Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary located between the branches of the Periyar river is essentially a bird sanctuary. The rivers which remain shallow for most of the year has a lot of fishes and the avifauna includes birds both indigenous birds and water birds.
The most notable of the indigenous birds are the Malabar grey hornbill, grey jungle fowl, heron, egret, jungle myna, woodpecker, rose-winged and blue-winged parakeet. Often rare birds like the Ceylon frog-mouth, rose-billed roller, etc. are also seen.
Parambikulam is endowed with luxuriant vegetation. It has one of the largest population of gaur (bison), sambar, spotted deer, jungle cat, lion-tailed macaque, common otter and sloth bear are also seen. There are also a few tigers and leopards. The waters are breeding grounds for crocodiles, geckos, skunks, chameleons, while snakes like the king cobra, spectacled cobra, krait, viper, python, rat snake, vine snake are quite common.
Facilities for boarding and lodging are available at the sanctuary. There are forest rest houses at Thunacadavu, Thellikkal and Elathode. Motor transport and boat cruises can be arranged on request.
Reaching Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: The nearest airport is at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu (100 km away) while the nearest railhead is at Pollachi (60 km away).
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