Undulating roads, stretches of coconut trees, swathes of paddy fields, dense forests of mixed vegetation, and long arms of rivers and backwaters make up the quintessential landscape of Kerala. Yet approaching Nilambur, in Malappuram district, the road is unexpectedly hemmed by teak plantations on either side, stirring one’s interest. A little investigation reveals that the town is home to the Teak Museum, credited as being the world’s first teak museum (being established in May 1995 at the campus of the sub-centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute) and Conolly’s Plot, the first man-made teak plantation in the world (being established by the British in the 1840s to provide high quality teak for a variety of purposes). The lovely Bio-resources Nature Park and 143-m-long suspension bridge across Chaliyar river near Conolly’s Plot, add to the charm of the interesting trip. Nilambur is located around 148 km from the city of Coimbatore.

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