Valparai – Tourist Place in Coimbatore

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Valparai Hill station is located above 3500 feet height from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain range of the Western Ghats and is also one of the best  tourist places in Tamilnadu.

At a distance of 64 km from Pollachi and 102 kms distance from Coimbatore.

Valparai Hill station is pollution free heavenly land surrounded with full of tea estates.It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and picturesque forest all around. Travelling between Pollachi to Valparai is itself an exotic experience.

This place has number of tea and coffee estates surrounded by thick forest. The climate of Valparai is most suitable for tea, coffee, cardamom and cincona trees. According to the earlier records, in 1846, Mr. Ramaswamy Mudaliyar started cultivating coffee in his private estate. Afterwards, in 1864, the Karnatic Coffee Company began their coffee plantation here but they could not make it profitable, hence they sold part of their land. In 1890, W. Wintil and Nordan bought a huge portion of land in Valparai from the Madras State Government under the British Raj.

Chinna Kallar is one of the places in Valparai which receives the highest rainfall areas in India. There are around 40 steep, hairpin bends to reach Valparai from the plains of Pollachi. The region is also a rich elephant tract and is known to have many leopards.

The Valparai range is also the habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. 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. Valparai is also great place for bird watching. The Great Hornbill, the Malabar Pied Hornbill and the Grey Malabar Hornbill are regularly seen here.

How to Reach

By Road

There are no. of State Govt. Buses are available from Coimbatore, Pollachi, Palani, Challakudi and Athirapalli.Valparai Hill Station is situated at a distance of 64 KM from Pollachi and from Coimbatore it is 102 KM distance from Athirapalli it is 60 KM and from Chennai it is located at a distance of 600 KM.

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