A "Take" from "Teak town"
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.
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.
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.
Conolly's plot in Google Earth
In 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...
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.