The two hour train journey on the 66 km stretch between Nilambur and Shoranur during monsoon is the best opportunity enjoys the nature in all its pristine beauty. Monsoon provides a welcome relief from the sweltering summer heat and this is certainly not a time to be spent at home.Generally, September to March is considered the major tourist season in Kerala. But the monsoon tourism launched in 2004 - 05, has transformed Kerala into a tourist destination round the year. To go on a train journey during monsoon is an awesome experience and the Nilambur - Shoranur route in Particular has amazing views for the travelers.
Nilambut - Shoranur raiway line under the control of the Palakkad division of Southern Railway, is one of the shortest broad gauge railway lines in Kerala with a single track of 66 kms.Several passenger trains and one express train are currently operated on this picturesque and eco friendly route. The terrain comprising hills, valleys and paddy fields receives torrential rains during the South West monsoon. A train journey on this route is one of the best options to enjoy and experience monsoon tourism in Kerala.
Shoranur - Nilambur Railway TrackThe teak trees are the prime attraction of this scenic route. The rail line passes through the eastern region of the Malappuram district and one can experience the natural beauty and greenery of the teak forests on both sides of the track. The journey offers soothing experience foe travelers.
There are four rivers, several streams and cascades on this evergreen route.The line cross Kunthipuzha between Kulukkalloor and Cherukara.Velliyar River, a principal tributary of Kadalundi, crosses between Pattikkad and Melattur.Olippuzha, another tributary f Kadalundi, crosses between Melattur and Tuvvur stations and Kuthirappuzha,a tributary of Chaliyar,lies between Vaniyambalam and Nilambur road stations.
Apart from these four major rivers, several streams also flow parallel to the rail line especially during the monsoon season. The view of the rivers and cascades from the rain window during rains is a charming sight. The route provides opportunities to see vast green paddy fields ,water birds,peacocks,plantain and agriculture fields.Beside,it also offers to view the village life in its true colors and allure. If lucky, cone can see peacocks, running through the pathways of the paddy fields near the tracks during mild rains.