We woke up around 7 and had our coffee in the homestay and we took a little walk towards the Sholayar Dam and we happen to see sun rise from the Dam and it was Mesmerizing. After roaming there about an hour we had our breakfast and started our trip to Parambikulam as that was the place I have been dying for years to visit too.
It was sunny and we had super fun travel by pulling leg one of our friends and by hearing our favorite Songs from our playlist and we reached Parambikulam by 12 and it was a four hours travel crossing the border of Tamilnadu and have to enter Kerela.
Once you enter "The Parambikulam Tiger Reserve" you have to check in with the Information centre.
The will check the bookings which you have to do previous in the website below.
Where you can book your stay or just opt for a day time Jungle Safari.
There were different stay options available..
We opted for Peruvari Island Nest.. Which we had booked online a month before.
Once you enter The information centre you will be allocated a guide with you in your vehicle. Since it was not safe to roam around alone with out a guide as there are Tigers and wild elephants roam freely in that area.
You will be taken to a Safari with the guide.. Where you can visit few dams and also you can wait for animals to show up. You can able to watch lot of deers passing the road leisurely and you can also able to spot "Sambal Deer" which is very rare to spot. You can also wait for Tiger to show up we hardly had any luck we didn't happen to see any Tiger. You could visit Parambikulam in summer when the water in Forest is very low and animals start to come and drink water in the near by dams and you can also able to view those herds of animals. We also happen to see lion tailed monkeys which was very rare.
We also went to Kannimara Teak. Kannimara Teak is one of the worlds largest living teak tree found in Parambikulam with amazing girth of 7.02 m and height of 39.98 m. The local tribal belief here when this tree was tried to cut down, the blood spurted out from the place of cut. This tree was being since then worshipped by the local tribes in Parambikulam as "Virgin tree". Thus the name Kannimara is given as the word ‘ Kanni’ means ‘Virgin’.
Finally, we had to buy groceries in Parambikulam for our dinner and morning breakfast. Apparently you can cook your own food or you can ask the tribal people to cook who will accompany you in your stay.
Around 5 in evening, you will be asked to park your car in a safe place and you will be accompanied by 2 local people as well as guide to take you to the Island Nest. After 40 minutes of Bamboo Rafting you will enter the Peruvari Island Nest.
It was a small Island with a High Raise Bamboo hut for you to stay and a small building for the locals as well as guide to stay. The Island was powered by solar panel with very few lighting option. The room was good enough for four people and the bathroom was neat and clean.. They also had a balcony with table and chair. With in half an hour it was pitch dark and we had only one light in the room and one in balcony.
We turned it off as well and sitting in the nature moon light and started singing and chatting for hours with without worrying about our stressful office and personal lives. We started star gazing and after later the locals served delicious dinner for us. After dinner we continued singing and slept very late that night.. You are not allowed to roam around the Island as the other half of the island is full of "King Cobras" which scared us so we didn't even step out.