Located near Kalkatty in Nenmara Town of Palakkad district, Nelliyampathy hill ranges is one of the most breathtaking hill stations of Kerala which has hills with height ranging from 467 m to 1572 m. These hills are located in the Tamil Nadu – Kerala border sharing spaces with Palakkad district of Kerala and Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu.
Nelliyampathy holds the whole essence of scenic beauty of the Western Ghats and the wealthy rivers originated from these hills. The places to visit in Nelliyampathy has everything a hill station should imbibe, one can get astounding visuals of the thick teak wood forest, an earth dam, Nelliyampathy orange cultivation, tea and coffee plantations, and paddy fields in the valley all by chilling in the cloud filled atmosphere of Nelliyampathy.
- Pothundi Dam
- Government Teak wood Forest
- Nenmara Vallangi Vela
- Seetharkundu View Point
- Seetharkundu Water Falls
- Manpara Peak
- Palakkad Gap
- Tea and Coffee Plantations
Located in the Pothundi village 17kms away from Nelliyampathy, the Pothundi Dam was constructed by the British in the 19th century. Pothundi Dam is one of the oldest dams in India and it provides water for irrigation and drinking water supply to the nearby panchayats. This dam has been pictured in many movies for its picturesque background imbibing everything about unique history and natural providence of the surroundings. Pothundi Dam is the most visited place in Nelliyampathy, which obviously acquires the first spot in the places to visit in Nelliyampathy.
POTHUNDI DAM FISHERIES RESERVE
Pothundi Dam is one of the few water reservoirs which promotes reservoir fishing, various species of river fishes are found here like carp, mrigal, rohu, catla and much more. About 7 tons of fish is captured per year from the reservoir, an Indo – German Reservoir Fisheries Development Project promotes brood fish stock and other methods to flourish the fish wealth of the reservoir. Pothundi Dam also has another interesting feature as the walls are coated with a mixture of jaggery and quick lime.
POTHUNDI DAM FORESTS
Pothundi Dam is the gateway to the Nelliyampathy hills, one need to travel along this astounding earth dam to reach the breath taking peaks of Nelliyampathy. Pothundi Dam is surrounded with the Government Teak wood forests which are a highly protected area but hikers and climbers can access some parts of this area along the banks of river Gayathripuzha to the Nelliyampathy hills. The Nenmara Vallengi Vela Festival is conducted in the shores of Pothundi Dam.
POTHUNDI DAM IRRIGATION
The oldest dam architecture and distinctive features of the dam is mind blowing for anyone who wishes to get to see how nature was moulded by man for his needs. The water from Pothundi reservoir provides irrigation to the paddy fields in the lap of the mountains, making this dam an essential part in Palakkad rice cultivation.
NENMARA VALLANGI MELA
The Nenmara Vallangi Mela is conducted every year in Nellikualangara Bhagavathy Temple, which is organised by two nearby towns Nenmara and Vallangi. The festival is filled with art forms, fireworks, elephant pavilion display, traditional orchestra and the devotion of people for the residing deity Goddess Bhagavathy. The festival is filled with lights and the elephants are a sight to not miss, the traditional art forms of Kerala like Kummatti, Karivela and Andivela adds the touch of the North Kerala culture to the fest. Percussion orchestra of Kerala, the ‘Panchavadhyam’ and the elephant pavilion is the time when the spirit of Kerala oozes out from the festival grounds or pandal. This festival in the banks of river Gayathripuzha should not be missed while considering the places to visit in Nelliyampathy.
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SEETHARKUNDU VIEW POINT AND WATERFALLS
Seetharkundu got the name from the epic Ramayana, in which Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita Devi lived here during their 14 years of vanavasa. Sita Devi is believed to take a bath in the Gayathripuzha in the Seetharkundu region, the Gayathipuzha river is originated from Bharathapuzha which is the second longest river of Kerala.
Seetharkundu waterfall is originated from about 100m high and joins the River Gaythripuzha. The dams located in this river the Chulliyar dam and Meenakara dam can be viewed from the Seetharkundu View point which is an astounding sight of hills, valleys and waterfalls ekking blending to form a picturesque frame like a painting. Trekking and hiking along the banks of river Seetharkundu is an experience to reinvent the adventurous mind of one, hike your way to the Nelliyampathy peak watching the Seetharkundu falls along the Seetharkundu View point.
Manpara is situated 14 kms from Nelliyampathy, Manpara hills is a rocky region with no certain roads but precarious pathways reminding ancient land routes along hills. The Manpara peak is a breathtaking view for the ones who are adventure lovers, who lives for the adrenaline rush they get by exploring dangerous paths to reach the heights. Jeeps are the only transport medium to access the Manpara Peak and they are quite dangerous, the drivers know the craggy routes and each rock in the way clearly as the back of the hand.
MANPARA VIEW POINT
Manpara hills are the location for the Mohanlal film Bhramaram, the movie claimed critical success and was highly noticed for the jeep rides of Mohanlal along a rocky mountainous path which is the Manpara hills. Take a Jeep from Nelliyampathy to Manpara View point, hold yourself together and get ready for the most adventurous ride of your life. Imagine yourself in a jeep along the steep hillsof Manpara along the mountain paths, riding to the peak in a bumpy ride it is as rugged a ride can be but the rush of adventure we get it is spellbound. Do not miss the Manpara Peak while planning the places to visit in Nelliyampathy.
Palakkad Gap is a wonder of nature which is a mountain pass between Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu and Palakkad district of Kerala. The Palakkad Gap in the Western Ghats can be seen from Nelliyampathy and it is a spectacular sight where the huge mountains split into two to form a gap between the neighbouring states Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The view from the Nelliyampathy hills is astounding where the wonder of nature is clearly seen in front of eyes where nature paved way for civilization. The Palakkad Gap has made the people from the two regions to interact in the early centuries and thus formed a distinct culture around this region.
The Kesavanpara is located 30kms from the Nenmara village, this location has astounding view of the Palakkad towns below and it has been part of many films especially in ‘Mrigaya’ the award winning movie of Mammooty. The movie shows a place written in fantasies which is high above amidst the clouds and has a wild yet flourished land inhabitable by humans. This was shot in the Nelliyampathy region in Palakkad, the Kesavanpara is a thrilling location for adventure lovers who can access this place atop hills and the view of the plantations, water streams and reservoir down below will bring you to cloud nine. Kesavanpara shouldn’t be missed while you visit the places in Nelliyampathy for Kerala holidays.
PLANTATIONS OF NELLIYAMPATHY
The Palagapandi Estate which was built by the British is at the topmost point of the hills which is now a private resort but it was an old plantation office of the British rulers. The area around the Palagapandi estate is filled with tea, cardamom and coffee estates and the hills has a various fauna and flora comprising of leopards, elephants, deer, giant squirrels and the place is haven for bird watchers with a number of species of birds around the hills.
The AVT tea estate is near the Pothundi Dam and it was initially owned by the British but later sold to private people when the British left India. The plantations make Nelliyampathy not just hills with huge trees but a place where cultivation crops and plantation crops are cultivated making the picturesque view immortal.
WHERE TO STAY IN NELLIYAMPATHY ?
The Nelliyampathy Hills has many resorts in different altitudes; they have eminent amenities for different clients regarding budget and specifications. Choosing the right place to stay along with the right places to visit in Nelliyampathy is important. Green Hope Tourism is a trusted travel partner which is established in planning Kerala tours, Kerala honeymoons and we can help you design the perfect trip to Kerala for holidays. Contact us to know more about our tour packages and kerala honeymoon packages to visit Nelliyampathy.