Valparai Tourist Places Or Places to visit in Valparai
Valparai Hills in Western Ghats (Anamallais(, a green carpet, Made of tea plantations covering a 3000 to 5000 feet high plateau that spreads over 217.87 Sq. km, is a paradise for nature lovers. The only pollution free Godly land on earth Prior to the beginning of plantations in the 1890s, it was a solid evergreen tropical forest. Even today, the hill is rich in flora and fauna. There is a huge population of elephants, panthers, tigers, lion tailed black monkeys, sambars, brown flying squirrels, bison's, bears, wild boars, wild dongs, wild goats and porcupines. Rare birds like jungle fowls, partridges, peafowls, greens and blue pigeons can be sighted often. Horn bills are in plenty. The present day plantations mostly consist of tea, coffee and pepper mostly owned by big corporate houses providing employment opportunities to thousands. Valparai is about 104 km from Coimbatore.
Balaji Temple is about 9km from Valparai. Balaji temple is owned by the Peria Karamalai tea industries situated in Karamalai tea estate. This temple is located in the midst of beautiful mountain and evergreen forest. Phone: 04253-222405
Siddhi Vinayagar Temple
Siddhi Vinayagar Temple is about 5km from Valparai.Siddhi Vinayagar Temple is owned by Jayshree tea Industries, Sholayar the temple is situated in a beautiful garden environment. It is very close to Valparai. Visit 6.30 am to 10 am & 3 pm to 8pm Phone: 0453-221026
Valparai Wildlife Sanctuary
Parambikulam National Park
Parambikulam National Park is about 84km from Coimbatore, 38km from Pollachi. Thickly forested with stands of Bamboo, Sandlwood, rosewood and teak, the sanctuary has some marshy land and scattered patches of grassland. Parambikulam was once home to some of south India's finest stands of teak. Little remains of the original teak forests, other than the famous Kannimari teak tree, the largest in Asia as most of these have now been replaced by teak plantaions. Phone: 9442201690.
Aanamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Aanamalai Wildlife sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 1,400m in the Western ghats near Pollachi. The area of the sanctuary is 958 Sq km. It has various kinds of exotic fauna like Elephant, Gaur, Tiger,Panther, Sloth Bear, Pangolin, Black headed oriole, Green Pigeon and civet cat. The Amaravathy reservoir in the Aanamalai has a large number of crocodiles. ements are available at Topslip to take tourist around the sanctuary on elephant back or by van.
Indra Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park
This wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, the largest and well preserved sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, The area of 958 sq.km it is rich in flora and fauna. this protected area constitutes the most important watershed for the agricultural economy and power supply. Major reservoirs like Parambikulam, Aliyar, Thirumurthi, Upper Aliyar, Kadambarai, Sholayar and Amaravathi are fed by the perennial river, which originate from the Sanctuary. The tribal communities living in the sanctuary are Kadar, Malasar,Malai Malasar, Muduvar, Pulayar and Eravalar. They participate in the management as Forest Watchers and Antipoaching Watchers. Phone: 04259-222535/6.
Monkey falls is about 65km from Coimbatore city and it is some 27km away from Pollachi on Coimbatore-Pollachi-Valparai main Road. Monkey falls have an outstand scenic attraction. This Monkey falls is an ideal place for the little children to take bathe. The entry ticket fee is very low.
Athirapilly Falls is near to the entrance of the Sholayar range is a place of great scenic beauty. Here, the water plunges from a height of nearly 80 feet before joining the Chalakudi River. This picturesque spot is adjacent to dense green forest, and is a part of Chalakudi River, 80km. from Valparai towards Chalakudi, Kerala. Phone: 0487-2320800.
Chinnakallar Falls is located in 26km east of Valparai. It is known as Cherrapunji of Tamil Nadu. The hanging bridge is built across the falls is full of enchantment and thrill. This area always found wet and misty. Chinnakallar is full of greenish dense forest with tall majestic trees which gives a pleasant nature. Contact District Forest Officer Phone: 04259-235385.
Birla falls is about 2km from Valparai. Falls is situated within Sjolayar Estate(1-Division-opposite to Muneeswaran Temple) of Ms. Jayshree Tea Industries Ltd., (Birla group) Contact District forest Officer: Phone: 04259-235385
This falls is situated within Nadumalai Estate of M/s Peria Karamalai Tea & Produce Co. Ltd. which is very ear to Valparai Town. This falls name after Mr C.R.T. Congreve is one of the early explorers of this hill. Contact District Forest Officer
This falls is situated in Chinnakallar near Reserve forest boundary which is 18km away from Valparia.
Lower Nira dam
Lower Nira dam is about 15km from Valparai. This dam is built for multipurpose project such as irrigation, Hydro electricity production. Dam is situated in a wonderful location covered by a dense forest. The water source at the dam never goes dry. Contact District Forest Officer.
Sholayar Dam is about 24km from Valparai. Thisis the second highest masonry dam (345 feet) in Asia, which is 24km away from Valparai and the beautiful Athirampalli Falls (Kerala State) just 80km away. The length of the dam measures about 6-7km. This dam is constructed in Chalakudy river. Being situated on the border of Kerala State, this place always attracts tourists not only from Tamil Nadu but also from Kerala. Phone: 04253-237223
Upper Nirar Dam
Upper Nirar dam is situated in Chinnakallar which is 18km from Valparai. Lawson falls is just 2 km away from here. This place and the surrounding reserve forests are real attractions to the naturalists. Phone: 04253-221504.
Valparai Tourist Spots
Carver Marsh Statue
Mr. G.A. Carver Marsh was born on 13-08-1862 & Died on 18-02-1934 (who is the Father of Valparai Hills) His statue exists in the Pollachi. Valparai ghat road, Kavarkal Estate. From here one can see the beautiful scenic beauties which include the huge Velonie Valley and the Parambikulam Reservoir.
Grass Hills is about 26km from Valparai. The best tourist attraction will be the unique Shola forests at Grass Hills. Contact District forest Officer: Phone: 04259-235385
Karamalai Annai Vellankanni Church
Karamalai Annai Vellankanni Church is about 8km from Valparai. Lot of miracles happened by Vellankanni Matha. Festival takes place every year during September 8th. New church was built in the year 2003. A place to enjoy spiritual peaceful environment. Many people visit the Church daily. Phone: 04253-222381
Koozhangal River is situated very near to Valparai in the Valparai-Sirikundra main Road. On the river bank beautiful pebbles are seen and it will attract many tourists.
Loam's View Point
Loam's View Point is situated at the nineth harpin bend with vie point facilities. Named as Loam's View point as Mr. Mathew Loam was the first person who has marked the road in 1886 from Aliyar to Sirikundra. Still the same road is being used by the public. Contact District Forest Officer
Oldest Teak Tree
One of the oldest teak trees more than 500 years old is still alive in Shekalmudi forest area of Valparai Taluk, which measures 90 feet height and 23.5 feet girth.
"The Pollution free heavenly land" is located above 800 feet from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain range.
Topslip and Valparai (Valparai to Topslip 65 km) are small Places within the Inira Gandhi National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the Coimbatore at the southern part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Anamalai Hills. The Unique teak forests, Bamboo Forest also located near Topslip.
Entry formalities: If you are visiting the park for the day you can go directly to Top Slip . The Sethumadai checkpost is the entry point to Topslip. In case you plan to stay at Top Slip, accommodation must be booked in advance at the: Wildlife Warden office. 178 Meenakarai Rd, in Pollachi.
Park details and tips:
Private vehicles can drive in the park. Top Slip best enjoyed if a car is at hand at all times. It is possible to walk around the park. You must have a Park Guide with you and you are allowed to walk in the park for a maximum of four hours for per person.
There is provision for a conducted bus ride from the Park Reception Office and riding elephants may be available. Local food and refreshments are available at the facility run at the Tourist Complex, Top Slip.
Nallamudi Poonjolai Valley
Nallamudi Poonjolai valley is situated in Anaimudi Estate of Ms. BBTC Ltd. The reason behind naming it as Anaimudi Estate is obvious. One can see the highest peak in South India i.e. Anaimudi Peak from here. It will attract lot of tourists as this place has a beautiful view of a huge valley below as well. Contact District Forest Officer. Phone: 04259-235385
Number Oarau valley is situated in High Forest Estate of Ms. Mahavir Plantations Ltd. From this valley, Iddliyar, Soorya Malai and the Hill Tribes' settlement area can be viewed. This place has got historical importance as this is situated on the border of erstwhile Madras State and Travancore Kingdom. Even today, it marks the border between Coimbatore District on Tamil Nadu side and Iduki and Thrissur districts on Kerala side.
Tea and Coffee Gardens
The green tea gardens of Valparai Hills resemble a rich woven carpet. The gardens established by the British in the 19th century ear a considerable amount of foreign exchange through exports. The other plantation crops which include Coffee, Pepper and Cardamum have their own presence and add beauty to this hill station. Contact District Forest Officer: Phone: 04259-235385.
Tiger valley is situated between Waterfall Estate and Attakatti after 27th hairpin bend. From here, one can view the scenic beauties of the evergreen forests surrounding Upper Aliyar Reservoir and also the wind mills situated in Udumalpet area. Contact District forest Officer