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Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Certificate of Excellence
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
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““"A Excellent forest but don't expect to see tigers"””
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Those who wish to stay in the real wilderness area one can opt for Thellikkal Nights. This accommodation is deep inside the forest and has to trek on 8 km to reach this spot. The surrounding ambience is dark woods with beautiful grassland and waterhole where one can meet the real tranquility of mother nature.

We had booked a stay at the Thellikkal Inspection Bungalow, which is 8 km deep inside the forest. We had to trek through dense teak plantations to reach this bungalow. A forest tribal guide, and an armed guard accompanied us in our 8 km walk inside the forest. The walk to the bungalow is a treat in itself, with animals like Nilgiri Langur, Malabar giant squirrel, Ruddy Mongoose, and herds of deers and gaur, magically appearing on the trees and amidst the bushes. Birds like the Wayanad Whistling thrush and Racket tailed drongo, which are a rarity elsewhere, can be spotted without much fuss in Parambikulam. In front of the Thellikkal bungalow is a huge marshy vayal (open grassland), which attracts herds of Indian gaur, chital and sambar. The presence of the herbivores naturally makes the vayal a favorite hunting ground for the big cats – especially the great and elusive – Royal Bengal Tiger.
That night and the following morning, we could listen to the music of a variety of songbirds.
Parambikulam was an enriching experience. The sanctuary is maintained by efficient and passionate staff who really care about the rainforest ecology and wildlife conservation. The stories told by our tribal guides were plinthed on their love for the animals of their forest.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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dublin, ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2013

My wife and I spent a day and 2 nights in a tree house in Parambikulam. When you arrive there you rejoice that you are in such an amazing and beautiful place. But again this is ruined by humans as you find out the next day you are also prisoners while you are there. You have zero freedom and you are basically spied on and shackled with a 'guide' ( = prison guard) wherever you go.

The place should be a paradise for hiking. However the guided hike is a joke - there you are in a beautiful forest and they take you on a simple 2 hour walk along an old paved road to a reservoir and then the concrete monstrosity of a dam! You cannot take a step independently without being forced to return to your ‘prison’ by the wardens. It was a horrible experience. But by the time we realised this we had to endure it for that evening before we could leave the next morning on the bus.

They take your money (and it is a robbery for what you get) and basically do their utmost to make you feel like prisoners and keep you away from the animals you have come to see. They know very well the likely areas the elephants and other larger mammals are but completely keep you away from them.

The bamboo rafting was an embarrassing joke. This poor guy rows you from side of the reservoir to the other then back for a grand total of 30 minutes. Why do they do this? You feel ridiculous.

So I would advise avoiding this place at all costs and going somewhere else where you are wanted and not treated as a prisoner.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2013

As mentioned in many previous reviews, this place is almost impossible to book independantly in advance from outside India. After weeks of frustration we eventally asked our driver (the excellent Ramesh, Tel +919846554646 found on TA forum) and he managed to get bookings for the tented niche and honey comb. The former was excellent with large and comfortable safari tents set in a landscaped area with monkeys and peacocks. Honeycomb is more basic but acceptible for one night. Food choice was limited but ok. The jeep safari was rushed and a waste of time, but the rafting was pleasant and the early morning walks sensational. Animal life was limited (this is not Africa) but birds plentiful. Parambikulam is MUCH better than Wyanad in this respect.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2013

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!

Room Tip: Tented niche is definitely the best option - book in advance to ensure availability.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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coimbatore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2012

The package was not disclosed properly , we simply wasted the time and money , i request to not stay in honey comb ,we totally spend our time in rooms , paying a lot of money and we couldn't see any animal because there was no safari the staff service was very poor during outing , so it was a unsatisfied treip

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Bangalore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stayed there as a couple for a night. The rooms are basic but clean. The staff are very friendly and had a set meal prepared for us, the food being quite delicious. Average cost for a couple including the stay, all 3 meals, Kannimara Teak safari, Bamboo rafting, tribal symphony, early morning trekking was around 3k as we took the rooms in the main building, the others being completely booked. On arrival a guide is assigned who helps with all the activities like safari, rafting and trekking. During our stay there was a herd of elephants which had come down and left a trail of broken tress and shaved barks right behind the cottage. The place was worth the money

Room Tip: Try to book the tree house overlooking the dam waters.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2012

An awesome place…

It is very difficult to book because the phone number given in the sites are not working properly.

But I am sure you will forget all the frustrations once you reach there…we booked ‘Tented Niche’ package which includes 3 time food, Kannimara Teak safari, Bamboo rafting, tribal symphony, early morning trekking..For two people its costs you 4500 RS.

Here you go for the phone number 91-9442201690

Please carry a BSNL sim card to there,becuase all other operators doesn't have Signal!

We couldn’t go for ‘Island Nest’ (Veettikunnu) package...But will go one day for sure!

Room Tip: Book in advance ,call to this number 91-9442201690
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Address: Parabikulam Wildlife Sanctuary | Pollachi, Palakkad 678 661, India
Location: India > Kerala > Palakkad District > Palakkad
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Ranked #2 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Palakkad
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