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.
- Also Known As:
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary Kerala, India - Palakkad