Nilambur is a municipality and a taluk in the Malappuram district of Kerala, South India. It is famous for its forests, especially its wildlife habitats, rivers, waterfalls and teak plantations. It is situated close to the Nilgiris range of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Chaliyar River. It is about 40 kilometres from Malappuram city and 24 kilometres from Manjeri on the Kozhikode-Ooty road. The town of Nilambur is also famous for the Nilambur Vettekkoru Makan Paattu (Or simply Nilambur Paattu) held every year in the Nilambur Kovilakom Temple (a Hindu temple).
The name "Nilambur" means 'Place of Nilimba' (a Sanskrit word for bamboo). Nilambur is also home to the oldest teak plantation in the World, called Conolly's Plot. It is claimed that the world's tallest or biggest teak tree is in the Nilambur Teak Preserve. Nilambur is also famous for its bamboos. This region is suitable for planting teak and grows well here. Teak grown here is having good quality and hence Nilambur Teak has good demand all over the world. Some nearby places are Chungathara, Pookkottumpadam and Edakkara. People here are almost in equal ratio of Hindu, Muslims and Christians. Nilambur is the place where a large number of Christians of all denominations live in Malabar.
Places Of Interest:
- The Teak Museum, maintained by the Kerala Forest Research Institute, giving additional information about teak, and the forest produce in general.
- A Bio Resources Park is attached to it. It is situated 4 km from Nilambur.
- Banglavu Kunnu (Bungalow Hill) at Nilambur is famous for its winding road where ayurvedic herbs are planted on both the sides of the officers'cottages (which are now used as forest range offices).
- Adyan Para Waterfalls, situated a few kilometers away on the other side of the Chaliyar River. It is situated 14 km from Nilambur.
- Koyippara Waterfalls (near kakkadampoyil) is also popular with visitors. It can be reached by travelling through a side road through Akampadam.
- Nedumkayam in the Nilambur reserve forest, where one can have a close look at the elephant camp run by the forest department. It is 18 km from Nilambur.
- Pullangode is a place near Nilambur where there is Rubber estate and industry.
- Kallamoola 'Vallipoola' is a place situated near Pullangode, here you can see small waterfalls.