Nedumkayam Rainforest in Malappuram district has a magic around it: just step into it and within moments, the scent of virgin forest will take over all your senses. The fresh air and clear water along with a wealth of rare species of flora and fauna, will make you wonder why you didn’t come here before.
Located 15 km from Nilambur, Nedumkayam Rainforest is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, and is one of the main reasons to visit Malappuram district.
Elephants are a major attraction of the jungle here, and a taming camp for jumbos is a tourist-magnet. Apart from elephants, bison, tiger, rabbit, blue monkey, bear, wildcat and deer are some of the wild animals spotted in the forests. With more than 200 species of birds, the forest has been classified as an ‘Important Bird Area’ (using an internationally agreed set of criteria to identify globally important places for the conservation of bird populations). White-rumped Vulture, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Crimson Backed Sunbird, Lesser Adjutant and Rufous Babbler are some of the commonly spotted birds in the rainforests.
A wooden rest house built during British rule is worth spending some time in. Step into the rest house and get a panoramic view of grazing grounds of wild elephants and deer. There is also an age-old rustic iron bridge over the Chaliyar river that passes through the forest.
The forest area is also home to the oldest teak plantation in the world, which is spread across 2.3 hectares.
Trekking and hiking trails through the forests are popular among the tourists to the forest. Come, unshackle your concerns and worries, and soak in the true beauty of Mother Nature.
Divisional Forest Office
Nilambur North Division
Ph: +91 4931 220232
Nearest railway station: Nilambur, about 5 km
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 45 km | Kannur International Airport, about 170 km