About Valparai

Country: India | State: Tamilnadu

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Valparai: Coimbatore (105 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Valparai: October to May

Peak Season: December to January & March to May

At a distance of 65 km from Pollachi, 105 km from Coimbatore, 60 km from Athirapally Falls and 600 km from Chennai, Valparai is a charming Hill Station and a municipality located in Coimbatore district of Tamilnadu. Originally known as Poonachimalai, it is one of the least explored hill stations in South India and among the top tourist places to visit in Tamil Nadu.

Situated at an altitude of 3500 feet, Valparai is a little piece of heaven tucked away in the cradle of in the Anamalai mountain range of the Western Ghats. The pollution-free hill station is surrounded by evergreen deciduous forests loaded with lakes, waterfalls, mountain peaks, and lush green valleys. Anamalai Hill Ranges is known for its pristine environment, accommodating large varieties of flora and fauna. Valparai receives among the highest rainfall in the region during the monsoons (around June).

Valparai is famed for its numerous coffee and tea plantations that are surrounded by thick forest. According to the earlier records, in 1846, Mr. Ramaswamy Mudaliyar started cultivating coffee in his estate. Afterward, the Karnatic Coffee Company began their coffee plantation here in 1864 but they could not make it profitable, hence they sold part of their land. In 1890 CE, W. Wintil and Nordan bought a huge portion of land in Valparai from the Madras State Government under the British Raj. Wintil deforested the area and established tea and coffee estate. He was assisted by Carwer Marsh, an experienced planter. Carwer Marsh, owing to his dedication and hard work, later came to be known as the Father of Annamalais. One can see the statue of Carwer Marsh at Kavarkal Estate.

Blessed with evergreen forests, majestic dams, spectacular waterfalls, rolling meadows, picturesque mountain peaks, lush green valley, and endless expanse of tea plantations, Valparai is a less explored hill station of unspoiled beauty where humans and animals live in perfect harmony with nature. Sholayar Dam, Aliyar Dam, Nallamudi Viewpoint, Loam's View Point, Balaji Temple, Monkey Falls, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnakallar Waterfalls, Birla Falls, Koolangal River, Grass Hills, Nirar Dam, etc. are some of the popular places to visit in Valparai. Besides, Valparai is also known for trekking, plantation walks, and hiking activities.

Traveling between Pollachi to Valparai is itself an exotic experience. There is around 40 steep, hairpin bends to reach Valparai from the plains of Pollachi. The drive to the town from Pollachi passes through the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary noted for Bengal tiger, elephants, boars, lion-tailed macaques, gaur, spotted deer, sambar, and giant squirrels. Also, the region is a rich elephant tract and is known to have many leopards and habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. This area is also a great place for bird watching. The Great Hornbill, the Malabar Pied Hornbill, and the Grey Malabar Hornbill are regularly seen here.

To boost tourism, the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department organized a three-day summer festival at Valparai in the month of May every year. It includes sessions for children, food festivals, cricket and football matches, flower shows, folk, and tribal dances. Thousands of tourists come here to see the summer festival and enjoy the natural beauty of this secluded hill station. Valparai has plenty of accommodation options in the form of resorts, hotels, cottages, homestays, tea bungalows and Government guest houses.

Coimbatore and Kochi Airports are the nearest airports that are situated at 114 km and 129 km respectively. These are well connected by flights from all the major cities of India. Pollachi Junction is the nearest railhead which is about 65 km from Valparai. It has regular trains from Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruchendur, and Palani. From there, one can catch a bus or hire a cab to reach Valparai. Valparai is well-connected by bus with Pollachi, Coimbatore, Chalakudy, Tiruppur, Udumalaipettai and Palani.

Although Valparai retains cool, pleasant weather throughout the year, tourists prefer visiting the town between the months of October and May. In these months, the weather is pleasant and suitable for sightseeing. During the winter months of December and January, the mist settling in at dusk all over the hill station only enhances the beauty of the landscape! Valparai experiences heavy showers during the monsoon season, between June to September. Though monsoons provide more charm to the waterfalls, trekking will be risky as well as dangerous.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 42538
Languages Spoken: Tamil, English, Malayalam & Hindi
Major Festivals: Valparai Summer Festival
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How to Reach Valparai

By Air

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore - Coimbatore Peelamedu Airport (114 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Pollachi Junction (65 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Valparai Bus Station (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Valparai

Nature

#1 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 15 km from Valparai Bus Station, Nallamudi Poonjolai is a spectacular vantage located in Valparai, Tamilnadu. Situated in the Nallamudi Tea Estate, it is one of the splendid places to visit in Valparai.

Situated amidst the tea fields, Nallamudi Viewpoint offers stunning views of the Anamudi Peak, the tallest peak in South India, vast tea gardens, lush green valleys, and magnificent waterfalls flowing between the steep cliffs of the mountain ranges. The spectacular scenery and the tranquil environment of the viewpoint attract many tourists and nature lovers. It is a perfect place to spend some relaxed moments immersed in the tranquility of nature.

To access this viewpoint, one has to walk uphill through tea plantations of Nallamudi Estate. After nearly a km of a walk across the tea estate, one can witness the raw Valparai and also the Sholayar mountains. The panoramic view of lush green mountains and river valleys makes you feel that the view is worth the walk. .....

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Pilgrimage

#2 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 10 km from Valparai Bus Station, Balaji Temple is one of the prominent temples located in Valparai, Tamilnadu. Situated inside Karumalai Tea Estate, it is one of the beautiful and among the must-visit places in Valparai.

Owned and managed by Peria Karumalai Tea Industries, the temple amidst tea estates and sprawling hill ranges, gives visitors a sense of frosty and serene atmosphere. The chief deity worshipped here is Lord Balaji who is also known as Lord Venkateshwara. The statue of Lord Balaji inside the sanctum is made of pure gold. The idol and pujas performed here resemble that of Tirupathi Balaji Temple.

As vehicles are not allowed after the entrance, one has to walk 500 meters uphill slope. Located amidst beautiful hills and tea estates, the serenity and the climate of the place make it ideal to reinforce conviction in God. Reciting holy scriptures here is considered very auspicious and one feels peaceful too. Photography is prohibited inside the temple .....

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Pilgrimage

#3 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 8 km from Valparai Bus Station, Karumalai Anna Velankanni Church is a Catholic church located in Valparai, Tamilnadu. Situated in Karumalai Tea Estate, it is one of the significant places to visit during your Valparai Tour.

Constructed in 2003, the church is dedicated to Velankanni Matha and is associated with many miracles. This church comes under the Coimbatore diocese. The architecture of the church is excellent and the environment is so peaceful. Surrounded by tea plantations, the church is fringed with verdant greenery that makes a visit to this place even more special.

Furthermore, making this place a must-visit attraction in Valparai is the surreal views of tea estates from which the church is surrounded by and a waterfall called Iraichal Parai Falls and a small river which streams beside the church. The waterfall originates from the springs in the Grass Hills and it forms the perennial Nadumalai River which flows through Valparai. Bathing in the falls .....

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Waterfall

#4 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 14 km from Valparai Bus Station, Chinna Kallar Falls is a spectacular waterfall situated at Chinna Kallar village near Valparai, Tamilnadu. It is one of the popular waterfalls in Coimbatore and among the most visited tourist places in Valparai.

Encapsulated by forests and narrow windy paths, the Chinnakallar Falls is a stunning waterfall known for its wild scenic beauty. The area where this waterfall located is the third-highest rainfall receiving place in India after Mawsynram and Cherrapunji. A hanging bridge has been constructed over the waterfall which offers mesmerizing views of the roaring waterfalls amidst lush greenery. Chinnakallar is always shrouded by cloud and mist, mostly because of the heavy rainfall it receives throughout the year. Also, the place can be spotted in several Tamil cinemas like Suryavamsam.

Surrounded by dense greenery on all sides, the spectacular Chinnakallar Falls can be accessed by an adventurous 600 m trek through a narrow .....

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Adventure

#5 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 16 km from Valparai Bus Station, Grass Hills is a protected area located in Valparai, Tamilnadu. It is one of the awe-inspiring places to visit in Valparai.

Located at an altitude of 2400 m, Grass Hills is a part of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu which forms its boundary with Eravikulam National Park in the neighboring Kerala state. The landscape is a combination of peaks and high plateaus composed of montane shola-grassland eco-system that is unique to the higher ranges of the Western Ghats of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This cool location surrounded by high green grasses on mountain slopes is a mind-blowing place to watch and explore. Here, viewing the gorgeous sunset over the hills is an unforgettable experience.

Grass Hills presents the visitor with the beauty and ambiance of a pristine green ecosystem and astonishing views of the hill and forest entwined as one. The Valparai range is a habitat of the Niligiri Tahr, an endemic wild goat. These mountain .....

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Backwaters

#6 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 9 km from Valparai Bus Station, Nirar Dam is an artificial dam situated in the hill town of Valparai. It is one of the most interesting places to see in Valparai.

Nirar Dam was a small dam built across Nirar River at a lower site, about 8 km, below the Upper Nirar weir. This dam will serve to conduct the diverted waters of the Anamalai Basin to the Sholayar valley through the unlined lower Tunnel taking off from the dam site. In addition to this, the yield of the catchment between the Upper Nirar Weir and the Dam will also be diverted to the Sholayar basin. The Nirar Dam was constructed mainly for irrigation purposes and to provide hydroelectricity to the area. One can also visit nearby Chinna Kallar Waterfalls.

Timings: 9 AM - 4 PM

Entry: Rs. 30 for Person & Rs. 80 for Camera

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Nature

#7 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 30 km from Udumalpet, 48 km from Coimbatore, 65 km from Valparai, 116 km from Munnar, 130 km from Dindigul, 163 km from Kochi, 191 km from Madurai, and 526 km from Chennai, Pollachi is a scenic town and a taluk headquarters in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in India. It is the second-largest town in the district after Coimbatore and among the stunning offbeat places to visit in Tamil Nadu as part of Coimbatore Tour Packages.

Located on the tip of the Annamalai hills and the plains of Coimbatore, Pollachi is a largely visited tourist hub known for its rich greenery and amazing landscape. The ancient name for Pollachi was 'Pozhil Vaitchi' meaning 'the land of natural wealth and prosperity' in Tamil. The town was also called Mudi Konda Chola Nallur during the reign of Kulottunga Chola III. Since ancient times, the Pollachi market called by the name of 'Pollachi Sandhai' has been considered as a prosperous bazaar that combines great natural wealth. The town markets .....

Distance (From Valparai): 65 Kms
Trip Duration (From Valparai - Including Travel): Full Day
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Backwaters

#8 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 24 km from Pollachi and 43 km from Valparai, Aliyar Dam is an earthen dam located at Aliyar village in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular dams in the Coimbatore district and among the prime places to visit in Valparai.

Built across the Aliyar River, the Aliyar Dam was constructed during 1959-1969 mainly for irrigation purposes. Azhiyar Dam was inaugurated on 2nd October 1962 by then Prime minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and was commissioned in 2002 to generate Hydro Electric Power. The dam is located in the foothills of Valparai, in the Anaimalai Hills of the Western Ghats. The height of the dam is 81 m.

There is a well-maintained park built at bottom of the Dam along with an aquarium, a mini Themed - Park and play area maintained by Tamil Nadu Fisheries Corporation. The view of the Anamalai range around the reservoir is a feast for the eyes and the view of the coconut groves from the top of the dam is amazing. One can also .....

Distance (From Valparai): 43 Kms
Trip Duration (From Valparai - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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Waterfall

#9 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 5 km from Aliyar Dam, 27 km from Pollachi and 38 km from Valparai Bus Station, Monkey Falls is a natural waterfall situated in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. Situated on the Pollachi-Valparai road in the Anamalai Hills range, it is one of the magnificent waterfalls in Valpari and among the best places to visit as part of Valparai Packages.

Situated near Aliyar Dam, Monkey Falls is cascading down from a height of about 60 feet into a pool. Enveloped between evergreen forests and rocky cliffs, this enchanting waterfall brings together the entire scenery. Reaching this falls requires a short trek through an evergreen forest surrounded by rock cliffs. Take a dip in the falls is refreshing though it is a bit dangerous during monsoons when the water flow is high. As the name suggests, the place has several monkeys. So, has to be careful while taking care of their belongings.

One needs to take prior permission from the Tamil Nadu Forest Department a fortnight .....

Distance (From Valparai): 38 Kms
Trip Duration (From Aliyar Dam (5 km) - Including Travel): 30 Mins - 1 Hr
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Nature

#10 of 14 Places to Visit in Valparai

At a distance of 7 km from Monkey Falls, 12 km from Aliyar Dam, 31 km from Valparai and 35 km from Pollachi, Loam's View Point is a beautiful vantage point located on Valparai-Pollachi Road in Tamilnadu. Situated in the Anamalai Hills of Western Ghats, it is one of the popular viewpoints in Valparai and among the must-visit places as part of Valparai Tour Packages.

The Loam's Viewpoint is situated at the 9th hairpin bend of the winding Pollachi - Aliyar - Valparai hill road. This viewpoint has been named after Mathew Loam, who marked the roadway back in 1886. There is a platform at the viewpoint that offers an impeccable view of the Aliyar Dam and its reservoir, Anamalai mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, as well as the stunning sunset views. The place is also a good vantage point to look out into the plains, as far as the town of Pollachi.

Loam's View Point is an important vantage point that one cannot afford to miss while making their way to Valparai. This vantage point .....

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