Situated south of the Palakkad Gap, Nelliyampathy has all the attractions of a typical hill station -coffee, tea, and cardamom plantations, a pleasant climate, sublime scenery and an abundance of flora and fauna. Locally called ‘poor man’s Ooty’, it offers the inhabitants of Palakkad an escape from the sweltering summer heat of the plains.
Nelliyampathy is close to the wildlife sanctuaries of Parambikulam, Anamalai and Peechi-Vazhani. The Nelliyampathy Range, once owned by the maharajas of Kollengode and Kochi, is now part of the Nenmara Forest Division. It consists of a chain of ridges separated by valleys that abound in evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, teeming with wildlife.
Located within the Karuna plantations, Seetharkundu attracts visitors as much for the drive from Nelliyampathy as for the place itself. The drive offers a fabulous view of the plains, as far as Palakkad town and its surrounding countryside. Besides the waterfalls, there is a gnarled tree here, a major attraction. Legend has it that Rama, Sita and Lakshman once lived here, hence the name.
Mampara Grasslands :
These sprawling grasslands can be reached only through a treacherous road, but it is well worth the effort for the spectacular views of the Palakkad range verdant slopes, thick forests and a patchwork of lush paddy fields.
Orange and Vegetable Farm:
Set up by the rulers of the erstwhile State of Cochin in 1943 to provide food for British troops and resolve a crisis that arose in the land during the time, this once thriving farm has now been revived and 237 acres of land re-planted with orange trees. The fruit preservation unit, located at Pulayanpara, where guavas and passion fruit are used to make delicious jams, preserves and squash, is open to visitors.
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