travel information, Kerala
Nilambur is a beautiful
town in the Malappuram district of the Indian state of Kerala. It is situated
on the banks of the Chaliyar River. It is at a distance of about 70 km
from Calicut and 100 km from Ooty (Uddagamandalam). Nilambur is a small
sleepy town has a surprise in store for its visitors who travel.
The world's first
teak plantation was raised in the Conolly Plot in Nilambur about 150 years
ago (1842-1844). Named in honor of H.V. Conolly, the then Collector of
Malabar, the plot covers an area of 2.31 hectares of teak plantation.
With the help of Shri Chathu Menon, H.V. Conolly pioneered the establishment
of the plantation in Nilambur. Many tourists travel to Kerala for in-depth
information on teak plantation.
teak museum of Nilambur, near the well-known Conolly Plot, is worth visiting
whenever you travel to Kerala. Established by the Kerala Forest Research
Institute in collaboration with the Kerala Forest Department, it is a
thematic museum housing historical, cultural and aesthetic aspects of
teak, all under one roof.
A collection of bamboo
trees on the way to the museum imparts a special beauty to the place.
The carved teak door at the entrance of the museum has a painting of the
Kannimara teak. It is the oldest living teak tree in the world located
in Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary in the district of Palghat, Kerala.
It is 47.5 m tall with a girth of 642 cm. Another must visit when you
travel to Kerala.
Among the several
exhibits displayed here, the root system of a mature teak tree is perhaps
the most interesting of all. Paintings on the walls remind one of the
early histories of teak planting. The miniature model of an antique sailing
vessel made of teak wood and a painting of a sailing ship are the other
attractions. Logs of a 116-year-old tree have also been preserved. At
present the price of this single tree is Rs. 300,000. The museum presents
scientific information and exhibits on various aspects of teak. A world
literature on teak is available in the library. Many people travel to
Kerala for research on teak.
How To Reach
As you travel to Kerala,
you would know that Nilambur is well connected by buses. One can reach
Nilambur either by going via Calicut, which is 70 km away or through Ooty,
which is 100 km away.
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