- Conolly's Plot The
plantation is named in honor of H.V. Conolly, the then
Collector of Malabar during the British rule who was instrumental
in planting teak in the entire Nilambur area with the
help of Shri Chanthu Menon ,a forest officer under him.
The plot extends across 2.31 hectares beside the Chaliyar
river at Aruvakode, where a country boat ferries visitors
across. This plantation was done about 150 years ago ie.
around the year 1842 -1844 and was thus known as the world's
first teak plantation.
The plot has also been acclaimed for having the oldest
living teak tree (girth 420 cms & height 46.5 meters)
and Shri Chanthu Menon, was laid to rest in this very
teak garden , Conolly's plot, as a mark of honour.
kilometres away from the town, on the Nilambur - Gudallur
roadside stands the world's first Teak Museum. In the Teak
Museum, a visitor can have a first hand information on all
aspects of teak. Established by the Kerala Forest Research
Institute in collaboration with the Kerala Forest Department,
it is thematic museum housing historical, cultural and aesthetic
and scientific aspects of teak, all under one roof, arranged
in the two storied building. A collection of bamboo trees
on the way to the museum imparts a special beauty to the
place. The carved teak door at the entrance of the museum
has a painting of the oldest living teak tree, the Kannimara
Among the several exhibits displayed, the root system of
a mature teak tree is perhaps the most interesting of all.
Paintings on the walls remind one of the early histories
of teak planting. The miniature model of an antique sailing
vessel made of teak wood and a painting of a sailing ship
are the other attractions. Logs of a 116-year-old tree have
also been preserved. A world literature on teak is available
in the library.
Biggest Living Teak: Kannimara teak
is the biggest living teak tree not only in India but also
in the world, located in Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary
in the district of Palghat, Kerala. It is 47.5 m tall with
a girth of 642 cm. It is located at a distance of 80kms
the rich rain forests
Situated at a distance of 18 km from Nilambur town,Nedumkayam
is noted specially for its rich rain forests. The wooden
rest house built here by the British offers a panoramic
view of the elephants and deers grazing in the forest near
by . 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.
Chaliyar river, 27 Km from Nilambur, is Valamthode, a hill
top where a perennial waterfall attracts people. This too
is a tribal settlement. Road accessibility is through Kozhikode
district by Areekode-Mukkam Road.
Adyanpara in Kurmbalangod village of Nilambur Taluk is famous
for its waterfalls and the splendor of the wooded jungle
surrounding it. This cascade is a spectacle of unrivalled
grandeur. The wild beauty of this place is a rare treat
for the eyes and heart of the travellers.
hill is situated on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu from
where the river Chaliyar originates and is clothed in dense
forests and bamboo woods that add beauty to the place. The
region is a beloved homestead of innumerable birds and animals.
For a lover of nature, a botanist or a naturalist, this
region offers every charm in its forests, mountains ,valleys
and cultivated plains. Elephants, bisons, deers, tigers,
blue monkeys, bears, rabbits, wild cats and dogs are found
in the forest along with an innumerable variety of birds
land of potters & pottery works
It is a small village near Nilambur that has become famous
for the presence of its potters. With the influx of cheap
industrial substitutes, these villagers had all but lost
their interest in the traditional skills, but for a small
movement led by activist-designer K B Jinan who , rekindled
their hope. Together, they explored the possibilities of
terra-cotta suited for the modern context and Kumbham was
born. Today Kumbham is hailed as a rare instance of a traditional
artisan community rehabilitating itself through the very
craft they have been alienated from. Over the last few years
many a product has come out of their kilns which are notable
for their form as well as function. Kumbham products now
find wide acceptance in households, corporate offices, hotels
Kavanakallu Regulator cum bridge
over the Chaliyar river, 13 Kms away from Kondotty hill,
the regulator cum bridge has 95 percentage of its construction
completed. After the completion of the regulator, a 60 Kms
long artificial lake will be formed. A big scheme is underway
to develop Chaliyar as a major tourist center.
is one of the four central forest nurseries in Kerala and
was established during the year 1997,at Valluvassery by
the Kerala Forest Department. With a view to meet the requirements
of good quality planting stock of important plantation species
like teak, eucalypts, acacias, etc., the nursery is fully
equipped to produce root trainer seedlings and rooted cuttings
of these species in required quantities. The average annual
production of the nursery during the past three years was:
1.5 lakh teak root-trainer seedlings, 1.2 lakh of eucalypt
seedlings, 0.5 lakh seedlings of acacias, and 0.9 lakh seedlings
of miscellaneous species.
: the residences of
the local rajas
town is also famous for housing a cluster of kovilakoms,
the residences of the local rajas or rulers of earlier days.
These structures are famous for their beautiful frescoes
and artworks in wood.
Nilambur Pattu, an ancient festival, which is noted for
its Kalampattu or ritual powder drawing on floor, falls
in the month of February.
tribe Cholai Naikars
half hour journey from Nedumkayam(18 km from Nilambur town),
through the dense forests, by jeep takes one to Mancheri,
the home of the Cholai Naikars, a primitive tribe.Yet
another tribal settlement of this region is on the hilltops
of Valamthode which can be reached only from Kozhikode through
the Areekode - Mukkam road. Valamthode is about 27 km from
Nilambur, beyond the Chaliyar River.