Kannimara Teak, the major tourist attraction near Nilambur, is ranked as one of the largest teak tree existing in the world today. The tree has a colossal structure with a girth of 6.48 meters. Estimated to be around 400 years old, the crown height of Kannimara Teak is about 48.75 meters.
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The tree plays a central role in the belief systems of the tribal groups inhabiting the region and there are several stories about it. According to one such story, blood gushed out of the trunk of the tree one when people attempted to cut it down. From then onwards the local tribes started worshipping the tree as “Virgin Tree”, a practice from which the tree derives its name. The name Kannimara is a combination of two Malayalam words: kanni (meaning virgin) and mara (meaning tree).
This spectacular tree is to be found in the Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary which is located in Palakkad district. This sanctuary can be reached by road and is at a distance of about 80 km from Nilambur town. The government of India honored this tree by awarding it with the ‘Mahavriksha Puraskar’.