Walk the trail that passes through the enchanting natural world and beautiful evergreen forests with a mosaic of numerous endangered medicinal plants and orchids.
Duration : 3 hrs | Distance: 6kms | Level: Easy | Birding | Butterflies, Frogs and Reptiles | Endemic flora and fauna
*Differential pricing for Indians and foreigners, due to variable pricing levied by the forest department.
The route for the Kariyanshola trail starts from Anappady – Rock point – Kariyanshola – Jungle Stream – Teak plantation and back to Anappady covering 6 kms of pristine evergreen forests some tropical, some moist and dry-deciduous.
After a small brief by our Naturalist and a walk-through video about the Tiger reserve, the trail starts from the Eco-Care Centre at Anappady where you can purchase memorabilia like T-shirts, caps, picture, postcards and stickers as well as bottles of raw and fresh honey.
The walk along the tarmac roads soon ventures into the jungles where a mild ascend helps you reach the top of a hillock.
Treat your eyes to the spectacular scenery that unfolds in front of you, with the stunning views of mountain grasslands and peaks on the opposite side, before you further venture into the jungles.
Half-way through, the trail completely transforms into a whole new landscape – from dry-deciduous to tropical evergreen forests. With the change in landscape, experience a pleasant change in climate and bio-diversity. From birding and animal sighting in the dry-deciduous forests, here you will be looking for frogs, reptiles and Lianas- the long-stemmed, woody vine trees that are tall and huge.
After covering some grounds, the thick evergreen jungle opens into a beautiful river-stream. Its mid-morning by then and it’s time to take a break, bask and breathe the pristine jungle air and lots of photographs before starting the descent.
The descend will get you to the trail head by late afternoon, and you will reach Anappady again for a sumptuous meal, where you can relax and unwind.
Take-away for the day:
Trekking in Parambikulam calls for a privileged experience. One of India’s 39 claimants to the UNESCO World Heritage tag, Parambikulam is one of India’s well-maintained forests – pristine, raw and undisturbed in most parts. Home to the largest population of the Indian Gaur, trekking amidst these forests offers immense opportunities to sight wild animals like the endangered Sloth Bear, Indian Elephant and some flagship bird species like the Great Indian Hornbill, SriLankan frogmouth etc.
Post the trek and a sumptuous lunch, we set off to the picturesque Parambikulam reservoir for boating on the Bamboo rafts. On a lucky day, you can spot Elephant herds, Gaurs and Spotted deer herds grazing on the reservoir banks. Also mugger crocodiles can be seen basking in the sun. River terns, pratincoles and cormorants are a common sight here.
Then we set off on a wildlife safari to Sungam range, the forest track of 6.8 km leading to the Pride of Parambikulam – the Kannimara Teak, one of the oldest and largest ‘natural’ living teak trees in the world. The 450-year-old gentle giant rises up to 48.5 m with a girth of 6.57 m, it takes five people with arms outstretched to encircle it completely.
By late evening you will board the vehicles and head back to Topslip for a hot chai / coffee and return back to your resort to relax and unwind.