Nilambur is a sleepy town in Malapuram district in Kerala, known for the abundant beauty of nature.
Nilambur Teak Museum
Teak Museum is another tourist atraction in this small town. It is closed on Mondays. This museum was established in 1995, with the assistance of the Kerala Forest Department.
Teak museum gives insights into Teak tree’s habitat, management, socioeconomic aspects, cultivation, history and it’s uses. Nilambur teak is famous for its quality.
Teak Museum offers Nature Trail at its Bio-resource Nature Park, spread over 40 hectors of land. Propagules of more than 1200 plant species have been introduced in the nature park trail route.
Nature park was established by the sub-center of Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), situated at Nilambur. (Main Campus of KFRI is situated at Peechi in Thrissur district, Kerala.)
Other Attractions Inside Kerala Forest Research Institute Sub-center
There is a Wildlife Museum inside the Kerala Forest Research Institute. There is also a Xylarium inside the institute, which has specimens of 600 tree species. The research institute has also established an Arboretum and a Botanic Garden. Bambusetum is another attraction inside the institute campus, with 70 species of bamboos.
Conolly’s Plot – A Must See Place in Nilambur
Conolly’s Plot or Canoli Plot alias Canoly’s Plot is situated at Vadapuram. It is at around 2 kilometers from Nilambur town. Canoli Plot alias Canoly’s Plot is considered as one of the world’s oldest teak plantations. The oldest teak here is known as Kannimari.
Canoly’s Plot Teak plantation was planted in 1846 by Mr. Chathu Menon. Mr. H.V Conolly, then Collector of Malabar, ordered this work and he himself supervised the work.
Chaliyar and Kurinjipuzh rivers flows through two sides of the Canoli Plot. Dense forests surround the other two sides.
A hanging bride (suspension bridge) connects Conolly’s Plot with the town.
How Do I Go to Nilambur?
Nilambur Road Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Nilambur. This railway route is one of the best scenic railway routes in south India. It is on the Shoranur – Nilambur section of southern railway. Teak museum is at around 4 kilometers from the Railway Station.
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