Nelliyampathy Experience: Hailed as the poorman's Ooty, this hillstation in Palakkad is a must-see for the scenery as well as the amazing variety of flora and fauna it has to offer and especially for the wide spectrum of bird-life.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Places to see: Manpara
lot of jungle trails and I dont know which leads where, but they are all equally pleasant and energizing.
Food: There are 3 normal places at Pulayanpara,offering simple local cuisine including meals,porottas,beef and chicken.
the resorts..I have no clue cause i have never stayed in one.I ve always lodged in the small lodges available at Pulayanpara.
Activities & things to do: A layman can just keep gaping at the multitude of the flighted species,while an avid bird-watcher may just end up staying there more than he ever intended to..observing,wondering and busy understanding.
The places to see are Karappara water falls(by bus and then by foot),Manpara,the tallest accessible point(only by jeep,that too a four wheel drive only-cause the road is made of rocks and slime more than mud and tar),then if you like walking ,keep strolling around and you never know what is in store for you.You will never be disappointed anyways as the fresh air ,the mist and the greenery and bird calls will refresh and mystify you!
On one such venture I had my first sighting of a lone tusker (not alone this time as he had three girlfriends also with him!)
I also had the pleasure of meeting 2 hornbills,one big and the other Mr.Small.Equally majestic though with all those colours and significantly disproportionate horns(and hence the name).
There are many other places too where a hired jeep can take you and it depends on your pocket and how you bargain. A to and fro trip to Manpara will cost you 700-1000 and don't gape at the rate as the drive is not at all easy.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Route:Palakkad-Nenmara-Pothundi Dam-Kaikatti(at the top) -Pulayanpara
There are buses from Palakkad and if you have a vehicle you can reach Pulayanparra and unless if you are a four wheel drive,sturdy SUV owner you will have to avail the jeeps for visiting all the exotic places.
The jeep guys will take you for a night safari also at higher rates,but beware there might be an angry tusker on the prowl who is ever ready to overturn your jeep and practice stampeding.
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