Valparai Place of Interest
 
 

ValparaiValparai 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 :

This 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 van.

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 Chalakudi, Kerala.

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 Reservoir.

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 this hill.

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 many tourists.

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

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.

aliyar dam

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 Gardens

The 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.

 

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