Beautiful Hill Stations In India - Nilambur

Nilambur, particularly famous for teak plantations, is a large city located in the Malappuram district of Kerala state. The place has a special place in the history of Malabar due to the vast forest, natural beauty, unique wildlife, attractive fountains, royal status and a vibrant colonial past. The boundaries of this strategically built city touch the Nilgiri Hills, Eranadu, Palakkad and Calicut. Situated on the banks of the Chhaliyar River, Nilambur is blessed with lush greenery and fertile land.

The culture of Nilambur is unique due to it's unique geographical location. The imperial state that ruled the city and the administrative changes brought by the Madras Presidency gave the Nilambur various cultural features before the British arrived. This beautiful city is famous for its art called 'Nilambur Vettakoru Maken Pattu' (more famous as 'Nilambur Pattu'). This art is displayed every year in the 'Neelambur Kovilakam Temple'.Nilambur is also involved in Kerala's architectural heritage. There are many royal places in this city famous as Kovilakam. These were the residence of the rulers and local kings of the bygone era. Kovilakam of Nilambur is a center of attraction worldwide for its royal paintings and marvelous woodwork.

Connolly's plot which is the oldest and famous teak plantation in the world is located in Nilambur. The city has the first teak museum in India that attracts thousands of tourists every year. This museum has beautifully displayed every fact about the teak tree that a plant lover would like to know. Nilambur is also named in the world record for being the world's tallest and longest teak tree preserved at the Nilambur Teak Conservation Center. This place is also famous for Bambu (bamboo), which is attested by it's name. The name of the city is derived from a combination of two words: Nilimb (meaning Bambu) and Ur (meaning place).


TOURIST PLACES IN NILAMBUR


ADYANAPARA FALLS

Adyanapara Falls, situated in the village of Kurmabalangod, is a huge waterfall that attracts a large number of tourists and nature lovers. It is 12 km from Neelambur city. It is far away and can be reached via Neelambur-Ooty highway. The Adyanapara waterfall is famous for its scenic views, greenery and very large rocks, from which it falls. After falling from the rocks, this waterfall forms a small swimming pool which is a famous tourist destination. Travelers can take bath in cold water here and enjoy the beauty of this place. This waterfall originates in the famous mountain range Vellarimala and after flowing for several miles through rocks and dense forests, meets the Chhaliyar River. The Adyanapara waterfall is about 300 feet high and is associated with never-drying streams. Surrounded by evergreen forest, this waterfall offers a beautiful view, as well as a good place for a day tour and family picnic.


SAUGAN MUSEUN

4 km from Nilambur city The Saugan Museum, located far away, is a two-storeyed building in which complete information about the Saugan trees is available. The museum, built in 1995 in the Kerala Forest Research Institute campus, is the only museum of its kind in India. Due to the amazing information available, this museum attracts thousands of tourists and nature lovers. A spectacular view of the intricate root system of an ancient teak tree displayed at the entrance of the museum should not remain without seeing any traveler. Notable collections preserved in the Saugan Museum include the Kanalimara teak transliterate, a teak tree much larger than the plot at Connolly, a wooden model of an ancient sea vessel called Uru and teak pillars in various shapes. The remains of a highly ancient teak tree (more than 480 years old) have been planted in a magnificent manner inside the museum. The museum also has other attractions, such as the collection of butterflies and kites, paintings depicting the felling of trees, traditional tools and photographs used in farming. The museum is open for travelers from 10 am to 4.30 pm every day except Monday.


ARUVACODE

Aruvacode, a small village located near Nilambur, is known as a center of arts and crafts. This village attracts many travelers and tourists because of the pottery work done by the traditional community called Kumbharan. Artist KB Jinan brought fame to this village by starting the Kumbham Craftsmanship Project. Many families of this village make traditional pottery, garden furniture, architectural goods and utensils. Today this village is called Aruvacode Patri village. The story of Aruvacode Pottery village is truly inspiring for those who are interested in small scale industries. Despite being skilled potters, the economy of the region was weakening due to globalization. As a result of this, the fame of pottery declined due to the introduction of cheaper alternatives. But K.B. The potters under Jinan revived the art and made a successful comeback.


NEDUMKAYAM FOREST

18 km from Nilambur city The distant Nedumkayam is known for dense forests. Naturally, this place has many varieties of plants and animals. The wooden rest house built in the colonial period is the main attraction of Nedumkayam. From this rest house, tourists can enjoy the surrounding greenery and wildlife. The forested area of Nedumkayam is very green and many species of birds such as elephant, gawal, cheetah, rabbit, blue monkey, bear, wild cat and deer are found here. Tourists can enter this area only with the permission of the Forest Department, because strict security measures are taken in this area. There is an elephant rearing camp at Nedumkayam which attracts thousands of tourists to visit this place every year. The area comes under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is part of the area selected for the second eco-tourism development project in Kerala run by the government. Nedumkayam is a suitable place for trekking due to the wide area of the landscape.


VALLAMTHOD WATERFALL

Valamthod waterfall, famous for its beauty, is a permanent waterfall. This famous tourist attraction of Nilambur is situated atop a hill and offers an attractive view of the surroundings. 27 km from Nilambur This place can be reached via Kozhikode via the Arikod-Mukkam road. This beautiful place is situated in a tribal area and attracts nature lovers and adventure people.


KANNIMARA TEAK

Kannimara Teak, a major tourist attraction near Nilambur, is one of the largest teak trees in the present day. The circumference of this tree with huge structure is 6.48 m. is. Considered to be about 400 years old, this tree is about 48.75 m. Is high This tree plays the main role in the beliefs of tribal groups living in this area and many stories related to it are prevalent. According to the same story, when people tried this tree, blood started coming out from its trunk. Since then the local tribals started worshiping this tree as a 'holy tree' and this tree is named after it. The name 'Kanimara' is made up of two Malayalam words: Kanni (meaning sacred) and Mara (meaning tree). This amazing tree is found in Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary which is located in Palakkad district. About 80 km from Neelambur city. This sanctuary can be reached by road. The Government of India has honored this tree with the 'Mahavriksha Award'.

ELEMBALAI HILL

Elembalai Hill, situated on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, is a famous place for nature lovers and those interested in wildlife. This hill located near Nilambur can be reached by road. Elembalai Hill is the famous place from where the Chhaliyar River originates. Surrounded by dense jungle and enchanting babu forests, this hill presents a real visual festival for the audience. Elephant, Deer, Blue Monkey, Bawal, Bear, Wild Billi and Dogs etc. Being a habitat of many varieties of animals, it is a very good place for wildlife lovers. Elambalai Hill, full of beautiful views and lush green forests, will be liked by both photographers and backpackers. This place is perfect for family picnics and fun trips.



HOW TO REACH

BY AIR
45 km The Calicut International Airport is far away from Neelambur. Calicut Airport is well connected to all the major cities of India and some cities of the Middle East.


BY TRAIN
Trains are available from Nilambur railway station to some places like Palakkad, Shoranur, Chennai and Kochi. The big railway station near Neelambur is Shoranur and there are frequent trains from Neelambur to Shoranur. Trains are available from Shoranur to all major cities of India.


BY ROAD
Nilambur is well connected by road and buses are available from Bangalore, Mysore, Sultan Batheri, Kozhikode, Thrissur and Kottayam to Nilambur. Kerala State Transport (KSRTC) provides frequent buses to the city. Nilambur is connected to all the nearby places by road. Travelers can also take private buses to come here.

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