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Valparai

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Best Time: December - January Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore airport Check Flights

"The Seventh Heaven"

Valparai Tourism

Situated at 1500m above sea level in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, Valparai is an offbeat yet tranquil hill station in the Anamalai Hills. Its alluring picturesque sights entice tourists from all over the country making it one of the sought-after destinations in the south of Western Ghats.

It is the haven of those who yearn to visit similar hill stations like Ooty, Kodaikanal, and Coorg but are discouraged by the eruption of vacation-footfall in those places. Everyone -- from corporate workers or students seeking respite from the noise of their urban lives to nature-loving souls and trekking-enthusiasts -- can gain something worthwhile from travelling to and staying at Valparai. It truly is the 'seventh heaven'. 

Propelled by an economy that comprises largely of coffee and tea estates, this idyllic hill station also flourishes because of its thriving tourism industry. Yet it also inheres a rich heritage for those with an appreciation for history and culture. Its monuments and temples stand out as major attractions in this regard.

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Wildlife in Valparai

Huddled in the wide-spanning biome of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR), the fauna in and around Valparai are at once diverse, majestic, and fierce. Veering off into the thick, lush evergreen forests can lead one to spot leopards, elephants, Sambars, boars, and sloth bears amongst others. Yet the forests are also home to much rarer species, unique to this part of the Western Ghats: these include but are not limited to lion-tailed macaques, flying squirrels, pangolins, and the great hornbill.

Things to Do in Valparai

While idling around and passively observing the sublime beauty of the hill station can provide memorable experiences, Valparai nevertheless also offers attractions for those seeking adventure and action.

1. Trekking
Trekking around Valparai in order to spice up the magic of their trip a little. The trek to Topslip with its tricky pathways through the forests of Anamalai hills is especially famous.

2. Bicycling
Additionally, the wide, well-built roads snaking around the hills offer ample opportunity for those aching to peddle their bikes around. It is a great way to soak in the vast beauty of the landscape. The roads surrounding the tea and coffee estates make for popular tourist choices when it comes to bicycling.

3. Birdwatching
With thrushes and egrets and hornbills singing their songs in the forests nearby, why not take up the opportunity for some quality birdwatching? Grabbing one's camera and escaping into the forests to sneak in the bushes and carefully observe the multitude of birds makes for a perfect opportunity to connect with nature. It is soothing for both the mind and body.

Tips For Visiting Valparai

1. Don't stray off the designated pathways while trekking.
2. Only the well-built roads are meant for bicycling.
3. Avoid contact with thorny shrubbery.
4. Stay close to your friends/family while trekking.

History of Valparai

The history of the town revolves around its various coffee plantations. In fact, the region started developing only around the time its very first coffee plantation was established in 1846 by the merchant Ramaswami Mudaliyar. Initially, the dense forest cover initially proved difficult to navigate and hence cultivate crops in.

A select few plantations run by the Karnatic Coffee Company incurred major losses and eventually shut down. Reportedly, Edward VII, who was Prince of Wales at the time, once intended to hunt in Valparai's forests but ended up cancelling his plans because of the difficulties involved with navigation.

Finally, in 1890, the English merchants Wintil and Nordan acquired land from the British Raj to start their plantations and, in effect, launched the coffee industry of Valparai in full-swing. The flourishing of the coffee industry led to increased urbanisation. Forest cover was cleared for constructing better roads, thus making Valparai the popular for tourist destination that it is today.

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