Nelliampathi

“All things are artificial, as nature is the art of God”. Nature is nothing but a gift of God to the mankind. But was this gift given a warm welcome? Some of us may not even think before giving an answer for the truth is always bitter. but there are some pieces of nature left unshattered, one of them are the nelliampathi hills.

Nelliampathi is one most popular hill stations situated in kerala. It is situated about 60 kms away from the town of Palakkad. The place is farmous for its awesome weather conditions and splendid natural beauty. The journey to nelliampathi will be journey of a lifetime. One of the main tourist attractions of this place is the jeep ride though the rouged terrain. No ordinary man can ride though many hairpins turns risking their life. The place is surrounded by tea and coffee plantains and the surroundings are so beautiful that we might fall in love with it.

Some of the farmous tourist locations near nelliampathi are the seetharkundu, Meenakara dam and the pothundi dam. According to hindu mythology the  Rama , Lakshmana and Sita had lived there. Pothundi Dam is a small irrigation dam which provides water for the surrounding area.

Many hotels and homestays are available in nelliampathi. We can chose one according to our budget.


How to reach here

The nearest Airports are Cochin International Airport and Coimbatore Air port which is at 55 km from palakkad

The nearest railway stations are Palakkad, Thrissure and Coimbatore , you will get a cab from there to get to Nelliyampathi

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Parambikulam Wild life Sanctuary

Parambikulam is a small area of land located in Palakkad district of Kerala  in the southern most part of India. This place is famous for the wildlife sanctuary which was established in the year 1973. This is located very much near to the Indira Gandhi Wildlife sanctuary of Tamil Nadu. This wildlife sanctuary is located  between the Anamalai and the Nelliampathy ranges. Among the unscathed lands of India, this virgin valley which is known as the pride of palakkad is known of its splendid beauty.

One can feel and touch the beauty of our mother nature. The diversity of flora and fauna shown by this place cannot be described in words. Parambikulam is equally a domicile of both terrestrial and aquatic life. It is an abode of elephants, wild boar, gaur and many other animals and birds. This sanctuary is endowed with a peninsular flora and fauna which are exceptionally conserved due to the total protection and minimal human interferences.

Although the human interferences are minimal, tourism is well established in this place. Any one visiting this place can have treasured memories of animal sightings and that too being in the lap of mother nature. Trekking in the forest is allowed, but only with prior permission.  Boating services are also available at the reservoir.

Apart from being an ecological continuum that aids the large viable populations of wildlife, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is also a home for various races of indigenous people who are as well an integral part of the prevailing harmonious ecosystem. While considering the abundance of flora and fauna and the adorable beauty of nature, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary  called as the pride  Western Ghats is one of the best wild heritage places one can ever find in palakkad which makes the Western Ghats one among the world’s 34 bio diversity hot spots.

How to reach here

The Sanctuary is 95 kms away from Palakkad (Kerala) and 100 km away from Coimbatore (Tamil nadu)

The nearest railway station is coimbator which is at a distance of 85 km

 


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Palakkad Fort

Kerala, one of the southern states of India has a history that goes to several millennia. Even years ago Kerala was the center of spice trade. The different varieties of pepper and other spices attracted the foreigners to Kerala. As the state was nearer to the sea, trading was done with easiness. Apart from spices the state is rich in coconut cultivation. Hence it got its name KERALA. The place is known for its natural magnificence, which attracts people to this place.

Kerala is also a place which is known for its countless historical significance. Innumerous palaces, forts, and ancient temples are disbursed all over the state. All together the state is said to be a blend of nature, culture and chronological implication. Palakkad is one such place which is a large town municipality. It is the seventh most populous district of Kerala. Palakkad is one of the famous tourist attractions of Kerala state. It has many tourist spots which include Nelliampathy, Malampuzha Dam, Silent valley and so on.

Palakkad Fort which is an ancient Fort situated in the heart of the Palakkad town of Kerala State is one of the important and well preserved Fort having a lot of historical significance. This Fort is also called as the Tipu’s Fort. This fort was built in 1766 ACE by Haider Ali. Although this fort is said to have existed many years before, it is believed to be renovated to its present form in 1766. This Fort was garrisoned until the middle of 19th century. Later on it was converted into a taluk office.

Even today the Palakkad Fort remains preserved. A large ground called as the “Kotta Maidanam”, that is, Fort Grounds, exists between the fort and the town hall. This ground was once used as stable for Tippu Sultan’s horses and elephants, is now used to stage cricket and football matches. In addition to all these a children’s park is also situated on one side of the fort attracts tourists from different parts of the world.

How to reach here

It is prety near to palakkad town you can get a cab to the fort

The nearest airport is Coimbatore international airport

 


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Silent Valley National Park

Kerala known as the God’s own country is not only famous for spices, coconuts, and culture.The culture of Kerala is very famous throughout the world. Kerala has proved to be a place of tourists and tourism. It’s worthy to know that the people of Kerala still follow their principles. There goes a famous saying in Sanskrit “ADHITHI DEVO BHAVA”.  It is also famous for its natural beauty and bio diversity. Hills and mountains, rivers and lakes, and the wide range of bio-diversity enhance the beauty of the place. Not only it attracts the local tourists it also attracts tourists from different parts of the world. Kerala is a place where one can certainly feel the beauty of nature which their hearts and hands. Due to its everlasting and sumptuous beauty it also proves to be the place for artists and poets.

Apart from many mountains and hills Kerala is a home for wide range of wildlife. It has many wildlife sanctuaries and National parks which protects and shelters different varieties of animals and birds. One such National park situated in Kerala is the Silent valley National park. It is located in the Nilgiri Hills in Palakkad district of Kerala. This park is one of the undisturbed tracts of South-western Ghats and tropical moist evergreen forests in India. The center attraction of this place is Sairandhri. The Silent valley National Park was established in 26th December 1980. Silent Valley is a home to many animals and birds. It shelters the largest population of Lion tailed Macaque which is an endangered species.

Silent valley is locally called as the Sairandhrivanam. According to the Hindu legend this forest was one of the places where the Pandavas stayed during their 14-years exile. Besides the river on a hill slope is a cave where according to the Hindu mythology is the cave where Pandavas halted.

Even though Silent valley is a pastoral piece of land it has victimized the largest environmentalist Social Movement known as the SAVE SILENT VALLLEY which was against the proposal of KSEB for a hydroelectric power plant by building a dam across the Kunthipuzha river.

How to reach here

The nearest railway station is palakkard junction at a distance of 60km

The nearest airports are ?Coimbatore (55km) calicat(80km) and Cochin (125km)

 


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Palakkad Tour Destinations

Palakkad is one of the 14 districts of Kerala, bordered by Tamilnadu, the neighboring state. It is titled as the ‘Granary of Kerala’ due to its importance in food production. It is mainly a rural district based on agriculture and keeps the true scenic beauty of a Kerala village with stretches of paddy fields, coconut trees and other crops. More than 25% of the district is covered by forests.

Palakkad is one among the hottest places in Kerala but is blessed by nature with sufficient rainfall and rivers.

How to reach Palakkad:

By Air: The nearest International airport is at Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, which is about 52 Kilometers away. The Coimbatore international airport has flights connecting Colombo, Singapore and other domestic destinations.

By Train: The district has two major railway stations namely Palakkad Junction and Palakkad Town. The Palakkad Junction is the major one and has train services to most parts of India.

By Road: The district has a medium level network of roads with two National Highways NH47 and NH213. Another road, Palakkad-Ponnani road, connects the National Highways NH47 and NH17.

Most Popular Tour Destinations in Palakkad:

1. Silent Valley National Park:

It is a globally known National Park noted for the presence of Lion-tailed Macaque, an endangered species of monkeys. The valley got its name because it is almost silent due to the absence of Cicadas. It is home for thousands of species of animals, birds and plants, many of them are yet to be identified. Though it is only 237 square kilometers in size many parts of the forest are still unknown to humans. It is a well bio-diversified area loved by scientists and biologists and often come up with findings of new species of plants and animals. It is must see place while visiting Palakkad.

2. Malampuzha Dam and Garden:

It is a mini hydro-electric project built across the river ‘Malampuzha’ which also serves as an irrigation project which is a major source of water for the extensive agricultural lands in the district. The Malampuzha gardens including a snake park and rope way associated with the dam offers a beautiful experience to the visitors.

3. Palakkad Fort:

It was built by Hyder-Ali of Mysore by the middle of the 18th century and has survived the battles between the British and Zamorines. Unlike many dusty forts it offers a splendid view of nature to the visitors.

4. Parambikkulam Wildlife sanctuary:

The parambikkulam wildlife sanctuary is located in Chittur Taluk of Palakkad district. It accommodates a wide variety of flora and fauna. The sanctuary holds three water reserves and is accessible to visitors for trekking with prior permission.

5. Nelliyampathy:

It is a popular hill station blessed with favorable climate and scenic beauty of coffee and tea plantations. It is a suitable place for trekking and sightseeing.

Festivals:

Manappullikkavu Vela:

It is a major festival in Palakkad held every year in March at a 1200 year old temple called Manappullikkavu Bhagavathi Temple. The festival starts with Kodiyettam (hoisting of a flag) followed by 1 week of rituals and poojas and a big showy festival in the end.