Place of Nilimba
Nilambur is a town situated in the Malappuram district of the Kerala state, India. It is blessed with dense forests, wildlife habitats, rivers, waterfalls and teak and rubber estates. This place is located close to the Nilgiri Mountains of the Western Ghats, on the banks of the River Chaliyar. It is 24 kilometers from Manjeri and the other places nearby are Chungathara, Edakkara and Pookkottampadam. The Nilambar Paattu is held every year at the Nilambur Kovilakom Temple. Nilambur houses the oldest teak plantation at the Conolly’s Plot with the world’s tallest tree. Nilambur is also known for other plantations such as bamboo, rosewood, venteak, choropin, mahagoni, coconut etc.
The following are the main attractions of Nilambur:
The Giant Teak tree in Nilambur is the oldest planted teak. Kannimara teak is the oldest form of teak, which is grown in this region.
The Teak Museum is maintained by the Kerala Forest Research Institute in Nilambur. It is the first ever teak museum in the whole of Asia! All the information of teak and other related forest products is available in this museum. The only teak museum in India, it has various exhibits that helps the visitors gain knowledge about teak in particular. Located 4 kilometers from Nilambur, this museum also has a Bio Resources Park attached to it.
14 Kilometers from Nilambur, these waterfalls are located near the River Chaliyar in the Kumbalangod village. This neglected water body has a wooden jungle in its surroundings.
It is located in the Forest Reserve of the area, at a distance of 18 kilometers from Nilambur. The main attraction of Nedumkayam is the Elephant Training Centre that is run by the forest department. The area is rich in rain forests.
12 Kilometers from Nilambur, Vaniyambalam spreads over 40 acres of land. A temple called Banasura is located in this area. This temple is situated on a huge rock!
The hanging bridge in Nilambur is the longest in Kerala state! It spreads over the Cheliyar River and leads to Conolly’s Plot.
Nelambur is full of interesting places such as Banglavu Kunnu, Aruvacode Pottery village, Koyippara waterfalls, Kallamoola, Manjeeri Colony, Chenappady Estate, T.K. Colony, Nadukani Churam, Vendekumpoil and Cheerakuzhy rubber nursery and gardens. Beautiful white teak flowers grace the area with their blossoms. The Chola Naikers, a cave dwelling tribe inhabits the forests of Nilambur. Nilambur is an important halting place before the famous hill station Ooty.
An equal ratio of Hindus, Muslims and Christians live in this area. Agriculture and business is the main occupation of the natives. All hierarchies of Christians living in Nilambur had migrated during the 40s and 50s to the Malabar region. They are fluent in Malayalam and English languages. The literacy rate in Nilambur is a whopping 100%! The people of Nilambur used to live in the typical Malabar style houses which are losing existence with the advent of urbanization. The teak of Nilambur is soon to get the Geographical Indication by the WTO!