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Teak Museum

If you are a nature enthusiast who is desperately pouring your head over volumes to get your much needed information on Teak, the wonder tree, then the world famous Teak Museum at Nilambur is just the perfect place for you to be in. Here, you can satisfy yourself with loads of information on this magical bounty of nature. The well known Teak Museum is located at Nilambur in the Malappuram district of Kerala. Regarded as the first of its kind in the world and the only one in India it is a house to the treasures of historical, aesthetic and scientific aspects of Teak. The museum was established on the campus of the subcentre of Kerala Forest Research Institute KFRI in 1995. The museum was established here owing to the historical significance of the region. The worlds first Teak Tectona grandis plantation was raised in Nilambur way back in the 1840s in order to ensure a steady supply of Teak timber to the British. The fascinating abundance of information on this wonder tree attracts an entire horde of tourists to visit this museum throughout the year. The extensive root system of a 55 year old teak tree exhibited in the portico for welcoming the tourists is itself metaphorical of the past, present and future of the museum      Book Now



Conollys Plot

One of the oldest teak plantations in the world, the Conolly Plot is named after H. V. Conolly, the district collector of Malabar during the British rule, who decided to plant teak to meet the growing demands of teak during that time. Along with a local sub forest conservator Chathu Menon, he successfully carried out the planting of new teak trees and discouraged felling of immature trees. One has to cross a beautiful hanging bridge, which is the longest in Kerala, built across river Chaliyar, to reach the Conolly Plot. The plot, developed in the 1840s is home to numerous large teak trees. The plantation also houses a big tree which has a girth of 420 cm. According to the history, the original Teak plantation of 1846 was done by Shri. Chathu Menon under the order and supervision of Mr. H.V Conolly who was the Collector of Malabar between 1841 and 1855. The initial Nilambur plantation was of 1500 acres, and considered as the stepping stone to the foundation of systematic forest management in India. Later in 1933 the area was preserved for the research purposes and named as The Conollys Plantations. During the world war II, 9.1 acres of teak were chopped off to meet the timber requirements of the allies. The remaining plot is of 5.7 acres and is being preserved and protected by the Kerala Forest Department as Conolly.      Book Now



Adyanpara Water Falls

At Adyanpara, the speeding stream finds way through the ups, downs and contours of a black rocky terrain forcing multiple cascades that plummet around 300 feet. It is located in the outskirts of Nilambur town. The name of the waterfall village Kurumbalangode may not sound pleasing. The place is nevertheless very pleasing. Further from Nilambur, paddy fields, teak plantations, bamboo woods and evergreen forest take over the rich red soil of the uneven land. Exotic and migratory birds belonging to this bird haven flock everywhere from tree tops to grassy grounds. By resting on the rocks and flying over the stream they also become part of the waterfall experience. Forest of this region has its fair share of wild life. The waterfall area away from their habitat is generally considered safe. After coming into life at the nearby mountain peak, the stream meanders through the rain forest to the rocky basin. The perennial flow creates cascades all along the way however most of them are too tiny to be taken seriously. Cascades created as it reaches Adyanpara fuse fury to beauty at a notable level. Water gets too intimate with all kinds of herbs and shrubs from the jungle before reaching the falls. Unlike Palaruvi falls, people do not flock here to have medicinal bath. As we settle with the sights, the vista of the mid jungle and its rocky stream brings along an uplifting feel. During mid summer water almost dries up. Visitors arrive here even then because summer brings its own attractiveness.      Book Now


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