Walayar is a small developing town, in the Northern Travancore region of Kerala, India. It is near the border between the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu on NH 47 where the sales tax, motor vehicles check post, and excise check posts are. Due to the high traffic on this route (most of the goods import into Kerala happens through road and predominantly through this road), the place has also become notorious for the traffic jams. Most of the passenger vehicles coming from other states, viz buses, tourist cabs, pilgrims enter Kerala through this gateway. Walayar is the gateway to Coimbatore city from Kerala state. Walayar is a place where you can refresh yourself when you are on the way to Kerala. It has a few good roadside hotels and lodging facilities. There is also a Deer Park beside the NH 47 which in a poor condition due to lack of facilitation.
Passenger trains to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu stop at Walayar Railway station. Walayar has a railway station which is about 100 meters away from NH 47. All the passengers trains have a stop here. Walayar is good place to take a small break.
- 1 Walayar railway station.
The roads in Walayar are in a bad condition with lots of potholes and frequently closing one lane due to the lining up of the trucks. Traffic is especially heavy during Sabarimalai pilgrimage season.
Jayaprakash Narayan Smrithivanam and Deer Park beside National Highway-47 at the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border close to inter-state Walayar check posts will be converted as a Safari Park as per the guidelines issued by Zoo Authority of India.
The park is spread over 110 acres of forest area mainly of Teak plantation. It started in 1997 and was recognized the Zoo Authority with conditions to convert it as a Safari Park providing more amenities for the Deer and other animals and also to the visitors.
The park is 22 km from Palakkad town, and could be developed as a tourist centre as you can see deers and other small animals roam about in their natural habitat.
There could also be facilities made for elephant safari in the park to make it a major attraction for visitors.
Walayar Dam is also nearby that attracts a lot of tourists from Tamil Nadu.
The park now houses 75 deer and 10 stag apart from small animals. Walayar is also the gateway to Kerala and the main centre for movement of goods to the state. Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Hanuman Monkey, Common Monkey etc fount here.
Walayar is surrounded by some picturesque spots notable for photography.
Walayar is also famous for lottery shops which are in abundance here.
Since Walayar is a gateway it is also the main entry point to the main tourists centres of the District like Malampuzha, Kanjirapuzha, Nelliampathy, Silent Valley, Mangalam Dam etc.