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Pleasant weather and breathtaking views

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Sholayar Dam

Thejasvi Bhat
26th Jul 16

Scenic View Point

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Thottapura View Point,Valparai

Thejasvi Bhat
26th Jul 16

Nice temple

Nice temple  Video Review
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Aarthi Ganapathi Temple

Thejasvi Bhat
24th Jul 16

Awesome Tea Estates

Awesome Tea Estates  Video Review
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Tata Coffee Estates

Thejasvi Bhat
24th Jul 16

Religious visit

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Santhana Mariyamman Temple

Thejasvi Bhat
26th Jul 16

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Reasons to go to Valparai

1The tea estates and wild outdoors of Valparai
The tea estates and wild outdoors of Valparai

Valperai is a quaint hill station surrounded by tea estates and three national parks and the Sholayur dam. Trekking around in the tea estates, jungle safaris to the Indira Gandhi national park or a visit to the Sholayur dam, beautiful waterfalls, all leave you with a different connection.

Devan: Rolling meadows, tea estates, high mountains, ravines, excellent roads, tea estate bungalows to stay, reservoirs, great scenery, forests & wildlife and no bus loads of noisy tourists! Perfect for leisurely and slow paced holidays.

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2Explore less visited tea gardens
Explore less visited tea gardens

Richa, HolidayIQ reviewer, tells HolidayIQ, "Valparai is not very well known place but an amazingly beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu. It has refreshing vast tea gardens with awesome drive ways to take out all your stress. And many such places. Very beautiful non-commercialize and calm place to spend a good weekend away from busy city life." 

Bhaskar, HolidayIQ reviewer, suggests Hotel Treat, "It is inside the Indira Gandhi National Park. You can see many wild animals here. Maintenance is also fair. Hotel services are very good. Pickup-drop service is available in the hotel. Food is available in the hotel. It is budgeted hotel with tariff charges from 700 to 2500."

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3Hydroelectric project at Nirar Dam
Hydroelectric project at Nirar Dam

Joji, HolidayIQ reviewer, tells HolidayIQ, "Nirar Dam, a dam constructed for irrigation and hydroelectric power generation is situated about 15 km away from Valparai . The drive to this mini dam is pleasing, though the road is in bad shape but the scenery and the cool breeze will magnetize us. The Nirar dam and its reservoir are located amidst lush green forests and hills. The area near the dam doesn't offer much facility for activities except a nice waterfall which is worth seeing."

Veena, HolidayIQ reviewer, told HolidayIQ, "Water was bit less, but we walked down the stairs to take some photos and it was a good experience. You can taste the good bhajji's in the small tea shop."

HolidayIQ reviewer Anees suggests staying at the Green Gold Homestay"It's a medium level hotel, located bang in the centre of the city itself. The appearance and ambiance were good. It was very spacious. The room provided was spacious, clean and well maintained. All amenities provided in the room worked fine. I ate only breakfast in the place, and the quality was good. There was parking available as well."

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4Nature's embrace at Grass Hills
Nature's embrace at Grass Hills

Joji tells HolidayIQ, "The authorities had given strict instructions while we visited the Grass hills, a part of Anamalai Tiger Reserve wildlife sanctuary & national park and a real paradise near Valparai. The Green grass on the hill, the cool breeze and the panoramic view was really mesmeric. If lucky we can see Elephants, Bison, Indian Gaur, Bear, Nilgiri Langurs etc and a wide variety of birds and we could see the elephants and few wild boars."   

Joel, HolidayIQ reviewer suggests travelers to stay at Hotel Holiday Break, "Great budget hotel, worth the tariff. Location is easily accessible surrounded by many restaurants and all amenities. Clean rooms and well ventilated." Kiran, HolidayIQ reviewer from Bangalore, adds, "the hotel is near to few view point's, temples, dams and is good for treks and photographers."

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5The wild side at Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
The wild side at Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

The Parambikulam Tiger Reserve shares a part of its border with Valparai. The tourist centre of the reserve is a scenic 80 km drive from Valparai, traversing the Aliyar dam.

Devasena tells HolidayIQ, "A definite must visit place. The safari is very good and there are actually other sightseeing places as part of the safari like the Aliyar dam, the Kannimara teak, etc. Our safari was lucky to spot a leopard. We also saw elephants on the way to the sanctuary quite unexpectedly."

HolidayIQ reviewer Anees suggests staying at the Green Gold Homestay"It's a medium level hotel, located bang in the centre of the city itself. The appearance and ambiance were good. It was very spacious. The room provided was spacious, clean and well maintained. All amenities provided in the room worked fine. I ate only breakfast in the place, and the quality was good. There was parking available as well."

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Reviews (46)

Vikas Rana

Vikas Rana5.0/5

74 reviews

Untouched beauty

Valparai is an unexplored destination and you feel it the moment you land there. The drive through the hills from Pollachi is superb. You have to cross 40 hairpin bends across 40km and take about 2 hr from the foothills. The roads are very nice. The entire area is covered by lush green tea estates on either side and we stopped by various places to click pics. It is a breathtaking experience. This is how I felt about Coorg circa 2005 before it got commercialised. We stopped by a couple of tea estates and climbed a bit to get a feel of the place. There are a lot of small tea shops on the way to enjoy the fresh tea from the estates.
We were staying in Sethumadai and went to Valparai for a day trip. On the way, we visited Aliyar dam. We missed visiting Sholayar Dam and Monkey falls due to lack of time. After visiting, we regretted not staying in Valparai itself. It would have been a very different experience.

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Arun

Arun3.6/5

2 reviews

Poor man's paradise

It is a paradise for the poor. The climate is so good. The amazing factor is there is no mosquitoes. Hangul river a silent valley surrounded by tea estates located is a soul treat. When we Bath we feel like a yogi. No crowds no pollutions no wastes only the sound of the river which opens the sixth sense of the human. A good trip.

Recommended Duration in Valparai

Number of days to spend in Valparai as recommended by our travellers.

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Valparai Overview

Valparai is a hill station and a municipality, located in the district of Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Located at a height of approximately 3,500 feet above sea level on the Annamalai mountain range, this hill station is surrounded with lush green forests mountains.

The history of Valparai dates back to the year 1846, when Mr. Ramasamy Mudaliyar started cultivating coffee in his private estate. Afterwards, in 1864, the Karnatic Coffee Company started a coffee plantation in the region. However, the effort did not prove beneficial, therefore, it was aborted and some part of the land was sold.

In 1890, W Wintil and Nordan purchased a portion of land in Valparai from the Madras State Government. Wintil assisted by an experienced planter Carwer Marsh, planted tea and coffee in this region by deforesting the area bought by him. Carwer Marsh, owing to his dedication and hard work, later came to be known as the Father of Anamalais. A statue has been erected in Kavarkal Estate, which is dedicated to Carwer Marsh.

Tamil and Malayalam are the two languages, which are largely spoken in these areas, owing to its location in Tamil Nadu as well as its proximity to the state of Kerala. Tamil as well as Kerala cuisine are most prominent in this hill station.

Besides cuisine, a three day event is also organised in the month of May, to boost tourism. This event includes sessions for children, food festivals, cricket and football matches. Furthermore, flower shows, folk and tribal dances are also a part of this event.

In addition to festivals and events, tourists can also make a visit to the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, which is one of the most prominent attractions of Valparai. At this sanctuary, travellers can spot the lion-tailed macaque, barking deer, wild boar, the Nilgiri and the common langur among others.

Visitors can also make a trip to the Aliyar, Sholayar and Nirar dams, which are the other popular attractions of the destination. Balaji Temple, Sidi Vinayak Temple and Annai Velankani Church are some of the other sightseeing places in Valparai. In addition to sightseeing, travellers can also engage in trekking and can also make a visit to the tea estates.

Valparai is very well connected through flights and trains as well as buses. The nearest airport to Valparai is at Coimbatore and the other nearest airports at Cochin and Madurai. Trains are also available, which are served by the Pollachi Railway Station. Valparai has its nearest rail connectivity from Pollachi which is 64 km and the major railway station at Coimbatore at 100 km distance. By road, Valparai can be reached by buses plying regularly from Pollachi and Coimbatore.

The best time to visit Valparai is from October to November and January to May.






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Valparai, Tamil Nadu

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Valparai the 7th Heaven
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Valparai, Tamil Nadu
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Valparai, Tamil Nadu
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Valparai, Tamil Nadu

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