I went along with 2 other friends of mine in the month of Sep' 13. Reading the previous reviews, I had booked it well in advance.. (Didnt have to pay anything beforehand but got a confirmation over the phone).
We were given the 'Tented Niche' for the stay. It was beautiful (a midst the forest). Here are some take aways:
1. Indians are charged 6000 for one tent (2 persons). We had one extra person so we paid 1500 extra making it 7500 for one night!
2. This included breakfast, lunch and dinner (mind you the food was sumptuous).
3. We were welcomed with a drink (lemon juice), briefed about the reserve, taken for a safari (was okay we spotted boar, pig, deer etc)
4. The boating we did on bamboo raft was amazing given the weather was brilliant and the surrounding hills has all the clouds making the view breathtaking.
5. Tribal dance (nothing great to offer..)
6. Dusk safari (probably the best part- you get to spot the animals after dark.. many would be crossing the road while you drive down in the bus)
7. Food (the best part- authentic Kerala cuisine.. As a non vegetarian I was offered fish curry and fish fry for lunch and chicken in the night.. yummy :)
8. Morning trek- The authorities were more than welcoming and offered us two trekking paths.. the Evergreen forest path was good.. though you wont see any animals in this trail but the forest itself is beautiful to keep you occupied for the entire 4 kms..
2. The stay itself.. middle of the forest!
3. Dusk safari, Bamboo raft and morning trek
1. Pricey.. though almost worth it.
2. If the guides can speak a bit more English fluently then it would have given us more details about the place. Currently it was restricted to mostly at Tamil and Malayalam so having proficiency in Hindi and English didn't help me much :(
Best part: The service. The people from Parambikulam were really helping and that really impressed me. Since there are no mobile network inside the forest (Except for BSNL) we were out of touch from the outside world (which was a good thing for a day ;)) but in case if one need to make a call or two they were really willing to lend the cell for the same.
Please note: Alcohol is not allowed inside the forest. We had it and couldnt throw it away, (though there was no intention to consume it inside the forest as we had plans for other cities as well so it was kept in our car), somehow we managed to sneak in , but had that been caught, there was a hefty fine of Rs 5000. Please avoid taking alcoholic beverages inside.
- Also Known As:
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary Kerala, India - Palakkad