Nilambur presents the best of nature and wild life that has in store for the tourist and manifested in a variety of ways in its extensive forests swarming with teak, venteak, bamboos, mahagoni, rosewood, choropin, etc. Nilambur is well-known for the tribal settlements in the forest area. Nilabur also houses the world's first Teak Museum, vast rain forests and ancient residences of maharajas called as kovilakoms.
The teak plantation - Conolly's Plot:
Conolly's Plot is the well known plantation of Nilabur which is named in honor of the then Collector of Malabar H.V. Conolly, during the British rule. He instrumented in planting teak in the entire Nilambur area with the help of a forest officer under him. The entire plot extends across 2.31 hectares beside the Chaliyar River at Aruvakode.
Kannimara teak : The Biggest Living Teak
Kannimara is the biggest living teak tree not only in India but also in the world. It is located in Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary in the district of Palghat, Kerala. The tree is 47.5 m tall with a girth of 642 cm. Kannimara is situated at a distance of 80kms from Nilambur forest ranges.
Valamthode Waterfalls :
Valamthode is situated beyond Chaliyar river, 27 Km from Nilambur. The perennial waterfall from the hill top attracts lots of tourists to this destination. There are tribal settlements along the region. Valamthode can be accessed through road along the Kozhikode district by Areekode-Mukkam Road.
The Elembalai hill :
Elembalai hill is clothed in dense forests and bamboo woods that add beauty to the place. It is situated on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu from where the river Chaliyar originates. Elembalai hill is a beloved homestead of innumerable birds and animals. This region offers every charm in its forests, valleys, mountains, and cultivated plains being ideal for nature lovers, botanists or naturalists. Rare and exotic animals like elephants, tigers, blue monkeys, rabbits, bisons, bears, deers, wild cats and dogs are found in the forest along with an numerous variety of birds and reptiles.
The Kavanakallu Regulator cum bridge :
The Kavanakallu Regulator cum bridge constructed over the Chaliyar river is 13 Kms away from Kondotty hill. This regulator cum brigde almost completed its construction at a 60 Kms long artificial lake will be formed after its completion. Chaliyar has been developed a major tourist center of the state.
The Teak Museum :
The world's first Teak Museum is located four kilometres away from the town, on the Nilambur - Gudallur roadside. Tourists are provided with a firsthand information on all aspects of teak in this teak museum. This vital museum is established by the Kerala Forest Research Institute in collaboration with the Kerala Forest Department housing cultural, historical, scientific and aesthetic aspects of teak tree, all in one roof.
Nedumkayam- the rich rain forests :
Nedumkayam noted specially for its rich rain forests is situated at a distance of 18 km from Nilambur town. A magnificent wooden rest house built by the British at Nedumkayam offers a panoramic view of the elephants and deers grazing in the forest nearby. Prior permission is required from the Forest Department to enter the forest zone. There are heavy restrictions imposed as a measure to save the existing forest land. There is also an elephant taming center at Nadumkayam.
Adyanpara Waterfalls :
Adyanpara is famous for its waterfalls and the splendor of the wooded jungle surrounding it. This magnificent spot is located in Kurmbalangod village of Nilambur Taluk. The wild beauty of Adyanpara waterfalls cascading in a spectacle of unrivalled grandeur is a rare treat for the eyes and heart of the visitors.