Valparai is one hill station not meant for the light hearted. Placed at an elevation of 3500 feet above sea level, it is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Valparai is located in Coimbatore district and is part of the Anamalai Mountain Range. Most of the mountainous expanses that come under this hill station are still off limits, almost 170 years after the first human settlement in Valparai. It is a hill station where the manmade tea and coffee plantations co-exists with the dense forests, wild waterfalls and whispering streams.
Buckle up for the ride to Valparai though, there are 40 or so hair pin bends on the route to Valparai from Azhiyar. Pollachi is the place closest to Valparai in the plains, and is some 65 kilometers away from it. The city of Coimbatore is located some 100 kilometers away from Valparai.
Tourist Places in and around Valparai
There are many site seeing options in and around Valparai apart from Chinnakalar falls. The most famous pilgrim center in the area is Balaji Temple. Nirar dam, Ganapati Temple and Annai Velankanni Church are a few other attractions you can explore. The scenic beauty of Sholayar Dam, Grass Hills and View Points make them must see attractions for any tourist who plans a trip to Valparai.
The Land of Evergreen Forests
Valparai that boasts of almost zero manmade tourists attractions has many deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries and waterfalls. Most of the forest areas are still not reachable to the tourists. There are many wildlife attractions in Valparai that a visitor should not miss out.
An example would be Chinnakallar, also known as the “Cherrapunji” of South India due to the rainfall it gets, and Grass hills, which is a part of the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. The place is also famous for plantations, tea factories and dams.
Taking a stroll through the tea plantations in the morning will help you unwind your soul in the lap of nature. The place with its wildlife and natural beauty is a favourite with people who has a taste for photography.
How to reach Valparai
The place is well-connected by road and rail. The closet airport to Valparai is Coimbatore airport that lies 120 kilometers away from Valparai. Approaching Valparai is pretty easy via road. Cabs from Coimbatore charge comparatively nominal rates to take you to Valparai. It’s also easy to travel to Valparai via Bus, from Coimbatore and Pollachi.
The climate here is what you would expect from a hill station. Winters and monsoons get pretty cold. It would not be a good idea to go there during either of these seasons. During summer the area enjoys a pleasant weather and is the best season to visit the place.