Nelliyampathy, a spectacularly beautiful hill station in Kerala, located nearly 55 kilometres from Palakkad town. Nelliyampathy easily accessible by road from the town of Nenmara in Palakkad district, from Nenmara you have to take the road towards Pothundi Dam. Pothundi Dam site is an excellent place for photo shoot and picturesque of this place is more than words can describe. The Pothundy Dam is a pleasing locale with facilities for cruising and a nice option as a picnic place. The way to Nelliyampathy itself is exciting, it will be more interesting if you are travelling in an open jeep. There about 10 hairpin bends you need to take while you are travelling to Nelliyampathy from Pothundy Dam in 20 kilometers. The height of the hills ranges from 467 mts to 1572 mts. There are about 10 hairpin bends that have to be negotiated on the way to Nelliyampathy, which itself has a lot of fascinating sights to offer. As the Ghat road winds its way up to Nelliyampathy, at certain places there are viewpoints from where the vast stretches of Palakkad district are visible with its extensive paddy fields forming a verdant carpet. It also offers a fabulous view of the Palakkad Gap, which is a geographical phenomenon in the Western Ghats formation in this region, bringing into view, parts of the adjoining State of Tamilnadu. The highest peak in Nelliyampathy is Nellikota. The Nelliyampathy forest contains teak of extraordinary height and girth. Estates of tea, coffee, orange and cardamom dot the ranges. Located at a distance of 52 kms from Palakkad, the cool hills of Nelliampathy, nestling atop the Western Ghats, offer a breathtaking view of the misty mountains and enchanting valleys interspersed with sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations
On the way up, those who are interested in bio farming can take a close glance at the privately run farms and also vast expanses of tea estates managed by different plantation companies. The hills of Nelliyampathy are also well known for its orange cultivation. Private hotels and resorts are located at various points, as one goes up the hills of Nelliyampathy. The bio-farms located here are a major landmark as one proceeds up before reaching the topmost point at Palagapandi estate. The estate has a quaint bungalow, built during the period of the British rule in India, and has now been converted into a private owned resort. The bungalow built by the British for themselves and their managers were constructed taking into consideration, the cold climate of the region. The walls and floors are wood lined to provide insulation, with fireplace to provide heating. They also maintained good gardens in front of these houses. At Kaikatty, a community hall is available, which is usually used as a base by those who interested in trekking.
The bracing climate and green magic of nature enhance the exhilarating experience. For a vantage view of the spectacle, one must visit Seetharkundu, where a 100m high Seetharkundu waterfall provides a further attraction to this place. It offers a fantastic view of the valley below a wide-angled vision of one-third of the entire Palakkad area. This place is associated with Hindu mythology. It is believed that Ram, Lakshman and Sita rested here during their fourteen years exile. Seetharkundu waterfall that flows from 100 ft gives a magnificent experience. There are many small and big waterfalls can be spotted in Nelliyampathy. This place gives a panoramic view of stone queries and paddy fields spread around resembling a green blanket.From Palagapandy, one can trek or go by jeep to reach Mampara Peak or Raja's Cliff ; another breathtaking vantage point at Nelliyampathy. Mampara Peak is the most fascinating view point located in Nelliyampathy at a height of 5250 feet above sea level. From Mampara view point one can have a breath taking view of the entire mountain range, green forests, reservoirs, and waterfalls. The terrain is very rough in most places and can be accessed by mountain jeeps and some places only by jungle paths.
This area is fully surrounded by number of tea gardens, coffee estates and cardamom plantations. There various wild animals such as elephants, giant squirrels, sambars and leopards inhabited in the adjoining hills. This forest also houses rare varieties of wild birds.
The area in and around Palagapandy estate has tea, cardamom and coffee plantations with adjoining hills allowing one to catch a glimpse of the wildlife in the form of Indian gaur, elephants, leopards, giant squirrel etc. and is also a paradise for birdwatchers. About 215 species of birds and 90 species of butterflies has been recorded from Nelliyampathy hills. Some of the rare species of birds include Grey-breasted Laughing Thrush, Great Pied Hornbill, Jerdon's Baza, Great Black Woodpecker, Oriental Broad-billed Roller, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Broad-tailed Grassbird and Nilgiri Pipit. Primates including Lion-tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque and Nilgiri Langur are seen here. A small population of endangered Nilgiri Tahr is also seen in the grassy peaks.
Nelliyampathy offers many possibilities for trekking and adventure trail with adequate camping facilities.