A gorgeous looking hill station, Valparai is also known as the 7th heaven. And they weren’t wrong either, there’s something about Valparai that makes it stand out from the rest of the lot. Be it the overwhelming nature bound tea estates or the tantalizing corners of the road, this hills station checks all the boxes of being the 7th heaven. But how does it feel to start a trip from Coimbatore? We will know that in Coimbatore to Valparai- a complete tour guide, from where to start and what to do when.
It is nuzzled on the western ghats at 108kms from the center of Coimbatore. It was originally known as Poonachimalai at 7100 ft above the sea level on the Anaimalai ranges. It has 40 hairpin bends after which the gateway to Kerala begins. Like other hill stations in the lot, Valparai has its own fair share of tea plantations and estates on the way.
It all started during the mid of 18th century when K Gopalsamy Mudaliyar started a coffee plantation here which later paved the way for the heaven it is now. It was only when the British made their interests here more evidently brought about changes in the outlook of this wonderful place.
The average temperature in Valparai is 15°C (max) to 10°C (min) in winter and 25°C (max) to 15°C (min) in summer. Now this leaves us the biggest question, When to visit Valparai? As a matter fact, the 7th heaven is a bit of dashing retreat anytime you chose to go but if you seriously fancy some crazy mist and enjoy a mild shower during the breezy evenings with a cup of hot coffee, then chose somewhere between the mid of October to the end of February when the hill station comes to its full glory.
A trip from Coimbatore to Valparai
The journey would have been a lot more spectacular if we did a bit of time travel 15 years back when the roads were a feast for the eyes. These roads arguably were one of the finest Coimbatore people ever knew back then with tall trees and its branches hovering over the roads giving out a blanket like cover above us protecting from the scorching sun.
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The trees were a blissful addition, a 100kms drive through lush green ambiance can melt even the strongest heart in a jiffy. Back when the riding culture was still a taboo or more like something people weren’t quite aware of, the roads were tantalizing enough for the truckers and other people who used this road as a daily commuting space.
A highway that’s worth remembering for its journey rather than the destination itself, Coimbatore pollachi highways indeed was a glorious quotient.
Every good thing must come to an end and so did the blissful essence sparkling from the road trips. Tall handsome trees were replaced with hovering bridges and wide roads, giving in to the clutches of urbanization. What was once a beautiful road of trees now turns out to be a road filled with bustling cars and honking trucks.
But it did bite a huge chunk off the travelling time. Now the roads are so wide, with a lot of restaurants and refreshment centers on the side, we can’t really complain about the inevitable entry of Modernization into the picture. Pollachi however seems largely unchanged from the due pressure of urban culture. It still sticks to its centuries old formula of vibing with nature.
Valparai is at 60kms (approx) from Pollachi and the brief ride feels refreshing, a dose of freedom from the bustling life back in Manchester city. You can never run short of the restaurants or hotels on your way as there are tonnes of varieties and options to choose from. You also get a never-ending list of tourist places to check out on your way. If you are truly considering checking out the spots, take a look at the tourist places in Valparai.
Planning a one day trip?
A one day trip can be equally ravishing as a staycation if you know the right places to squeeze into your tight schedule. But we insist on staying to enjoy the temperature dropping at evening, harmonizing with your heart and mind, to enjoy the fresh blisters of fog covering the beautiful sky, the tantalizing roads void of cars or human traces, you definitely need a day or two to experience the surreal feeling.
If you are looking out to stay, we got you covered on the best resorts in Valparai to ensure that your stay is as vibrant as the hill station itself.
A beautiful retreat amidst the misty hills of Western ghats, a cue from the peaceful and tranquil lifestyle we look for, check out Valparai now to experience tranquility and don’t forget to check out this space for more amazing contents in and around Coimbatore.