The hills in Palakkad district, Kerela, have a different and intriguing touch to them. Accompanied by a 100 meter waterfall, the cloud-touched peaks of Nelliyampthi hill ranges are indeed a sight to behold. Ranging from a height of 467 meters to 1572 meters, it’s also known as Kerela’s ‘suicide point’. The name might sound a little depressing but the place is, in fact, quite the opposite.
This point is in the highest part of the hill covered by wild nature all around. Waterfalls, animals, rain and the lot. If you are planning to travel it’s always best to go in the dry season. Nelliampathy is a haven for leeches to thrive and the wet season will bring forth thousands of them. In the dry season there is hardly any.
To get to the top of the hill you’re car will have to pass through hairpin bends. Ten of these bends bends curve their way to the top of Nelliyampathy. Once you are over them you’ll reach a small clearing in between the wild where the trees and grass are less. This allows you to park your cars because your vehicle will not be able to go the rest of the way.
After you park your car you’ll have to trek through a very narrow path. One end is a 1000 meter drop and the other ventures into a deep dense forest. Staying on the narrow trail is your best bet. But the trail is so narrow that people have to walk one behind the other or, at the most, three can walk side by side. This isn’t a place for children or older people. It’s the destiny that calls adventure lovers to seek thrill and fun.
Nelliyampathi is mostly visited for the suicide point. It’s undoubtedly very dangerous and anyone who goes there must be under strict supervision. The ‘suicide point’ is a rock that juts out at the edge of the hill. It’s curved structure is slippery and the mud surrounding it is loose. There is no fence or restriction that prevents anyone from going further towards the edge. From there it’s a 1572 meter straight drop towards the ground. Accidents of people falling and children slipping are not rare in this area. Hence, it is much advised that visitors don’t tread towards the end under curiosity.
Staying at the safe zone the view from the top of Nelliyampathy is a sight to see. Blue sky touches the green earth. It blends in so wonderfully that one can’t identify where the earth ends and the sky begins. Going further from the suicide point, trekking along the way you ultimately reach a vast landscape. This is where the clouds float in to gently caress your cheeks as the wind passes through your hair.
From this point you can see the hundred meter waterfall. To continue further one would need a proper climbing gear as the land stops becoming leveled and starts going up and down wildly. If you trek further from this point you reach the waterfall.
For those ones where just seeing the clouds would be considered the last spot, there is another scenery awaiting for you. Once you return back to the starting point. Another few kilometers away from there and you’ll eventually come across a hanging bridge. Be careful while you take this road because this path has no directions and no people around to tell you which way you are going. It’s more into the wild than the suicide point and the only living creatures that would assist you if you are lost is the sound of the forest beetles and monkeys.
There will be a road that splits into two directions while taking this root. Take the one on the right and you’ll eventually be going in the correct direction. The hanging bridge is only accessible till just before sunset and is supervised by the locals. It’s easy to get lost in the dark and wild animals venture out at this time so visitors will be prohibited after the light goes out.
The hanging bride drapes above a gushing stream with strong currents that eventually lead to a waterfall. The other end of the bridge leads into a dense forest. Visitors are requested not to venture out far into the other side as its dangerous and easy to lose your way if you do not have the knowledge of the wild.
Nelliyampathy is known for its hill ranges and waterfalls. The trip to this place is an exciting ride to the last minute. Locals give traditional food in what seems to be hut-like restaurants and the scenery alone that accompanies you through the entire ride makes it worth it. It is a paradise for adventure seekers and the ones that love a good outdoor experience.