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Nedumkayam one of the ecofriendly tourist spot is situated in Karulai Village. Travelling 2.5 km from the Cherupuzha Forest Check Post anybody can reach there. During the British times Nedumkayam was hailed as an important centre for taming wild elephants. Even though such activities have stopped years ago, its reminiscent such as Anapanthi where the elephants were locked and trained is still maintained here. The iron bridge built by the British in 1933, one of the oldest Teak plantations, the burial spot of the great Dowson Sayyip, and the Nedumkayam Rest house are the important tourist spots worthy to watch. The beautiful green valley of the Nilagiries will never disappoint a tourist with its varied flora and fauna. The wild elephants, wild bear, tiger and the deer do exist in large numbers in the forest of Nedumkayam. The rare sights of these animals would give immense pleasure and thrill to the travellers exploring wild. Moreover there is a tribal colony by the side of Karimpuzha river who live with their unique customs and rituals. There is a forest depot in Nedumkayam where you get world famous Nilambur Teak at economic price.


Nedumkayam one of the ecofriendly tourist spot is situated in Karulai Village.

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Karulai is a village located in Nilambur Taluk of Malappuram district in Kerala.

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The Cholanaikkans are an ethnic group of India. They primarily inhabit the southern Kerala State, especially Silent Valley National Park, and are one of the last remaining hunter gatherer tribes of the region. The Cholanaikkans speak the Cholanaikkan language, which belongs to the Dravidian family. The Cholanaikkan traditionally reside in the Karulai and Chungathara forest ranges near Nilambur, which fall in Nilambur Taluk of Malappuram district. Until the 1960s, they were leading a secluded life with very limited contact with mainstream urban society. Since then, the Cholanaikkans traditional lifestyle has been altered. They currently have a 16% literacy rate. The Cholanaikkan call themselves as Malanaikan or Sholanaikan. They are called Cholanaikan because they inhabit the interior forests. Chola or shola means deep ever green forest, and naikan means King. They are said to have migrated from Mysore forests. The Cholanaikkan numbered 360 individuals in the 1991 census. Their population has since fallen considerably, with only 191 members today. C.Vinod is the first graduate from this ethnic group. They are categorised as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group by the Government of India.