Valparai Hills in Western Ghats (Anamallais), a green carpet, made of tea plantations covering a 3000 to 5000 feet high plateau that spreads over 217.87 Sq.KM, is a paradise for nature lovers. The only pollution free Godly land on earth. Prior to the beginning of plantations in the 1890s, it was a solid evergreen tropical forest. Even today, the hill is rich in flora and fauna. There is a huge population of elephants, panthers, tigers, lion tailed black monkeys, sambars, brown flying squirrels, bisons, bears, wild boars, wild dogs, wild goats and porcupines. Rare birds like jungle fowls, partridges, peafowls, greens and blue pigeons can be sighted often. Horn bills are in plenty. The present day plantations mostly consist of tea, coffee and pepper mostly owned by big corporate houses providing employment opportunities to thousands. 104 Kms from Coimbatore.
Aanamalai Wildlife Sanctuary :
is situated at an altitude of 1,400 metres in the
Western ghats near Pollachi. The area of the
sanctuary is 958 Sq. kms. It has various kinds of
exotic fauna like Elephant, Gaur, Tiger, Panther,
Sloth Bear, Pangolin, Black headed oriole, Green
Pigeon and Civet cat. The Amaravathy reservoir in
the Aanamalai has a large number of crocodiles.
Arrangements are available at Topslip to take
tourists around the Sanctuary on elephant back or by
Athirapilly Falls :
It is near to the entrance of the Sholayar range
is a place of great scenic beauty. Here, the water
plunges from a height of nearly 80 feet before
joining the Chalakudi river. This picturesque spot
is adjacent to dense green forest, and is a part of
Chalakudi River, 80 Kms. from Valparai towards
Balaji temple :
Balaji temple is owned by the Peria Karamalai tea
Industries. Situated in Karamalai tea estate. This
temple is located in the midst of beautiful mountain
and evergreen forest. Situated at a distance of
70kms from Valparai.
Birla Falls :
Falls is situated within Sholayar Estate
(I-Division-opposite to Muneeswaran Temple) of
Ms.Jayshree Tea Industries Ltd., (Birla group) just
2 kms away from Valparai.
Carver Marsh Statue :
Mr. G.A. Carver Marsh’s (who is the Father of
Valparai Hills) statue exists in the Pollachi,
Valparai ghat at road Kavarkal Estate. From here one
can see the beautiful scenic beauties which include
the huge Velonie Valley and the Parambikulam
Chinnakallar Falls :
Chinnakallar is a geographically important place as
it is the region that receives the second highest
rain fall in India. It is about 26 km east of
Valparai. It is known as Cherrapunji of Tamil Nadu.
The hanging bridge is built across the falls is full
of enchantment and thrill. This area always found
wet and misty. Chinnakallar is full of greenish
dense forest with tall majestic trees which gives a
pleasant nature. It has the falls which sounds like
a roaring lion.
Congreve Falls :
This falls is situated within Nadumalai Estate of
M/s. Peria Karamalai Tea & Produce Co. Ltd. which is
very near to Valparai Town. This falls named after
Mr. C.R.T. Congreve, one of the early explorers of
Grass Hills :
The best tourist attraction will be the unique Shola
forests at Grass Hills.
Karamadai Annai Vellankanni Church :
Lot of miracles happened by
Vellankanni Matha. Festival takes place every year
during September 8th. New church was built in the
year 2003. A place to enjoy spiritual peaceful
environment. Many people visit this Church daily.
Situated at a distance of 7 kms from Valparai.
Koozhangal River :
This river is situated very near to Valparai in
the Valparai – Sirikundra main road. On the river
bank beautiful pebbles are seen and it will attract
Lawson Falls :
This falls is situated in Chinnakallar near Reserve
forest boundary which is 18 kms away from Valparai.
Loam’s View Point :
This is situated at the ninth hairpin bend with
view point facilities. Named as Loam’s View point as
Mr. Mathew Loam was the first person who has marked
the road in 1886 from Aliyar to Sirikundra. Still
the same road is being used by the public.
Lower Nirar dam :
This dam is built for multipurpose project such as
irrigation, Hydro electricity production. Dam is
situated in a wonderful location covered by a dense
forest. The water source at the dam never goes dry.
Situated at a distance of 15 kms from Valparai.
Monkey Falls :
65 km from Coimbatore city and it is some 27 km away
from Pollachi on Coimbatore-Pollachi-Valparai main
road. Monkey falls are they have an outstanding
scenic attraction. This Monkey falls is an ideal
place for the little children to take bathe. The
entry ticket fee is very low and it just cost Rs
15/- to enter inside the falls.
Nallamudi Poonjolai Valley :
This valley is situated in Anaimudi
Estate of Ms. BBTC Ltd. The reason behind naming it
as Anaimudi Estate is very obvious. One can see the
highest peak in South India i.e. Anaimudi Peak from
here. It will attract lot of tourists as this place
has a beautiful view of a huge valley below as well.
Number Parai :
This valley is situated in High Forest Estate of Ms.
Mahavir Plantations Ltd. From this valley, Iddliyar,
Soorya Malai and the Hill Tribes’ settlement area
can be viewed. This place has got historical
importance as this is situated on the border of
erstwhile Madras State and Travancore Kingdom. Even
today, it marks the border between Coimbatore
District on Tamil Nadu side and Iduki and Thrissur
districts on Kerala side.
Oldest Teak Tree :
One of the oldest teak trees more than 500 yrs.
old is still alive in Sheikalmudi forest area of
Valparai Taluk, which measures 90 feet height and
23.5 feet girth.
Parambikulam National Park :
It is a reservoir of tranquil greenery
ensconced in a valley between the Aanamalai ranges
of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathy ranges of Kerala.
The areas hilly and rocky, drained by several
rivers, including the Parambikulam, the Sholayar and
the Thekkedy. Thickly forested with stands of
bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood and teak, the sanctuary
has some marshy land and scattered patches of
grassland. Parambikulam was once home to some of
south India’s finest stands of teak. Little remains
of the original teak forests, other than the famous
Kannimari teak tree, the largest in Asia as most of
these have now been replaced by teak plantations.
The tree is about 5 km from Thunakadavu, and is one
of Parambikulam’s prime attractions. It has a girth
of 6.52 metres, height of 48.25 metres when the
measurement was taken in 2003.
Sidhi Vinayagar Temple :
Sidhi Vinayagar Temple is owned by Jayshree tea Industries, Sholayar the temple is situated in a beautiful garden environment. It is very close to Valparai. Situated at a distance of 5 kms from Valparai.
Sholayar Dam :
This is the second highest masonry
dam (345 feet) in Asia, which is 24 kms away from
Valparai and the beautiful Athirampalli Falls (Kerala
State) just 80 kms away. The length of the dam
measures about 6-7 km. This dam is constructed in
Chalakudy river. Being situated on the border of
Kerala State, this place always attracts tourists
not only from Tamilnadu but also from Kerala.
Tea & Coffee GardensThe green tea gardens of Valparai hills resemble a rich
woven carpet. The gardens established by the British in the
19 th century earn a considerable amount of foreign exchange
through exports. The other plantation crops which include
Coffee, Pepper and Cardamum have their own presence and add
beauty to this hill station.
Tiger Valley :
This valley is situated between Waterfall Estate and
Attakatti after 27 th hairpin bend. From here one
can view the scenic beauties of the evergreen
forests surrounding Upper Aliyar Reservoir and also
the wind mills situated in Udumalpet area.
Upper Nirar Dam :
This dam is situated in Chinnakallar which is 18
kms from Valparai. Lawson falls is just 2 kms away
from here. This place and the surrounding reserve
forests are real attractions to the naturalists.
For.... Trekking, The Crocodile Ride, River Bath, Delicious Lunch and other programmes.....
contact : Forest Range Officer Karamadai, Ph : 0422-2302925
Cell : 94433 84982.