#5 of 25 Places to Visit in Palakkad
Distance (From Palakkad): 60 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): Full Day
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 60 km from Palakkad, 75 km from Pollachi, 75 km from Thrissur & 105 km from Coimbatore, Nelliyampathy, also spelled as Nelliampathi, is a charming hill town in Palakkad district of Kerala. The Nelliyampathy hills and mountains form a part of the Sahyadri ranges in the Western Ghats. These hills are located in the Tamil Nadu - Kerala border sharing border with Palakkad district of Kerala and Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu.
Nelliyampathy is one of the less explored hill stations of Kerala which has an elevation ranging from 467 m to 1572 m. It is also an ideal weekend getaway from Coimbatore city. The green sprawling Nellikota Mountain ranges which is anchored at a height of 1572 m is the highest peak in the region. Covered with valleys and green forests, the mountain range of Nelliyampathy has several tea, coffee and cardamom plantations. The extensive expanses of plantations offer unique opportunities of plantation tours here.
Nelliyampathy hills are exclusively famous for their exquisite fauna and green dense forests with many wild animals like Monkey, Deer, Porcupine and Elephants. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Nelliyampathy Hill, Shimmering Pothundi Reservoir, Padagiri, Palagapandi Estate and Pothundi Reservoir are the famous sightseeing places in Nelliampathi. Pothundi Dam, which was constructed in the 19th century, is the entrance to Nelliyampathy. A viewpoint called Seetharkund is situated 8 km away from Nelliyampathy. Another attraction of Nelliyampathy is Kesavampara Viewpoint.
Nelliyampathy also offers great opportunities for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. Mampara is a great trekking point. Trekkers can also visit Kaikatty, which serves as a base camp for several adventure activities. The hills of Nelliyampathy also make it a great spot to get a good view of the Sholayar Pass. Parambikulam, Malampuzha Gardens, Raja's Cliff and the wildlife sanctuary are other places of interest here.
The best time to visit Nelliyampathy is from September to May. Nelliyampathy is very well connected by road from Coimbatore and Palakkad though the frequency of these services is less. Privately owned hotels and resorts provide many accommodation options in Nelliyampathy.