at a distance of 52 kms from Palakkad,
the cool hills of Nelliampathy, nestling atop the Western Ghats, offer a
breathtaking view of the misty mountains and enchanting valleys
interspersed with sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations.
The bracing climate and green magic of nature enhance the exhilarating experience. For a vantage view of the spectacle, one must visit Seethakundu, where a 100m high waterfall provides an added attraction.
It offers a fantastic view of the valley below a wide-angled vision of one-third of the entire Palakkad area. A forest range 75 kms from Palakkad, the Nelliyampathy hills comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dense evergreen forests and orange plantations.
The height of the hills ranges from 467 metres to the tallest peak Padagiri looming at 1572 metres. Nelliyampathy has immense trekking potential. The community hall at Kaikatty provides a good camping ground for the trekkers.
Accessing Nelliyampathy from Palakkad is a sensation on its own, as one has to negotiate over a dozen hairpin curves on the Ghat Road, passing through the fascinating jungles of the Sahya Ranges. En route, 17 kms from Palakkad, the shimmering Pothundi Reservoir and its manicured surroundings make for the ideal stop over.
Sprawling over 285 sq. kms, this neighbouring sanctuary shelters the largest population of wild gaur (Bison). The Cannimare Teak Tree said to be the largest in the Asian continent towers roughly 5 kms away from Thunakadavu.
The headquarters of Parambikulam. Other wildlife such as the Nilgiri Langur, Sloth Bear, the Lion-tailed Macaque and Spotted Deer abound along with a handful of tigers and leopards.
The garden complex around the dam at Malampuzha draws a large holiday and weekend crowd to itself. A small garden done in Japanese style adds a touch of exotic charm to the landscape. So does the hanging bridge across the canal.
Air : The nearest airport is at Coimbatore in the
neighbouring state of
about 55 km from Palakkad.
Rail: The nearest railway station is in Palakkad, about 5 km from Palakkad town.
Road: The hills of Nelliyampathy lie at a distance of 75 kms from Palakkad. It takes 2 ½ hours to travel to the place.