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Parambikulam Resorts – A Best Wildlife Tourist Place

Parambikulam Resorts / Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is the most protected ecological piece of Anamalai sub unit of Western Ghats, surrounded on all sides by protected areas and sanctuaries of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the sanctuary is endowed with a peninsular flora and fauna which are excellently conserved due to total protection and minimal human interferences. Parambikulam Resorts being a major ecological continuum from Peechhi to Eravikulam through Anamalai aids the large viable populations of wildlife. Parambikulam Resorts are the home ground for different races of indigenous people who are as well an integral part of the prevailing harmonious ecosystem. The thick, opulent habitat of the sanctuary with ample water supply make it an abode for wildlife and there by for tourist who can have treasured memories of animal sightings and that of being in the lap of mother nature
Parambikulam Resorts – Govt Accommodation facilities available in the sanctuary:

Parambikulam Resorts - ActivitiesParambikulam with its panoramic landscape, meandering streams, extensive water-spread of the reservoir, cascading waterfalls, rolling hills and valleys and a wealth of biodiversity, is one of the most captivating place on earth.

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve are well kept and hygienic facilities available to accommodate the discerning tourist are given below :

  •     Tented Homes at Anappady      14 beds (7 tents)
  •     Veettikunnu Island Inn      6 beds
  •     Treetop Hut, Thunacadavu     2
  •     Treetop Hut, Parambikulam     2
  •     Elephant valley home, Parambikulam      6 beds
  •     Bison valley Home, Parambikulam     6
  •     Sambar Machan (Kuriarkutty)     5 Nos.
  •     Peacock Machan (Vengoli)     5 Nos.
  •     Cheetal Machan (Anakkal)     5 Nos.
  •     Thellikkal IB      8 beds
  •     LTM House      6 beds
  •     Bay Owl Shed (Bagapallam)      5 Nos
  •     Tahr shed (Vengoli)     5 Nos
  •     Cane Turtle Shed (Thuthanpara)       5 Nos.
  •     iger Hall, Parambikulam      20 Nos.
  •     Masheer Dormitory, Anappady     40 Nos.
  •     Salim Ali Study centre     10 Nos

Note: For booking in the above facilities, the Tourist Information Centres at Anappady and Parambikulam managed by Tribal Eco-development Committees shall be approached. Booking will be made on ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis and on availability.

Tented Niche
Tented Niche is a unique camping opportunity provided at Anappady campus to experience the nature. It is a package programme inclusive of vehicle safari, bamboo rafting, bird watching, trekking and tribal symphony with food and accommodation. The salient features of this package are follows.

    Halting at eco friendly hut with real nature experience.
    All huts are electrified with attached bath and toilet.
    Dining in a tribal hut with buffet system.
    Local Vegetarian / Non-vegetarian foods are available.
    Each tent will be looked by one Naturalist.
    7 tents are available, two persons per tent, One extra person permitted.
    Parambikulam Resorts A Eco Tourism Activities
    More accommodations

Parambikulam Activities and Packages


 
Trekking Packages

    Kariyanshola Trail
    Pugmark Trail
    Bear Path Trail

Parambikulam Night Halt Packages

    Tented Niche
    Honey Comb Complex
    Treetop Hut Parambikulam
    Bison Valley Parambikulam
    Treetop Hut Thunakadavu
    Cheetal Valley Thunacadavu
    Civet Valley Thunacadavu

Nature Education

    Paid Nature Camps
    Jungle Camps
    Thellikkal Nights
    Bamboo Island
    Veettikunnu Island Nest

Day Packages

    Bamboo Rafting
    Kannimara Safari
    Tribal Symphony
    Jungle Safari

Special Attractions

    Kannimara Teak
    Nature Interpretation Centre
    Orientation Centre
    Vanasree Ecoshop
    Tribal Heritage Centre
    Dam View Points
    Valley View Point
    Parambikulam Dam
    Thunakadavu Dam

Green Tips

All of us can help protect our environment. Whether it is at home, at work or at school, we need to take charge of things around us and help fight global warming. Here are some tips on how to go green and ensure that your home, your school and your (or your parents’) place of work are eco friendly.
  •   Turn off your lights when you are not using them.
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  •   Use low energy bulbs and tubes such as compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs as they consume less electricity than high voltage incandescent bulbs.
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  •   Electronic appliances such as computers, printers, televisions, music systems, etc. should not be left on stand-by. Switch them off when you’re done. 
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  •   If you have a balcony or any open space plants lots of trees or keep some potted plants. Community gardens are a wonderful way to get your neighbours and friends involved in your work. Another amazing thing to do is to start your own vegetable garden where you can grow organic produce!
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  •   Remember the three R's – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We often print on one side of a page and then throw it away. Don’t print if you don’t need to and always use both sides of the paper. Make sure you always recycle even if it’s just a banana peel – fruit and vegetable skins make great manure. Avoid plastic and instead go for reusable cloth bags, carry your lunch in a box instead of foil – the list is endless!
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  •   Surely you don’t need the air-conditioner when it’s lovely and breezy outside. Try keeping you’re a/c usage to a minimum – they’re power guzzlers!
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  •   Form a car pool with colleagues or friends or take public transport to school, work or any other place you visit. It may take longer, but it is good for our environment. Riding your bike or walking are excellent options.
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  •   Do NOT litter! Even though public places may not have dustbins that’s not excuse to make a mess! Put your garbage back in your bag and take it home with you. A good way of doing this is to keep assign a pocket in your bag for litter or to carry a small paper bag for your rubbish. Make it a point to correct people who litter and work with public authorities to install more dustbins and promote cleanliness.
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  •   Avoid buying bottled water. The process of harvesting raw materials, processing and manufacturing the plastic and shipping them to the market is extremely energy intensive. Therefore, filter your own water and use reusable water bottles to fill water

Do's and Dont's Topslip

Our Expectations from you  - The Green Soldier


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  •     Follow the entry/gate timing strictly ie: 7am -6 pm
  •     Do not disturb or tease animals
  •     Give way to animals first.
  •     Animal sightings are matter of chance. Be patient.
  •     Total silence and discipline enhances the chances of animal sightings
  •     Respect animals and their habits.
  •     Consuming alcohol or visiting tiger reserve under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  •     Smoking is strictly prohibited
  •     Do not carry any inflammable materials
  •     Please do not litter the surroundings. Plastics are completely prohibited
  •     Small groups are always preferred. Early mornings and late afternoons are ideal to visit Forests
  •     Do not wear colorful clothes or perfumes during visit. Colours like Khakis, browns and greens are best suited for forests
  •     Always carry a drinking water
  •     Trekkers are advised to use jungle boots to ensure safety.
  •     Carry a first aid kit with medicines for common ailments.
  •     Always follow the instructions of the staffs and the Naturalists
  •     Be careful during boat rides. Don’t do anything that will rock the boat or endanger lives.
  •     Carry a note pad, flashlight, road maps, bus, train and airline time tables.
  •     Follow the instruction given by Information Centre at the beginning.


Remember- Do not leave anything but footprints, Do not take anything but sweet memories from Nature’s own Abode- Topslip Tourism

Flora and Fauna Topslip

Flora

The Anamalais rise from foothills at the height of 300 m to Topslip-Parambikulam Plateau at 800m and to the Valparai Plateau, between 1000 and 1250 m. The elevation range includes an array of habitats ranging from dry thorn forests in the low foothills to semi-evergreen stretches to grass hills and evergreen shoals in Valparai.
Forest types in this Reserve are:
  •     Tropical wet evergreen forest.
  •     Southern tropical moist deciduous forest
  •     Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest
  •     Southern Montane Wet Temperate Forest
  •     Southern tropical thorn Forest
  •     Dry Savannah Forest
  •     Southern Bamboo Forest
  •     Reeds.

The floral diversity has been estimated to be over 2000 species, of which about 400 species are of medicinal importance. The Karian Shola NP has been identified and designated as a Medicinal Plant Conservation Area (MPCA) due to its medicinal plant diversity.
Apart from its rich tree diversity, over 100 species of orchids, a wide variety of ferns, grasses, palms and canes abode here.

Fauna

The sanctuary supports extremely diverse faunal population and several species are exclusive to this area. A wide variety of herbivores inhabit this Sanctuary including elephant, gaur, Sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, nilgiri tahr and wild boar. This is equally matched by carnivore diversity with Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog (Dhole), Indian Fox, Leopard-cat and Jungle cat. Primates are represented by bonnet macaque, common langur, nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque and slender loris. Other important mammals include the Sloth Bear, Small Indian civet, Toddy cat, Ruddy mongoose, Stripped-necked mongoose, Common Otter, Smooth Indian Otter, Nilgiri marten, Indian Flying fox squirrel, Indian Giant Squirrel, Dusky stripped squirrel, Flying squirrel, Black naped Indian Hare, Bandicoot Rat, Grey musk shrew, Indian Porcupine, Indian Pangolin.


The Sanctuary is a birders’ paradise. Over 300 species of birds have been sighted. Apart from the Great Pied Hornbil-the flagship species, rare birds like the Frogmouth, Red-winged crested cuckoo are found here. Birds of prey like Crested Serpent Eagle, Spot-billied Eagle , Black Eagle, Crested Gohawk, Rufous bellied Eagle, Jerdon’s Baza, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Owl. Grey Jungle fowl, Painted Bush quail, Red Spurfowl, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, White-bellied Woodpecker, Alpine Swift, Brown-backed Needletail, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Dollar bird, Malabar Trogon, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Blue-bearded Bee eater, White bellied Treepie, White-bellied Shortwing, Wynad Laughingthrush, Hill Myna, Nilgir Flycatcher. Many species of flycatchers, Drongos, Treepies, Birds of prey, Thrushes, Warblers, Babblers, woodpeckers, Parakeets, Pigeons, Shrikes, Cuckoos, Swifts and Owls are also found here.
Shortwing, Wynad Laughingthrush, Hill Myna, Nilgir Flycatcher. Many species of flycatchers, Drongos, Treepies, Birds of prey, Thrushes, Warblers, Babblers, woodpeckers, Parakeets, Pigeons, Shrikes, Cuckoos, Swifts and Owls are also found here.

The Sanctuary is a treasure house of several rare, endangered and endemic species of reptiles and amphibians. Rare reptiles like Travancore Cane turtle and Travancore tortoise,Marsh Crocodile,Common Indian monitor,Kerala Forest Terapin,. Travancore Cane turtle, Forest calotes snake, Sand snake, Olive keel back, Water snake, Bronze bark tree snake, Perrotes shield tail snake, Common wolf snake and Green keel back are present here.
Southern Green calotes , Common skink ,Snake skink,Draco or Flying lizard.Apart from this, several species of snakes including the poisonous King Cobra, Cobra, Common Krait , Saw-scaled viper, Russels viper , Bamboo Pit Viper, and non Poisonus Indian rock python, Green keelback, Vine snake, Common warm snake, Sand snake, Olive keel back, Water snake, Bronze bark tree snake, Perrotes shield tail snake , Common wolf snake and Green keel back are present here.


The amphibians include narrow mouthed frogs like the Microhyla, tree frogs like the Malabar gliding frog, Green tree frog and toads like the Bufo beddomi, Bufo melanostictus.The insect diversity is amply demonstrated by a wide variety of butterflies and moths found here.It is very rich in grasshoppers, mantises, beetles, flies, ants, termites and spiders (arachinids), which play an important role in eco system sustenance.

Anaimalai Masaniamman Temple

Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, often referred as Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple, is a highly revered shrine situated at Anaimalai, in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. The temple, nestled amid grassland interlaced with criss-cross pathways and rivulets against the backdrop of Anaimalai Hills, is about 24 km south-west of Pollachi. It is situated at the confluence of Aliyar River and the Uppar stream
    
Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple enshrines Goddess Arulmigu Masani Amman as the presiding deity. The deity is seen in a lying posture measuring 15 ft from head to foot. The deity is depicted with four hands; two placed on the ground and two raised above. Other deities worshipped include Neethi Kal (stone of justice) and Mahamuniappan.


Legend has it that during Lord Ram wanderings in search of Sita, he stayed in Anaimalai in a graveyard.
    
Most noteworthy feature of the Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple is that it serves as a welfare government listening to the grievances of the public, as a clinical dispensary rectifying the physical ills of people and as a court of justice easing the suffering of men and women.
     
Hundreds of devotees flock to the temple, especially woman, during Tuesdays and Fridays. The annual Kundam Festival celebrated here is a major draw attended by thousands of devotees amid much pomp and splendor. 


History Of Masaniamman Temple

In the Sangam Era, Anaimalai was known as Nannanur and ruled by a chieftain called Nannan. There was a dense grove of mango trees belonging to him. Appointing checkpost officials, he had proclaimed punitive measures against trespassers. An unfortunate young woman who was bathing in the river Aliyar stumbles upon a mango fruit coming to her, floating on the water. Unable to resist temptation, she at once picked it up and bit it. The prying officials reported the news to the ruler.

The poor woman was produced before the chieftain with her clothes dripping water. She pleaded not guilty and prayed to the lord to be sat free.

She explained that she never committed any offence; if at all it was considered an act of stealth, it was more by chance than by choice. Although the father of the woman offered to give an image made of gold equal to her weight by way of compensation together with 81 elephants, the ruler did not relent and ordered her execution.

Filled with fury and indignation, the kith and the kin of the ill-faded woman took arms against the unscrupulous chieftain and killed him in a battle near Vijayamangalam. The body of the hapless women was buried n the graveyard. An image of hers was made and people started worshipping it every Thursday and Friday. Soon a temple was built for the women, commemorating her martyrdom.


Festivals

Annual Festival (Kundam Thiru Vizha)

A land measuring 2.85 acres has been gifted to the temple. On this land in a particular place is dug up a fire-pit for the Kundam Festival. 

Kundam Festival associated with Mariamman temples is the most popular one in Kongunadu. Kundam Festival represents the Annual Brahmorchavam in this shrine. Every year on the New Moon Day of the Tamil Month 'Thai' the temple flag is hoisted. On the 14th day, at midnight, devotees hasten to the graveyard for special worship. 

An image of the deity is made out of the clay taken from the graveyard and prayer is offered to it. On the 15th day after fulfilling the formality of what is known as 'Kankan', 'Kumbhasthapanam' takes place. Special worship is performed at 3.00 A.M. 

On the 16th day comes the Chithira Ther Festival. After the car circumambulated the town, at 10.00 P.M. the holy fire of the 'Kundam' is lighted. On the 17th day at 9.00 A.M. devotees, in great excitement and frenzy jump into a fire-pit sprawling to a staggering length of 40 feet for fire-walking in fulfillment of their vows. 

On the 18th day, the flag is lowered. After anointment to the deity, is performed 'Mahamuni Pooja'.

The Temple Almanac

The following days are celebrated as holy ones in the shrine : Vaikasi Visakam, Adi Perukku, Adi Pooram, Tamil New Year Day, Amavasai, Vinayakar Chathurthi, Deepavali, Karthigai Depam, Markazhi Dhanur Pooja, Navarathri Etc.,

Renovation and Kumbhabhishekam

The Temple was renovated at a cost of Rs. 60 lakshs and the Kumbhabhishekam celebrated on 9-11-2000 in a grand manner.

Religious Significance

The Shrine serves as a welfare Government listening to the grievances of the public, as a clinical dispensary remedying the physical ills of the people and as a court of justice relieving the distress of men and women.
Devotees record their aspirations, claims and hopes on a piece of paper and submit it to the temple priest to be placed on the trident of the deity. It is firmly believed that the Goddess responds to their prayers within a period of 90 days. 

There is a stone image in the temple representing the Goddess of justice with the body of a serpent, popularly known as 'Neethi Kal' (Stone of Justice). People harassed by enemies, merchants meeting with loss in business or men and women who have lost their belongings take bath, sport holy ashes of the shrine and then grind chillies in the stone grinder of the temple and smear the paste on the so called 'Neethi Kal'. Barren women are blessed with offsprings. The special medicine given by the shrine relieves the gynaecological disorders of women.

Unique Features of the Deity

Nowhere in Tamilnadu, perhaps even in the whole of country can be found the reclining iimage of Goddess. In the Sanctum-Sanctorum, the sprawling image of Masaniamman lying on her back, measures 17' from head to foot. It is a giant-size stucco work painted in flamboyant colour. The deity has four hands - two placed on the ground and two raised above. While the two right hands hold a skull and a snake, the two left hands hold a tiny drum and a trident.

In front of the Sanctum Sanctorum is a niche, wherein is enshrined Mahamuniappan. The image is also painted in rich colours and fascinating to the eye.

Pooja Timing

POOJA TIMINGS
Opening of the Sanctum Sanctorum 6.00 A.M.
Anointment and adornment (Abhishekam and Alankaram) 6.30 A.M.
Noon Worship (Uchikala Pooja) 11.30A.M.to
12.30 P.M.
Abhishekam and Alankaram 4.00P.M.to
4.30 P.M.
Evening Worship (Sayarakshai Pooja) 6.30 P.M. to 7.30 P.M.
Sannadhi Thirukappu (Closing) 8.00 P.M.


On the new moonday (Amavasai) worship and prayer start at 5.00 A.M. and last till 8.00 P.M. People not only from Coimbatore District but also from other districts and other states too converge on the temple for worship and prayer in thousands.

Worship Time

The Sanctum of the deity is kept open from 6.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M.


Chital House Forest Guest House Accommodations

This building is found in Topslip encircled with grass hayfield interspersed with Bamboos. From the remainder house you'll be able to relish the perspective of Kariyan Shola and Pandaravarai Peak with mist / cloud ladden hills. within the evening hours one will sight noticed cervid, Gaurs every now and then elephants. line is connected. quandary facilities offered all the hours. you will avail the trekking to Karianshola a singular evergreen forest of lofty supported trees with coraciiform bird nests, claw marks of tiger, large climbers, ground and tree orchids etc.,


Total Suites : 2
Maximum Members : 4+ 2
Accommodation Cost : Rs.3000 per Head with Package

Wood House Package Includes :

  •             3 Time Veg and Non Veg Food ,
  •             Elephant Safari in Topslip,
  •             Elephant feeding Camp forest vehicle safari,
  •             trekking and bird watching in early morning ,
  •             Parambikulam Forest Vehicle Safari

Wood House Forest Guest House Accommodation

 
This building is found in Topslip encircled with grass hayfield interspersed with Bamboos. From the remainder house you'll be able to relish the perspective of Kariyan Shola and Pandaravarai Peak with mist / cloud ladden hills. within the evening hours one will sight noticed cervid, Gaurs every now and then elephants. line is connected. quandary facilities offered all the hours. you will avail the trekking to Karianshola a singular evergreen forest of lofty supported trees with coraciiform bird nests, claw marks of tiger, large climbers, ground and tree orchids etc.,


Total Suites : 2
Maximum Members : 4+ 2
Accommodation Cost : Rs.3000 per Head with Package

Wood House Package Includes :

  •             3 Time Veg and Non Veg Food ,
  •             Elephant Safari in Topslip,
  •             Elephant feeding Camp forest vehicle safari,
  •             trekking and bird watching in early morning ,
  •             Parambikulam Forest Vehicle Safari

Bamboo Hut Forest Resort Accommodation

This rest homes area unit situated at Topslip. The background of rest homes is with evergreen forests. you'll be able to see the bamboo brakes within the front. this can be the place wherever in you'll be able to hear a lot of birds decisions particularly the wakeup call within the early morning hours by the malabar whistling thrush. you're guaranteed to see arboreal animals like large squirrel and Nilgiri Old World monkey. throughout night hours you'll be able to see the family of Asian wild ox and herd of noticed cervid before of the remainder house.




Total Suites : 1
Maximum Members : 3 + 1 

Pillar Top Hut Package Includes :
  •         3 Time Veg and Non Veg Food ,
  •         Elephant Safari in Topslip,
  •         Elephant feeding Camp forest vehicle safari,
  •         trekking and bird watching in early morning ,
  •         Parambikulam Forest Vehicle Safari




Tree House ( Treetop Hut ) Forest Guest House

This rest homes area unit situated at Topslip. The background of rest homes is with evergreen forests. you'll be able to see the bamboo brakes within the front. this can be the place wherever in you'll be able to hear a lot of birds decisions particularly the wakeup call within the early morning hours by the malabar whistling thrush. you're guaranteed to see arboreal animals like large squirrel and Nilgiri Old World monkey. throughout night hours you'll be able to see the family of Asian wild ox and herd of noticed cervid before of the remainder house.



Total Suites       : 6
Maximum Members : 12+6
Accommodation Cost :  Rs.3000 Per Head With full Package.


TreeTop Hut Package Includes :

  •         3 Time Veg and Non Veg Food ,
  •         Elephant Safari in Topslip,
  •         Elephant feeding Camp forest vehicle safari,
  •         trekking and bird watching in early morning ,
  •         Parambikulam Forest Vehicle Safari