Places of Interest

Sholayar Dam


At a distance of 31 Kms from Athirapally & 45 Kms from Valparai, Sholayar Dam is a beautiful dam situated on Athirapally – Valparai road. It is one of the top tourist places to visit near Athirapally Waterfalls.

The Solaiyar Dam is the second largest rock dam in Asia and measures about 20 Km in length. The dam is an important reservoir under the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project. The surroundings of the dam are full of great natural beauty.

Permission to enter the dam can be obtained at the office near dam entrance.

Nallamudi Viewpoint

At a distance of 15 km from Valparai Bus Station, Nallamudi Poonjolai is a spectacular vantage located in Valparai, Tamilnadu. Situated in the Nallamudi Tea Estate, it is one of the splendid places to visit in Valparai.

Situated amidst the tea fields, Nallamudi Viewpoint offers stunning views of the Anamudi Peak, the tallest peak in South India, vast tea gardens, lush green valleys, and magnificent waterfalls flowing between the steep cliffs of the mountain ranges. The spectacular scenery and the tranquil environment of the viewpoint attract many tourists and nature lovers. It is a perfect place to spend some relaxed moments immersed in the tranquility of nature.

To access this viewpoint, one has to walk uphill through tea plantations of Nallamudi Estate. After nearly a km of a walk across the tea estate, one can witness the raw Valparai and also the Sholayar mountains. The panoramic view of lush green mountains and river valleys makes you feel that the view is worth the walk. …..

Karumalai Balaji Temple

At a distance of 10 km from Valparai Bus Station, Balaji Temple is one of the prominent temples located in Valparai, Tamilnadu. Situated inside Karumalai Tea Estate, it is one of the beautiful and among the must-visit places in Valparai.

Owned and managed by Peria Karumalai Tea Industries, the temple amidst tea estates and sprawling hill ranges, gives visitors a sense of frosty and serene atmosphere. The chief deity worshipped here is Lord Balaji who is also known as Lord Venkateshwara. The statue of Lord Balaji inside the sanctum is made of pure gold. The idol and pujas performed here resemble that of Tirupathi Balaji Temple.

As vehicles are not allowed after the entrance, one has to walk 500 meters uphill slope. Located amidst beautiful hills and tea estates, the serenity and the climate of the place make it ideal to reinforce conviction in God. Reciting holy scriptures here is considered very auspicious and one feels peaceful too. Photography is prohibited inside the temple …..

Chinnakallar Falls

At a distance of 14 km from Valparai Bus Station, Chinna Kallar Falls is a spectacular waterfall situated at Chinna Kallar village near Valparai, Tamilnadu. It is one of the popular waterfalls in Coimbatore and among the most visited tourist places in Valparai.

Encapsulated by forests and narrow windy paths, the Chinnakallar Falls is a stunning waterfall known for its wild scenic beauty. The area where this waterfall located is the third-highest rainfall receiving place in India after Mawsynram and Cherrapunji. A hanging bridge has been constructed over the waterfall which offers mesmerizing views of the roaring waterfalls amidst lush greenery. Chinnakallar is always shrouded by cloud and mist, mostly because of the heavy rainfall it receives throughout the year. Also, the place can be spotted in several Tamil cinemas like Suryavamsam.

Surrounded by dense greenery on all sides, the spectacular Chinnakallar Falls can be accessed by an adventurous 600 m trek through a narrow …..

Akka Malai Grass Hills

At a distance of 16 km from Valparai Bus Station, Grass Hills is a protected area located in Valparai, Tamilnadu. It is one of the awe-inspiring places to visit in Valparai.

Located at an altitude of 2400 m, Grass Hills is a part of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu which forms its boundary with Eravikulam National Park in the neighboring Kerala state. The landscape is a combination of peaks and high plateaus composed of montane shola-grassland eco-system that is unique to the higher ranges of the Western Ghats of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This cool location surrounded by high green grasses on mountain slopes is a mind-blowing place to watch and explore. Here, viewing the gorgeous sunset over the hills is an unforgettable experience.

Grass Hills presents the visitor with the beauty and ambiance of a pristine green ecosystem and astonishing views of the hill and forest entwined as one. The Valparai range is a habitat of the Niligiri Tahr, an endemic wild goat. These mountain …..

Nirar Dam

At a distance of 9 km from Valparai Bus Station, Nirar Dam is an artificial dam situated in the hill town of Valparai. It is one of the most interesting places to see in Valparai.

Nirar Dam was a small dam built across Nirar River at a lower site, about 8 km, below the Upper Nirar weir. This dam will serve to conduct the diverted waters of the Anamalai Basin to the Sholayar valley through the unlined lower Tunnel taking off from the dam site. In addition to this, the yield of the catchment between the Upper Nirar Weir and the Dam will also be diverted to the Sholayar basin. The Nirar Dam was constructed mainly for irrigation purposes and to provide hydroelectricity to the area. One can also visit nearby Chinna Kallar Waterfalls.

Timings: 9 AM – 4 PM

Entry: Rs. 30 for Person & Rs. 80 for Camera


At a distance of 30 km from Udumalpet, 48 km from Coimbatore, 65 km from Valparai, 116 km from Munnar, 130 km from Dindigul, 163 km from Kochi, 191 km from Madurai, and 526 km from Chennai, Pollachi is a scenic town and a taluk headquarters in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in India. It is the second-largest town in the district after Coimbatore and among the stunning offbeat Tourist places to visit near Madurai.

Located on the tip of the Annamalai hills and the plains of Coimbatore, Pollachi is a largely visited tourist hub along with Coimbatore as part of Tamilnadu tour packages. The ancient name for Pollachi was ‘Pozhil Vaitchi’ meaning ‘the land of natural wealth and prosperity in Tamil. The town was also called Mudi Konda Chola Nallur during the reign of Kulottunga Chola III. Since ancient times, the Pollachi market called by the name of ‘Pollachi Sandhai’ has been considered …..

Distance (From Valparai): 65 Kms
Trip Duration (From Valparai – Including Travel): Full Day

Aliyar Dam, Near Pollachi

At a distance of 24 km from Pollachi and 43 km from Valparai, Aliyar Dam is an earthen dam located at Aliyar village in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular dams in the Coimbatore district and among the prime places to visit in Valparai.

Built across the Aliyar River, the Aliyar Dam was constructed during 1959-1969 mainly for irrigation purposes. Azhiyar Dam was inaugurated on 2nd October 1962 by then Prime minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and was commissioned in 2002 to generate Hydro Electric Power. The dam is located in the foothills of Valparai, in the Anaimalai Hills of the Western Ghats. The height of the dam is 81 m.

There is a well-maintained park built at bottom of the Dam along with an aquarium, a mini Themed – Park and play area maintained by Tamil Nadu Fisheries Corporation. The view of the Anamalai range around the reservoir is a feast for the eyes and the view of the coconut groves from the top of the dam is amazing. One can also …..

Distance (From Valparai): 43 Kms
Trip Duration (From Valparai – Including Travel): 2 Hours

Monkey Falls, Near Pollachi

At a distance of 5 km from Aliyar Dam, 27 km from Pollachi and 38 km from Valparai Bus Station, Monkey Falls is a natural waterfall situated in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. Situated on the Pollachi-Valparai road in the Anamalai Hills range, it is one of the magnificent waterfalls in Valpari and among the best places to visit as part of Valparai Packages.

Situated near Aliyar Dam, Monkey Falls is cascading down from a height of about 60 feet into a pool. Enveloped between evergreen forests and rocky cliffs, this enchanting waterfall brings together the entire scenery. Reaching this falls requires a short trek through an evergreen forest surrounded by rock cliffs. Take a dip in the falls is refreshing though it is a bit dangerous during monsoons when the water flow is high. As the name suggests, the place has several monkeys. So, has to be careful while taking care of their belongings.

One needs to take prior permission from the Tamil Nadu Forest Department a fortnight …..

Distance (From Valparai): 38 Kms
Trip Duration (From Aliyar Dam (5 km) – Including Travel): 30 Mins – 1 Hr

Loams Viewpoint

At a distance of 7 km from Monkey Falls, 12 km from Aliyar Dam, 31 km from Valparai and 35 km from Pollachi, Loam’s View Point is a beautiful vantage point located on Valparai-Pollachi Road in Tamilnadu. Situated in the Anamalai Hills of Western Ghats, it is one of the popular viewpoints in Valparai and among the must-visit places as part of Valparai Tour Packages.

The Loam’s Viewpoint is situated at the 9th hairpin bend of the winding Pollachi – Aliyar – Valparai hill road. This viewpoint has been named after Mathew Loam, who marked the roadway back in 1886. There is a platform at the viewpoint that offers an impeccable view of the Aliyar Dam and its reservoir, Anamalai mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, as well as the stunning sunset views. The place is also a good vantage point to look out into the plains, as far as the town of Pollachi.

Loam’s View Point is an important vantage point that one cannot afford to miss while making their way to Valparai. This vantage point …..

Birla / Birala Waterfalls

At a distance of 3 km from Valparai Bus Station, Birla Falls or Birala Falls is a stunning waterfall located at Valparai, Tamilnadu. Situated in Sholayar Estate, it is one of the mesmerizing waterfalls in Valparai and among the top places to visit as part of the Valparai Tour Packages.

Cradled by beautiful green tea plantations, Birla Falls is formed over the Vellamalai Tunnel River, originates from the springs located in the Grass Hills of the Valparai Ranges and then proceeds to form the perennial Nadumalai River which flows through the town of Valparai. The fall is situated within Sholayar Estate of Ms. Jayshree Tea Industries Ltd. The sight of the waters cascading down the mountain peaks, dropping from one rock to another to flow freely along with the river is in itself a sight which fascinated you.

The Birala Waterfall is a very popular tourist destination for its scenic natural beauty and is a great location for avid photographers. The preferable months of visiting the …..

Manampalli Forest

At a distance of 25 km from Valparai Bus Station, Manampalli is a highly reserved shola forest located in Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Valparai. Situated between Sholayar Dam and Valparai, it is one of the interesting places for trekking in Valparai.

Known for its thick Shola forests, fast-flowing rivers, and beautiful peaks, Manampalli is a favorite trekking spot for adventure enthusiasts. It is a popular dense forest with no tea plantations or different human undertaking. This place is virtually between Sholayar and Valparai however one needs to travel 8 km via the jungle from the main road to reach the place. Around 15-20 households are surviving at this place through working for Sholayar Power House which is a primary electrical energy source for Valparai.

Graced by the Manompally River, this place well-known for its rich fauna being geographically bordered to Top slip and Parambikulam. One can spot Elephants, Bison, deer, and some endangered species. For trekkers, Manampalli …..