Honeymoon in Nelliyampathy
As far as choosing a glamorous destination for your honeymoon is concerned there are near endless arresting locales to pick from. But if you want your post wedding trip to linger in your memories for a lifetime, then you should select a relatively unexplored location that witnesses limited tourist footprints. One such site is Nelliyampathy, a captivating hill-station situated at a modest height of 1572 metres and having a pleasant climate almost throughout the year.
The drive from Nemmara to Nelliyampathy is indeed stimulating and a heady experience. The first sightseeing attraction that you come across is the Pothundi Dam firmly cushioned in the Nelliyampathy Hills. This dam’s foundation made out of quicklime and jaggery is a sight to behold. If you’re in luck, you could catch a film crew shooting in the vicinity.
The mountainous terrain of Nelliyampathy is ideal for trekking and attracts trekkers in droves. As a honeymooner you’ll find the leg of the trip from Pothundi weir to Nelliyampathy very thrilling as you encounter many hairpin bends.
You might also catch sight of a rare species of bird or animal like the ‘Great Pied Hornbill’; Nilgiri Flycatcher’ or the Lion-tailed Macaque.
Nelliyampathy is a small hill-station cosseted in the Nelliyampathy Hills in the South Indian state of Kerala. It is located at a distance of about 52 kms from the town of Palakkad and lies on the Western Ghats. The hill destination has an elevation ranging from 1467m-1572m.
The closest railheads are Palakkad, Coimbatore and Thrissur. The nearest airports are the Coimbatore Airport and the Cochin International Airport. If you arrive at the Palakkad railway station, take a cab to head to Nelliyampathy. If you disembark at the Cochin airport you proceed to Thrissur by private transport and then start for Nelliyampathy via Nemmara. If you arrive at the Coimbatore airport, you head for Nemmara via Palakkad by taxi or SUV.
Best Time to Visit
Although Nelliyampathy is perfect for visiting at any time of the year, it is better to avoid touring during the monsoons (from June-September) when it rains heavily. The ideal months to visit are January, February, March, April, May, October, November, and December.
Where to Stay
There are numerous accommodation options in and around Nelliyampathy to suit all pockets. However, the recommended putting up alternatives for newlywed couples are ‘The Whistling Thrush Bungalow’, ‘Greenland Farmhouse’, ‘ITL Holiday & Resort’, and ‘Cecilia Heritage’.
Activities for Honeymooners
Nelliyampathy straddling across mountain peaks that have an average elevation ranging from 500m-1600m offers fantastic opportunities for trekking and adventure sports. There are different trekking routes in Nelliyampathy with Kakatty serving as the base camp for a majority of the treks. You can hike along the trails leading to the peaks of Vela Vanchan, Valiyavana, Mayamundi, and Vellachimundi. Paragliding is another popular tourist activity in this region.
Sightseeing in and around Nelliyampathy
Nelliyampathy being a very small town, you can visit most of the spots of tourist interest by foot. Some of the sites that you should be visiting are:-
- Seethargundu Point-This viewpoint on the Western Ghats is about 8kms from the hill-station. The top of the Seethargundu Point offers a bird’s eye view of the surroundings which is breathtaking to say the least. It is believed that Ram, Sita and Laxman-prominent characters in Ramayana, one of the holiest of Hindu epics took a break here during their exile. Take snapshots of the Seethargundu Falls which is close by.
- Pothundy Reservoir-This dam situated about 17 kms from Nelliyampathy is the most admired tourist stopover. It lies on the confluence of Padipuzzha and Meenchadyppuza Rivers.
- Mampara Viewpoint in Raja’s Cliff-Mampara Peak with an elevation of 5250 ft offers the most exciting panoramas of the surrounding forests, waterfalls, mountain peaks and basins.
- Nemmara-A hamlet that lies en-route to Nelliyampathy
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
- Nelliyampathy Hills-famous for its coffee, orange, cardamom and coffee plantations
- Padagiri-It is the loftiest peak of the Nelliyampathy Hills and is a popular picnic spot
- Palagapandi Estate
- Malampuzha Gardens
You can shop for specialities of Kerala like coir products, conch shells, pickles, jewelleries made from seashells, wooden handicrafts, Kaanjeevaram saris, and home decors.