Nelliyampathy is a hill station within the Nelliyampathy Forest Reserve, in the southwest Indian state of Kerala. The road to it, which goes through the dense forests of the Western Ghats, is known for its many hairpin turns. To the west is Kesavan Para, a vantage point with views of nearby tea plantations. Farther west is the 19th-century Pothundi Dam. Northeast is the Seetharkundu Viewpoint, with waterfalls nearby.
Nelliyampathy is a perfect destination for ecotourism. The vast expanses of tea gardens and coffee and orange plantations offer exceptional chances of plantation tours as well for those who are interested to know about the farming and harvesting activities upclose. The drive towards Nelliyampathy hill station is an experience on its own as it takes you over a dozen hairpin bends that offer great views of the valleys and the mist clad mountains around. The roads are smooth and well laid, which would make your driving a truly enjoyable experience. Nelliyampathy hills in Palakkad, is well connected by road and is easy to reach. There are bus services from Coimbatore and Palakkad though the frequency of these services is less. Car rentals are convenient options to explore the hills at your own pace.
Nelliyampathi takes credit to mountain ranges of various altitudes ranging from 500 m to 1600 m, which offer tremendous scope for trekkers, hand gliders and adventure sports enthusiasts. Kakatty will be a convenient base camp for all these leisure activities. Nelliyampathy is adjacent to the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and comes under the Nenmara Forest Division. The range forms the southern boundary of the Palakkad Gap, which facilitates communication between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Nelliyampathy offers breathtaking views of undulating hills, caressed by clouds.
The winding road up the hill to Nelliyampathy has many alluring sights in store for a visitor. The journey through hairpin bends offers you breathtaking scenery. Both sides of the road are wrapped in greenery and at dawn, the mountains are completely covered in mist, giving them an unearthly beauty. From various vantage points en route, you can enjoy panoramic views of the paddy fields of Palakkad district that seem to stretch endlessly, the enchanting geographic phenomenon called Palakkad Gap and the adjoining, charming villages of Tamil Nadu.
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