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Old 3rd September 2010, 15:08   #31
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You'll get all information here about accomodation and activities here. Official website of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India
Looked at this site just now. Very informative and very well done portal.
People should have the feeling that what they do is not just for money/salary.
There is should be some belonging to the overall scheme of things. It then pays rich dividends, in terms of the results manifested.

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Day 02, 20.08.2010
Sethumadai - TopSlip

Sethumadai to Top Slip is 12Kms. We drove slowly enjoying the place and stopping by to enjoy the beautiful birds, since we were the first vehicle to pass.

Some pictures from the drive.

Some views of the roads to Top Slip.
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Some stream
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Civvy resting while I go Shooting
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Picture Perfect
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Cute Birdie
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Any one Knows its name?
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And this ones name?
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This one Whistles. Is this the Malabar Whistling Thrush?
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Some Bulbul
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A Jungle Fowl
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Green Birdie
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We took a cool 1 hour to drive this stretch, not because the roads were bad, but because of the birds. By 08:00 we were at Top Slip.


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laluks i think you will be on your own ! i mean your own business ;-))

I wish if i too could get a long holiday break from office so that i can have such road trips ;-(

I ve been dreaming to goto Goa,Parambikulam,top slip,valparai and whole of kerela on a road trip.

And most important is Ladhak
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laluks i think you will be on your own ! i mean your own business ;-))

I wish if i too could get a long holiday break from office so that i can have such road trips ;-(

I ve been dreaming to goto Goa,Parambikulam,top slip,valparai and whole of kerela on a road trip.

And most important is Ladhak
Thanks joshguy. I am still salaried
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Nice start, machu. Photos are looking good. One thing, pl. don't go overboard with the special effects, man. Your pictures are lovely as it is. Just my opinion, don't flame me, ok.
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Nice start, machu. Photos are looking good. One thing, pl. don't go overboard with the special effects, man. Your pictures are lovely as it is. Just my opinion, don't flame me, ok.
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Nice photos laluks. Birding is one of my favourite subjects. Shoot a bird then find more details about it.

I think the first bird photo is Blue cheeked bee eater. The bulbul is the Red vented bulbul.
The third one is a Dove i think red collared. Fourth one is the Malabar Whistling Thrush.

Prambikulam looks like a paradise for photographers.
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You drove for straight 7 hours continuously ? without a break ? that too whole night. ?.. you are setting examples to others

How is the road condition ?, it appears you clocked 62KMPH avg per hour, knowing your driving, it appears low.

It appears you used all your photography gears during this trip. Bird shots are good. were they hand held or using tripod ?

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Shoot a bird then find more details about it.
In earlier times, people used to go into forests to shoot the birds (& animals) with thier guns, the modern shooters use Nikkon, Canon, Fuji, Sony, etc etc, this itself a gaint transformation for human race.

itis better to find out more about birds shooting them alive than shooting them dead.

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Nice photos laluks. Birding is one of my favourite subjects. Shoot a bird then find more details about it.

I think the first bird photo is Blue cheeked bee eater. The bulbul is the Red vented bulbul.
The third one is a Dove i think red collared. Fourth one is the Malabar Whistling Thrush.

Prambikulam looks like a paradise for photographers.
I also have a liking to birding. But unfortunately I do not find my patience nor my gear enough for the topic. Still learning patience And also you need to be at the right places for the same.

Thanks for the names. The Whistling Thrush was available everywhere and mornings were so beautiful with it whistling that peculiar tune.

We are still at Top slip. Parambikulam is a real paradise for photographers, but if you are in search of Tigers - it is rarely spotted here and you have to consider yourself too lucky to be spotting one. Leopords are common.

I tried to photograph for quite some time, then I shut down the Camera and started to enjoy them with my eyes. I started enjoying them more that way. A camera - I wish captures emotions as well

You really need to be on a longer stay there to do birding.


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You drove for straight 7 hours continuously ? without a break ? that too whole night. ?.. you are setting examples to others

How is the road condition ?, it appears you clocked 62KMPH avg per hour, knowing your driving, it appears low.

It appears you used all your photography gears during this trip. Bird shots are good. were they hand held or using tripod ?

In earlier times, people used to go into forests to shoot the birds (& animals) with thier guns, the modern shooters use Nikkon, Canon, Fuji, Sony, etc etc, this itself a gaint transformation for human race.

itis better to find out more about birds shooting them alive than shooting them dead.
Yes Star, I had a night out. I wanted to be at the Checkpost earlier to be the first vehicle to go inside to see the birds. The first bus crosses by at around 07:30, after that birds would have got scared and would have flown away from the trees near the road.

Roads are all good till Sethumadai Check Post. Infact I had covered the 375Km till the exit from Coimbatore L&T byepass in under 5 hours. The last 60Km was done in 2 hours, to space the arrival at the Checkpost just before its opening and also to fill up fuel. As you would have observed I am very slow on 2 lane roads, to be on the safer side. I even do not overtake unless quite clear on 2 lane roads.

All shots are handheld. Though I had tripod in the boot, my patience levels were not that high . I had promised my guide at Parambikulam that I'd return back only for photography, and he had in return promised to take me to the interior places where it'd be only us and photography.

Shooting birds this way and enjoying knowing about them is always better that shooting it down with guns.

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Day 02, 20.08.2010
Top Slip

We reached Top Slip by 08:00AM.

A few meters before reaching this parking place you have another checkpost where you have to write your vehicle and passenger details in a register. The Parambikulam Check post office is also here. You need to enter the details there only if you are proceeding further.

From the Information Center at TopSlip I could infer that there is a Bus Safari and Elephant Safari.

Alternatively I heard you can also drive around Top Slip park in your car with a naturalist. Saw the conditions of the interior roads and I decided to take the bus. It is a doable road, I was tired after the night drive and did want some rest from driving, hence bus was a better option.

As inferred Top Slip has a Bungalow at the parking area, one some 4Kms inside, and some machans. I could gather that the accomodation has to be booked at the Wildlife Warden Office in Pollachi.

The parking area was neat. To the left you can see a beautiful Bungalow and to the right the Information Centre, small Museum and a Canteen.


This area is mostly a Teak Forest
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Teak Tree tops forming a nice panorama
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A society building next to the parking lot
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The parking lot. You can see the Information Centre, Museum and the Canteen ahead.
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The Bungalow near the parking lot.
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A group of spotted deer suddenly arrived here for grazing.
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Some peacocks too.
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We loved the sight!
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Junior Power Puff Girl enjoying the scene taking a stroll around with her Jungle Guava.
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This Checkpost has to be crossed to move further on to places in Top Slip and also towards Parambikulam. Entry is restricted to only those vehicles with a stay booked. You need to show the slip that you get from the CP here. It is 2Km from here to Kerala border an 4KMs to the KFDC Glass house Reception area.
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Vow. Laluks and the group of fans (including me) are back. Next few days are going to be fun. Great going. As Nutty Nair said, please do not go overboard with special effects.
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Vow. Laluks and the group of fans (including me) are back. Next few days are going to be fun. Great going. As Nutty Nair said, please do not go overboard with special effects.
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Day 02, 20.08.2010
Top Slip - Kolli Kamuthi Elephant Camp

I went to the Information Centre and booked a bus ride, since we were the only guys there I took the entire bus since waiting for other travellors to turn up did not make much sense for the money saved. Time was precious for us and we decided to save that over the costs. Costed Rs 700/- for the full bus. The bus would take us to Kollikamuthi Elephant Camp some 15Kms inside the forest.

There is another Elephant Camp at Varagalliar, which is now not functional since all the elephants are brought to Kolli Kamuthi. Varagalliar is in the exreme core of the forest and access is impossible unless the big heads nod Ok for your visit.

Saw some hatch backs in the interior roads enroute Kolli Kamuthi, and the bus driver told me those are the guests staying in a Bungalow some 4Km inside the rerserve area. I was told this Bungalows don't have electricity and in the nights it is an experience.


The road to Kolli Kamuthi
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Our Bus for the trip
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Junior PPG enjoyed all the stops
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We started seeing Elephants once we were near to the Camp. Who says elephants cannot climb steep slopes??
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Then we saw this fellow being fed.
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Very reluctant to take a bath
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Finally he decides to go like that without a bath to the forest
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The mahout follows him
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A kodak moment with him
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The stream where the elephants bath.
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Then I saw this beauty all gleaming after a nice bath.
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She reaches out for my Nikon. She might have thought it to be a small elephant with a small trunk!!
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I promise her a portrait, and make her famous on TBHP.
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She is Kalpana, adorable peaceful friendly creature. We loved her
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She liked our company and attention
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My girls loved her too.
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A kodak moment with Kalpana
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After an hour of friendly elephant interactions we reached back the parking lot by 10:00. Mahout of Kalpana promised the kids a ride on her by 11:00, so we waited there.

The bus driver made some arrangements of food from the canteen, and we had breakfast there. Good Dosas.

The person there scolded my Jr. PPG for not washing hands before eating. I was very happy to see that the people are so intimate and does not really have the pretension we guys from the cities have. Jr. PPG said sorry to him and washed up before food. Nice Dosas. I guess the canteen is only for the people there and not for visitors.

After breakfast we waited for kalpana to come. She had to walk all the 15 Km to the parking lot.

Even now no one turned up there, so it was a good decision to take the bus for ourselves and have done the trip.



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This is getting better and better. Your shot of the bungalow with the spotted deers in front made my dayas my dream is to live in such a place. And talking about elephants climbing slopes, do you know that there is a small type of elephant called as Pygmy elephant which is found at the top of Agastyarkoodam? But the more important point to be noted about elephants is that they come down these slopes real quick. They just plant their big behinds on the ground and slide down the slope. I know of some people who were mistaken thinking that the elephants were far away and the next thing they knew, they were in front of them. Quite a surprise it was for them!
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This is getting better and better. Your shot of the bungalow with the spotted deers in front made my dayas my dream is to live in such a place. And talking about elephants climbing slopes, do you know that there is a small type of elephant called as Pygmy elephant which is found at the top of Agastyarkoodam? But the more important point to be noted about elephants is that they come down these slopes real quick. They just plant their big behinds on the ground and slide down the slope. I know of some people who were mistaken thinking that the elephants were far away and the next thing they knew, they were in front of them. Quite a surprise it was for them!
PS: rated 5*
Thanks Ranjith.

The speed of these elephants have to be seen to be believed. We have a perception those fellows due to its size is sluggish, but actually it is quite fast if it decides. Also in Gavi, saw the rare sight of these fellows swimming to an island.
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