Tagged: Weekend break from Coimbatore

Nelliyampathy – an exotic destionation in God’s own country ( Jun ’10)

During my visit to Coimbatore, planned to touch Kerala as I don’t want to miss a chance to visit God’s own country. But I didn’t had much time so couldn’t venutre out more as I would have loved to. So, searched for the nearest destination in Kerala from Coimbatore and got the info about the place – Nelliyampathy.

The image put up in Kerala Tourism website was so inviting and hence decided to visit Nelliampathy. We started from Coimbatore on Saturday night and reached Palakkad and checked into the Srichakra International hotel. Food served by them was amazing and really loved the Fish Curry served there.

We started our journey to Nelliampathy at 6 AM the next day. The destination is located around 55km from Palakkad and half of the distance was uphill drive and one has to negotiate 10-12 hairpin bends. The drive in itself was an amazing experience with clouds traversed in touching distance with beautiful landscape.

View of Pothundy Dam during uphill drive was amazing and sunrise was simply superb. It took 2.30 hrs to reach Nelliampathy, as we were still fresh started to visit the main view points. Vallew view from Seethakundu & Kesavanpara was lovely. Couldn’t visit Mampara due to time constraint and also advised to take local jeep which I didn’t like. After 3 hrs of sightseeing returned back to Palakkad. Wish I could have spent more time on this place.

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Valparai – Perfect weekend getaway from Coimbatore (Jun ’10)

Valparai is located at a distance of 95 km from Coimbatore and serves as a perfect weekend getaway from the crowded city life. The main attraction is the green carpeted tea estates all over. The drive from Pollachi to Valparai is itself is a wonderful experience. There are quite a few places you can visit before reaching Valparai.

Aaliyar Dam, Monkey Falls & Indra Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary are located enroute to Valparai. The hairpin bend drive will keep you entertained and offers beautiful views of Aaliyar Dam. Don’t miss out an opportunity to stop your car at Loams View Point which is located in 9th hairpin bend.

Once you reach Valparai you can further visit places like Sholayar Dam, Mel Neerar Dam, Athirapally Falls, Pooncholai Village for valley views.

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