A pollution-free, heavenly land, Valparai is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anamalai mountain range. Valparai is not just a small town. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. Valparai shares its boundaries with Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Eravikulam National Park and Vazhachal forest division. People are approachable and very friendly. This is one of the places that you shouldn’t miss in your life.
The unique grass forests, Grass Hills, is also located near Valparai. The hill sports tall grass and houses elephants, wild pig, leopards and other wild animals. In addition, one can drive around the mountain tea estates enjoying the pleasant climate and forget the once dense forest that has paved the way for tea bushes.
The 64-km drive from Pollachi to Valparai is itself an exotic experience. En route is the Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary where lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri and the common langur, Malabar giant squirrel, elephant, gaur, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and wild boar reside. From Valparai you can visit the Aliyar, Sholaiyar and Nirar dams. Tunnels bored into the mountains and canals to harness the water from Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholaiyar Dam, and several tourist spots.
Sightseeing Points In Valparai
Aliyar Dam is a magnificent dam situated at the foothills of Valparai, in the Anamalai ranges of the Western Ghats. A beautiful park, an aquarium and a mini theme-park are located close to the dam. They are surrounded by majestic hills. The best time to visit the dam is between the monsoon months of July and September. Aliyar Dam is located about 42 km away from the Valparai town centre. It takes a little more than an hour to reach the dam from Valparai. Aliyar Dam is a great spot for picnics and photo fanatics will especially love this place. The scenic mountains in the background make the visit feel like a surreal experience. The park and garden near the dam may not be very well maintained but can be visited, especially if you have kids
along with you. During the monsoon, the water flow is quite majestic and once you climb up the dam, the view is unbelievable. Aliyar Dam has a 6.48 sq km reservoir located close to the Pollachi town at the foothills of Valparai. With a spectacular backdrop of the majestic hills, the Aliyar dam offers a scenic view to the tourists. A beautiful park, a garden, an aquarium and a mini-theme park with a play area for kids are located at close proximity from the dam. They are maintained by the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Corporation. Tourists are not allowed to get near the water. But they can spend quality time in the surrounding region.
Aliyar Dam was constructed in 1960 for irrigation purposes. Since 2002, the dam has been used to generate hydro-electric power. A scenic view is guaranteed when you climb up the dam. You will have to climb quite a few steps. Some wonderful pictures can be taken near the dam. It actually is an ideal spot for picnics too. Boating is also possible in the reservoir. But it isn’t a great experience. Tourist can get accommodation in the forest rest house near the dam. At night, the dam lights up wonderfully. The famous Monkey falls is located about 6 km away from the dam.
Athirapally falls, also known as the Niagara Falls of India, is a must visit place for nature lovers. The majestic Athirapally falls in Kerala is 80-feet high and 330-feet wide. The cool spray of water that covers a large area near the falls makes Athirapally a scenic location. This waterfall is one of the best places to capture a real sense of splendid beauty and is a treat to the eyes, especially during the monsoon season. The Athirapally falls have a splendid atmosphere. It’s not only the falls that are majestic, but also the entire area around it. You get beautiful views from almost every spot near the waterfalls. Unlike the other waterfalls in Kerala, the Athirapally falls never dry out. Athirapally Waterfalls are one of the best waterfalls in India and one of the most famous
tourist destinations. It is an ideal weekend getaway from cities like Kochi, Coimbatore and Munnar. The overall experience of travelling to these falls is enthralling. The road to Athirapally falls is adorned with beautiful palm and coconut trees. There is 2-kilometre trek to reach the falls. The roaring sounds of these falls, the mist over the rushing water and the natural beauty all around will surely steal your heart away. You can reach the top of Athirapally falls with a 15-minute walk from the entrance.
At the top, you get spectacular views of the Sholayar hills and a unique view of the waterfalls. A 10-minute trek down the falls will take you to the bottom where the greatest beauty of the waterfalls can be experienced. Swimming is possible in the stream at the bottom of the Athirappilly falls. The falls never dry out and can be visited anytime during the year. Though the waterfalls appear in full glory during monsoons, heavy rains can cause great inconvenience. So, the best time to visit is from September to January.
Balaji Temple Being one of the prominent temples in Valparai, Balaji is situated amidst tea estates. It is owned and managed by Karamalai Tea Industries. The chief deity worshipped here is Lord Balaji who is also known by other names like Venkateswara or Vishnu. The statue of Lord Balaji placed in the temple is made of gold. Devotees from all over the world drop into worship Lord Balaji and Poojas are performed like the Tirupati Balaji Temple. Inside the temple block is a beautiful garden maintained. Also, as vehicles are not allowed after the entrance and there is no parking facility near the shrine, one has to walk 500 meters uphill slope. Photography and use of mobile phones are prohibited. As the temple is situated amidst sprawling hills and tea estates,
the atmosphere is alluring and serene. Poojas are performed here without fail. The history of this magnificent temple situated in the hills of Valparai is a bit different as compared to other historical places built after the British rule. This estate originally fell under the Peria Karamalai Tea (PKT) Produce Limited and the owner of PKT took the responsibility and constructed a temple for the residents of the area.
Chinnakallar is located 26 kilometres east of the Valparai hill station. It receives the second greatest amount of rainfall in the country and for that reason is known as the Cherrapunji of South India. Surrounded by dense greenery on all sides, the ambience that Chinnakallar presents is one of peace. A hanging bridge has been constructed over the falls which makes the trip all the more adventurous. The falls have been known to sound like a roaring lion. Chinnakallar is always shrouded by cloud and mist, mostly because of the heavy rainfall it receives throughout the year. Travelling on the road to Chinnakallar is one of the most rewarding experiences one can get while in Valparai.
Chitti Vinayagar Temple is located 3 kilometres from Valparai and is run by Jayshree Tea Industries. The idol of Ganapati is similar to the one worshipped at the Siddhi Vinayakar Temple at Mumbai. The idol housed here at the Ganapati Temple has another interesting feature, it is carved entirely from one single block of marble. The temple is set amidst tea plantations that are spread as far as the eyes can see. In that aspect, it is similar to the Balaji Temple which is located in Valparai. A visit to the temple is bound to leave the mind at ease. Set against the backdrop of serene hills and tree plantations, the ambience of the temple is known to cure the weariest of minds.
Akkamalai Grass Hills National Park is located in the deep reserved forest and restricted area. Only nature lovers and students related to forest department are allowed to visit this place and must to get permission in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve Office Pollachi. If you are a nature lover from any government sector and aged 50+ are is the right eligibility criteria to visit Akkamalai Grass hills Valparai. This place is filled with green grass because of the rocks. some area is covered by trees. In the British period this place is used as a vacation spot and know as a beauty of nature. It is the place have the highest peaks and can possible to view clear view of valparai area.
Kadamparai Dam is a beautiful place to visit. Prior permission from the forest department is necessary to visit this place. While visiting the dam, it is also worth visiting Kadamparai PSHE power station situated in a tunnel complex by getting permission from TNEB.
Karamalai Annai Velankanni Church is a lovely church located in Valparai and is dedicated to Velankanni Matha. You will see devotees making way to this church since the deity here is associated with many miracles. The church was established in 2003 and organises many events throughout the year, especially in the month of September. Visitors to this church can also enjoy the peaceful settings that surround this church. A lot of miracles happened by Vellankanni Matha. Festival takes place every year during September 8th. A place to enjoy the spiritual peaceful environment. Many people visit this Church daily. Situated at a distance of 10 km from Valparai.
Loam’s viewpoint is a beautiful viewpoint at an elevation of 780m (2,559ft) above the sea level located in the Anamalai Hills of the Western Ghats. It’s situated in the 9th hairpin bend towards Valparai from Pollachi on the Valparai Ghat Road. The road is quite risky and prone to accidents. You have to be extra careful while passing through the twists and turns that are abundant on the road. The viewpoint is located on the asphalted State Highway 78 road, a road linking Pollachi and Valparai. The road is all though mountain range with 40 hairpin bends and some crazy curves. The viewpoint is named after Mr Loam, a British general officer who was appointed to lay this roadway back in 1886. The panoramic view from this point is excellent.
Monkey Falls are natural waterfalls located near the uphill ghat road Valparai on the Pollachi-Valparai road in the Anaimalai Hills range. Monkey Falls is about 30 km from Pollachi. Refreshing Natural Water Falls about 6 km from Azhiyar Dam. Monkey Falls is located on road connecting Pollachi and Valparai. An interesting trek route at the Monkey Falls, a linear stretch of evergreen forests surrounded by rocky cliffs, is available and regular guided treks are conducted during the favourable season. The prior request should be given to the Tamil Nadu Forest Department headquarters at Pollachi before a fortnight. Monkey falls is an ideal place for little children and adults to take a bath. Ticket fee is Rs 30 to enter inside the vicinity of the falls.
Nallamudi Poonjolai Viewpoint is located in one of the private tea estates. It is located 15 km from Valparai. Nallamudi valley view can be reached by a walk for about 1 km in Nallamudi tea estate. On your way, you may see fresh elephant dung, pugmarks & droppings of leopards and bears that visit here regularly at nights. Nallamudi Poonjolai offers an excellent view of Anaimudi peak (the tallest peak in south India counting 8842 Ft), several waterfalls, tribal settlements and a valley that is over 1000 feet deep.
Nirar Dam is located 15 kilometres from Valparai. The dam has been constructed as part of the hydroelectric power project. It also plays an important role in terms of irrigation and supplies water to places in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Nirar Dam along with Sholayar Dam and Aliyar Dam are the three most important dams that are located in and around Valparai. Close to the dam is a waterfall that resembles the Cascade Falls near Kodaikanal. The Nirar Dam and its reservoir are located amidst lush green forests and hills. An expanse that seems to have frozen in time, with the old and the ancient blending seamlessly with the new. The dam does not seem to affect the natural beauty of the landscape but serves to augment it.
Sholayar Dam is a significant tourist attraction near the town of Valparai. Since the dam has two reservoirs, there is an Upper Sholayar Dam and a Lower Sholayar Dam located at a little distance away from each other. The dam is surrounded by magnificent verdant hills. The best time to visit the Sholayar Dam is between the months of June and September. You must visit the dam during morning hours or evening hours, not in the afternoon. Sholayar Dam is about 20 km away from the Valparai town. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the dam from the town. Sholayar Dam, being the second deepest dam in Asia, is a popular tourist attraction near Valparai. You get a fantastic view of the dam and reservoir from the roadside.
A drive on this road will prove to be a memorable experience. You may be disappointed to visit the dam during the dry seasons because of less water, but the view is still quite good. But if you happen to see the dam when there is enough water to open the gates, the view is simply unbeatable. The green plantations and forests, the blue water bodies and the beautifully built dam create a pleasant scene. The place on the banks of the reservoir is great for picnics.
Sholayar Dam is considered to be the second deepest dam in the whole of Asia. Surrounded by the majestic Anamalai hills, the dam is a place offering marvellous scenic beauty. The massive reservoir of the dam is a visual treat. If you’re travelling from Valparai to Athirapally falls via road, you will get to have a stunning view of this reservoir. In fact, Sholayar Dam has two reservoirs. Hence, there is an Upper Sholayar Dam and a Lower Sholayar Dam. While the Upper Sholayar Dam is accessible to tourists, the Lower Sholayar Dam is situated deep inside the forest. Built in 1965, the Sholayar Dam has an impressive height of 66 m and a width of 430 m. The area of the massive reservoir is 8.7 sq km. The waters from the Sholayar Dam combine with the waters of the Parambikulam reservoir to provide water to the glorious Athirapally Waterfalls. During the rainy season, the dam has water gushing from it at great speed. So if you visit the dam during the pleasant morning or evening hours of this season, it’s a real advantage.
Tiger Valley is located approximately 22 kilometres Enroute Valparai. It provides a spectacular view of Kadamparai and the upper Azhiyar projects. Windmills situated on the plains can be a feast to the eyes. This valley is situated between waterfalls Estate and Attakatti after 27 th hairpin bend. View the scenic beauties of the evergreen forests, the surrounding Upper Aliyar reservoir, the situated in udumalpettai area Valparai road. This Valley is situated near Waterfalls Estate On the way to Valparai from Pollachi after 27th hairpin bend. An exotic view of evergreen forest, Upper Aliyar Reservoir, Udumelpet Wind Mills.
Tour Packages Offered From Valparai
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5 Nights 6 Days Cochin | Munnar | Athirapally | Valparai Tour Package.
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FAQs About Valparai
The best time to visit Valparai is between the months of September to March, when the weather is pleasant.
Monsoon: The month of Monsoon lasts between June to August here.
Summer: The summers tween March to May, wherein the temperatures go really high.
Valparai is a heavenly land blessed with evergreen forests, enchanting grasslands, spectacular waterfalls, majestic dams, picturesque mountains, and misty valleys. It is also a natural habitat for several wild animals like tigers, elephants, deer, endangered Nilgiri Tahr, and hundreds of species of birds.
Famed for its numerous coffee and tea plantations, Valparai is a little piece of heaven tucked away in the cradle of the Western Ghats. The entire area is surrounded by evergreen deciduous forests loaded with lakes, waterfalls, mountain peaks and lush green valleys.
On wild animals, no real danger generally, as there are no recent cases of incidents involving them and there are quite a few vehicles plying that route daily. Basic precautions like keeping a distance, not instigating them etc would need to be adhered. It is completely safe to travel on that route.
Sightseeing in Valparai can be done by travellers, which will take half a day or one day, but to see all sightseeing places, travellers need to stay in Valparai for 2 days to 3 days.
This route is closed for two-wheeler(Bike). only four-wheeler vehicles are permitted between Vazhachal and Malakkapara forest check posts.
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