Nilambur is a small sleepy town on the banks of the river Chaliyar and situated on the eastern side of Malappuram district. Nilambur is known for its extensive forest stretches teeming with bamboos, teak, rosewood, venteak, choropin and mahagony as well as a vast variety of wildlife, making it a place offering the very best of nature and natural surprises.
Nilambur is renowned for housing the oldest teak plantation in the world named ‘Conolly's Plot' which is at a distance of just 2 km from Nilambur town. This plot houses the oldest living teak tree. The country’s first teak museum built by the Kerala Forest Research Institute and giving information on the historical, cultural, aesthetic and scientific aspects of teak is also located nearby. The unique teakwood of Nilambur, of golden yellow hue and beautiful grains, is internationally famous for its finish, quality and durability.
Besides rain forests and waterfalls, the place is noted for its tribal settlements and ancient residences of erstwhile maharajas called ‘kovilakoms’. Nilambur has a host of other attractions as well. There is the Elembalai hill situated on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu from where the river Chaliyar originates and which is clothed in dense forests and bamboo woods that add beauty to the place. The region is a beloved homestead of innumerable species of animals, birds and reptiles. Elephants, bisons, deer, tigers, blue monkeys, bears, rabbits, wild cats and dogs are some of them. For nature enthusiasts and botanists, this region with its forests, mountains, valleys and cultivated plains, offers every natural charm.
Beyond Chaliyar river, 27 km from Nilambur, is Valamthode tribal settlement on a hill top where a perennial waterfall attracts people. Adyanpara in Kurumbalangod village of Nilambur taluk is also popular for its waterfalls and the splendour of the wooded jungle surrounding it. This cascade is a spectacle of unrivalled grandeur. The wild beauty of this place is a rare treat for the eyes and heart of the travellers. Tribal settlements are also present in the deep interior of the jungle at Nedumkayam. The versatile pottery works of Aruvakode in Nilambur have gained nation-wide fame for their exquisite style.
Highlights: rich rainforest area – abundance of teakwood – naturalist’s haven - primitive tribal settlements – waterfalls, flora & fauna – picturesque junglescape
Tourist spots: Teak plantation – Connolly’s plot – one-of-kind Teak museum – Adayanpara/Valamthode waterfall surrounded by wooded scenery – Elembalai hill with its wild fauna – Aruvakode, land of potters & pottery works – tribal settlements of Nedumkayam, Valamthode
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