NELLIYAMPATHY: (40km south of Nenmara and 75 km southeast of Palakkad)This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1,572m above sea level. At least 10 hairpin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat road that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forests of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakunnu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one-third of Palakkad. This hill country is the delight of trekkers. The District Tourism Promotion Council of Palakkad provides good accommodation facilities here. Nelliyampathi is blessed with ever green forests with a number of wild animals like elephants, hill squirrels and bison’s. The sprawling tea gardens, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations add beauty to this wonderful summer destination. While driving towards Nelliyampathy, one has to negotiate a dozen hairpin bends with breathtaking views of valleys and mountains covered in a green blanket.
Nelliyampathy consists of mountain ranges from 500 m to 1600 m providing immense opportunities for trekkers and adventure buffs. Kakatty serves as an ideal base camp with various trekking and other facilities. Nelliyampathy also provides great opportunities for hand gliding.
Nelliyampathy is the perfect location for eco-tourism. Perched at a height of 1585 m above the sea level on the Western Ghats, Nelliyampathy is a beautiful place. Vellachimudi, Mayanmudi, Valiyavana and Vela Vanchan are some of the important peaks in this mountain range. Padagiri is the highest peak situated on the Nellikotta mountain ranges.
DO:Drive up 10 hairpin bends to the hillstation of Nelliyampathy and enjoy some spectacular views.
Celebrated as the granary of Kerala, Palakkad is a vast expanse of verdant plains interspersed with hills, rivers, mountain streams and forests. The gateway to Kerala from the North, a 40 km break in the mountain known as the Palakkad Gap gives access to this land situated at the foot of the Western Ghats. The pass act as a corridor between Kerala and neighbouring Tamil Nadu and played a major role in the trade contacts between East and West coasts of peninsular India. Deriving its name from the Malayalam words pala (Alsteria Scholaris) and Kadu (forest),this place was once a beautiful stretch of forest covered with the sweet-scented flowers of the Pala tree. A potpourri of Tamil and Kerala culture, some of the finest Carnatic musicians hail from this region which continues to be a largely agrarian society.
Telephone Access Code:+91-491
AIR: Nearest Airport: Coimbatore(55km)
RAIL: Palakkad Junction Railway Station(5 km from the city)is a major railhead of the Southern Railways. about 52 km from Nelliyampathy.
ROAD: Palakkad is connected by an excellent network of roads to all the major cities in India. KSRTC Bus Stand ph: 2520098
BUS TIMINGS: To Malampuzha: Frequent bus services (0600-2000hrs)
To Silent Valley National Park: Bus services from Mannarkad to Mukkali every hour. Transportation from Mukkali to Silent Valley to be arranged through the Forest Department. Contact Wildlife Warden, Mukkali.
TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE:DTPC Information Counter, Near Children’s Park,Palakkad,fax:2538996
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