Eco tourism

Ecotoutism in divisions

Palakkad

Dhoni Waterfalls

dhoni 001The forests of Dhoni attract casual tourists and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Proximity to the headquarters of Palakkad makes it one of the easily accessible spots in the Circle.  The Dhoni Hills falling within the Chenath Nair Reserved Forest consists of four parallel, steep, high crescent shaped ridges running from the northwest to south and southeast in the Palamala-Dhoni-Sappal Hills of the Palakkad Hills. Palakkad Hills runs along the northern lip of the Palakkad Gap in the Western Ghats.  Water from the reserve flows in to Malampuzha Dam.The 5 km trek from the starting point leads to an open area with a stream and a modest waterfall. Apart from this, Dhoni is host to a wide variety of birds, butterflies and other forms of wildlife. En route the waterfalls, is the abandoned Kavarakunnu Bungalow constructed in 1857 by the British who were planters of orange and cardamom estates at Dhoni. Dhoni hills are located in the Olavakkode Forest Range of Palakkad Forest Division. The place is about 12 km away from Palakkad town.

Meenvallam waterfalls

meenvallam 004..Meenvallam waterfalls cascades into Thuppanadupuzha which originates from the Kalladikodan hills. Thuppanadupuzha joins the Thoothapuzha, which in turn empties into Bharathapuzha. the Kalladikodan hills which is 1099 metres high is a part of the palakkad hills along the northern lip of the Palakkad gap. Thuppanadupuzha runs close to Chenath nair reserve forest. A two tiered, picturesque cascading waterfalls are sorrounded by dense forest through which one can enjoy a small trek. A small hydel project, with an installed capacity of three megawatts has been constructed by the Palakkad District Panchayath. This enterprise promoted by a local body is the first of its kind in the state. the area comes under the Mannarkad range of Mannarkad division and is protected and maintained by Thudikkode Vana Samrakshana Samathi of Olavakkode Range in Palakkad forest division. The area is 10km away from Thuppanad which is located in the Palakkad - Mannarkkad NH 213. It is 34 km from Palakkad and 26 km from Mannarkkad.

Anangamala

DSCF4897..Anangamala is situated at Kizhur village near Ottappalam in Palakkad district. The hillock has an extent of 2500 acre and is under the Kerala Forest Department. One can  trek to the hill top, which offers a panoramic view of  Palakkad’s rural landscape  brimming with palm trees and paddy fields. A small seasonal waterfall adds to the scenic charm of the hills. The vegetation of the hillock includes many medicinal plants as well. Its scenic beauty has made it a regular location for commercial film shooting. Recently, Anaganmala is being developed as an eco tourism destination with facilities like a footpath to the top of the mountain. The area is 45 km away from Palakkad and 15 km away from Ottappalam. It comes under Ottappalam Forest Range under Palakkad Forest Division.

Nemmara

Nelliyampathy Hills

nelliyampathy.....Located at the southern tip of the Palakkad gap in the Western Ghats, the Nelliyampathi Hills attract many tourists because of its unique scenic beauty and pleasant climate. The height of the Hills ranges from 200 metres to 1633 metres. The beautiful valleys, grass lands, evergreen and shola forests and tea estates are the main attractions for the visitors. At the foothills of Nelliyampathi hills is the Pothundi Dam, a small irrigation dam which provides water for the rice fields in the surrounding area. The view point at Seethargundu, at Nelliyampathi offers an incredible bird’s eye view of the valley below. One can see vast stretches of Palakkad district and a splendid view of the Palakkad Gap, which is a geographical phenomenon in the Western Ghats. Kesavan Para cliff is another vantage point from one can view the valley and the Pothundi dam. The Nelliyampathi hills are known for their exquisite fauna and flora. Primates include Lion-tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque and Nilgiri Langur. Many species of birds including Great Pied Hornbill and butterflies have been recorded in these hills. The Nelliyampathi hills come under Nelliyampathi  Forest Range of Nemmara Forest Division. It is 55 km away from Palakkad town. 

Mannarkkad

Siruvani 

siruvani 0..Muthikulam (Siruvani) sub-plateau has an average elevation of 900 metres. It lies in the south western corner of Attappady Plateau and the majority of the area is located within the Attappady Reserved Forest Compartment Number VI. It comprises various types of forests, which includes a luxuriant growth of wet evergreen forests, bamboo forests, reed breaks and grasslands. Siruvani -Muthikulam is one of the most beautiful forest areas in the Western Ghats. It is an important watershed, crucial to both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A drive to the Siruvani hills and the surrounding areas is replete with many panoramic scenery en route.  Of particular interest is the view from Keralamedu which forms the boundary between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It also provides an excellent view of the horse shoe shaped Siruvani dam. The Siruvani dam has been constructed across Siruvanipuzha which is one of the tributaries of Bhavanipuzha. Yet another point of interest is the picturesque Pattiyar bungalow built by the British. The view from the bungalow opens to a huge waterfall of more than 2000 feet which empties itself to the reservoir. The surrounding evergreen forest promises excellent sightings of higher mammals and birds. These magnificent forests are home to the endemic and endangered Lion-tailed Macaque and Nilgiri Tahr. Siruvani- Muthikkulam is 35 km from Mannarkkad and 60 km from Palakkad.  From Edakkurissi, which is located on the Palakkad Mannarkkad highway, the road to Siruvani -Muthikulam hills winds 22 km into the hills. The area falls under the territorial jurisdiction of Agali Range of Mannarkkad Forest Division.

Nilambur North

Conolly’s Plot

DSC00138 copy..During the mid 19th century, the then Malabar Collector Sir H.V. Conolly initiated the planting of the first ever teak plantations in the world. The, then Forest Conservator Sri Chathu Menon was entrusted with the work of raising teak plantations. In the year 1846, the first teak plantation in the world was raised. A large area except 5.675 acres of the plantation was felled for commercial purpose. The present 5.675 acres of the plantation popularly known as Conolly's Plot is being conserved as a Permanent Preservation Plot for research purpose. Conolly's plot is the oldest teak plantation in the world. Conolly's plot comes under the territorial jurisdiction of Edavanna Range of Nilambur North Forest Division. It is located at Aruvacode which is 5 km away from Nilambur. The reception cum amenity centre at Aruvacode provides the visitors with basic information about the Eco-tourism points in and around Nilambur. The Eco-shop in Aruvacode sells pure and quality forest produces at a reasonable price.

Hanging Bridge

New Picture (1).The suspension bridge across Chaliyarpuzha connects Conolly’s plot to the main land of Nilambur. The 143 metres long suspension bridge was constructed by M/S SILK, Kannur. The cost of construction was Rs. 37.6 lakh. Now this suspension bridge is one of the main attractions for the visitors to the area.

Adyanpara

DSC00075 copy..Adyanpara waterfall flows into the Kanjirapuzha . The fall is abutted by the hills of Pandeerayiram Malavaram. It is about 16km from Nilambur town and is one of the central attractions of Nilambur.

Nilambur area has other beautiful landscapes and monuments as well. It includes Chaliyar Mukku, Kozhippara waterfalls.., Kodinji waterfalls, Old DFO'S Bungalow. and KFRI Teak Sub Centre.

 

CHALIYAR VIEW ECOTOURISM POINT 

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Nilambur in Malappuram district is one of the popular destinations in Kerala noted for its rain forests, ancient tribal settlements, world famous teak plantations. It is situated close to theNilgiris range of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Chaliyar River. It is about 40 kilometres fromMalappuram city and 24 kilometres from Manjeri on the KozhikodeMysore road.

The Chandakkunnu area coming under the Panayangode section of Nilambur range with it’s unique topography and vegetation attracts large number of visitors from different parts of the district. This area is one of the major sites visited by the tourist of Malappuram and local people for relief and refreshment. The area with old Mahagany plantation on either side of avenue provides excellent shade and cover to the visitors. The area is also one of the preferred location for morning walkers. Recently with the financial assistance of DTPC an elevated walk way (Canopy Walk) was contructed near to the old DFO Bungalow and opened to the Tourist on March 2016. 

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Nilambur South

Nedumkayam

1 dawson bunglow (Nedumkayam Woodhouse)1.....Nedumkayam is a major attraction to the visitors to Nilambur. The ancient wooden rest house now known as Dawson bungalow, was built in 1924 by the British time along the banks of Karimpuzha. The Karimpuzha rain forest provides a fair chance to spot wildlife including elephant and spotted deer. The graveyard of Mr. E.S.Dawson, a British Officer of the, then Indian Forest Engineering Service, who built the iron girder bridge across the Karimpuzha River in 1933, is situated here. The bridge was designed and constructed by him before his accidental death at the same location in 1938. The Nedumkayam Elephant Kraal was one of the main elephant training camps of Kerala. The elephant kraal is still preserved in its old finery. The area comes under the Karulai Forest Range of Nilambur South Forest Division and is 15 km away from Nilambur town.