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Timings : 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : Adults: INR 10
Kids & Students: INR 5

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Nedumkayam, Nilambur Overview

A sprawling cover of rainforest situated about 18 km from Nilambur, Nedumkayam is a basket full of captivating views. The woods hold a rustic feel about them with old wooden house hidden within established under the British rule. The forest area is also home to the oldest teak plantation in the world, dating back to 1840's and spreading across a gigantic area of 2.3 hectares. Studded with luscious thick green forest cover, amazingly clear water streams and rare species of flora and fauna, it provides you with a surreal experience. Bison, tigers, macaques, deer, wild cats are the prominent animals that reside in these forests. Elephants are a major feature of the jungle area and an elephant taming camp is also situated here.

The wooden rest house built in the forest premises during the British colonial times is still in use, offering a fantastic panoramic view of grazing grounds of wild elephants and deer. Trekking and hiking trails are a huge crowd attractor. Nedumkayam rainforest is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The dense forests of the region make up the New Amarambalam Reserved Forest and are home to almost all of the mammals in the Western Ghats and more than 200 species of birds, hence classifying it as an Important Bird Area. Although prior permission is needed by the Indian Forest Service to enter the forest premises, it is well worth the hassle!

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Flora and Fauna at Nedumkayam

With a rich arsenal of flora and fauna, the Nedumkayam rainforest area is a nature lover's paradise. Being a part of one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world - the Western Ghats, it is no doubt a fascinating location for you to soak in the true beauty of mother nature. The domain holds a great diversity of flora and fauna. Animals that reside in the dense forests include the wild elephant, tigers, macaques, gaur, deer, bison and other mammals. Significant rare bird species include white-rumped vulture, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar grey hornbill, crimson backed sunbird, lesser adjutant, rufous babbler etc. These grounds are a bird watcher's haven.

Nedumkayam Experience

The wooden rest house built here by the British are awesome sighting areas of grazing grounds of wild elephants and deer. There is also an age-old rustic iron bridge that has withstood the test of time over the Chaliyar river that passes through the forest area. The teak plantations here bordering the Chaliyar river are the oldest in the world. Named Conolly’s Plot after H.V. Conolly - the former British Malabar district collector, they were opened in the 1840's and ought to be considered as a national heritage site.

The forest and the adjoining areas are rich in cultural and natural attractions. They are famous for their tribal settlements, perennial rainforests, waterfalls and also the world’s first Teak museum! The Nedumkayam rainforest area is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve that extends all the way to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu and is the part of the area chose by the Kerala government to develop as an ecotourism destination.

Best Time To Visit Nedumkayam

The climate here is dominated by tropical conditions. The summer months from March to June are sweltering with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius. The monsoon season post-June are filled with torrential downpours and torrential rainfall, thus travelling during this season is not recommended. The best time to visit Nedumkayam rainforest would be in the winter months from September onwards to February as the weather is serene and peaceful enough to explore the area.

Tips For Visiting Nedumkayam

1. You need to take prior permission from the forest department and entrance tickets before entering the premises at the forest depot.
2. Refrain from dumping garbage in the forest area.

How To Reach Nedumkayam

The Nedumkayam forest region begins around 15 kilometers from the town of Nilambur. The district capital of Mallapuram is 38 kilometers away. All major cities in the state and beyond are well connected by road - Kozhikode (75 kilometers), Thrissur (113 kilometers), Kannur (160 kilometers) & Kochi (200 kilometers)

Nilambur has its own railway station and connects important towns and cities like Ernakulam, Palakkad, Trivandrum, Thrissur etc.

The Calicut International Airport is the nearest major airport at a distance of approximately 60 kilometers.

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