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Nilambur Teak Museum Nilambur, most popularly known as the land of teak plantations, is a famous town in Malappuram district. The place is noted for its vast expanse of forest along with its varied wildlife habitats, rivers and waterfalls. It is situated close to the Nilgiri range of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Chaliyar River. Considered to be the oldest in the world, the teak plantation here obtained its name after H.V. Conolly, the Malabar district collector during the British rule. He was instrumental in planting teak in the entire Nilambur area. Chathu Menon, a forest officer under Conolly, organised the hectic task of planting the saplings. Chathu Menon was laid to rest in the teak garden in Conolly's Plot.

The teak plantation in Nilambur is situated about four kilometres from the town, on the Nilambur - Gudallur road. A well-equipped teak museum is another attraction of Nilambur. This museum is a sub-centre of the Kerala Forest Research Institute. Arranged in the two-storeyed building are exhibits, articles and details of historic, aesthetic and scientific value, which give information on all aspects of the teak to visitors.

Nilambur is also known for its tribal settlements. One has to get permission from the Forest Department to enter the forest zone to explore the tribal life here. Risky journey through dense forests will take you to the land of some of the primitive tribes. Besides, Nilambur houses well-known kovilakoms, the residences of the local rajas or rulers of earlier days. These structures are famous for their beautiful frescoes and artworks in wood. The Nilambur Pattu, an ancient festival which is noted for its kalampattu or ritual powder d rawing on floor, falls in the month of February.

Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Nilambur is the terminus of the Shornur - Nilambur railway line
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 20 km from Malappuram town

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary Sprawling over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks, where the Kadalundi River flows into the Arabian Sea, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary in Malappuram district, is home to more than a hundred species of native birds and over 60 species of migratory birds. Rambling over an area of 3 sq km, this fertile area engulfed by rich hillocks provide an excellent view of the mouth of the Kadalundi River.

Various migratory birds, including whimbrels, herons, sandpipers, gulls etc. can be seen between the months of November and April. If you are interested in spending time with a colourful variety of birds, make your trip between the months of December and April. In addition to a wide range of bird species, the sanctuary is also home to various fishes, crabs and mussels. The bird sanctuary and the surrounding mangrove forests would soothe the minds of weary travellers. Activities like trekking and picnicking can be done here and the place is a photographers' delight. The climate is excellent through most of the year, due to its position along the coast. As the area receives torrential rainfall during the months of June and July, it is better to avoid the visits during that time.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 19 km from Kadalundi
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 20 km from Kadalundi

Nedumkayam Rainforest Nedumkayam rainforest is one of the beautiful and dense forests in Kerala with a splendid variety of flora and fauna. It is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and an ideal place for trekking.
Contact: 04931 -220392/220307

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Nilambur is the terminus of the Shornur - Nilambur railway line
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 26 km from Malappuram town

Adyanpara Waterfalls Located in the Kurumbalangode Village of Nilambur Taluk in Malappuram district, Adyanpara is famous for its waterfalls and the splendour of its lush jungles.
Location: 15 km from Nilambur

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Nilambur is the terminus of the Shornur - Nilambur railway line
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 26 km from Malappuram town

Kodikuthimala Better known as the Ooty of Malappuram, Kodikuthimala is a popular hill destination located 11 km from Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district. The phrase kodikuthi roughly means flag -fixing. It is believed that during a land survey at the time of British rule, a flag was hoisted at this hilltop and hence the place obtained this name. The hill stands at a height of 1500 ft above sea level.

Getting there:
Nearest bus station: Perinthalmanna
Nearest railway station: Tirur Railway Station is 42 km from Perinthalmanna
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 53 km

Karuvarakundu A small town situated in the eastern part of Malappuram district, Karuvarakundu is so close to the mighty Western Ghats. Nearby places include Manjeri, Melattur and Kalikavu. The Olippuzha River, which is a tributary of the Kadalundipuzha, flows through the town of Karuvarakundu. Karuvarakundu is also popular for the nearby tea and coffee plantations. The name Karuvarakundu roughly means habitat of blacksmiths. The name points to the region's history as a centre for metal works.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Tuvvur railway station, Malappuram, about 10 km
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 54 km

Keralamkundu Situated about 6 km from Karuvarakundu town, there is a spot that offers a truly countryside atmosphere with a freely flowing waterfall. Known as Keralamkundu waterfalls, it is situated about 1500 feet above the sea level and the fall is about 150 feet high. The rich biodiversity and the natural beauty makes this place a must visit spot for all, especially for nature enthusiasts. It is six km from Karuvarakundu.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Tuvvur railway station, Malappuram, about 13 km
Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 55 km

Kozhippara waterfalls Kozhippara waterfalls Set in the lush green surroundings, Kozhippara waterfalls is situated on the Kozhikode - Malappuram border. This waterfall is the best choice for adventure tourists. The spot is idel for swimming and trekking. One of the less explored tourist destinations, Kozhippara falls is on the Kuthradampuzha River.

Getting there:
Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport, about 44 km