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Nilambur is a town in Kerala in India.

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By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport at Karippur which is 45 km away. Calicut airport is well connected to international destinations of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Rasal Khaima, Ajman, Fujairah, Al Ain (UAE), Jeddah (KSA), Bahrain, Doha (Qatar), Muscat, Salalh (Oman), Kuwait, Colombo (Sri Lanka)and Indian cities of Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Goa, Mangalore and Thiruvanathapuram.

Hire a taxi from the airport to Nilambur (60 minutes journey) or take an autorickshaw to Kulathur Jn on NH 213 (2 km away) from where you will get frequent limited-stop buses running (both private and KSRTC) to Nilambur [80 minutes journey].

By train[edit]

Nilambur Road Terminus Railway station is 4 Kms from the town and about 2 kms from Chandakkunnu Bus stand.

Computerised reservation is available at the station.

For enquiries Phone 04931-220237

Train timings

Nilambur Road-Thiruvananthapuram Central Rajya Rani Express

16350/49 - NIL - TVC Rajya Rani Express (Daily)


NIL - 20:40, SRR - 22:00/ 23:30, TVC - 06:20

TVC - 22:30, SRR - 05:30 / 06:00, NIL - 07:25

Stoppages: Vaniamabalam, Melattur, Pattikad, Angadipuram and Cherukara.

Composition: 1 3A, 2 SL, 2 GS and 2 SLRs

7 coaches to be merged with Amrita Exp at SRR.

Date of introduction : 16 th November 2011!/pages/Rajya-Rani-Express-to-Nilambur/312558575421722

Passenger train timings

Seven pairs of trains (Fourteen services) run on this route including Rajya Rani Express.

Towards Nilambur

Sl No

Train Number

Train Name



Connection Trains



Palakkad Jn. - Shoranur Jn. - Nilambur Road

05:45 AM From Palakkad,SRR Arr 6.50 hrs, SRR Dep 07.00 hrs

NIL Arr 8.40 hrs

TVC-PGT Amritha Express,TCR-CLT Passenger



Shoranur Jn. - Nilambur Road

SRR Dep 9.20

NIL Arr 10.55 hrs

ERS-CAN Intercity Express



(Ernakulam Jn) - Shoranur Jn. - Nilambur Road

ERS Dep 07.30 hrs,SRR Arr 10.55 hrs,Dep 12:00

NIL Arr 13.35

TVM-CLT Janshadabdi Express



Shoranur Jn. - Nilambur Road

SRR Dep 14.40 hrs

NIL Arr 16.15hrs

SRR-TVC Venad Express, TVC-MAQ Parasuram Express



Shoranur Jn. - Nilambur Road

SRR Dep 17.10 hs

NIL Arr 18.55 hrs TVC -LTT Nethravathi



Shoranur Jn. - Nilambur Road

SRR Dep 19:30rs

NIL Arr 21:10hrs.

CBE-TCR Passenger ,ERS/ALP-CAN Executive Exp

Towards Shoranur

Sl No

Train Number

Train Name



Connection Trains



Nilambur Road - Shoranur Jn.

NIL Dep 6.50hrs

SRR Arr 8.30hrs

CAN-ERS/ALP Executive Exp,ERS-CAN Exp,ALLP-Dhanbad Exp.



Nilambur Road - Shoranur Jn.

NIL Dep 9.10

SRR Arr 10.50

MAQ-TVC Parasuram Express HYD-TVC Sabari Exp,TVC-CLT JS,



Nilambur Road - Shoranur Jn.

NIL Dep 11.50 hrs

SRR Arr 13.30hrs

SRR-TVC Venad ExpressHyderabad Sabari Exp,CBE MEMU, NDLS-Mangala Exp.



Nilambur Road - Shoranur Jn. - Ernakulam Jn.

NIL Dep 14.30 hrsSRR Arr 16.10hrs, SRR Dep 17.00

ERS Arr 20.00 hrs

TVC-Lokamanya Tilak Netravati ExpressMAQ-CBE Passenger,CAN-ERS Exp



Nilambur Road - Shoranur Jn- Palakkad Jn.

NIL Dep 17.10 hrs

SRR Arr 18.50hrs,SRR Dep 19:00 hrs to PGT, PGT Arr:20.50 ||Connects MAQ-Chennai Mail,CBE-TCR Passenger,ALLP/ERS-CAN Exp at SRR and many mainline trains at PGT.



Nilambur Road - Shoranur Jn

NIL Dep 19:20 hrs, SRR Arr 21:00hrs.

Connects CAN-YPR Exp,MAQ-Chennai Exp,MAQ-TVC Express

From Calicut Railway Station you can go to Nilambur (70 km) by taxi. Or you can take an autorickshaw to Moffusil Bus stand from where you will get frequent limited stop/town to town KSRTC and private buses to/via Nilambur from 5AM to 8:40PM.

By bus[edit]

A KSRTC Bus Stand (Sub Depot)is situated at Aruvacode,Nilambur.KSRTC Online reservation facility is available here.KSRTC Buses are available daily to Trivandrum,Kottarakkara,Thiruvalla,Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Kanjirapally,Pala,Ponkunnam,Ernakulam,Guruvayur,Thrissur, Perinthalmanna, Palakkad, Manjeri,Malappuram,Kozhikode,Iritty,Kannur, Parassinikadavu, Mananthavadi,Kalpetta,Bathery, Gudalur,Ooty,Coimbatore,Mysore and Bangalore.


Private line buses operate from Calicut, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kannur, Mannarkkad, Mananthavadi, Sulthan Batheri, Guruvayur, Pattambi, Thamarasseri.

There are frequent buses from major hubs in the district like Manjeri, Perinthalmanna, Tirur, Kottakkal, Parappanangadi, Malappuram, Areekode, Wandoor, Vazhikkadavu etc.

  • SKS Travels, 10C/6, Corporation Building, Opp. SBI, Dispensary Road, Kalasipalayam Main Rd, Bangalore-2, +91 80 32966500‎, +91 80 26702700‎, +91 80 26703349‎, +91 80 26708653‎, +91 80 32968700‎. Deluxe Private buses are daily operating from Bangalore to Manjeri (via Nilambur). The bus leave at 9.00PM every day(now there is a night travelling prohibition through this rout)going via kutta manathavadi  edit

By road[edit]

Approximate distances by road: Mannarkkad - 40km, Ooty - 100km, Manjeri - 24km, Malappuram - 40km, Karippur Airport-45 km, Kozhikode - 72km, Thrissur - 120km, Kochi - 210km, Gudalur - 48km, Mysore - 158km, Thiruvambady - 50km, Thamarassery - 58km, Bathery - 80 km via Nadugani.Coimbatore 80km via Mannarkkad- Tadakam road.

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Conolly's Plot. The plantation is named in honor of H.V. Conolly, the then Collector of Malabar during the British rule who was instrumental in planting teak in the entire Nilambur area with the help of Shri Chanthu Menon ,a forest officer under him. The plot extends across 2.31 hectares beside the Chaliyar river at Aruvakode, where the longest steel hanging bridge takes visitors across. This plantation was done about 150 years ago around the years 1842-1844 and was thus known as the world's first teak plantation. The plot has also been acclaimed for having the oldest living teak tree (girth 420 cms & height 46.5 meters) and Shri Chanthu Menon, was laid to rest in this very teak garden , Conolly's plot, as a mark of honour.  edit

  • The Teak Museum, (4 km away from the town, on the Nilambur-Ooty state highway). The world's first Teak Museum. In the Teak Museum, a visitor can have a first hand information on all aspects of teak. Established by the Kerala Forest Research Institute in collaboration with the Kerala Forest Department, it is thematic museum housing historical, cultural and aesthetic and scientific aspects of teak, all under one roof, arranged in the two storied building. A collection of bamboo trees on the way to the museum imparts a special beauty to the place. The carved teak door at the entrance of the museum has a painting of the oldest living teak tree, the Kannimara teak.Among the several exhibits displayed, the root system of a mature teak tree is perhaps the most interesting of all. Paintings on the walls remind one of the early histories of teak planting. The miniature model of an antique sailing vessel made of teak wood and a painting of a sailing ship are the other attractions. Logs of a 116-year-old tree have also been preserved. A world literature on teak is available in the library.  edit
  • Bio Resources Park with butterfly park is also near by.
  • Nedumkayam, (18 km from Nilambur town, on the Karulai route). Noted specially for its rich rain forests. The wooden rest house built here by the British offers a panoramic view of the elephants and deers grazing in the forest near by . One has to get prior permission from the Forest Department to enter the forest zone. Heavy restrictions are imposed as a measure to save the existing forest land. An elephant taming center is also here.  edit
  • Adyanpara Waterfalls, (In Kurmbalangod Village). Famous for its plendor of the wooded jungle surrounding it. This cascade is a spectacle of unrivalled grandeur. The wild beauty of this place is a rare treat for the eyes and heart of the travellers.  edit
  • Aruvacode, (Small village near Nilambur). Land of potters and pottery works. The village has become famous for the presence of its potters. With the influx of cheap industrial substitutes, these villagers had all but lost their interest in the traditional skills, but for a small movement led by activist-designer K B Jinan who , rekindled their hope. Together, they explored the possibilities of terra-cotta suited for the modern context and Kumbham was born. Today Kumbham is hailed as a rare instance of a traditional artisan community rehabilitating itself through the very craft they have been alienated from. Over the last few years many a product has come out of their kilns which are notable for their form as well as function. Kumbham products now find wide acceptance in households, corporate offices, hotels and resorts.  edit
  • Central Forest Nursery. This is one of the four central forest nurseries in Kerala and was established during the year 1997, at Valluvassery by the Kerala Forest Department. With a view to meet the requirements of good quality planting stock of important plantation species like teak, eucalypts, acacias, etc., the nursery is fully equipped to produce root trainer seedlings and rooted cuttings of these species in required quantities. The average annual production of the nursery during the past three years was: 150 000 teak root-trainer seedlings, 120 000 eucalypt seedlings, 50 000 seedlings of acacias, and 90 000 seedlings of miscellaneous species.  edit
  • Primitive Tribes-Cholanaickers, (In Valamthode, can be reached only from Kozhikode through the Areekode-Mukkam road, a half hour journey from Nedumkayam, or 27 km from Nilambur). Through the dense forests, by jeep takes one to Mancheri, the home of the Cholai Naikars, a primitive tribe. Yet another tribal settlement of this region is on the hilltops of Valamthode.  edit
  • Koviliakams-Residence of the local Rajas. Nilambur town is also famous for housing a cluster of kovilakoms, the residences of the local rajas or rulers of earlier days. These structures are famous for their beautiful frescoes and artworks in wood. The Nilambur Pattu, an ancient festival, which is noted for its Kalampattu or ritual powder drawing on floor, falls in the month of January.  edit

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  • Chicken Broast Hut.  edit
  • Wood Bine. Drive in restaurant.  edit

Hotel Greenland (Greenland Restaurant), Nilambur, [1]. Drive in restaurant.  edit

  • Shanti Sagar, Palace (Kovilakam) Road. Vegetarian restaurant.  edit
  • Devi Palace, Veg Hotel on VK Road.
  • Vazhiyoram, (At Aruvacode). KTDC approved very good eatery.  edit
  • Union Hotel.  edit
  • usthad hotel.  edit
  • rose international, kodathipady nilambur.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

KTDC Beer Parlour, Vattambalam, NH213, Mannarkkad

  • budokon corner, chandakkunnu (opp. bus stand).  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • KTDC Tamarind Easy Hotel, (At Karimpuzha). Kerala Tourism Development Corporation(KTDC)run. Non AC, AC rooms, and suites are available.  edit
  • Forest Rest House and Dormitory.  edit
  • KFRI Guest House.  edit
  • Maranat Mana Heritage Home Stay, Maranat Mana , P.O. Chembrasseri, Pandikkad (18 km from Nilambur, 45 km from Calicut Airport), 04931-286252, [2]. checkin: 24 hrs; checkout: 24 hrs. Government approved. Maranat Mana is a Namboothiri household which is about 200 years old. The building occupies an area of almost 1 acre and is situated in an 8 acre plot. The hosts offer responsible tourism. You can visit the organic spice , vegetable gardens, snake grove spread over 2 acres, rice fields, rubber plantations etc. The hosts offer a glimpse to centuries old traditions and cultures of Kerala. Rs 3,500.  edit
  • Nasar's Hotel, Depot (Dippo) bus stop (at Depot(Dippo) bus stop after Railwnay Station). it is small tea shop?no accomadation  edit
  • Peevees Nilambur Manor. Has good lodging facilities.  edit
  • PWD Rest House.  edit
  • Hotel Redfort. New three star hotel with non AC and AC rooms. Suites are also available. And a restaurant.  edit
  • Sinai Tourist Home,For budget stay.Main Road.
  • Nilambur Tourist Home,Main Road,Budget stay.
  • Eadens Hermitage Homestay, Main Rd (1 km from Nilambur town, near OCK Auditorium), +919496928191, [3]. A traditional Hindu Kovilakam with a unique Drive-in hidden by mango gardens. This classic Nilambur teakwood mansion with traditional twin Nadumuttoms, Machu and Thattinpuram, retains its heritage value with a generous set of antique furniture. Rs 3,500.  edit

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