Conolly's Plot - 14 Things to Know Before Visiting
About Conolly's Plot
Conolly’s Plot (also Canoli Plot/ Canoly’s Plot) is the oldest teak plantation in the world. The plantation, which was developed in the 1840s is home to more than 100 large teak trees, among which the biggest one has a girth of 4.2 meters and a height of 46.5 meters.
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Three sides of Conolly’s Plot are bordered by the rivers Chaliyar and Kurinjipuzha and the fourth side by dense forests. Kurinjipuzha originates from the forests of the Western Ghats and is considered to have the purest water in the region. It joins the much larger Chaliyar at a corner of the plantation.
The suspension bridge
To reach Conolly’s Plot, one has to cross over through a suspension bridge. Its constructed on the river Chaliyar in 2008, with a length of 142.4 meters and a width of 1.2 meters. The bridge offers good views of the river and plantation. The bridge is now damaged after the floods of 2019 and now the crossing is done using a makeshift raft.
The well-maintained teak trees
Coming down from the bridge to the plantation, you will be amazed to see the carefully maintained teak trees that have withstood so much time. One of the large trees is among the oldest known teak trees still standing in the world. The remains of Chathu Menon who played a significant role in developing the plantation is said to be buried near the plantation as a matter of respect.
History of Conolly's Plot
The plantation was named after H.V Conolly, the district collector of Malabar from 1841 to 1855 who decided to plant teak to meet the growing demands of timber during the British era. Along with Chathu Menon- the local sub-forest conservator, he carried out the planting of new teak trees in the area. From the year 1933, the area was preserved for research purposes and named ‘Conolly’s Plantations’.
The initial plantation was 15 acres and it is even considered the foundation of systematic forest management in India. During World War II, 9.1 acres of teak were chopped off to meet the timber requirement of the allied forces. The remaining 5.9 acres of plantation with roughly 117 trees are being preserved and protected by the Kerala Forest Department.
Best Time to Visit Conolly's Plot
Apart from the raging monsoon months of June to September, visit Conolly’s Plot at any month of the year. During monsoons, the water levels of the nearby river can get dangerously high and forceful. The area also has been experiencing flooding in recent years.
Tips for Visiting Conolly's Plot
- During the monsoon months, you can still visit the plantation but the highlighted part of it will not be accessible as the rafting service to cross the river stops during monsoon months.
- During the summer months, the weather here can get very dry and humid.
Interesting Facts and Trivias About Conolly's Plot
- Conolly’s Plot is one of the oldest teak plantations in the world.
- The development of the plantation started in the 1840s.
How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Conolly's Plot
On average, it will take 2 to 3 hours to explore Conolly’s Plot and the nature around it.
How to Reach Conolly's Plot
Conolly’s Plot offers a unique experience with its teak plantations. The plantation is located near Nilmbur Town in Malappuram District of Kerala State in Southern India. To reach here, take a taxi from Nilambur to a place called Vadapuram where the plantation is located. The nearest railway station is in Nilambur as well.
Entrance Fee of Conolly's Plot
The entry fee for adults is 40 INR without the rafting service across the river to the older part of the plantation. With the raft, it is 80 INR per person. For cameras, an additional 20 INR is charged.
Opening Hours of Conolly's Plot
Conolly’s Plot is open from 9 AM to 4.30 PM daily, except on Mondays on which it is closed. There is a staff break from 1 PM to 2 PM so plan to reach out accordingly.
Attractions Near Conolly's Plot
Nilambur Teak Museum
5.97km from Conolly's Plot
Nilambur Teak Museum is located in the Malappuram district of Kerala State in Southern India. The museum was established in 1995 on the campus of Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) and it houses the historical, aesthetic, and scientific treasures related to teak.
Adyanpara Water Falls
9.58km from Conolly's Plot
A calm waterfall originating from the Western Ghats, cascading through black rocks.
14.32km from Conolly's Plot
Ideal place for Trekking, Swimming and Rock climbing surrounded by dense forests and maticulous landscapes
Arippara Water Falls
25.68km from Conolly's Plot
Crevice filled, rocky floored waterfall where you can sit and shower underneath.
Keralam Kundu Waterfalls.
26.58km from Conolly's Plot
The water gushes down over 45 meters to fall into a huge rocky pit which was formed over many centuries by water falling over it.
Mini Ooty (Arimbra Hills)
27.41km from Conolly's Plot
Arimbra Hills earned its more popular name Mini Ooty due to its resemblence with the well known hill station of southern India- Ooty. The place is known for its rolling hills and scenic views. You can also view the runway of Kozhikode airport with closer look at takeoffs and landings from here.