A place where one can see the mist floating in the air,a pleasing aroma of coffee to grab your nostrils, and a chain of beautiful mountains on all the four sides, and the majestic weather which would relax your nerves! Yes, such a place does exist. It is a small yet beautiful hill station in Kerala known as Nelliyampathy.
Nelliyampathy is famous for its elegant fauna and green dense forests which are home to deer, porcupine, elephants, monkeys and many others. It is full of spell bounding serene spots, it a heady mix that is sure to please all the tourists to this beautiful land.
The waterfall cascading through the slopes of the Sahyadri ranges mesmerises you while you travel amidst the rustling leaves scattered throughout this beautiful land.Prepare yourself to witness the magical charm of Nelliyampathy which is perhaps one the unspoilt hill stations of Kerala.
1. Pothundi Reservoir
Built in the 19th century, Pothundi Reservoir was mainly built for irrigation purposes and is one of the main sources of drinking water in the area. It is constructed on the Meenchadypuzha and Padipuzha which are the tributaries of the River Ayalar and is known for the pleasing and tranquil place.
2. Nelliyampathy Hill
Located in the Western Ghats, the hill is a destination for visitors who would love to walk through the beautiful tea, coffee, orange and cardamom plantations. The hill offers you a breathtaking view of Palakkad and its surrounding areas.
At an elevation of 1500 m above sea level, Padagiri also known as Nellikota, is one of the tallest peaks of in Nelliyampathy. The hillock is bounded with teak plantations and is a very popular picnic spot.
Seetharkundu gets it name from Sita; it is said that Rama along with Sita and Lakshman rested at this place when they were in exile. The Seetharkundu Waterfall is a major attraction and is known for its rapidly falling water from a height of approximately 98 ft.
5. Palagapandi Estate
The Palagapandi Estate is one of the most popular attractions in the town. The estate houses a beautiful old bungalow which was built by the British. The estate is covered with plantations of coffee, tea and cardamom.
6. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Sahyadris, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the abode of a huge variety wild animals and birds. It is also home to various aquatic animals which include the mugger crocodile. The Nilgiri langurs, lion-tailed macaques, king cobras, tigers are a common sight in the sanctuary.