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A "Take" from "Teak town"

Updated on May 4, 2012

Teak Tree

A Typical Teak Tree
A Typical Teak Tree | Source

Intro

Do you know about teak? I will describe some astonishing Factors about teak. Now, I can frankly tell that, I’m the best person to write about teaks. Because I belong to Teak garden; I’m writing this from the “teak town” named “Nilambur”. It’s a north east village in Kerala, in south west side of India. Here only you can see the world only one “Teak Museum” and world’s first teak plantation.

Teak is a hard wood tree usually growing in the tropical places all over the world. Due the climatic condition and soil properties it’s growing plenty in my village. There are many teak plantations all over the world. Because the furniture’s made up of teak are long lasting, strong and beautiful.

Teak belongs to the tree species of Tectona grandis. This is mainly growing in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. It usually grows upto 40 m (131 feet) height.

The Giant
The Giant | Source
Compare it's size...
Compare it's size... | Source
Name plate on tree
Name plate on tree | Source
Hanging bridge around 300 m (1000 feet) long
Hanging bridge around 300 m (1000 feet) long | Source

Conolly's Plot

Conolly’s plot is considered as the oldest teak plantation in the world. This plantation is planted by the supervision of H V Conolly, Malabar district collector during the middle of 18th centuries. And we can see the largest teak tree in this plantation and this tree is considered as second largest living teak tree.

This particular tree has a height of 46.5 m (153 feet) and girth of 4.2 m (14 feet) as on 2006.

The scenery of Conolly's plot is mind blowing. It lies on the shore of chaliyar river. And we can also see the Longest Hanging Bridge of kerala. It is good to see and danger free tourist spot.

Kannimara Teak

But the ever biggest teak tree is another one, it's name is "Kannimara Teak" at 'parambikulam' wild life sanctuary in kerala. Check it's images.

You can see some history while visiting this giant. Most probably it will be a tribal belief. But the local people considered this tree as a sign of goddess. Absolutely I can emphasize that no other tree will be a witness for the past four centuries.

According to the local tribal belief here when this tree was tried to cut down, the blood spurted out from the place of cut. This tree was being since then worshipped by the local tribes in Parambikulam as "Virgin tree". Thus the name Kannimara is given as the word ‘Kanni’ means ‘Virgin’. This tree has been awarded ‘Mahavriksha Puraskar’ by the Government of India. "mahavriksha" means "great tree"

It's height is 48.5 m (159 feet) and girth of 6.57 m (22 feet approx) on 2001.

Kannimara

History or Name Plate
History or Name Plate | Source
Giant no.1
Giant no.1 | Source
Children around Kannimara.
Children around Kannimara. | Source

Conolly's plot in Google Earth

Conolly's Plot, It's In the Heart of Chaliyar River
Conolly's Plot, It's In the Heart of Chaliyar River | Source

In Teak Museum

Entrance...
Entrance... | Source
It's a Story of legend. He is the eye witness of centuries!!!
It's a Story of legend. He is the eye witness of centuries!!! | Source
Carvings made of teaks and polished view. Roof, Wall and Floor are made of Teak. Inside Teak museum.
Carvings made of teaks and polished view. Roof, Wall and Floor are made of Teak. Inside Teak museum. | Source

Teak Museum

Teak Museum is the next attraction of my village. It has got a Museum and a Bio Botanical Garden as well. This is controlled by Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI). Museum will provide you a large amount information about teak cultivation, growth, features and it's products etc. Botanical garden will help you see the different kind of botanical species of Bamboo, Palm etc... Provides information, peculiarities, features...

Routes

Route towards Nilambur
Route towards Nilambur | Source
Nilambur Train
Nilambur Train | Source

Journey Towards Teak Town

To come Nilambur there are many routes. "Calicut" International air port is only 45 km (28 miles) away. And Nilambur is 100 km (62 miles) away from Ooty, famous tourist place in Tamil nadu. Bus services are always available. Cost of expenses are pretty low.

A suburban railway service is also here, it connects the southern side of Kerala. Hope you should kerala is named as god's own country. In this I'm welcoming you to land of teaks, or to the Teak Town.

Teak Museum Video

Conolly's Plot, Largest Teak

Kannimara Teak

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      What a beautiful and interesting hub! I loved to watch the photos as well. So fascinating to found out about the largest living teak tree in the world. Voted up and sharing.

      Thanks!

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      teak has got many peculiarities. Especially it is used fro making parts of ship for ancient times.

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      James W. Nelson 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Interesting hub, Anusujith, and I liked the photos, especially the hanging bridge. When I was in the navy I served on WWII submarines. The topside deck was made of Teak boards about 2"x2". Teak was used because it was heavy, and would help the sub in submerging.

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      An established rail route towards Nilambur from 1927 is here. This is built by British government. This rail route opened for transporting great teak wood from the forest to multiple markets of that time.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I didn't know that teak grows in India as well. Always imagine it as a tropical forest tree. I have always associated Kerala with lakes and ayuvedic, but never with teak. You always learn new things on HP! Amazing.

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Thank you for sparing time with my article. you are most welcome to our town. Don't worry about the food and shelter. a very good friend awaiting you to show my awesome village.

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      ratnaveera 5 years ago from Cumbum

      What a Great Hub! Really I enjoyed this article. You have added very useful information about teak trees. It is amazing to know about the ever biggest teak tree in Kerala. Thanks for adding nice pictures and videos.

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Thanks you Radhikasree. I know you are from god's own country. Nice to meet you too here.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      You can select the right teak wood for the furniture of your house, no? I got a new fact today that Nilambur is teak's garden. Nice to meet you here in Hubpages. Welcome!

      Up and useful.

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Thank you very much YogaKat. Very please to hear you enjoyed the videos.

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      YogaKat 5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Now I know ALL about teak. A very interesting read and I enjoyed the videos. Voted up.

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      freezbay 5 years ago

      Well, I am proud to say that I am from Nilambur. Many of you guys might not be knowing that world's largest teak grows in the soil here. This is a must-read hub. Thank you anusujith!