Nelliampathy- A tourist spot in Palakkad District

Nelliyampathy is a beautiful hill station located in Kerala renowned for its scenic mountainscapes and salubrious climate. Nelliyampathy hills form a part of the majestic Sahyadri ranges.

Relatively lesser known than other hill stations of Kerala like MunnarVagamonPonmudi or Wayanad, it is located about 52 km from Palakkad on the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Owing to its location, Nelliyampathy is also known as the Roof of Palakkad.

Large green cover, misty mountains, picturesque waterfalls, wildlife and vast plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom make Nelliyampathy a delightful experience for both nature lovers and adventure lovers.

The thick forests of Nelliyampathy hills are home to wide range of plants and animals. Around 215 species of birds and 90 species of butterflies have been recorded in these hills.

Some of the rare bird species found here include Grey-breasted Laughing Thrush, Great Pied Hornbill, Jerdon's Baza, Great Black Woodpecker, Oriental Broad-billed Roller, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Broad-tailed Grassbird and Nilgiri Pipit.

Primates such as Lion-tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque and Nilgiri Langur are also found here. It is also home to a small population of endangered Nilgiri Tahr.

Tall Teak trees add to the overall beauty of the lush hills. Kannimari, 360-year-old teak tree can be found at the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary.

HISTORY

Vast portions of forest land in Nelliyampathy Hills were leased out to the British by the Kollengode Raja, a small principality. The lands were largely occupied by tribals before the arrival of planters.

Some tracts of the Nelliyampathy Hills were leased out in the year 1889 to two Britons - Arthur Hall and WR M McKenzie - who initially opened up the land for commercial cultivation.

Later, in 1896 they sold the leasehold right over the land to the Amalgamated Tea Estate Company Ltd, which was subsequently acquired by the Amalgamated Coffee Estate Pvt. Ltd. The estate was later sold to various parties. In 1988, one such portion then held by Karuna Plantations Pvt. Ltd., was transferred to the Poabs Group and since 1989, 95 per cent of Nelliyampathy Hills are with Poabs India Company and remaining with Kerala Forest Department.

SHOPPING

Shop for organic tea, squashes and jams made from fruits like pineapple, orange, passion fruit and guava at the Government Orange & Vegetable Farm.

WHERE TO STAY

There are many accommodation options in Nelliyampathy including hotels and resorts.

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WHERE TO EAT

Restaurants in Nelliyampathy serve authentic Kerala vegetarian food. You can enjoy a variety of vegetarian curries including Sambar, Rasam, Morukootan, and Vattal Kozhambu along with rice. Since Palakkad is the hub for Palakkad Iyer Brahmins, you can also try their cuisine which is quite distinct from the Kerala style of cooking.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Best period to visit Nelliyampathy is September to May. For the more adventurous, the monsoon, between July-September, is the best season.

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