75 Kms from Palakkad, Kerala
1572 m above Sea Level
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A forest ranges 75 kms. (travel time: 2 ½ hours) from Palghat, the Nelliyampathy hills comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dense evergreen forests and orange plantations The height of the hills range from 467 meters to the tallest peak Padagiri looming at 1572 meters.
Accessing Nelliyampathy from Palghat is a sensation on its own, as you negotiate over a dozen hairpin curves on the ghat road passing through the fascinating jungles of the Sahya Ranges. En route, 17 kms. from Palghat, the shimmering Pothundi Reservoir and its manicured surroundings make for an ideal stop over.
Parambikjlam Wildlife Sanctuary
Sprawling over 285 sq. kms, this neighbouring sanctuary shelters the largest population of wild gaur (Bison). The Cannimare Teak Tree said to be the largest in the Asian continent towers roughly 5 kms away from Thunakadavu.
The headquarters of Parambikulam. Other wildlife such as the Nilgiri Langur, Sloth Bear, the Lion-tailed Macaque and Spotted Deer abound along with a handful of tigers and leopards.
The garden complex around the dam at Malampuzha draws a large holiday and weekend crowd to itself. A small garden done in Japanese style adds a touch of exotic charm to the landscape. So does the hanging bridge across the canal.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air : The nearest airport is at Coimbatore in the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu, about 55 km from Palakkad.
Rail : The nearest railway station is in Palakkad, about 5 km from Palakkad town.
Road : The hills of Nelliyampathy lie at a distance of 75 kms from Palakkad. It takes 2 ½ hours to travel to the place.