This fascinating hill station is at a height of467 to 1572 m above sea level. At least 10 hairpin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat Road that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forests of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one-third of Palakkad. This hill country is the delight of trekkers.
Situated south of the Palakkad Gap, Nelliyampathy has all the attractions of a typical hill station-coffee,tea, and cardamom plantations, a pleasant climate, sublime scenery and an abundance of flora and fauna. Locally called 'poor man's Ooty', it offers the inhabitants of Palakkad an escape from the sweltering summer heat of the plains.
Nelliyampathy is close to the wildlife sanctuaries of Parambikulam, Anamalai and Peechi- Vazhani. The Nelliyampathy Range, once owned by the maharajas of Kollengode and Kochi, is now part of the Nenmara Forest Division. It consists of a chain of ridges separated by valleys that abound in evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, teeming with wildlife.
Pothundy: A picturesque reservoir, it lies on the way to Nelliyampathy, close to the scenic village of Nenmara, and is built across two tributaries of the Ayalar River-the meenachadypuzha and Padipuzha. Situated on the way to Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir Complex is a charming location for picnics and half-day trips.
Seetharkunda: Located within the Karuna plantations, Seetharkundu attracts visitors as much for the drive from Nelliyampathy as for the place itself. The drive offers a fabulous view of the plains, as far as Palakkad town and its surrounding countryside. Besides the waterfalls, there is a gnarled tree here, a major attraction. Legend has it that Rama, Sita and Lakshman once lived here, hence the name.
Mampara Grasslands: These sprawling grasslands can be reached can be reached only through only through a treacherous road, but it is well worth the effort for the spectacular views of the Palakkad range- verdant slopes, thick forests and a patchwork of lush paddy fields.
Orange and Vegetable Farm: Set up by the rulers of the erstwhile State of Cochin in 1943 to provide food for British troops and resolve a crisis that arose in the land during the time, this once thriving farm has now been revived and 237 acres of land re-planted with orange trees. The fruit preservation unit, located at Pulayanpara, where guavas and passion fruit are used to make delicious jama, preserves and squash, is open to visitors.