Location : 40 km from Malappuram town, Malappuram district, north
Nilambur is renowned for the oldest teak plantation
in the world, the Conolly's Plot, just 2 km from town. The place
is also noted for its tribal settlements, the world's first Teak
Museum, vast rain forests, waterfalls and ancient kovilakoms - residences
The teak plantation is named after H.V. Conolly, the Malabar District
Collector during the British rule, who 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 oldest teak tree, Kannimari, is a rare attraction at the Conolly
Plot. The plot extends across 2.31 hectares beside the Chaliyar
river at Aruvakode, where a country boat ferries visitors across.
Four kilometres away from the town, on the Nilambur - Gudallur
road, stands the world's first Teak Museum. The 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.
Nedumkayam, just 18 km from Nilambur town, is noted for its rich
rain forests. From the wooden rest house built here by the British,
elephants and deer can be seen. One has to get permission from the
Forest Department to enter the forest zone. Heavy restrictions are
imposed in a measure to save the existing forest land. A half hour
journey from here, through the dense forests, by jeep takes one
to Mancheri, the home of the Cholai Naikars, a primitive tribe.
Yet another tribal settlement of this region is on the hilltops
of Valamthode which can be reached only from Kozhikode through the
Areekode - Mukkam road. Valamthode is about 27 km from Nilambur,
beyond the Chaliyar river.
Nilambur town is also famous for a cluster of 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 drawing on floor falls in the month of February.
Nearest railway station: Nilambur is the terminus of the Shornur
- Nilambur railway line.
Nearest airport : Kozhikode, about 26 km from Malappuram town.