats. If accommodation is needed, reservations could be done on the website www.parambikulam.org. The contact numbers are 09442201690 and 09442201691.
All visitors have to follow social distancing norms and wear masks. Those having symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed into the sanctuary.
How to reach
From Palakkad town, take the Puthunagaram - Meenakshipuram road and reach Ambarampalayam Chungam. From there, travel to Sethumadai and cross the check-post on the state border and enter Tamil Nadu. Drive through the Anamalai tiger reserve to Top Slip, a hill station. Sightseeing could be done here before continuing to Parambikulam. The Palakkad - Parambikulam distance is 91 km.
Travellers from Thrissur side can take the Wadakkanchery-Kollengode-Govindapuram road to reach Chungam and continue along the route mentioned above.