Parambikulam Tramway is a remnant of rails, brigdges, wagons etc of the old tramway set up by Maharaja of Cochin, 20 centuries ago.
Parambikulam Tramway Trekking Tourism
Parambikulam Tramway was set up 20 centuries ago by Maharaja of Cochin to transport teak from Parambikulam to Chalakkudi and to Cochin harbor. Wellington Island was created using the money from this Tramway. But in 1951, the tramway was stopped and now the tourists can enjoy only the residues of old memories in terms of bridges, old rails etc. Under Department of Cochin State Forest Tramway, the place offers eco friendly trekking packages along the past tramway routes. Apart from peeping into history, the tramway route has varieties of bird and animal life. The 49.5 miles trekking route through lush greenery of Western Ghats is nothing more than a walk through history and nature.
Parambikulam Tramway was divided into three parts.
1. 21 mile long Chalakkudi to Anapatham route
2. Kavalai to Pothupara
3. Komalpara to Chinnar
A trekking group is accompanied by an armed staff and three trained naturalists. Usually, trekking will start at 10 am. Food items are served on the route.
Location and How to Reach Parambikulam Tramway
Parambikulam Tramway is located in Palakkad district of Kerala. Tourists can approach the place through Pollachi only. Pollachi is located in Tamilnadu district.
Nearest railway station: Coimbatore (110 km away)
Nearest Railway station:: Coimbatore(100km away)
The tramway can be approached by road only. Only thirty vehicles are allowed to enter inside the sanctuary and a bare minimum of entrance fee is charged for that. It is always recommended to avoid private vehicles in the sanctuary. A KSRTC bus stop is located at Parambikulam, just 12 km away.
Where to Stay in Parambikulam
There are varieties of accommodation options available for the tourists. Tented homes and tree huts are the main attraction. Other main options available are: Elephant valley home, Sambar Machan, Bay Owl Shed, Tiger Hall etc. There are other dormitory facilities near Parambikulam.
Best Season in Parmabikulam Tramway
August to Februay are the best seasons in Parmabikulam Tramway. The sanctuary is closed in April. For those who like to enjoy trekking January and March are the best months.
Things to Note
• Working time: 7 am to 6 pm
• Entry to sanctuary closed at 4 pm
• Trekking fee: Rs. 6000( with food and the group includes 5 persons).
• Vehicle fee:
Heavy: Rs. 150| Light: Rs. 50
• Entrance fee:
Adults: Rs. 10 | Children and Students: Rs. 5 |Foreigners: Rs. 100
• Be silent in order to spot animals.
• Avoid colorful clothes
• Do not disturb or tease animals.
• Avoid electronic gadgets in the sanctuary.
• Alcohol consumption and smoking is prohibited inside the sanctuary.