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Destination Theme
Hill Stations, Wildlife Sanctuaries,
Best Suited For
Families, Honeymoon Couples and Nature-enthusiasts.
Recommended Duration
Two to Four days.

Quick Info

Valparai is a pleasant and beautiful hill station in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Anamalai hills on the Western Ghats, the hill station is mostly covered with tea and coffee plantation surrounded by evergreen forests. The town of Valparai is home to some rare animals and birds along with pristine streams, waterfalls and sublime highlands. The nearest airport to Valparai is Coimbatore International Airport approximately 120 kilometres away. 

Rankings & Ratings

A hill station surrounded by forests showcasing majesty along with serenity.

Editor's Rankings

#20 in 33 Destinations in & around Kerala
#3 in 8 Wildlife Sanctuaries in & around Kerala
#9 in 10 Hill Stations in & around Kerala

Editor's Review

Valparai is a good place to visit if you want to see colourful animals along with some endangered species. The natural attractions, especially the waterfalls and the grass hills are very beautiful. Although you might have to travel in crowded buses, the view can make the ride interesting.


  • The ride to Valparai is a great experience in itself.
  • The climate is always cool and pleasant.
  • The waterfalls and dams are lovely.
  • The place is home to some endangered species. 


  • Vegetarians can have trouble finding good food.
  • The town is not very developed.
  • The buses to Valparai are mostly very crowded.
  • Not many activities available for tourists.

Itinerary Tips

  • The town experiences very heavy rainfall during the monsoon. This season is not a great time to visit the place.
  • It is best to take the bus from Pollachi because you get to see many interesting attractions en route. But these buses are usually crowded.
  • You can take a taxi to reach Valparai so that you have the freedom to stop, admire and take pictures of the scenic locations.
  •  Aaliyar dam has a small theme park and an aquarium close to it.
  • Monkey falls is on the road from Pollachi to Valparai. You can visit the waterfalls if entry is not restricted.
  • Loam's View Point and Tiger Valley provide best views of the Aaliyar Dam.
  • Sholayar Dam, the second deepest dam in the continent is also a beautiful tourist attraction.
  • The Grass Hills in the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary is simply breathtaking. The park is home to some rare animals like Nilgiri Tahr.
  • Nallamudi Poonjolai and Number Parai are fanatastic view points.
  • Chinnakallar has roaring waterfalls and forests with tall and majestic trees.

Detailed Info

Valparai is a cool and breezy hill station lying in the Anamalai hills of the Western Ghats. The town belongs to the district of Coimbatore.  It is believed that a person named Ramasamy Mudaliyar started planting coffee here in 1846. Today, coffee and tea plantations cover most of Valparai making the place look extremely beautiful and scenic. The hill station is home to many elephants, quite a few leopards and also endangered species like The Nilgiri Tahr.

Valparai is one of the few hill stations that have so many dams. Some of the famous dams in the town are Aaliyar dam, Sholayar Dam and Nirar dam. Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park is a well known park near Valparai which has a place called Grass Hills, a spectacular site having mountain slopes covered with lush green grass. Since Valparai is one of the wettest places in India, the waterfalls like Monkey falls and Chinnakallar falls located in the region are wonderful to look at. 



The altitude of Valparai is 1100 metres(3500 ft) above mean sea level.


The hill station is cool and pleasant throughtout the year but experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season.

Best Time to Visit?

Between the months of September and March.

How to Get There?

By Air

The nearest airport to Valparai is Coimbatore International Airport which is at a distance of about 120 kilometres from the town. The airport is well-connected to other major cities in India and some cities abroad too. From the airport, you can book a cab to reach Valparai.

By Train 

The nearest railway station to Valparai is Coimbatore Junction Railway Station which is at a distance of about 105 kilometres from the town. The station is well-connected to major cities in India. From the station, you have to hire a taxi to reach Valparai.

By Road

Private tourist buses are available to Valparai from Pollachi and Chalakudy bus stations which are at a distance of 64 and 80 kilometres from the town respectively. Since no direct buses are available, you have to go to one of these towns to reach Valparai.  


Local Cuisines

Typical Tamil Nadu style Non-vegetarian delicacies of Chicken and Rabbit are popular in the restaurants near Valparai.