What awaits you in Valparai is surreal beauty that’s a reminiscence of the beautiful roads to paradise. Valparai is indeed a safe haven for Coimbatore and Kerala people looking to break free from walls of the busy lifestyle. What it not is the obvious pain staking traffic, concrete jungle and people who are always on their toes running to make the ends meet. Take a deeper insight into the 8 best tourist places in Valparai that you should never ever miss on your next trip.
- 1 Sholayar – Athirapally roads
- 2 The Sholayar dam
- 3 Monkey Falls
- 4 Azhiyar Dam
- 5 Nirar Dam
- 6 Vellamalai Tunnel River
- 7 Balaji Temple
- 8 Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary
Sholayar – Athirapally roads
Can easily beat the rest of the roads in South India to become the queen of blissful roads, the stretch between Valparai to the ever majestic is heavenly, with Sholayur forest and dam adorning the sidewalks, tall trees, birds chirping and no traces of humans at all.
There are loads of small places on the go, for you to step down and click a few pictures. After a tantalizing drive of 2 hours you get to witness one of the largest and most celebrated waterfalls of South India, Athirapally falls.
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The Sholayar dam
A part of the Solaiyar hydroelectric project, it is just 22kms from the center of Valparai. The road to Sholayar dam encompasses of lush green roads, streams of water gushing at the sides. There is a park down by the lake side as well.
A Perfect retreat for weekends with family where you can go for fishing and bird watching near the lake. Plan it during the rainy seasons as the place during other times turns out to be dry.
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A popular getaway spot for the locals and Coimbatore people, Monkey falls is close to another tourist place in Pollachi, the ever glorious Azhiyar dam. Monkey falls is a natural waterfall nuzzled at around 37kms from Valparai. Watch out for the slippery rocks as the water flow on the right end is quite hard on the ground.
There is a dedicated pool upfront amidst the 3 hills which can even put the Jacuzzi to shame. The splendid waterfall beauty closes at 5:00 PM everyday and we would highly recommend checking it out by the start of monsoon.
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Gracing the other end of Monkey falls is the Azhiyar dam, one of the renowned faces of Pollachi and a popular name among the Kongu Makkal. This also happens to be the backdrop for movie shoots as this place heaves a fresh sense of tranquility, one thing that makes the Azhiyar dam stands out is the simple fact that even the loads of crowds flocking, its still miles away from choking us or suffocating us as all we could ever feel is the fresh waves of water and temple above the top.
You can perhaps take a long walk across the pavement or keep your kids busy with fully loaded play area.
Pollachi, Tamil Nadu
One of the lesser explored places in the parts of Valparai; Nirar dam is a hidden gem that offers a panoramic view of the forest area that sprung across the region. The dam is approximately 16kms away from Valparai center.
There is another adjacent dam nearby called the lower Nirar dam which is on par with its sibling when we bring in the wow factor to the equation. With a entry of 30 per person, it’s completely worth every penny you shell out when you consider the surreal looking 8km tunnel that connects the Sholayur dam and Nirar dam. The general visiting times are between 9am to 4pm.
Vellamalai Tunnel River
This is nothing like anything we have seen in Valparai. Set at just 3kms from the center, this is one of the most breath taking places near Valparai, with scenic beauty that lets you easily mistake it for the scenic beauty of Norway or any other elite places.
Indeed a perfect place for the photographer inside you, the breezy water that melodically gushes down. The water is pure, fresh and chill that strikes a chord with your heart. A perfect experience indeed when the sun sets down at the evening and the water turns gloomy enough to set your heart on fire.
Take a stroll across the roads to find similar beautiful places nearby for a casual hangout at the morning or the vibrant evenings, If you are planning for a staycation to check out the astounding places near Valparai, do check out our best resorts in Valparai hill station to stay away from the busy worlds miles away from the clutches of the tantalizing Valparai.
One of the prominent spiritual hubs of Valparai, Balaji temple stands tall amidst foggy ambiance of the Hill station. Nuzzled inside the lush green tea estates at 10kms away from the center of the hill station, the prestigious shines turns out to be a symbol of cultural excellence and modern architect vibing together to give out a unique spiritual flavor that just doesn’t fade away over time.
Bad news for the photography lovers out there as this splendid feast to the eyes is a strictly ‘no-camera’ zone. The visiting times are between 6am to 12pm and 3pm to 7pm. unwind the real meaning of tranquility here.
Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary
It would be insane to compile a list of places to check out in Valparai without the wildlife sanctuary making it to the list. Popularly known as the Anamalai tiger reserve, it is nuzzled on the Anamalai hills of Valparai and is just 57kms from Coimbatore. The uphill drive through the blissful roads of Top slip is a great idea for attaining tranquility.
Being one of the important watershed for cities nearby, the National park is also loaded to its brim considering the exotic birds and endangered animals like brown mongoose, samba deer, leopards etc. The place is under brisk surveillance by forest department and anything done without the prior permission can entangle you with legal complications.
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These are the best tourist places in Valparai. There are other beautiful hidden places on the lines of Valparai, rivers, waterfalls, tea estates. Unravel them on your next trip as the beauty lies in experiencing it in its full glory than reading it over a blog. You can always checkout more about Valparai if you can’t just get enough of this hill station.