ValparaiCoimbatore, apart from being one of the fastest growing economies in India is also blessed by Mother Nature in abundance. There are several places in Coimbatore district which you wouldn’t want to miss visiting at least once in life. Valparai is one of them.
Valparai is a hill station in Coimbatore district, located at a distance of 104 km from Coimbatore and 64 km from Pollachi. It is situated at 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anamalai mountain range. Valparai is surrounded by majestic green spread mountains and forests. You would also find unique grass forests, many wild animals like elephants, boars, leopards and large privately owned tea estates. In fact a drive from Pollachi through these tea estates and amidst the pleasant climate will leave you mesmerized and will be etched in your memory forever.
How to reach ValparaiBy Air
The nearest Airport is Coimbatore International airport located 124 km from Valparai. You can book a cab, take car rental service or take auto.
Car rental- price (Rs. 3500-4000) - telephone- 08030003000
Book a cab- price (approx. Rs. 1500) - telephone: 0422-60609090, 0422 4270333
Auto- price- (approx. Rs. 900)
Note: Rates will increase by almost 50% while travelling at night.
Public buses are available every 30 minutes from Pollachi Bus Terminal. However, they will be overcrowded and may take more than 4 hours to cover the distance of about 64 km. Visitors arriving via Coimbatore must visit Pollachi and then catch a bus to Valparai bus from there.
Nearest railway station is Coimbatore junction located 105 km from Valparai. After getting down you can either take auto, taxi or cab.
Places to visit in Valparai
Solaiyar DamSolaiyar Dam, located at a distance of 20km is the second deepest dam of Asia.It is an active tourist spot in Valparai.
Aaliyar DamAliyar Dam is a reservoir located 27 km away from Pollachi on the foothills of Valparai, in the Anamalai range of the Western Ghats. The dam offers some ideal getaways including a park, an aquarium and a mini Theme-Park. It is an ideal picnic spot open from 9:00am-6:00pm.
This dam is situated at a distance of 15 km from Valparai. It is built in a wonderful location covered by a dense forest. There is a waterfall near by the dam which resembles the Cascade.
Kadamparai DamThis is a beautiful place to visit for beautiful scenery and cool climate. Prior permission from the forest department is necessary to visit this place.
Monkey FallsMonkey Falls is located at the 29th km junction on the Pollachi-Valparai road. An entry fee of Rs. 15 per head must be paid at the check post located along Aaliyar - Monkey Falls route. One of nature's finest sources of ayurvedic formulations, these falls energizes your body and mind.
ChinnakallarIt is the second highest rainfall area in India, situated at a distance of 15kms from Valparai. This place is always found wet and misty. It is a pleasure to visit the greenish dense forest with tall majestic trees all along the road to Chinnakalar. There is a fall in Chinnakallar which sounds like a roaring lion.
Grass HillsIt’s a part of Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary & national park, situated at a distance of 15 kms. from Valparai. Visitors has to obtain permission from the wildlife warden to enter the Grass Hills. Grass hills are a picturesque spot located at a height of approx: 2400m msl, with cool climate getting cooler at night.
Athirapally FallsIt is near to the entrance of the Sholayar range and is a place of great scenic beauty. Here, the water plunges from a height of nearly 80 feet before joining the Chalakudi river. This picturesque place is just near the dense green forest, and is a part of Chalakudi River, 50 Km from Valparai towards Chalakudi, Kerala.
Balaji TempleBalaji temple is a very famous and beautiful temple situated in Karamalai, owned by the Peria Karamalai tea Industries. It is situated at a distance of 10 km from Valparai. You can reach temple either from Valparai town or take a detour from Hair pin bend 40. You have to park your vehicle much ahead of temple and walk uphill for 500 meter to reach the temple.
Chitti Vinayagar TempleChitti Vinayagar Temple, 5kms from Valpari town is owned and managed by Jayshree tea Industries, Sholayar and is located in the midst of a wonderful garden.
Karamalai Annai Vellankanni ChurchThis church is situated at a distance of 10 km from Valparai. Local Festival takes place here every year during September 8th. New church was built in the year 2003. The silence and the climate prevailing here makes it an ideal place to reinforce one's conviction in the almighty.
Hotels in Valparai
Jobys Holiday Home
Address: Joby Complex, Main road (valparai)
Misty Creek Homestay
Address: 8/410, Cooperative Colony (Opp. Marthoma Church)
Address: Pollachi Road, Near Puthuthottam Estate
Silver heights home stay
Address: 8-313, Opp forest range office, Thulasinga Nagar, Valparai
Restaurants in CoimbatoreGreen Hills restaurant
State Bank Road, Pollachi Ho, Pollachi – 642001,
Telephone- (04259) 222861
Near BSNL Office, Station Road, Pollachi Road, Valparai, Coimbatore – 642127
For strict vegetarians and all others who like, “Sabari Mess” is a must visit. You would find delicious vegetarian food at much cheaper prices here. It is located in the market and is well famous for you to find out.
Some useful Tips in Valparai
- Do not move around during late night hours as the threat of wild animals is very high even inside Valparai town and in the plantation areas.
- 3 days is enough to visit whole of Valparai, so plan in advance.
- Always carry bottled mineral drinking water.
- Be prepared with raincoat or umbrellla
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