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Vellarimala

Vellarimala is a mountain range in Kozhikode district of Kerala, India.

Description

Vellarimala forms a part of a high hill range of what is otherwise known as Camel's Hump Mountains, a part of the Western Ghats. Most of the hill range falls in the Meppady Forest Range of South Wayanad Division with some parts falling Thamarassery Range of Kozhikode Division. They are semi-contigous with Nilgiris or Nilgiri Hills in Tamilnadu separated by the Chaliyar Valley. The plateau of Wayanad lies on the eastern slopes of these hills and merges gradually with the Mysore plateau. The hill ranges are accessible by foot from Muthappanpuzha, near Anakkampoyil, a small town about 50 km from Kozhikode. About 6 km by foot from Muthappanpuzha on the way to Vellarimala hills is the waterfall called Olichuchattam.

This block of compact high mountains is floristically and faunistically similar to the Nilgiri Hills.

The tallest peak in this range is called Vavul Mala at an altitude of 2339m, the tallest in the Western Ghats to the north of Nilgiri Hills.

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