During the last summer vacation, I went to Nelliyampathy with my grandparents. It is located near Nenmara in the Palakkad district of Kerala.
It is a popular hill station which is also known as 'Poor Man's Ooty'. We started off from Thrissur and took a break at Palghat, had tea and then proceeded to the Pothundy Dam via Nenmara. The drive was fantastic. This dam is the main shooting site for the Malayalam film 'Vinodayathra'. It is strange to note that a mixture of jaggery and quicklime is used to built this dam. This is the second dam in Asia constructed without using cement mixture. There is a check post at the point where the hill road starts. There are a dozen hairpin bends on the way to Nelliyampathy and the landscape is splendid. We visited the orange and vegetable farms run by the Kerala Government at Kaikatty. This is an eco-friendly and pollution free zone where the fruits and vegetables are cultivated organically. We also saw coffee and tea estates managed by different plantation companies. Seethakundu, Mampara and Kesavanpara are some of the vantage points in Nelliyampathy. We got a wonderful view of the valley from Seethakundu. We hired a local jeep to Mampara which is a reserved forest area. Here we went for trekking and it was a great experience. My grandparents told me that this is the shooting location of the Malayalam film 'Bhramaram'. With this our sight-seeing came to an end and we returned to Thrissur . My trip was really adventurous and memorable. I look forward to visit other places like this.
Class VI, Paramekkavu Vidya Mandir Punkunnam, Thrissur, Kerala