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Secret behind the beauty of Nilambur| world's oldest teak plantation| Teak Meusium| Chaliyar River hanging bridge

Nilambur is a place in Malappuram district of Kerala. It is famous for its green forests, especially the wildlife habitat, clean water rivers, waterfalls and teak plantations. It is situated close to The Nilgiris range of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Chaliyar river. It is about 40 kilometres from Malappuram town. The town is located on the Calicut-Ooty road which gives it much prominence.





































The town of Nilambur is famous for the Nilambur Vettekkoru Makan Paattu held every year in the Nilambur Kovilakom temple. Nilambur is also home to the oldest teak plantation in the world, called Conolly's plot. It is claimed that the world's tallest or biggest teak tree is in the Nilambur Teak Preserve. Nilambur is also famous for its bamboos. The word Nilambur means place of Nilimba (Sanskrit word for Bamboo).

Regarded as the first of its kind in the world and the only one in India; it is a house to the treasures of historical, aesthetic and scientific aspects of Teak. The museum was established on the campus of the sub centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) in 1995.The museum was established here owing to the historical significance of the region. The worlds first teak (Tectona grandis) plantation was raised in Nilambur way back in the 1840s in order to ensure a steady supply of Teak timber to the British. 


The ground floor of the double-storied museum exhibits a translite of Kannimara Teak, the oldest naturally growing teak tree located at the Parambikulam wild-life sanctuary and the life-size replica of the trunk of the largest known teak tree growing in the Malayattoor forest division. Another translite of a giant tree present in the oldest teak plantation in the Conollys Plot at Nilambur offers the visitors a glimpse into the teak plantation activities undertaken 160 years ago. Some of the other added attractions are the traditional granary and a miniature model of sailing vessel called Uru made of teak wood.

The extensive root system of a 55-year-old teak tree exhibited in the portico for welcoming the tourists is itself metaphorical of the past, present and future of the museum.

Here, one can also find the large stump of a 480-year-old teak tree brought from Nagarampara forest range in Kottayam division.


The 800-metre long bio-resources nature trail on the museum campus is, indeed, an interesting one. This nature trail passes through a heavy growth of shrubs, trees and bamboos. One can also find the different species of birds and reptiles here. There are 50 naturally grown tree species and 136 endangered and near-extinct tree species of the Western Ghats planted in this nature trail. About 58 species of birds, both resident and migratory, has been recorded in this area. A medicinal plant garden consisting of 150 species is also another attraction worth seeing.

A collection of bamboo trees on the way to the museum imparts a special beauty to the place.

Other Attractions:

Nedumkayam (18 km from Nilambur town) in the Nilambur reserve forest, where one can have a close look at the elephant camp run by the forest department. It is noted specially for its rich rain forests. One has to get prior permission from the Forest Department to enter the forest zone. Heavy restrictions are imposed as a measure to save the existing forest land. An elephant taming center is also here. The place Nilambur including Nedumkayam is selected for developing as Kerala's second eco - tourism destination.

Adyan Para waterfalls situated a few kilometers away on the other side of the Chaliyar river.

Manjeeri Colony is a colony built by government for 'Cholanayikkas' - one of the ancient tribals of human race, still many living in caves in deep forest away from civilisation.

Elephant Training Centre is where elephants poached from the forests were trained. Huge wooden cages can still be seen though poaching has been banned.

Banglavu Kunnu (Bungalow Hill) is famous for its winding road where ayurvedic herbs are planted on both the sides of the officers' cottages(which are now used as forest range offices).

T.K.Colony situated a few kilometers away from pookkottumpadam. The wild beauty of amarambalam reserve forest.

Vanyiambalm12 kilometers away from Nilambur. Here is a famous temple called Banasura, situated on a huge rock, covering 40 acres land and with propostional height beside Shornur-Nilambur railway line.

How to Reach there:

Train Service is available regularly from Nilambur to Palghat junction or to Shornur junction.
Bus services are also available at all time. Approaximate distance in Km from different town is:
Manjeri - 24 km
Calicut - 72 km
Trichur - 120 km
Gudalur - 45 km
Ooty - 100 km
Mysore - 160 km

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4 comments :

shaji said...

A very good attempt to show the beauty and specifications of Great Nilambur.Travelling guide more help to reach there. More photos will make it very precios shaji nair
sharjah ,kasargod

muthu said...

we haven't explore the real beauty of our traditions.we will know the value of natures blessings only when when we go out of India to see how much efforts they are paying to make their places interesting.just provide basic amenities and give little care to promote our places.wonders will happen...

Ramaswamy said...

Very nicely written. I intend to visit this place. Can you provide me your contact details ? Would like to know more details

PVS Nambiar said...

Thanks to all readers...
to ramaswamy: u can contact 2 any time via ma mail... sreerajpv@gmail.com

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