Nelliampathi in Kerala is a popular hill station 60 km away from Palakkad in Kerala. It is a 3 hour, 75 km trip away from Palakkad (Palghat) and, at 1600 mts above sea level, surrounded by panoramic views of hills draped by plantations of tea, coffee, orange and cardamom. It is one among the best tourist spots in Kerala because of the excellent Kerala weather condition and tea and coffee plantations . The only route is from Nemmara, from where the first town of Nelliampathi,namely Kaikatty junction, is at a distance of 26 km. At the 9th kilometer is the Pothundi Dam, a small irrigation dam which provides water for the rice fields in the surrounding area. The dam is at the foot of the Nelliampathi hills. The view of the Pothundy dam from the height is a breathtaking sight.
Flora and Fauna of Nelliampathi
Nelliampathi is a popular Kerala hill station with excellent trekking trails. On Nellikotta and the other peaks grow huge great teak trees value for their wood. This hills comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dense evergreen forests and orange plantations. The height of the hills ranges from 467 mts to the tallest peak Padagiri looming at 1572 mts. Accessing Nelliampathi from Palakkad (Palghat) is a sensation on its own. The drive through dozen hairpin curves on the ghat road is really amazing.
Nelliampathi is a charming hill station with picturesque mountains, and valleys. It is one of the 17 hotspots in the world for its biodiversity.
Nelliampathi is an absolute haven for nature lovers. Locally known as 'poor man's Ooty', Nelliampathi also offers immense opportunities for trekking. Once owned by the Maharajas of Kollengode and Kochi, Nelliampathi is now a part of the Nenmara Forest Division. Apart from scenic beauty, Nelliampathi also boasts largest population of fauna. According to a survey, nearly 215 species of birds and 90 species of butterflies found in this region. The hill station is famous for the Malabar hornbill and the rust coloured Malabar squirrel. The dense jungle packed with primates including Lion-tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri Langure etc. A small population of Nilgiri Tahr also seen in the grassy peaks. Nelliampathi is a famous Kerala destination.