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Vellarimala – A weekend getaway

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Vellarimala situated near Thusharagiri is in Kozhikode district. Vellarimala is located about Kozhikode about 55 Km away from the city center you can take National highway 766 route from the city . The journey would of max 90 Minutes to the hill station. There are numerous waterfalls at many points in the mountains and these are worth visiting as well. Vellarimala Eco Tourism is one of the unique Eco tourism center. Vellarimala located in the northern region of kerala.This hill offers most enchanting experience of the nature in its vargin beauty. Vellarimala is a part of famous Hill Range “Camel ‘s Hump Mountainsa part of Western Ghats.Olichuchattam waterfalls is situated on the way to Vellarimala.

Vellarimala is the picture perfect heaven to relax and immerse yourself in nature. River Kanjirapuzha, a tributary of the River Chaliyar, meanders through the rocky terrain, creating cascades and stunning waterfalls at many points. Vellarimala offers adventurous trekking trails to adventure lovers. The bio-diversity of the mountains is similar to that of the Nilgiri Hills.

Vellarimala hill is accessible from the last village in the region i.e. Muthappanpuzha, near Anakkampoyil town. About 50 kilometers from Kozhikode. The post monsoon season is ideal for a trek to the Vellarimala peak.

The following places are one visits while trekking to the Vellimara Peak:

1. Olichuchattam Falls

is situated on the way to Vellarimala. 15 kilometers from Thiruvambady and 6 kilometers from Muthappanpuzha, on the way to the Vellimara hills.The water takes a turn at the top and flows down the smooth rock surface. These falls are usually flooded during the monsoon season and have several small streams flowing nearby.The trek leading to them is not an easy task and full of leeches.

2. Kethan Paara

Kethan’s rock is what Kethan Paara literally means in the local kannada language, It is one of the highest points in Kerala state. One can find real wild elephants and bison roaming about in the jungles of the region, the proof of which would be fresh elephant dung lying around the path.

3. Damodaran Kolli

4. Vavul Mala

Vavul mala is the tallest peak in Western ghats.A trek to the top of the Vellarimala Mountain can be a challenging one and only the toughest of trekkers usually make it easily to the top.

Nearest railway station: Nilambur, about 26 km

Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 40 km

By Road– Kozhikode has a good road network and is well connected by nearby districts of the state. National highway and state highways passes by the district which make road transport efficient and well maintained.

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