A hill station at an altitude of 3500 ft above sea level in the Anamalai mountain ranges, Valparai is no ordinary town which is surrounded by greenery. It is a place which is free from pollution and therefore called as the seventh heaven.
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Valparai shares its borders with Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Eravikulam National Park and Vazhachal Forest Range of Kerala State. It is known for its unique forests and grassy hills.
It is home to a variety of flora and fauna along with numerous tea estates.
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Start Point: Bengaluru
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Valparai is from the month of September to March.
How To Reach Valparai
Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport which is located at a distance of approximately 124 km. The airport receives flights from across the country and as well as from abroad.
Coimbatore Junction is the nearest railway station which is approximately 105 km from here. The station is well-connected to all the major cities in the country. There are regular trains from Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai and other cities and towns in the country.
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Valparai is well-connected by roads, with regular buses plying from Coimbatore. If you would like to travel by your own means of transport, you may take any of the routes mentioned below.
Route 1: Bengaluru - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Avinashi - Pollachi - Valparai via NH 44 and NH 544
Route 2: Bengaluru - Kanakapura - Malavalli - T Narasipura - Chamrajnagar - Pollachi - Valparai via NH 209
Route 3: Bengaluru - Ramanagara - Maddur - T Narasipura - Chamrajnagar - Pollachi - Valparai via NH 275 and NH 209
If you choose to drive through Route 1 it would take around 8.5 hours to reach Valparai to cover the total distance of 457 km from Bengaluru to Valparai. The road take through the four lane express highway, which is well maintained and would allow you to reach the destination very soon.
If you opt to travel through Route 2, it would take you around 10 hours to reach Valparai which is at a distance of 423 km from Bengaluru, and it would again take you around 10 hours to reach Valparai via Route 3 which would cover the total distance of 430 km via NH 275 and NH 209.
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The journey can be planned as a long weekend drive from Bengaluru, which starts early on a Friday morning and after spending a day and half one can chose to return early on Sunday morning or afternoon and reach the city by nightfall.
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If you opt for Route 1, Krishnagiri could be considered as an ideal stopover for a filling breakfast from the much famed Adyar Ananda Bhavan or the Sharavana Bhavan eateries. After which one could proceed towards Salem and from there to the destination, Valparai.
As you glide through the express highway one could get a glimpse of the dry lands of Tamil Nadu and some patches of greenery here and there across the highway.
The next stop is the famous town of Salem; the town is well-known for its numerous temples and is one stop destination of textile shopping. Venture into the town and stop over for a filling lunch after which one can head towards the destination of Valparai which is approximately around 262 km and would take you around 5.5 hours to cover the stretch.
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A hill station in the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu, which is surrounded tea gardens, tiger reserves and lush thick forests on all its sides. The road leading to the hill station is an absolute bliss for those who enjoy nature, and for the adventure seekers, the drive through the hairpin curves is something to be enjoyed.
The first tea plantation in Valparai was set up in the year 1846 by Ramaswamy Mudaliyar, which put Valparai on the maps. Soon after the British followed and colonised the land in the year 1875 and gave a total makeover to this destination.
The region is home to large variety of fauna like the Nilgiri tahr, spotted deer, leopards, giant squirrels, Asian elephants, the great Indian Hornbill to name a few.