Nilambur is famous for its teak plantations. The oldest teak plantation of the world is in the Conolly’s plot, just two kms. from Nilambur town. The plot was named in memory of HV Conolly, the then Malabar District Collector, who was instrumental in raising the teak plantations in the entire Nilambur area. Sir Chathu Menon, a forest officer under Conolly, organized the hectic task of planting teak. Chathu Menon was laid to rest in the Teak Garden on Conolly’s plot. The plot of 2.31 hectares is beside the Chaliyar river at Aruvakkode, where a country-boat ferry awaits visitors.
Four kms. from Nilambur, on the side of Nilambur-Gudallur road, is the world’s first teak museum and a sub-centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute. In the Teak Museum, a visitor can obtain information on all aspects of teak. The museum, arranged in a two-storied building, exhibits articles and details of historic, aesthetic and scientific value.
Eighteen kms. from Nilambur, is Nedumkayam, where the rain forests flourish. From the wooden rest-house built by the British, elephants and deer can be viewed. An elephant-taming centre also exists there. Half an hour jeep journey through the thick forests from Nedumkayam takes you to Mancheri, the settlement of Chola Naickas, a primitive tribe.
Beyond Chaliyar river, 27kms. from Nilambur, is Valamthode, a hill top location, where a perennial waterfall enchants people. This too is a tribal settlement. Vehicular accessibility is through Kozhikode district by Areekode-Mukkam Road. Nilambur town is famous for kovilakams (princely manors) where the Rajas resided and ruled the land. The Kovilakams have beautiful frescoes and artworks in wood. The forest division offices (Nilambur North & South) function from here. Valamthodu is the terminal station of Shornur-Nilamabur railway and it is 40 kms. from Malappuram town.
With enchanting streams and waterfalls and green woods, suitable for trekking, Adyan Para, 10 kms. from Nilambur, is fast emerging as a tourist centre. The splendour of its lush jungles also attracts tourists.