We had a two night stay in Parambikulam as part of our tour of Kerala. Spent one night in the tented niche accommodation and one night in Parambikulam tree top house. Tented niche is definitely best - accommodation was clean and central, all the tours depart from here. The tree top house is 25km further from the tented niche, at the 'end of the line' so to speak. It looked lovely from the outside, but is very basic (small and only has a bucket shower) and we found it slightly damp and musty (going by the reviews in the guest book it had been empty for a couple of months). Biggest problem was that after the bathroom floor got wet it seemed to attract an infestation of massive white slugs - disgusting! As per the other reviews, can agree that the food at both accommodations was excellent.
Enjoyed all the activities - safari drive is in a noisy minibus, so don't expect much, but still managed to see gaur, deer, monkeys, peacocks etc, as well as a stop at the Kannimara teak tree. On the night drive we saw a sloth bear which was definitely a highlight. Bamboo rafting was a fun experience, as was the village tribal symphony (traditional dance demonstration). Early morning bird watching was excellent - saw lots of birds (especially lovely kingfishers), but turned into elephant hunting as we trekked through the jungle to try to get close to an elephant munching bamboo - lots of fun! Our second trek from the tree-top hut was less exciting.
The difficulty with Parambikulam is finding information, booking and getting there. We tried all phone numbers and emails we could find and none worked. Ended up being the only bit of our entire trip we needed to use a tour company to book. However we used Grass Hills Tours and Travels and they were excellent. Booked everything exactly as we requested and the whole trip ran smoothly. While we were there private vehicles weren't allowed in the park (the Government seem to stop this sporadically) so two members of the Grass Hills team accompanied us in person on the bus (not an insignificant trip). Price was not too much more than booking direct either, well worth it for their services.
Definitely recommend a visit to Parambikulam as a unique experience if you can get there!
- Also Known As:
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary Kerala, India - Palakkad