Places to Visit in Nilambur, Malappuram, Kerala, India

Places to Visit in Nilambur, Malappuram, Kerala, India

Nilambur is a municipal town situated in Malappuram District in the Indian State of Kerala. It is positioned on the banks of Chaliyar River about 388 kms from state capital Thiruvananthapuram and 192 km away from Cochin City. Nilambur is popular for tourist destinations like rivers, waterfalls, and forests.

Nilambur is geographically positioned between latitude 11°16′37″ in the north and longitude 76°13′33″ in the east. The Postal Code of Nilambur is 679329.

Nilambur is well known for its annual fair celebrated in Nilambur Kovilakom Temple and also famous for world’s oldest Teak plantation ‘Conolly’s Plot’ and bamboos plants.


Etymology of Nilambur:

Nilambur derives its name from Sanskrit word Nilimba. Nilambur receives its name from the larger presence of Nilimba plants (Bamboo). Nilambur witnessed the rule of great freedom fighter Tipu Sultan.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Nilambur:

Nilambur is populated with higher majority of Christians along with Hindu, Muslims Community. Nilambur is well known for art and cultural activities also it is the birth place of many renowned writers and poets.

Thirumandhamkunnu Pooram, Kottakkal pooram, Nilambur Pattu, Kondotty Nercha, Puthenpalli Nercha and Omanur Nercha are the major festivals celebrated in Nilambur and its neighborhood.

The locals of Nilambur mainly use Malayalam Language in business and general purpose. Also know some south Indian Languages like, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.

Nilambur natives are equal lovers of both vegetarian and non vegetarian food items. Kichadi, Thoran, Aviyal, Parippu, Mooru and Paayasam are general vegetarian dishes and fish masala, fish fry, egg masala, chicken kabab, biryani and prawn sambar are the usual non-vegetarian cuisines in Nilambur.

Along with tourism sector, Nilambur shopping sector is also trying to meet the requirements of public. In recent years several branded items cloth shops have also started their operations in Nilambur. Entertainment centres like theatres and music schools can be sited in Nilambur.


Connectivity to Nilambur:

Nilambur is well connected with nearby regions and major cities of the state through well maintained road infrastructure and railway transport. Tourists can easily access buses to Trivandrum, Kottayam, Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Kottarakkara, Coimbatore, Mysore, Bangalore and Ooty from Nilambur Town Bus Stand.

Nilambur Road Railway Station is the major railway station for its surrounding regions situated 5 km away from the midpoint of Nilambur Town and the closest airport to Nilambur is Calicut International Airport (42 km away from Nilambur).


Tourist places in Nilambur:

Teak Museum:

Teak Museum is situated 4 km away from Nilambur Town and is considered as a first teak museum of the world. This museum gives sufficient information about historical and scientific importance about Teak. It was established by Kerala Forest Research Institute in the year 1995.


Adyanpara Waterfalls:

Adyanpara Waterfalls is a prime tourist attraction covered with full of trees and situated in Kurmbalangod Village of Nilambur Taluk. It is believed that the water flows in Adyanpara Waterfalls is a holy water and used for therapeutic purpose.


Valamthode Waterfalls:

Valamthode Waterfalls is prominent picnic spot placed near Chaliyar River and 26 km away Nilambur Town. It magnetizes tourists from all over Malappuram District.


Elembalai Hill:

Elembalai Hill is home to deer, bisons, elephants, blue monkeys, bears and wild cats. It is placed in the boundary of Tamil Nadu-Kerala state and lies on the starting point of the River Chaliyar. Elembalai Hill is surrounded by full of Bamboo Plants.



Nedumkayam is the rain forest sited about 19 km from Nilambur Town. It has near proximity with one ancient wooden house and elephant taming centre.


The list of other tourist places in and around Nilambur:

  • Conolly’s Plot
  • Kannimara Teak
  • Chaliyar River
  • Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
  • Valiya Juma Masjid
  • Padinharekara Beach
  • Kadampuzha Temple
  • Angadipuram Temple
  • Thirunavaya Temple


Best time to visit Nilambur:

The months of winter season are the best time to visit Nilambur to enjoy the beauty of stunning waterfalls and worship places.


Accommodation options in and around Nilambur:

The facilities available in the hotels of Nilambur include hot water bath, doctor on call, cable TV, laundry, internet connectivity and conference room. The hotels and resorts in Nilambur and Malappuram City are as follows:

  • Great Hornbill Resort
  • Eadens Hermitage The
  • Nilambur Manor Hotel
  • The Back Woods
  • Emarald Ayurvedic Health Resort
  • Soorya Regency Hotel
  • Motel Araam – Kuttipuram
  • Hill Fort
  • Tirur Tourist Home
  • Ruby Residency
  • Woodbyne Hotel
  • Geemi Tourist Home
  • Mahendrapuri Hotel
  • Maliyakkal Tourist Home

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