While negotiating the sharp bend there blooms a herd of spotted deer by the grass land below the curve. It was really exciting to see the spotted innocent cuties!
When we passed another curve two peacocks slipped into the near by grove,we were off to see thev Kannimara teak, the oldest teak in the world.on the way we scooped a young python on the way it was moving slowly as DH lawrence’s snake.
The scaly but oily skin glittered ih the afternoon beams. The distant calls of languars and the drumming wood peckers resonated through the forest. A Malabr giant squirre;l set up a din that sounded like a toygun,,sun light was being filtered in the green canopy.
Parambikkulam tiger reserve is one of the biodiversity hot spots of the world,that supports diverse habitat types and endemism .There blooms 1408 species of plants.67 species of orchids blossom here.the common animals that dwell include spotted deer.sambar.barking deer common langur.Malabar giant squirrel, sloth bear and wild dogs.
The vehicle was crossing a grassland. herds of thundering gaurs stood there grazing.They were six or seven in number,The solitary meadows where brownish black bundle of energy throbs!we could feel the smell of energy when one of them raised their heads.the curved horns and look revealed the energy,Indian wild gaur is reported to be the flag species of the sanctuary.\
The vehicle was stopped at a viewpoint rounding the various mirror finish reservoirs and different vistas around the reserve revealed extensive vistas of forest as far as eye could see.the primitive virgin forests unrolled..the golden five o clock sunlight grazed over the green canopy!riot of different green shades moss green ,parrot green,mango green,cactus green,bluish green ,dark green the maze of lagoons and green islands!Parambikkulam tiger reserve is one of the most enchanting places in the entire stretch of western ghats.
As we crossed the Thoonakkadavu dam where the after noon sky and vast stretch of sesrene waters fusing to form dark maiden forests.clouds realised the reflection of the dark virgin forest upon the sky
The sanctuary has three man made reservoirs.Parambikkulam,thoonakkadavu and peruvaripallam.thre are seven major valleysSholayar,Thekkady andparambikkulam rivers fall inthese resrvoirs.tjhe Karappara river also empties into these reservoirs.
The sun was stting when we had a view of the Karimala ranges. The son got dissolved in the play of colours as a phenophthalin drop got dissolved under water. Sunset was really incredible in the forest.the Karimala like a black yakshi lay silhouted .
Karimala which boarders the southern edge of the Parambikkulam reserve.Puliyarapadam reserve. Pandavanrai reserve ,Kunji mudi, Vengoli malai form the other borders.
As we drove back our light beams picked up the eye shine of a gaur grazing in the succulent grass.
Early in the morning ae walked along the mist clad trails on the forest. Suddenly the guards called out .he smelt a herd of elephants a few yards away.. the sound of tearing and ripping and cracking was heard …i watched the mist manifesting itself into trunks and tusks,I realized that the skin colour of the forest elephant is a very far relative tone of black,,
The hunt for the tiger,, the terrer in stripes began after the break fast+++++The guide located the pug marks.. he even spotted the excretions and at last he stopped after a deep breath,, this is the smell of tiger !everytbody turned alert , i could trace a hot pungent smell .we seached for him but he was not found,its really an oasis of tranquil; greenery nestled in the valley wound up watery hands of the reservoirs.Guide spotted the scratch mark of tigers which is considered as a mark of boundary of one male tiger.