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Old 9th September 2010, 12:40   #151
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Lalu, thanks for the info, but I am curious about one thing - how do they keep snakes out in these places? Sorry to have asked but I suppose they are a big threat, especially in the rainy season.

I think the strategy of pricing the Parambikulam huts/machans high ensures that only the serious traveller comes there, and keeps away the day-trippers and the drinking squads!

From the time I first saw the Orukomban Range - "Orukomban" means the dangerous single-tusked elephant - when I first visited Parambikulam in 1988, the place evokes feelings of danger, majesty and wilderness.
Never thought about the snakes when we were there. We happily walked in the wild too. Saw a Cobra Skin during the trek, but we all suddenly forgot it in the beauty of the place.

Only later when Nutty told Parambikulam is a natural reserve for King Cobras, it flashed to me what dangerous trek we'd been involved in. But thankfully nothing happened.

I did not ask the guides also about it.

The costs are high to get serious visitors only to stay back. Also the entry restriction of own vehicles will reduce the day drinking squads to the department safari buses only.

This is a boon of Parambikulam.

When we reach the info about Gavi, I'll tell you how much that place needs attention to sustain. For now, nothing like Parambikulam. Atleast they do their part.

The area around Orukomban has an eery feeling. I guess its duet to the tall trees and moist atmosphere, and even in peak noon sunlight is difficult to see.

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I was told it used to be common practice to dump salt close to the river banks at Thekkady during the times of VIP visits in order to increase the possibility of sightings of wildlife. Similar strategy was adopted by Karnataka Forest department to have artificial salt licks in the tourism area of both Bandipur & Nagarhole forests.
VIPS must see animals , so then what to do!!
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Great Pictures. I think this Sambar Machan is the same tree house where we trekked past when we went to the Teak Tree. The Guide informed us that we should be here on a Full Moon day. He also said there would be a 100% chance of sighting a tiger. If ok with you, will post a couple of pics from when I went here.
Full Moon day stuff is Cheetal Machan at Anakkal. Full Moon Sensus is only available I guess for 5 days every month during Full Moon.

That area is open plains and from the machan in moon light you can see the animals clearly.

Please go ahead with the pictures. I will be completing Parambikulam stay log by tomorrow. If you can post it by then, it'd be nice. So that we don't mix up the photos and place

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Great experience there Laluks. Superb place to stay in the middle of nature. Thank you for opening up this location for us to visit some time in the near future and experience.

Highly appreciate your patience to details and narrating them.

thanks.

Manjunath
Thanks Manjunath.
Happy to note that the log is helpful.
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Old 9th September 2010, 13:11   #153
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Lalu, any km details? Distance from Paramikulam to Kuriarkutty, the Sambar Machchan, etc?
HVK here is the GPS trail of these areas and Valparai.
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Hope you'll have more questions after that





Here is a picture to give the orientation of the places for the readers.
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The purple markings from Valparai is the road that connects Valparai with Vazhachal, Athirapally falls. After Sholayar Dam it is through the forests till Vazhachal.
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Please go ahead with the pictures. I will be completing Parambikulam stay log by tomorrow. If you can post it by then, it'd be nice. So that we don't mix up the photos and place
Actually there are a lot of pictures, but I didnt want to hijack your thread. Here's one of the thunakadavu dam from above
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Actually there are a lot of pictures, but I didnt want to hijack your thread. Here's one of the thunakadavu dam from above
Wow, That's a beautiful one.
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Day 03, 21.08.2010
Parambikulam WLS


Parambikulam Tunnel Entry.


Panoramas - Full size.
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@HVK,

Going through the photos I chanced upon this picture I've clicked. It shows the route from Kuriarkutty and further. Hope this will help us in understanding the route we were discussing about.
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The route from Kuriar kutty alway has the Karappara river on its left. So going by the map, and the google image we have two possibilities. One it has to cross the river somewhere to join near Sholayar (the dotted red lines). The solid red line still goes alongside the river and comes near Peringalkuthu, and still there is no crossing the river and further goes and touches the Vazhachal road.

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Or is it that Google is still wrong in showing where Vazhachaal is ?


Now we need to explore in person, no other way to confirm
@HVK, we will add it tour our expedition list
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Lalu, that is a god map, but like you said, the proof of the pudding is in eating it!
You must have see one of our friends here has been talking about the OTR drive that he organises from Sholayar towards Parambikulam, am sure he will be able to shed some more light on the topic.
In any case, the trail is OTR and one will have to go with the Forest Dept guys to explore it.
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Day 04, 22.08.2010
Parambikulam WLS

After a scary night coexisting with mice running all across the machan, some how I made it till morning. I was wide awake, so as to pick a fight with the mice army if they touch my Power Puff Girls. Thankfully nothing of that sort happened.

So with yet another day of Sleep Debt, I've begun the Day 04 of the trip. I've got down the machan and looked around. The guide is still asleep in his small hut below. Did not disturb him, and took a stroll around the machan.

Found some interesting bugs.

Colourful Bug
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Bug on a leaf
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Bug Family!! Don't know if it is a rule in their family to get arranged according to the size
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Also got to see a different type of mosquito

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Bugs!!
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Looked out for Antlions aka "Kuzhi aana" from these small holes. Got many of them and said hi and let them go back

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Antlion aka "Kuzhi aana"
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By the time I was down looking at all these fellows Power Puff Girls too joined me.

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Power Puff Girls comes to check out the bugs
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We had some bug hunting done and some good time together in the morning.

Nice family time together
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Power Puff Girls having fun running acrosss the balcony of the machan
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A view inside the Sambar Machan. That platform is used for sleeping!!
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I've told my wife about the ordeal last night, and Power Puff Girls were shocked that such things happened. That did not dampen the spirit as it was day and we will not be up there for long.


By this time our guide woke up and the local guide from Kuriarkutty came in with black tea. Since there were rivers all accross I asked the guide to take me to a spot were we can enter into the water for sometime. He told there is a spot nearby where it is shallow and nice for kids. So it was decided to go there immediately.


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Day 04, 22.08.2010
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We followed the guide to the river. It was a nice trek of a kilometer.

Wifey trekking to the river
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Power Puff Girls following the guide to the river
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We crossed the Tramway path again. This is further 2Km inside from the tramway bridge. The route still continues to be a Jeep trail.
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We finally reached the river.

There was a small stream joining the river.
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Power Puff Girls wasted no time and jumped into the water.

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The beautiful river. This is the same water that flows to Athirapally.
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We were enjoying the cool water for over an hour and our stomach started grumbling. Decided to get back to machan, packup and check out.

The return trek.
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Day 04, 22.08.2010
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By 10:15 we packed up and checked out of Sambar Machan.

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One for the Family album
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We started the trek back to Kuriarkutty.

The return trek
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Some views enroute

The fresh bamboo shoots, a resting place under a big tree near the river.
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Stopped by to check the centepede and the ant residence
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The mud thrown out by the earthworm, said hi to the inmates in this ant residence
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One day this will become a big Pumpkin
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Finally reached the Tea shop
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A mother daughter moment
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Wifey enjoying the view of the river near the teashop
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Kuriar-Kutty Patty (The Kuriarkutty Doggy)
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Atlast, breakfast - Maggi!!
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What a great relief that was. It was already 11:15 by then.


We decided to take a look at the Salim Ali Bird Interpretation Center before leaving Kuriarkutty.


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Day 04, 22.08.2010
Parambikulam WLS

Salim Ali Bird Intepretation Centre

We had a quick visit to Salim Ali Bird Intepretation Centre.
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Some views from the entrance area.
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There is a dormitory here, around 10 beds.
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The Bird Interpretation Centre is on the first floor
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You have the model of a lot of birds
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Dr. Salim Ali - The Birdman of India, who introduced us Birding.
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About Birds at Parambikulam

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Day 04, 22.08.2010
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We had a look at Salim Ali Study Room
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A lot of Photographs about Dr. Salim Ali were present.
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Some typical birds present at Parambikulam
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The Great Horn Bill (No No, I did not click this. This is from a picture there)
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By 12:00 we decided to return from Kuriarkutty to Parambikulam.

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Day 04, 22.08.2010
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From the centre you can see the river
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Walking back to the car park
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Crossing the Tramway bridge the last time for this trip
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The Tramway Bridge
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Finally back to our Civvy.
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We started our return journey to Parambikulam.

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Day 04, 22.08.2010
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We stopped at a few places on the beautiful Kuriarkutty Parambikulam route for photos.
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Civvy amongst the greenery
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Elephants were sighted in this route
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The route for the full moon census programme going towards Anakkal. Open only for 5 days in a month around Full Moon time.
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We reached Parambikulam Office by 12:30, after exchanging some thank you note we continued on towards the KFDC reception at Anappady

Thunakadavu Dam
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Treehouse at Thunakadavu
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We saw a deviation towards Peruvaripallam.
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This place is also out of bounds. But the guide took us there. We parked the car and walked a kilometer to the Dam.


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