Tamilnadu Tourism has a pollution free heavenly land, Valparai is located 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anamalai mountain range. Valparai is not just a small town. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. Valparai shares its boundaries with Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Eravikulam National Park and Vazhachal forest division. People are approachable and very friendly. This is one of the places that you shouldn’t miss in your life.
The unique grass forests, Grass Hills, are also located near Valparai. The hill sports tall grass and houses elephants, boars, cheetah and other wild animals. In addition, one can drive around the mountain tea estates enjoying the pleasant climate and forget the once dense forest that has paved the way for tea bushes. 64-km drive from Pollachi to Valparai is itself an exotic experience. En route is the Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary where lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri and the common langur, Malabar giant squirrel, elephant, gaur, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and wild boar reside. From Valparai you can visit the Aliyar, Sholaiyar and Nirar Dams. Tunnels bored into the mountains and canals to harness the water from Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholaiyar Dam, and several tourist spots.
Aaliyar Dam is a reservoir located 27 KM away from Pollachi on the foothills of Valparai, in the Anamalai range of the Western Ghats. The dam offers some ideal getaways including a park, an aquarium and a mini Theme-Park maintained by Tamilnadu Fisheries Corporation. It is an ideal picnic spot.
Monkey Falls is located at the 29th KM junction on the Pollachi-Valparai road. An entry fee of INR 15 per head must be paid at the check post located along Aaliyar; Monkey Falls route. But in recent days, entry to Monkey falls has been closed. Check with locals (shops near Aaliyar dam) before planning to visit Monkey falls.
Loam’s View Point A beautiful view point from where you can see Aliyar Dam, the surrounding mountains of the Western Ghats and the Pollachi town. This is situated in 9th hairpin bend towards Valparai from Pollachi.
Tiger Valley From here you can see Upper Aliyar reservoir. Provides a spectacular view of Kadamparai and the upper Azhiyar projects. Windmills situated on the plains can be a feast for the eyes, try zooming in your binoculars.
Balaji Temple is owned by the Peria Karamalai tea Industries very famous beautiful temple Situated at a distance of 10kms from Valparai. You can reach temple either from Valparai town or take a detour from Hairpin bend 40. You have to park your big sized vehicle much ahead of the temple and walk uphill for 500 meters to reach Temple.
Chitti Vinayagar Temple is owned by Jayshree tea Industries, Sholayar. The temple is situated in a beautiful garden environment and it only of 5 km from Valparai town.
Karamalai Annai Vellankanni Church Lot of miracles happened by Vellankanni Matha. Festival takes place every year during September 8th. The new church was built in the year 2003, a place to enjoy the spiritual peaceful environment. Many people visit this Church daily, situated at a distance of 10kms from Valparai.
Sholayar Dam It is the second deepest dam of Asia, situated at a distance of 20 Kms, from Valparai. An active tourist spot found always busy, beautiful place to visit.
Nirar dam is built for a multipurpose project such as irrigation, Hydro electricity production. Dam is situated in a wonderful location covered by a dense forest. There is a waterfall nearby the dam which resembles the Cascade, situated at a distance of 15kms from Valparai.
Chinnakallar is a geographically important place. It is the second highest rainfall area in India. Always found wet and misty, greenish dense forest with tall majestic trees all along the road to Chinnakalar a pleasure to enjoy. There is a falls in Chinnakallar which sounds like a roaring lion, situated at a distance of 15kms from Valparai.
Nallamudi Poonjolai A beautiful view point located near the Sangiliroad in Valparai. One must walk for about 1 km inside the tea estate to reach this viewpoint.
Number Parai This is also a beautiful view point. Nearby Sangiliroad near Valparai. Do not forget to visit this place when you travel to Valparai. you will see like you are in the universe. The mist will touch you and go often. when the mist touches you.. do not get scared but be at the same place where you stand till it gets cleared. Risky for kids. Do not play there. Be cautious. Be in your limits. DO Not drink and play with friends. No risk taking. But enjoy the nature by relaxing and sitting there. Also, elephants visit there and at night lepords. So better take local village people for extra support. They know better when animals are nearer.
Grass Hills a part of Indra Gandhi wildlife sanctuary & national park. It is surrounded by a green grass environment. It’s a beautiful site of high green grasses on a mountain slope, which is a protected area. Visitors have to obtain permission from the wildlife warden to enter the Grass Hills, situated at a distance of 15 km’s from Valparai. Grass hills are a picturesque spot located in the Valparai hills range, at a height of approx: 2400 meters, with cool climate getting cooler at night, a part of Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary. Right now all efforts are being undertaken by the government to preserve the flora and fauna of this location. Nilgiri Thar is native of this place apart from Elephants, Bison, Indian Gaur, Bear, Nilgiri Langurs and a wide variety of birds including Hornbills.