Nelliyampathy Hill Station
From the town of Nenmara in Palakkad district of Kerala, the cloud-caressed peaks of the magnificent Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to behold. The altitude of the hills ranges from 467 to 1572 meters. To reach Nelliyampathy, one has to take the road starting from Nenmara that proceeds to the Pothundy Dam. Nelliyampathy hills features about 10 hairpin bends that have to be negotiated on the way to Nelliyampathy, which itself has prosperity of interesting sights to offer.
The Pothundy Dam is a charming locale with amenities for boating and a nice option as a picnic spot. As the Ghat road winds its way to Nelliyampathy, there are viewpoints from where the vast stretches of Palakkad district are visible with its extensive paddy fields forming a verdant carpet. It also offers a marvelous view of the Palakkad Gap, which is a biological phenomenon in the Western Ghats formation in this constituency, bringing into view, parts of the adjoining State of Tamilnadu.
On the way up, those interested in bio farming can take a close look at the privately managed farms and also vast expanses of tea estates managed by various plantation companies. The Nelliyampathy hills are also well known for its orange cultivation.
Privately owned hotels and resorts are situated at different points on the way to the hills of Nelliyampathy. The bio-farms situated here are a major landmark as one proceeds up before reaching the topmost point at Palagapandi estate. The estate has a traditional bungalow, built during the period of British rule in India, but now it has been converted into a privately owned resort. A community hall is available at Kaikatty, which is generally used as a base by those interested in trekking.
Not far away from Palagapandy is Seethakundu where one can have an unbelievable valley view and a 100m high waterfall providing an additional attraction. From Palagapandy, tourists can trek or go by jeep to reach Mampara; another magnificent vantage point at Nelliyampathy hills. The area in and around the Palagapandy estate has cardamom, tea and coffee plantations with adjacent hills allowing one to catch a glimpse of the wildlife in the form of Indian leopards, elephants, giant squirrel, gaur etc. and is also a heaven for birdwatchers.