Located about 13 k.m. away from the main town of Valparai, the Nallamudi-Poonjolai view point is a refreshing drive along the winding estate roads that run between rolling acres of verdant tea gardens spanning on either sides. Upon reaching the forest check post, one will have to park their vehicle and make a short tread uphill to take-in the full view. A trudge along the estate path is also a good way to imbibe the essence of the surrounding – watch birds, observe pug marks, bear droppings, elephant dungs and other tell-tale signs that inform of the wildlife that lives around.
At a distance of 15 km from Valparai Bus Station, Nallamudi Poonjolai is a spectacular vantage point located in Valparai, Tamilnadu. Situated in the Nallamudi Tea Estate, it is one of the splendid places to include in your Valparai Tour Package.
Situated amidst the tea fields, Nallamudi Viewpoint offers stunning views of the Anamudi Peak, the tallest peak in South India, vast tea gardens, lush green valleys, and magnificent waterfalls flowing between the steep cliffs of the mountain ranges. The spectacular scenery and the tranquil environment of the viewpoint attract many tourists and nature lovers. It is a perfect place to spend some relaxed moments immersed in the tranquility of nature.
To access this viewpoint, one has to walk uphill through tea plantations of Nallamudi Estate. After nearly a km of a walk across the tea estate, one can witness the raw Valparai and also the Sholayar mountains. The panoramic view of lush green mountains and river valleys makes you feel that the view is worth the walk. During the months between September and February, the viewpoint is surrounded by clouds which makes the place an apt one to take pictures and enjoy the view. Also, visitors may witness fresh signs of elephant dung, or droppings of leopards, etc., indicating the presence of wildlife around while walking towards the viewpoint. It is open 24 hours but is best visited in the afternoon between 1 PM and 3 PM.
Loud reverberations of thousands of gallons of water gushing down from the rugged cliffs and the whistling breeze will indicate one’s arrival at the view point. Here, one can walk down to the edge of the rocky balcony-like platform and feed their eyes on the mighty hills of the Anamalai Range, rising up to kiss the clouds. The view around, is one of the most magnificent in Valparai.
On a sunny day, the overlook rewards striking views of the Anaimudi peak, the tallest mountain in South India, located in the Rajamalai region of Eravikulam National Park near Munnar, silvery streams gushing below, numerous waterfalls cascading down the steep cliffs, thick forest cover spreading out among myriad flowering trees and a few tribal hamlets scattered over the valley.
During the monsoon months, the passing grey clouds cast shadows and mystery. The mountains recede into a blue haze and the forest patches in the valley below will be cloaked in veils of mist. At any given time, the stillness of the place, only broken by the chirping of the birds and the howling winds, offers a perfect setting for outdoors men to idly sit there and soak in quietude.
On returning back, one can sip a cup of hot chai at the BBTC outlet, sitting on a wrought iron bar, overlooking the mountains and tea gardens while becoming attuned to the rhythms of life on the hillside.
Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.30 per Person
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